Help & Direction for Urinary Crystals & UTI Issues with Cats
Urinary problems or UTI’s (urinary tract infections), are painful and dangerous conditions that can create blockages which may restrict and eventually prevent the release of urine. The continued collection of urine results in the painful expansion of the bladder which becomes more and more dangerous by the day if not the hour. The issue must be attended to by a vet as quickly as possible, who will first feel the underbelly for a hard, bloated bladder; then a check for bacteria type will be performed followed by antibiotic administered or prescribed.
The blockage consists of a buildup of CRYSTALS that are generated by a combination of factors. Lack of fresh, clean water intake combined with a bacterial infection and a pH too high (alkaline) is a ripe environment for the crystals to form; all it takes is a bacterial infection to begin the formation of crystals – which can quickly multiply. It does not take much buildup of crystals to begin blocking the urethra, and before too long it can be completely blocked. Urination becomes painful while the blockage is building up, and becomes literally impossible eventually. This can result in extreme pain and dire danger – with the possibility of a painful death! Such urinary problems in cats are particularly common in non-neutered male cats but all cats are at risk, males more than females. Symptoms include strong urine smells, straining, excessive drinking, small clumps in the litter box, or even urination at places outside the litter box.
How Nzymes can help: The oxygenation agents created within a body ingesting the Ox-E-Drops product can be quite effective in weakening and assisting in the destruction of infecting microorganisms that factor into the onset, growth build up of the dangerous collection of ‘crystals’ that slowly create and complete the blockage. As mentioned, your vet will know exactly how to check your cat for a full and hardened bladder to confirm the issue. And, most often, tests may be able to assess a specific bacteria so that a more specific antibiotic can be used (safer for your cat’s digestive tract). We mentioned that lack of water in the diet is often one of the causative factors. For this reason, if providing canned food to the cat as part of the daily diet, it is a good idea to add some water, stirring it in with the food. Anything you can do to achieve increased water intake can be beneficial. At NZYMES®, we also have some serious recommendations about how to handle the availability of water, especially with cats. Dogs have a tendency to go through water pretty quickly, so their water does not stand for long periods. Since cats don’t tend to be big drinkers of water, their water supplies tend to sit for days and can, therefore, collect bacteria. For urinary problems in cats, we therefore highly recommend the addition of a few drops of the oxy to the dish when filled in order to help keep bacteria under control. ALSO – in writing this, and having a cat with a history of these infections – I can tell you about the dangers of these “auto fountains” for providing water to your cats: NOT A GOOD IDEA. As with any other continual-feed mechanism, the buildup of algae and bacteria is inevitable, and there is your source of a ‘starting point’ for a urinary infection. Providing fresh water – at least every 2 days – for your cat, with a few Drops, is the safe way to keep your cat hydrated.
Using the OX-E-DROPS as a dietary supplement is simple. Just add 2-3 drops to a tsp of water, and dispense this into food for immediate consumption each day; this will normally be some canned food. Adhering to this combination of added water in the diet and using the Drops to help keep bacteria under control (the oxygenation process) could very well make the necessary improvement in your cat’s urinary health. If infrequent events should continue to occur, adding a pet-oriented cranberry supplement should complete the needs for a secure prevention program.