Urinary tract infections are relatively common in cats and can occur for a number of reasons. To ensure our cats are healthy and comfortable, it’s important to make sure we pay attention to any symptoms that might appear. In case you don’t know what to look out for, we’ve made a list of the most common symptoms below.
#1 – Frequent Urination & Straining
Even if your cat has an empty bladder, a UTI can cause the sensation of needing to urinate. Because of this, your cat will likely be in and out of the litter box far more than usual and without drinking any more water than normal. If you notice your cat using the bathroom even slightly more often, be sure to check with your veterinarian.
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#2 – Blood in Urine
Blood in the urine is a very common sign that there’s a problem going on in your cat’s urinary tract or bladder. Blood in the urine is definitely not normal and should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian immediately.
#3 – Pain
Urinary tract infections can be very painful and your cat may cry or meow when going to the bathroom. Any pain should be cause for alarm and brought to the attention of your veterinarian as soon as possible.
#4 – Prolonged Squatting
If your cat is straining to use the bathroom you might notice that she’s also trying to urinate for quite a long time. Cats will try to urinate as long as they feel the pressure there and will squat in the litter box for a long time with little or no urine coming out.
#5 – Urinating Outside the Litter Box
Because of the frequent urge to urinate, your cat may not always feel like he can make it to the litter box or is too uncomfortable to try. You might notice squatting and straining anywhere in your house with little to no urine being produced. Your cat isn’t trying to upset you and this is a sign that he’s uncomfortable. If you notice this, seek veterinary care.