Male cats are susceptible to urinary tract infections.
When a cat becomes sick with a urinary tract infection, there are different avenues that you can pursue in treating them, including veterinary care and home remedies. There are a number of home remedies that you can try to provide UTI relief in a cat on a more natural basis, but these home remedies should not replace proper care from a veterinarian. You can supplement or complement medical treatment with home remedies, however, for greater effectiveness.
Urinary Tract Infections
In cats, urinary tract infections pose a serious threat and when they are left untreated, they can be deadly. This is especially true in male cats, which are naturally susceptible to urinary tract health issues. When it comes to urinary tract infections, properly treating the infection is vitally important to ensure that the cat is healthy and the infection does not progress to life-threatening proportions. There are a number of ways to treat UTIs in males with home remedies.
Home remedies for urinary tract infections in cats can be split into different categories, preventative measures and treatment of an infection itself. Once a male cat develops a urinary tract infection, home remedies can involve pain relief, infection control, providing clean fluids, sticking to a chemical-free diet and increasing body strength. Home remedies may also include homeopathic and herbal remedies for treating urinary tract infections and bladder infections, helping the cat resist infection while correcting internal imbalances that can make it easier for bacteria to thrive.
Pain relief remedies are important in treating a urinary tract infection, because keeping the cat comfortable will help him heal. With a veterinarian’s permission, you can administer baby aspirin and other pain-relieving products as home remedies, but a veterinarian may also be able to recommend other pain-relieving medications depending on the situation. An example of a homeopathic method of pain relief is cantharis, which is something you may use for a pet that is straining and having difficulty urinating. Administer between two and three cantharis pellets daily to help relieve pain.
One of the simplest home remedies for urinary tract infections in male cats is cranberry juice extract, which helps to control the infection by preventing bacteria from adhering to surfaces in the bladder, as well as by acidifying the urine. Cranberry juice extracts are available in various forms, including tablet form and in other pet health supplements. You can buy these products at most commercial pet stores, or you may be able to obtain them through your family holistic veterinarian.
Some home remedies for urinary tract infections are actually steps that you can take to improve overall health. Administer vitamin C as a natural inflammatory, for example, which will strengthen the bladder lining. Consult your veterinarian to arrive at the right dosage depending on your cat’s weight and health. You should also be providing your cat sufficient fluid quantities, using moist foods, chicken broth and clean, chemical-free water. You should also stick primarily to a diet free of chemicals by feeding home-cooked foods in place of commercial pet food diets. These steps will all aid in the recovery process, helping your cat fight off the UTI.