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Symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

post #1 of 17
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Hey guys. I've researched on this site, and have found nothing on urinary tract infections in cats. Could someone direct me to a site that would list the symptoms?

Thanks.
post #2 of 17
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Ok, the things I've found don't necessarily point to my Sunny having a bladder infection...so I'll list what I've noticed here.

Sunny's been drinking a lot, and urinating frequently (which would be every couple/few hours, with my hearing a lot of fluid come out each time, so she's not straining with no or little result, and I haven't seen any blood in the litterbox). She's eating just fine, and acting normally (a bit on the sulky side tonight from having gotten in trouble, but otherwise fine). She's been more obstinant than usual, but Sunny has her periods of this anyway, so I don't think much of it. I also didn't think much of her urinating and drinking habits, as I've been home more often the past couple weeks, so it might just be that I didn't realize how often they "go". (Another thing to take note of is the fact that we haven't been refilling their water any more than usual...so it could completely just be my not knowing how often she drinks/pees.)

I've also noticed her brother being interested in her rear...though he is anyway (we have always had to discourage both of them on a regular basis from licking each other's bums...blech), so it could be my overthinking it (too much time on my hands).

So, the conclusion I come to is this. The things I've noticed may be nothing at all. I can't find a cat health article that lists these symptoms as being something serious. She's eating, drinking, peeing, and pooping just fine, so she could be fine. But I still feel concern, though it could just be paranoia.

Any ideas, guys? I'll keep an eye on her tomorrow and let you know how things are going. I can't afford taking her in if it's nothing, so I thought I'd ask...

Thanks...
post #3 of 17
Hi,
I have no experience of this with cats, but if she was a person I would sugest a check for Diabetes.

Anne
post #4 of 17
diabetes is a concern. How old is she? What's her weight like?
post #5 of 17
This isn't the normal symptoms for a urinary tract infection. The symptoms are the same for a cat as for people, frequent urgent need to urinate and then only urinating a small amount. Because of the frequent urgent need to go even a cat that normally is always very good about using the litter box will start going in small amounts outside of the box. My cat also quit eating and started with dry heaves but he is very sensitive with chronic digestive problems and he does this sometimes for no apparent reason so I don't know how common this is in other cats with UTIs.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by stephenq
diabetes is a concern. How old is she? What's her weight like?
Sunny will be two the end of this month. She's always been a little wide around the tummy...no sudden or even really gradual weight changes.

Here's a picture...

post #7 of 17
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Oh, P.S. She's acting quite normally this morning. I suspect she may have just been sulking for getting in trouble from being on top of the rabbit cage yesterday. Lol...Her and Hobbes have been chasing each other around the house and being rambunctious all morning.

Here's another pic of her in relation to her brother...

post #8 of 17
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Ok, so I've looked up Feline Diabetes, and here's what I found for symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Lethargy
- Neurological problems (trouble walking, balancing problems)
- Excessive urination or thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Dehydration
- Diarrhea
- Blindness
- Kidney Damage

She doesn't have any of these. Like I said, she does drink more than I thought she did, but we also haven't had to refill their water anymore often than usual in the past couple weeks than we have during most of their lives. She definitely doesn't have any balance issues...this is the most gracefully jumping cat I've ever known, and she did some stunts just the other night that stunned both of us. She hasn't had any weight loss at all, or gain for that matter. Her eating habits have been the same.

I think I was just overthinking things. I'll continue keeping an eye on her today, but so far, she's acting completely normally.

Let me know if you guys have any ideas, though...I always welcome ideas!
post #9 of 17
A symptom of urinary tract problems is when a cat scoots their bum across the floor - that's a sure sign there is an issue.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sadie's Mom
A symptom of urinary tract problems is when a cat scoots their bum across the floor - that's a sure sign there is an issue.
Nope, don't have her doing that AT ALL. Thanks for letting me know!
post #11 of 17
Often exccesive drinking and urinating often in large quanitys also means kidney problems.I would have your cat checked out soon.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by gardenandcats
Often exccesive drinking and urinating often in large quanitys also means kidney problems.I would have your cat checked out soon.
My thought is that but she isnt really in the right age bracket....

If you can and I am not saying this will dignois uto but the big pets stores have litter to help detect
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by sharky
My thought is that but she isnt really in the right age bracket....

If you can and I am not saying this will dignois uto but the big pets stores have litter to help detect
Ok, but did what I describe in her symptoms originally really sound excessive? Urinating every two or three hours? I'm not trying to debate what you said...I'm genuinely curious.
post #14 of 17
My kidney girl pees 6-7 times a day when she was young it was 2-3 ... My two yr old by contrast pees 4 -5 times a day .... Each cat is different .. since it is a new amount I would get the litter it is about 18 buck s and see if it reacts for a uti... truefully none of my cats in 28 yrs have had one...
post #15 of 17
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Ok, we'll check it out. I'll let you guys know how things go.
post #16 of 17
Fingers crossed it is nothing - I had 3 last year with cystitis, the first time I only knew cos there was a strong smell from the litter tray, nothing else, no signs of blood till I got a sample (but was using clumping litter), Tom just pees up things, but still uses a litter tray with no probs, and Spider had the only normal symptoms of peeing very small amounts and seeming in discomfort.
post #17 of 17
I can help you with this one, as Mittens just had to be brought into the emergency vet last night because of this.

A few of the symptoms he had leading up to the blood in his urine were: dry coat, dandruff, isolating himself, frequently visiting the litter box with no result, and closer to us finding out what he had he was trying to urinate on our clean clothes.

I wish I had caught on a few days ago that something was wrong, but I attributed the dry coat/skin to possible spring allergies. Once he started to isolate himself and he began to try to pass urine onto our things, I figured something might be wrong. Not even a few hours later he attempted, yet again, to pee on some clothes but he only passed blood. Right then and there I packed him into his carrier and we went to the ER vet.

They kept him overnight and did at urine test on him and it was a UTI and they put him on Amox drops for two weeks and then we have to run the urinalysis again. He has to lose some weight and he should be primarily be kept on wet food only. Apparently this is a common problem and almost exclusively one that pops up in males. We have to watch and make sure he isn't getting any worse and in the future I will know what to look for.
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