If not treated in time, urinary tract disease in cats can become a serious issue. There are a few tried and tested home remedies for cats with urinary infection that will look after the issue.
Home Remedies For Cats With Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract disease can effectively be treated with a tisane (tea) of many antiseptic and disinfecting herbs like uva ursi, horsetail, juniper berry, cleavers, cornsilk, stinging nettle and marshmallow leaf.
Mix half a teaspoon of uva ursi leaves half a teaspoon of horsetail and half a teaspoon of juniper berries. Add half a litre of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove in the heat and add half a teaspoon each of cleavers, cornsilk, stinging nettle and marshmallow leaf. Cover the mixture and let it cool down. Give one dropperful every 3 hours.
Uva ursi acts as an antiseptic and will wash the urinary tract. It is a bitter tasting herb and you can neutralise the bitterness with the addition of some vegetable glycerine into the mix. Horsetail will disinfect the urinary system and juniper berries are diuretic and antiseptic. Cleavers and cornsilk are soothing kidney tonics and also mildly diuretic. Stinging nettle is just another tonic herb which nourishes the whole system. Cornsilk and marshmallow are demulcent herbs and will avoid irritation of the urinary tract from the cleansing herbs.
For severe infections add a drop of echinacea tincture per five pounds of body fat to the mixture and administer in the periods given above until the infection clears.
Other home remedies for cats with urinary tract disease are cranberries and blueberries, which prevent bacteria from taking hold in urinary tract tissue. Cranberry juice extract capsules and blueberry juice will do the job. They help control the disease and acidify the urine.
Barley water is a superb cure for urinary tract infections. Boil 25gram of pearl barley in a little water for a couple of minutes. Strain and add 1 litre of boiling water. Boil down to half and add some honey and 100tsp of grape juice. Give four dropperfuls daily.
You may also help your furry friend by providing pain relief with natural remedies. Cantharis is quite helpful for cats that are straining to urinate. It is highly recommended if there’s blood in the urine. Give two to three pellets of 30C potency 2-3 times per day.
Drinking additional fluids can also be important when treating urinary tract infections, so encourage your cat to drink more water and add water or tea into your own food. Drinking this additional fluid will help to flush toxins out as your cat’s bladder will get drained regularly. Make certain the water is clean. Filtered or spring water are preferable as compounds in the drinking water create some cats prevent drinking, leading to thickening of urine that hinders regular emptying of the bladder.
Strengthen your cat’s urinary tract by giving vitamin C. This has anti-inflammatory properties and strengthens the lining of the bladder. Depending upon the weight of your cat, administer 250-500mg two times a day. However, vitamin C may lead to diarrhoea, so you’ve got to get the dose right.
Conventional remedies for urinary tract infect in cats are based on blood and urine tests to identify bacteria that cause the disease and also to give antibiotics to remove it. The natural remedies for cats discussed previously seem towards treatment combined immunity boosting with a view to reducing any recurrence.