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need answers for Urinary Tract Infection in a cat
kittylover55 posted:
I'd like to get some answers for what a UTI is in a cat. How does a cat get a UTI ? What are the symptoms of having a UTI? Is a cat in pain when it has a UTI? Can a cat have a UTI and not be in pain when it goes pee pee? Can cats at any age get UTI's or just those over the age of 8 or older? Does a cat have to have all the symptoms of what a UTI is or can the cat have only a few of the symptoms?

I'd like as much help on this topic as I can because I think that my cat may have a UTI but she isn't in pain when she goes pee pee and she drinks and eats fine. She did have a problem with going outside the litter box but since I added an additional litter box she stopped. She now seems to enjoy having two litter boxes. Its almost as if she uses one to pee pee in and the other to poo in and sometimes pee pee too.
Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi kittylover55,

A UTI is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. If you do suspect that your cat has one you will want to take your cat to the vet so that your cat can be tested and treated with antibiotics as you do not want the infection to spread to the kidneys.

I've had cats with UTIs before and each cat was individual. For me the signs were that the cat would pee outside the litter pan, they were trying to tell me that they were sick and not feeling well.

This article
Urinary Tract Problems in Cats

may be helpful to you before you see your vet.

Won't you let us know how your cat is doing once he's been seen by one?

- Annie
Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Great response Annie! UTI's are much more common in older cats. Ask your vet to perform a urine culture (we can do them in 24 hours!) to verify that an infection is teh cause of your baby's problem as opposed to inflammation (sterile or interstitial cystitis), stones or crystals or even behavioral issues. Good luck! Dr. Ernie


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