Conventional veterinarians have no choice but to prescribe an antibiotic for bacterial infections like feline urinary infection. A holistic veterinarian, however, will look beyond an antibiotic and suggest numerous remedies that can help in promoting the self healing capacities so that the cat’s body can resist future infection.
Urinary tract infection in cats is as common as it is in humans. It also causes the same amount of trouble in cats as it does in humans. If your cat is passing blood in the urine, or shows symptoms like straining on urination or feline urinary incontinence, there is every reason to suspect that your pet is suffering from urinary infection.
The first and foremost step of course is to treat your pet for the symptoms of UTI. You have a choice between conventional antibiotics and alternative remedies available in the market. Whichever treatment modality you may choose, you must take into consideration certain allied factors. UTI is known for its high recurrence rate and it can cause a lot of trouble to the cat due to accompanying pain and irritation.
There are herbal and homeopathic combination remedies prepared from natural substances that have antibiotic properties. These remedies can be used to treat UTI without really having to resort to antibiotics. Cantharis, a homeopathic remedy will effectively ease the pain experienced by the cat during urination. Homeopathic tinctures prepared from a combination of proven remedies can help reduce the irritation in the urinary tract.
For long term and preventive measures, it is better to give herbal tea made of goldenrod, horsetail, parsley, marshmallow root and elderberry to cats that have a history of UTI. Other steps that can go a long way in minimizing the risk of repeated urinary tract infection are:
- Change over to a chemical free diet. Chemical additives and preservatives can weaken your pet’s immunity and increase the risk of recurrence of urinary infection to a great extent.
- Make sure that your cat is drinking enough water. If not, then try changing over to filtered water or spring water. Maybe it is not drinking due to the chemicals in the water.
- Increase fluid intake by adding liquids like chicken broth to diet. Cats that do not drink enough water do not urinate as much as is necessary.
Courtesy of Tess Thompson, PetAlive.com