Natural treatments for urinary tract infections
Diseases of the lower urinary tract occur frequently in cats. They affect the bladder and/or the urethra, i.e. the tube through which the urine flows to the outside of the body. Infections manifest themselves as urinary stones and urethral plugs and create ailments such cystitis and urethral obstruction or blocked bladder.
Conventional treatment is usually with antibiotics. They are however inferior to natural remedies as they just suppress symptoms and do not address the root cause that led to the symptoms in the first place. This is important. Most people believe antibiotics to be a cure, but they are not. More important still, as they do not cure, using antibiotics does not eliminate any reoccurence of the infection.
Herbal remedies for UTI
Herbal remedies for cats heal the cause of the urinary tract infection at the cellular level. They can also be used for preventative care.
Four herbs – chamomile, common club moss, golden rod and stinging nettle – are particularly useful herbal remedies for cats for treating urinary tract problems the natural way.
A chamomile flower infusion is a tonic for urinary tract problems. Cystitis and other bladder problems can be treated by a compress soaked in the infusion and applied to the side of the bladder or by poultices of fresh chamomile ointment similarly applied. They have to be warm and kept warm.
A tisane of the evergreen herb common club moss gives impressive results in combating urinary tract disorders. A poultice and one or two herbal bath using common club moss will also bring relief and healing from cystitis, gravel in the bladder and blocked bladder.
The flowers and the leaves of golden rod make an excellent remedy for urinary tract and bladder ailments. It brings swift relief to cats suffering from blocked bladder or cystitis.
Stinging nettle sweeps away disorders,discomfort and infections of the urinary tract and releases suppressed urine. Use as a tisane, infusion, poultice or compress.
Barley water is an excellent for cystitis. The condition is usually due to bladder stones, bladder gravel and stagnation of urine. Barley water will help to dissolve bladder stones and gravel, stop the formation of concentrated urine and cleanse the urinary tract infection.
To make barley water boil two tablespoons of pearl barley in a little water for a few minutes. Strain and add two litres of boiling water. Boil down to half and add some honey and 250ml of grape juice. Give four dropperfuls daily.
For more herbal remedies for cats with urinary tract infection read the article on Home Remedies for Cats with Urinary Tract Infection.
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