Natural UTI treatments for cats
There are many natural remedies that will effectively treat feline urinary tract infections. The simple home remedies for cats with urinary tract infections outlined below will give good results.
Ready-made home remedies
Ready-made 100% home remedies for cats are available from pet health shops. For example PetAlive offers two remedies: UTI-Free and Better-Bladder Control.
UTI Free relieves frequent urination, bladder discomfort and urinary tract problems. Better Bladder Control helps to relieve incontinence and strengthens the bladder. It addresses acute symptoms such as frequent leaking and ‘accidents’. Routine removal of waste and detoxification is also supported. Both remedies come in soluble granule form and are easy to administer. Simply sprinkle on your cat’s tongue.
Homoeopathic bladder remedies like cantharis are very useful for pain relief and will quickly ease discomfort if your cat is straining to urinate. At the first sign of infection give two to three pellets two or three times a day. They are easily absorbed by the pet’s mucous membranes.
Cranberry juice extract is very effective in controlling the infection by stopping bacteria from adhering to the surface of the bladder. It also acidifies the urine. Give your cat some cranberry juice mixed with water. If your cat refuses this, you can administer a soft gel pill filled with concentrated cranberry flavonoids.
Vitamin C supplement is also good a good home remedy for treating urinary tract infections in cats. Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and will strengthen the lining of the bladder. Depending upon the weight of your cat, you can give a dose of 250mg to 500mg twice a day. Be careful with the dosage though as vitamin C can cause diarrhoea. You may have to experiment a bit to get the dosage right.
Exercise will stimulate the bladder and you should encourage your cat to move about regularly. Make sure it can go outdoors every few hours, thus avoiding holding urine in too long. Ensure good hygiene and keep more than one litter box in your home for your cat, making sure they are always clean.
To ensure that the bladder of your cat is emptied regularly in order to flush out toxins, make certain that your cat has access to plenty of fresh, clean water on a daily basis. Chemicals in drinking water may make your cat avoid drinking, which in turn results in thickening of urine and hinders regular emptying of the bladder. This makes them more prone to developing UTI. Use filtered or spring water instead. However, you cannot force your cat to drink, so one way to ensure your cats gets enough daily fluids is to moisten foods and dip dry foods in some water or chicken broth.
Feed a natural diet without preservatives, colourants or additives to boost the immune system. Many commercial cat foods contain harmful chemical substances that weaken the immune system. Raw food is best to reduce the chance of any infection.
There are also a number of effective herbal remedies. To discover which herbs will cure feline urinary tract infections read the article on Herbal Remedies for Cats with Urinary Tract Infection.