Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

General Feedback

Posted by Ann (Swansea, Wales Uk) on 08/14/2015

I am hoping that you may have some suggestions on how to rid my car seat and my car of the smell of cats urine. Thank you :) Ann x

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Ann!

There are special products available. You can start with basic digestive enzymes - these can be purchased in the States at food co-ops in bulk. Then there are products you can buy - google to find them "cat urine odor eliminator" "cat urine neutralizer". The key to removing the odor is to find the exact source - you will need a black light to find the exact stain so you know where to apply your product - applying it directly to the spot is critical. Follow the directions on the product label.

Replied by Lan

Here's the recipe to neutralize cat urine odor.

16 oz hydrogen peroxide

1 TBSP baking soda

1-2 drops of your favorite smelling dish soap (optional)

- Mix ingredients above

- Use newspaper or paper towel to remove as much of the urine as possible. This is so you don't have to use too much of the liquid to neutralize.

- Pour solution over any surface that was contaminated. Wait about 15 min. If it is carpet, let it dry then vacuum. If the smell persists then redo treatment until smell goes away. This works on any surface.

Replied by Mary

I agree with Lan. I have used that same mixture on so many things, to get rid of cat urine odors. It works!! I highly recommend it.

General Feedback
Posted by Annonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/06/2010

A friend of mine had a male cat who was on Iams food and frequently had urinary issues. The vet's recommendations sort of helped, but didn't resolve the problem last I heard. However, I learned that in some cats (males only if I remember right) the cords/bits that hold the organs in place when they are developing in the womb don't break down like they should. It causes the bladder to not empty completely. A simple surgery fixes the problem.

Himalayan Salt

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Posted by Marian (Groningen, Netherlands (Europe)) on 03/03/2008

Himalayan salt. My female cat has had severe bladder problems for over 2 years. Antibiotics helped a little bit but it always came back. She has dry food for PH-balance but that did not help either. I tried vitC, cranberry and ACV but she does not want that, even hidden in food she really loves. 'About a year ago I put a little bit of Himalayan salt in the water, initially for my dog who has arthritis. Well she still has (the dog) but my cat drinks from that water too (she loves it) and has not had any bladder problems since. I still also give her the food for PH balance.

Replied by Gxvzggpl
(Tampa, Fl)

I tried out some Himalayan salt and ACV on a poor kitty who was suffering from a UTI. Just a jot of ACV and a sprinkle of the salt mixed into her wet food. I wasn't sure she would eat it, but she tried it out and made an immediate attempt on the litter box. She was unsuccessful at first, but she has managed to use it since and she is perking up. Her appetitie is returning. Thank you for the suggestions!

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Wendy (Orillia, Ontario Canada) on 06/29/2009

Our cat is a very clean cat and has never peed outside of the litter box. On the Wednesday night I was up in the night and could not get over the overwhelming stench of cat pee in the hall. I couldn't figure it out. The next day my husband said he'd forgotten to dump the litter box in the basement and so he did that. I figured that was why. I have 2 small children, a baby, a dog, 9 chickens, we homeschool and my husband is gone over 1/2 the week for work so I'm not as aware of my animals as I could be.n In hindsight it dawned on me the cat was not sleeping on the top bunkbed in the spare room and was sleeping beside the washer!

That evening as I was trying to track down the cat pee smell around the washing machine. I asked my 7 yr old if he could smell it and he said what's that red stuff. In a bucket on the floor was drops of what looked like blood. They had not been there 10 min before when I was doing laundry. I thought maybe the cat had gotten injured so I smelled it and it was urine. My son said, there is more of it in the playroom too. I asked him to show me and sure enough there was quite alot on a bag on the floor and it was very red. ugggh. I followed all the drops to the basement and our cat was laying ont he cold basement floor. I got out my homeopathic books right away and a few of my other holistic books and then I dialed up this site as I always do for any of our ailments. I figure it was a UTI of some sort although I can't say for sure. I was fully prepared to take him to the emergency clinic as I was concerned that he would have an obstruction. I tried to call my husband out of his meeting but my phone was dead. arghh. the cat was in really rough shape- he was crying and panting and breathing rapidly- he flopped on his side and could hardly raise his head. I even tried to prepare the kids for the fact he might die. (my last 2 cats died of kidney issues) I finally got the baby to sleep and then my older children, I set to work. The following is what I gave him: 9:20pm - 2 eye droppers of homemade colloidal silver, 2 homeopathic pellets of nux 30c. 9:45 10 drops zeolite (natural cellular defense), switched to homeopathic pulsitilla 30c. 10:00 pm few more drops zeolite, more cs. *** now cat is upstairs and off basement floor-looking better! 11:00pm still not seeing enough improvement to make me feel I had the right remedy. switched books and tried cantharis 30c (this is used often for women's UTI's), 11:22pm after reading this site apple cider vinegar diluted 3/4 tsp acv to 3 tsp water- sucked up at least 2 droppers full- he DID NOT LIKE IT and foamed at the mouth and coughed and choked. 12:15 2 droppers of ACV, 2 droppers of CS, 1 dose cantharis 30c. 1:40am 200 mg vit c (ascorbic acid) diluted it in water and administered with eye dropper. We brought the litter pan up from the basement to the livingroom and he tried repeatedly to pee. He was no longer crying but really straining. About midnight he had a pee which was relieving because we knew he wasn't blocked. But it was still bloody and he missed the box. 8am the following morning (friday) - bit of zeolite, acv and cs. 8:10 am another pee just slightly pink. **I had no proper food for him and he was starving. I gave him tuna water and put more zeolite, cs and vitamin c in it to hide taste- I didn't want to keep shoving the plastic eye dropper in his throat. anyone who deals with cats knows giving them meds is challenging to say the least. he has front claws so it's easiest to have my husband wrap him in a towel and me administer the remedies. it was about 10am i tried him with my wheatgrass juice. he LOVED it and drank at least 1/2 ounce. He was peeing a wee bit but still obviously straining. Since it was Friday before the weekend, I took him into our partial homeopathic vet. The cat came out of that cage like he was perfectly fine!!! The vet said no he didn't have a blockage, charged me $60 and suggested thuja 30c if he was still straining to pee the next day and if after 6 hrs that didn't work i should use lycopodium 30c. He told me to stop everything else. Well.... i know from a homeopathic standpoint why this is because all of the other things cloud the acurate case taking- however had i not used the colloidal silver the vet would have prescribed an antibiotic. wheatgrass and vit c, then salmon oil are all 'nutritive' and i feel the acv is too. he says the acv is just a bandaid solution to the real problem. But...since I didn't want to end up at the emergency clinic over the weekend I kept up with the vit c at least 4x a day, cs, wheatgrass, zeolite too. I bought some good canned food (ok, as good as canned food can be), some raw food (which he used to be on when life was simple) and mixed it in together as I try to transition him back to a raw diet. Then I just mixed all the other stuff in and he is sooooooooooo hungry he eats it all up every time. The key is though I only give him a small bit at a time... to leave him hungry for next time ;-) By Saturday he seemed perfectly fine. I never used any other homeopathic remedies. As of today- it is Monday night 4 days later he is using the litter box just fine ;-) Keeping fingers crossed. Ooh also I couldn't figure out if it was safe to give a cat oil of oregano ___ brand but I read conflicting reports and finally decided to add in 2 drops 2x a day saturdy and sunday. hope this helps someone else's kittty. ;-)

Replied by Karen
(East Wenatchee, Wa)

Don't give cats tuna or tuna juice or milk or milk products. They are too hight in magnesium and cause crystals to form and clog the bladder. This stuff is nothing to play with. It can kill your cat.

Peeing Outside the Litterbox

Posted by Fiona (Bc) on 08/10/2013

My cat is currently peeing outside of the litterbox, despite haveing 2 boxes to choose from. The name brand cat attractant litter works, but it is expensive, and it says it uses an herbal mixture to entice the cat. I would like to make my own, growing my own herbs. Other than catnip, does anyone have any recipes or suggestions? Thanks!

Replied by Darla
(Corona, Ca)

He might be allergic to or not liking the brand of litter. You could try a different litter.

Replied by Sierra
(Monroe Ct)

I have used cat attract in the past. It seems to help but its so pricy. I have successfully id that it contains a fair amount of valarian root, a calming herb. I now buy that in bulk and use instead of the cat attract. Seems to work about the same. Good luck!

Raw Food Diet

Posted by David (Hastings On Hudson, Ny) on 03/15/2012

I thought I'd share my experience dealing with my cat's FLUTD.

A few months ago I came home from a weekend trip, and found pools of blood all over the apartment, and my cat walking in a funny, hunched-over manner. The following week was an absolute nightmare as my cat continually peed blood on my bed, the floor, and carpets--anywhere but the litter box. When he did attempt to urinate, he would howl with pain. It was horrible. After bringing him to the vet, he was diagnosed with FLUTD.

The vet said that the best treatment was to put him on a strict diet of canned "Royal Canin SO. " This didn't sit well with me since this is a non-organic brand. I avoid non-organic foods myself as I'm just not willing to consume the pesticide residues on the government's assurance that it's okay (same assurance they gave cigarette smokers for several decades). I also just didn't like the idea of feeding my cat the same pre-packaged, non-fresh stuff for the rest of his life (imagine a human living on baby food or a protein shake his whole life).

On a whim, I called up a local natural pet food store and told them my problem. They asked me if I had ever tried feeding my cat raw food. I said that I had (a slight fib, since I fed him mostly dry organic kibble, and only raw from time to time as a treat). They said that they were very surprised to hear that he had FLUTD considering that I had fed him raw.

I then remembered that the cat's symptoms had seemed to subside briefly the 2nd day of the nightmare week, about 6 hours after I had given him a raw treat.

After this advice, and considering the evidence, I put him on a 100% raw diet (I had a bag in the freezer the whole time, from which I fed him the occasional treats). I also forced some drops of apple cider vinegar down his throat (I had heard about that home remedy on a forum).

Suffice to say that in 24 hours, all FLUTD symptoms disappeared completely. His apparent health and urination returned to normal. After a few weeks I stopped forcing him to drink the apple cider vinegar.

A month later, I tried putting him back on a dry diet for the weekend (I had to go out of town). When I returned, he had started to pee blood again. I immediately returned him to a 100% raw diet, and he has never had a problem since.

I understand there are some folks out there who have an aversion to raw food or have heard horror stories. All I can say is that I am not a fanatic, I just want to share the story of how my cat was saved in the hopes that this information could save others. I have read other forum postings recently about pet owners whose cats were killed by FLUTD, and they never tried raw food. Mine was cured within 24 hours, so you will find out quickly if it works for you or not, I think.

I do not grind my own food. I buy bags of Primal. The food comes pre-blended in little frozen biscuits. Unfortunately it is not cheap ($20 and up per bag, which lasts about 3 weeks), but I am one of those pet owners who really loves his pet, so to me it is worth it.

I hope this story and info can be of help to others!


Replied by Hope
(Sacramento, California)

Bravo Ben! I wish I had known this a year ago when my cat was quite ill, but it was kidney failure and he was 18 years old..... and I did try it as a last resort, but it was too late.

I now have 2 young rescue cats, not yet 1 year old and I researched too, even though they are healthy, and decided to start them on 100% raw with Primal several months ago, and they Love it and look and feel fabulous!

I will never again give them kibble, as I tried to supplement the raw diet with it and they threw up every time!

With just raw, they are perfectly fine and happy and Healthy!

Thank you for making people aware of the benefits of raw for cats...

Replied by Jr
(Coloma, Mi)

How on earth do you get your cat to eat raw after being on kibble? I have a cat that I have been trying to eat raw and she just won't do it. I even took her food away for two days and she still wouldn't eat the raw food.

Replied by Rauuqmza
(Tampa, Fl)

First wean the cat over to a quality wet canned food (difficult for a kibble addict, but doable). Then the change in texture from wet to raw is less extreme.

Replied by Facm
(Bay Area, Ca)

$20 for a bag that lasts 3 weeks is pretty reasonable, considering some small 3 oz cans of ( cheap as well as higher quality) cat food can cost $1.00 or more. That's $30 a month and if one feeds twice as much it costs $60.

Urinary Blockage

Posted by Camille (Pleasant Valley, New YorK) on 02/01/2008

I'm seeking a cure, as well as preventative measures for urinary blockage in male cats. My cat was eating a wet food that has been discontinued along with his dry food. He refuses to eat any other brand of wet food. He developed urinary blockage from lack of wet food. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Diana Goode
(Wantage, NJ)

In response to Camille from Pleasant Valley, New York It's very important to know WHAT kind of crystals are causing the blockage. My cat had Struvite crystals from being to alkaline. I stoped all free choice dry food - this causes the body to become alkaline. I now feed him a quality GRAIN FREE cat food. I hide one 250mg vitC and add a spoonfull of turkey and sweet potatoe babyfood (for extra moisture) to the top of all of it. 3 days a week I add an 1/8 of a teaspoon of a cranberry supplement.Any time I notice a lack of pee in his litter box I drain a can of tuna or chicken into a cup and mix with filtered or bottled water (He LOVES this!!) to up his water intake. Knock on wood he has been crystal free now for 2 years!! But you have to know what his Ph is and what kind of crystals he has before you try this! Good Luck!!

Urinary Blockage Testing

Posted by Betty (CA) on 11/22/2021

My cat is in the hospital for a urinary blockage of some kind. Update this morning is that he is doing better but not out of the woods. A blood clot stopped up the catheter this morning. He did not pass a stone and vet said sometimes a catheter can push whatever was blocking back into the bladder. Ultrasound was done this morning and will get update.

Question is what all bloodwork should be involved? The vet talked about renal levels and said White Blood Cells look better. Is there anything else you all have experienced that you wish the vet had checked?

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