If you have a cat that has had a bladder infection in the past, you may not know that your cat is more likely to suffer from repeat infections in future because of that. There are five main reasons that bladder infections in cats are reasonably common. Knowing why your cat has the infection and being able to follow a routine in order to decrease the incidence of it reoccurring is beneficial to both you and your cat.
Simply put, bladder infections in cats result from anything that may obstruct or decrease the natural flow of urine through the cat’s system. This can be due to a number of factors which will be outlined below. This is not an infection you ignore as it is very painful and can lead to other illnesses like kidney disease. There are some very good preventative remedies available also that I will discuss later.
One of the most common reasons why a cat will be more prone to bladder infections could be as simple as your cat’s sex. Being a female cat means that its urethra is often shorter and wider than a male’s urethra, and therefore females suffer from bladder infections more often than their male counterparts. Generally speaking, the bladder has a pocket-like design that is made up of many tiny, elastic-type membranes. It can stretch when there is urine present and contract back when it is empty.
When the urethra is scraped or damaged due to your cat being catheterized, perhaps due to surgery, it can increase the chances of bladder infections in cats. The urethra is made up of a very delicate lining and scraping it accidentally when inserting or removing a catheter can result in damage and an infection ensuing. Cat’s that have had a bladder infection are prone to future infections in the bladder.
Just as in humans, cats can suffer from kidney stones. They block the urine and it builds up in your cat’s bladder. Any disruption to the flow will cause an infection. Always seek veterinary advice when you notice you cat having difficulty urinating. Often a urine analysis test will be undertaken and the infection will be determined. Your veterinarian will most often prescribe a course of antibiotics and this can be taken for a period of around two weeks. Many times, however, the diagnosis of bladder infections in cats leads to other problems being detected within your cat’s body. Often tumors in the renal system lead to a bladder infection in your cat.
Looking at all of the causes and some of the treatments that can be involved with bladder infections in cats, the best advice is always that prevention is the best cure. Sometimes, this can be simply a matter of changing the cat’s diet from a mostly dry menu to a wetter option, including perhaps a high-quality canned food. There are also many very good herbal remedies that can easily be incorporated into your cat’s diet.