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A urinary problem in cats may cause much worrying not for an animal but also for an owner. The urinary tract has an extremely delicate nature, that is the reason why cats can often catch infections and other health problems. Consequently, it's very significant for cat owners to take special care of their pet's urinary health. It's not difficult to keep your cat healthy, but it will certainly help to prolong your pet's life.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
One of the most common urinary problems in cats is bacterial infection. Cats can easily catch bacteria, particularly if they spend much time outdoors. Unfortunately, after bacteria has entered your pet's system it can have a destructive effect on the cat's urinary tract. As bacteria multiplies it can cause the appearance of crystals blocking the urinary tract and leading to serious, sometimes life threatening problems.
To avoid this kind of urinary issue in cats, it's important to recognize the symptoms of UTI in time and to have the cat treated as soon as possible. The symptoms of UTI in cats are rather similar to those in human being, for instance, blood in the urine, fever, straining to urinate and pain when urinating. UTI can also make urine smelly or to make your cat urinate in different places, generally in small amounts.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
If your cat has any of these symptoms, it's recommended to get it to the veterinarian immediately for a correct diagnosis. For treatment of urinary issues in cats a course of antibiotics is prescribed as the first treatment option. But unfortunately antibiotics may have drawbacks and even side effects. Many antibiotics will certainly remove harmful bacteria but they'll kill helpful bacteria as well. As a result, your cat is left open to recurring UTI and other health problems and even decreasing of the immune system.
Luckily, the owners worried with a urinary problem in cats, are offered a few options for treatment, like alternative and holistic medications. The latter are produced from 100% natural ingredients and can provide quick relief from symptoms without subjecting your pet to recurrence. These products will also improve the health of the cat's immune system in the process of treatment.
Besides, while fighting urinary problems, it's recommended to use definite herbs which are rather effective and include Staphysagris, Berberis vulgaris, and Cantharis. In combination, these herbs can relieve frequent urination and bladder pain and can improve the cat's immune system and to help the proper functioning of the urinary system in cats.
Apart from using natural remedies, you can also follow some to relief urinary problem in your cat. Feed your cat with a natural diet enriched with Vitamin C and ensure that your cat always has clean water and a clean litter box in order to develop appropriate urinary habits.
Excellent urinary tract health is important for cats, so following the recommended steps to support proper function should be foremost in each cat owner's thoughts. Always stay one step ahead of urinary tract problems and pay attention to all options for treatment, first of all, natural remedies.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|