Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that originates in your urinary system. UTIS are not only painful but they are extremely annoying. Serious complications can occur if the infection spreads to your kidneys.
Your urinary system includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, all of which play an important role in removing wastes from your body. Your kidneys are a pair of bean shaped organs that are located in your upper abdomen and filter the waste from your blood. Tubes known as ureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder where it is stored until it exits through the urethra. Any and all of these parts can become infected.
Women are much more likely to experience a UTI. Actually over half of all women will develop a UTI in their lifetime. Some women will experience UTIS multiple times. Thankfully there are many ways to cure the infection and regain proper function of your organs and muscles.
Some people don't develop any signs at all of having a UTI but common signs and symptoms include a strong and persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation while urinating, passing frequent but small amounts of liquid, as well as blood in the urine or cloudy urine with a strong odor.
Each different type of UTI may result in specific signs and symptoms depending on which area of your urinary tract has become infected by bacteria. Acute pyelonephritis is the infection of your kidneys and can cause symptoms such as upper back and flank pain, high fever, shaking chills, nausea, or vomiting.
Cystitis is the infection or inflammation of your bladder which may cause pelvic pressure, lower abdominal discomfort, frequent and painful urination, and urine with a strong odor. Urethritis is the infection or inflammation of the urethra and causes a burning sensation when urinating. Men may experience a penile discharge.
Many UTIS occur when bacteria has entered the urinary tract and has began to multiply. Your urinary system has natural ways of fighting infection which are designed to help stop the growth of bacteria and keep out other such microscopic invaders. There are certain factors that will increase your odds of getting a UTI.
Cystitis commonly occurs in women after sexual intercourse. However even girls and women who aren't sexually active are still susceptible to lower urinary tract infections simply because the anus is located so close to the urethra. In men urethritis is commonly a result of bacteria acquired through sexual contact. Such infections include gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
Frequently Asked Questions
My cat occasionally has really horrible smelling urine not sure if it's urinary tract infection or not?
I have a 5 month old tabby who already has been neutered when he was only 3 months.
About 10 days ago when I was cleaning his litter box I saw a "pee ball" I went to scoop it up and it fell apart and gave off this horrible stench. The smell was hideous it smelled like a really really powerful stench of ammonia. The peeball didn't stick together at all and it crumbled away into tiny pieces.
The next few times I cleaned out his litter we had no problems, fast forward to yesterday and we had the same hideous peeball + smell.
I phoned the vet and he thinks it's either a change in the diet or a urinary tract infection. I havn't noticed any blood at all and the cat hasn't done this each time it pees, only two times in total.
My girlfriend has given the cat human food lately (such as cheese, lunch meat) in small quantities but that would be the only change in it's diet.
Has anyone experienced this and do you think it's the diet or is this a tract infection.
I don't have an answer for you - I do urge you to take him to the vet so that if it is a UTI it can be treated before it becomes more painful.
I'm just really jumping in to suggest you consider changing his diet. You don't mention what you're feeding, but I'm going to guess it's dry food.
Dry food isn't good for any cats (in spite of the fact that it's very popular) but it can be especially bad for males who are much more prone to urinary issues.
At the very least, switch him to any brand of canned food. At the very best, switch him to a good canned food.
That won't cure a UTI but will help prevent future ones, will dilute the urine so it won't smell as bad, and will benefit your kitten in tons of other ways.
From my blog:
This is not my area of expertise, but this has been my experience: As a kitten, Poppy developed both a weight problem and a UTI. My vet told me to start feeding her special food which he happily sold me *gulp*. Poppy refused to eat it. Back then I was less aware of how to get cats to eat new foods, so I just said the hell with it and bought Purina's urinary health food, mixed with weight management. She ate that from then until she was 2 years old. She never had another UTI, so that tells me that the overpriced CRAP the vets sell you are typically unnecessary. The grocery store crap is just as good.
For various reasons, I soon thereafter began researching cat nutrition. I learned about the benefits of wet food, and found that in many cases, that's all that's required to prevent future UTI's. Even the crappy brands like Friskies would be better than dry food!
I don't claim to be a vet, vet tech, vet student or anything like that. But I know how to research and examine results. I've read a bit on this topic which is how I've reached the conclusions I have.
At the very least, were I to have another cat with urinary problems, I'd sooner try them on a GOOD QUALITY canned food before shelling out the dough for a "prescription" dry food (or even their canned varieties). That's because I believe that good nutrition and species appropriate food is much more likely to keep a cat healthy than something designed to change their chemical composition.
I have a urinary tract infection...and I'm being treated.... But why did my?
urine smell SO STRONG of AMMONIA??? (This was BEFORE the Medication...it was the odor that led me to the doc...)
I've had UTIs before, but NEVER with a smell, especially not like that! What could THAT mean?
CONTINUE WITH THE MEDICATION AND FINISH IT COMPLETELY ON SCHEDULE. ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE HAD UTIs BEFORE. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER OR CRANBERRY JUICE. EAT WELL. ITS PROBABLY A NASTY BACTERIA. AND USE PROTECTION YOU NASTY HO!!!
could this be an urinary tract infection?
My pee has been smelling kind of...weird for the last week. I figured it was nothing and it would go away. I guess it's what you would describe as a "mousy" smell? I'm not sure if that's exactly right, but it isn't sweet smelling and doesn't smell like ammonia and certainly doesn't smell normal. I don't want to go to my doctor because--honestly--she creeps me out. It doesn't exactly burn to go pee...but it does a "little" bit. I do hold it a lot at school until I go to lunch, assuming I HAVE to pee. I work online and so I drink quite a bit of water (usually) during that time period. The smell is only there when I pee.
Honestly, I can't find a new doctor. :/ I'm underage and my grandma would just start yelling at me if I told her my doctor creeps me out. The only reason she got rid of our old doctor we'd had since we were babies (my sisters and I) was because she "couldn't understand her".