Before you start with your home remedies for cat UTI (Urinary tract infections), you should know what is the cat UTI? and what are the symptoms of cat UTI?
UTI is a common infection in cats. It is easy to be treated and to be prevented but it can be a life-threatening disease if it is not treated, so home remedies for cat UTI have an important role to prevent these dangerous developments.
Do you know what a cat's UTI is?
It is a urinary tract infection usually of a bacterial cause that can affect any part along the urinary tract like the bladder, kidneys, urethra, ureters, and prostate gland(for tomcat only).
What're the symptoms of UTI?
Pain during urination (peeing).
Frequent urination with a small amount of urine
Peeing outside its litter box.
Excessive grooming or licking of the genital area.
Blood in the urine.
Home remedies for cat UTI:
There are a lot of home remedies for cat UTI that help in treating UTI.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is effective in treating UTI by lowering the PH of the urine and preventing harmful bacteria. Don't give your cat concentrated vinegar but you should dilute it with water or any broth like chicken broth or beef broth.
You can also mix it with food put it in only half a teaspoon. Before giving apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for cat UTI, you should test the urine PH of your cat using home kits. Apple cider vinegar is only effective if the urine of your cat is too alkaline.
2. Juniper berry:
Juniper berry is one of the most effective home remedies for cat UTI because it has a lot of actions that treat cat UTI. The Anti Inflammatory effect decreases inflammation caused by UTI.
Also, it has a diuretic action that decreases the number of bacteria in the urinary tract. It's safer to put a drop of juniper berry oil into the water because feeding on the whole seeds may cause abdominal pain for your cat.
3. Bone broth:
One of the causes of cat UTI is low water intake and loss of hydration. So giving bone broth helps to provide hydration and bone broth also contains a lot of nutrients and minerals that increase the immunity of your cat against bacteria.
Bone broth contains amino acids like glycine and arginine which decrease inflammation caused by urinary tract infections.
It's known that cranberries help in treating urinary tract infections in humans. Cranberries also can help in treating cat UTI by lowering PH levels of your cat urine. As mentioned in apple cider vinegar, you should test the PH of your cat's urine before using cranberries.
Cranberry juice is high in sugar content, so it's safer to put cranberries as a supplement or powder in your cat diet.
5. Marshmallow roots:
One of the very effective remedies for cat UTI as it contains a high percentage of mucilage that lines the mucous membrane of the urinary tract and decreases inflammation caused by infection.
It also helps the kidneys to flush out the urine and other fluid(act as a diuretic).
Marshmallow roots can kill the bacteria which causes UTIs.You can add boiled marshmallow root to the food of your cat or you make it as tea and give it to your cat orally.
Nettle is a plant that is commonly used for urinary tract infections in humans. It has a diuretic effect.
You can also use nettle for your cat as it helps in flushing the urinary tract and increases urination.
It decreases inflammation and relieves pain for your cat.
It is a plant that helps to increase the immune system of humans. It's also used as a food supplement for cats because it has a lot of benefits.
It is considered an immune system booster that increases the immune system of your cat. It's also used as a home remedy for cat UTI because it kills infections and relieves the pain of your cat.
If these home remedies didn't help in treating UTI and your cat is still ill, you should visit your vet doctor to avoid any complications.
You can avoid the infection of your cat with UTI in several ways:
1. Provide wet food that increases water intake.
2. High quality and balanced diet help to maintain your cat immunity.
3. Clean litter to prevent any infection.
4. Decrease stress on your cat and provide good housing and routine.
Written by: Dr. Heba Kamal
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