CattyCorner: Urinary tract infections are a pain in the tail
Greetings, my paw-like human minions and cat cohorts.
Forrest here comes to you with a history of discomfort and humiliation about my urinary tract.
Not so long ago I woke from a nap to a tingling sensation in the bladder region. I thought I overslept and there was no time for a trip to the litter box. When I got there and started relieving myself, hot pain came to life. It was as if someone had put sharp claws into my urethra.
As for the results of my squat, barely a drop of urine moistened the litter. Well, I got out of the box and started meowing over the painful experience. This continued for the rest of the day and into the next morning. At breakfast papa noticed how much I had meowed.
“More than his usual chatter,” I think was the exact quote.
At the mention of my melodious voice, I realized it was time for another painful pee. I went to the litter box in my feverish state, but I just couldn’t get into that litter box. Logically, I knew the litter wasn’t hurting me, but I needed something to change with this pain in the sub-region!
I peed on the floor!
I can’t believe I’m admitting this out loud, but I felt so rough I peed on the floor next to my litter box. Between my crying after using the litter box and my puddle in the floor, Mom realized something was wrong.
As she littered the puddle, she asked, “Forrest cat, do you have a urinary tract infection?”
I meowed a confirmation and she answered the phone. The next thing I know was that I was in my box and going to the doctor.
Now I’m almost always charming, even to the vet staff, but there are moments that test my patience. The invasion by my favorite LVT was one of those moments when she collected what she singing called a sample for a urinalysis.
I will not lie; I hissed at her as she did the cystocentesis. I learned the word because she sang it to me when she swung her needle. But she got what she wanted, and even I watched the syringe on the needle fill with my cloudy urine.
Yes, she even cooed over my cloudy piss. I love her, but some days this chipperness should be knocked out of her!
We made up quickly when she started handing out the goodies.
Diagnosis: This cat has a urinary tract infection
The vet told my mom she did a great job reaching me when she noticed the problems and explained that untreated urinary tract infections can lead to blockages or bladder and kidney infections. He also said because I’m a hangover, my urethra is narrower, and it can make walking with a urinary tract infection even more painful. But luckily my problem was a simple bacterial infection that happens sometimes and I would clear it up well with a little medicine.
Now I take an antibiotic that Mom injects into my mouth twice a day. I’ll allow it as the medication tastes vaguely like chicken. The last time I had to use this stuff, it tasted like chewing gum. This cat doesn’t like chewing gum and I was glad to see my mom remembered that fact.
For my kitten friends struggling with bladder problems, here are some tips to help your human realize that you are not feeling well:
- Make a great show of walking. It hurts to pee, so you’re going to act a little differently, so run with it and really show yourself how to crouch.
- Accompany litter box visits with sad singing.
- Visit the pan often. Try to leave, even if it’s just a little. People tend to notice if you run into the litter more often.
- If you really want to get your servant’s attention really quickly, and I recommend doing so only in the worst of circumstances, pee on the floor.
- Lay around like the biggest loaves of bread. Yes, cats are lazy, but the more lazy you act, the more people will notice.
- Throwing vomit in here and there can also help. I am sure my parents will notice if I vomit more than usual.
For humans, here are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in cats:
- Frequent trips to the litter box with little result
- Strain while using the litter box
- Meowing and other vocalizations during or after urinating
- Accidents outside the litter box
- Frequent cleaning of the genitals in hopes of relieving the pain
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Increased water intake
Let me also add that while your cat’s appetite may decrease when he is not feeling well, keep that in mind …
Don’t forget to feed the cat.