When your pet has feline UTI, it is quite difficult to recognize the disease. But when your cat has had UTI before, you might worry about a re-occurrence. Your pet can only keep on meowing but you will never understand what she is saying to you. You may not even spot urine crystals.
Thankfully, you can test your cat's waste easily, without having to spend a lot of money for it, and you can do it right at home. Even if you are not a veterinarian or if you have no formal training to do this, you can easily get wind of the whole testing process.
1. Buy non-absorbent litter or aquarium gravel from any pet store.
2. Buy urine pH strips.
3. Place your kitty in an exclusive area just for her along with her water, food, and superbly clean litter box but covered with the aquarium gravel or the non-absorbent litter. The litter box should be wiped absolutely clean for the testing to give more accurate results. Create a relaxing environment for your kitty by putting her favorite toys, playing classical music, and others.
4. Follow her litter pan habits. This way, you will gain access to the freshest samples available in her litter pan. What you should do is to observe her silently for a few days. You should follow her around. The fresher the samples are the better. If you will let her relax in her designated areas, she will empty her bladder and bowels regularly without distraction.
5. Using the urine pH test strip, get a urine sample. Let the liquid sample sip throughout the strip for a minute. Then, look at the reading. Refer to the figures in the urine pH test strip kit. This will serve as your guide to help you interpret the result. If the strip reads between 6.4-6.6, then your kitty is alright. However, when the reading is out of the normal range, either higher or lower than the range, you should immediately consult her veterinarian.
With this feline UTI testing, you can conduct the test at home without too much preparation. You will not be bothered with setting up an appointment for a visit to the veterinary clinic. Moreover, you can interpret the result of the test even without medical training. However, you should not completely rely on this testing. If you notice certain discrepancies, consult the vet immediately.