Blood in cat urine
What is the cat's urine looking for?
The most popular reason people bring their cats to the vet is to have their urine analyzed for some reason. The reasons vary, but they usually involve an owner wanting to figure out what's wrong with their cat. Sometimes a particular symptom—such as the cat not wanting to go outside or urinating in the house—is the only reason an owner brings in their cat for a check-up.
It is very rare for cats to urinate in their beds, because most cats go outside to urinate and most beds are too small. The only exception to this is for cats with very sensitive bladders. These are usually older cats, and their bladder walls are quite thin.
A cat with a urinary tract infection (UTI) may also have blood in their urine. However, it's very rare for a cat to have blood in their urine when they only have a UTI. This is because UTIs affect only the part of the urinary tract that is in the bladder and pelvis. This means they won't cause any blood to come from anywhere else. Blood in the urine can be a symptom of other, more serious conditions.
How can I know if the cat has a UTI?
If your cat has a UTI, their urine will smell like ammonia. It's important to realize that this is a normal chemical in the urine that's only a symptom of a UTI. Sometimes if the urine is concentrated it can give the odor that you smell when you take a whiff. If you're new to keeping cats, it's important that you learn to be able to identify the urine as being a UTI from smelling it and looking at the way it looks in the litter box or bedpan.
Some cats have UTIs that are not very evident in their urine. You can use a dipstick test to see if you think your cat may have a UTI. Dipstick tests for urine are available at some pet stores. These tests are very easy to use.
You should take your cat to the vet if the dipstick test results are positive for blood. Your cat may not have a UTI, but they do have a serious urinary tract infection. There are many causes of this, some more common than others.
What are the most common causes of UTIs?
The most common cause of a UTI in cats is a simple bacterial infection in the cat's bladder. These infections are often due to an improper diet, because the bacteria will grow in a cat that's eating a dry diet.
It's important to remember that while a cat should never be fed any kind of canned food or food made with meat scraps (even if it's cooked), many cats can handle dry food without a problem. These dry foods usually have the meat and bones and other good things that cats need. They are usually low in calories, and the best kind to feed.
Bacterial infection of the cat's bladder can also occur if a cat ingests a large amount of food that contains bacteria, such as chicken meat. If a cat ingests a large amount of raw chicken, bacteria from the chicken can get into the bladder, causing the bladder to fill with bacteria. This type of infection is very common in kittens.
If a cat has a UTI, the bacteria in their urine will affect their kidneys as well. If the cat doesn't have a good way to pass the urine from the kidney to the bladder, the bacteria from the urine will continue to cause an infection of the kidneys. This is called pyelonephritis.
If a cat has a UTI, the urine can become very cloudy. This is caused by bacteria in the urine building a protective wall around their own little colony. This can be a sign of a UTI, but it's important to remember that a UTI does not always cause the urine to look cloudy.
There are other types of bacteria that can get into the bladder, but they are not as common as the ones mentioned above.
Is a UTI painful?
When a UTI does occur, it can be very painful for the cat. A cat that is in a lot of pain will show this by crying when they try to urinate. In very bad cases, a cat that is in a lot of pain will stop urinating.
If your cat is not in a lot of pain, the only way you can tell if they have a UTI is to examine their urine. If the urine is very cloudy, there's a very good chance your cat is in a lot of pain, and the urine is full of bacteria.
Are cats allergic to certain foods?
Not really. In fact, the main reason a cat will be allergic to some food is that they are sensitive to a very small amount of the food, and are reacting to this with a skin allergy. But there is no "natural" food that cats are allergic to.
The main reason a cat is allergic to some foods is because the cat is eating the food and reacting to the small amount of that food in the cat's stomach. A cat that is eating a diet of only the best, natural foods is more likely to be free of allergies, and be healthy.
If a cat seems to be allergic to any kind of food, the first thing you should do is stop feeding that food. If you feel the cat is reacting to the food, they can eat "bought" or "homemade" foods (the cat can even eat commercial foods occasionally). It's best to switch to a diet of the foods they are naturally interested in, rather than continuing to feed them foods they do not like.
Is it harmful for a cat to have a UTI?
Yes, a cat that has a UTI is very susceptible to other medical problems. If a cat has a UTI, they will also have an increased risk of developing a yeast infection in the urinary tract.
Cats with a yeast infection often also have an ear infection, and are more likely to develop arthritis in the joints. A UTI can also make a cat prone to urinary blockage.