Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: May 2, 2023 by Crystal Uys
This post by Courtney Taylor is sponsored by In Clover
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the top reasons why cats visit the vet. They are painful for your cat, and often lead to messy cleanup and expensive vet bills for you.
UTIs are most prevalent in male cats and may be caused by excess weight, lack of exercise and poor diet. However, the most common causes are dehydration and a high urinary pH. Crystals and struvite stones may form, which are extremely painful to pass. The urinary tract will be inflamed and uncomfortable, and may even become restricted or blocked. Urinary blockage in male cats is a potentially life threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
Common symptoms include straining to urinate, frequent and incomplete urination, yowling during urination, and blood in the urine. Because urination is painful, your cat may start to associate the litter box with pain and eliminate it outside of the litter box in search of relief.
Once a cat develops a UTI, he or she is more likely to develop future infections.
Because UTIs are so prevalent, there is no shortage of urinary tract support food, treats and supplements on the market. Unfortunately, many of these products feature ineffective formulations. They’re loaded with animal by-products, wheat, soy, corn and salt. They’re using cheap fillers but charging a premium price. Salt is the worst thing you can give to a cat with a urinary tract issue. Salt makes a cat thirsty, which causes them to drink, satisfying the pet parent but providing no benefit to the cat. Salt causes water retention and results in further dehydration.
To effectively treat and prevent urinary tract infections, you must treat the problem holistically.
First, feed a high quality diet free of fillers, artificial ingredients and grain. Cats are obligate carnivores and require a meat-based diet.
Second, monitor your cat’s weight and ensure he or she gets adequate exercise. Provide puzzle toys, chase toys, perches, boxes and other enrichment to encourage daily activity and regulate feeding (and treating) to avoid over-indulging.
In Clover Flow Daily UT Support Promotes Urinary Tract Health
Finally, feed a high quality, natural urinary tract supplement with a holistic formulation that provides support to the entire system. For a healthy urinary tract, the cat must not only drink but also urinate regularly, keeping the system flushed. To ensure proper hydration and urination, dandelion leaf is a gentle and effective choice. Cranberry lowers and regulates pH balance. Marshmallow root soothes and lubricates the urinary tract, promoting internal comfort. A natural anti-inflammatory like yucca is ideal for calming inflamed and irritated tissues.
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Courtney Taylor holds a bachelor’s in animal science and is the director of customer care & marketing for In Clover. Since 1996, In Clover has been providing pet parents with holistic, natural supplements with a clinical foundation for everyday care you can feel good about.
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About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.