Cat UTI Home Test – For All Forms of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Are you worried your cat may have a urinary tract infection or bladder stones? These are symptoms of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. These problems are extremely common, especially in older male cats and those that eat dry food. They can occur in any cat however and this product can save much worry and hassle as well as cost. If your cat pees outside it’s litter box suddenly, cries when going to the litter box or has other symptoms, you need to get it checked. Luckily, there is now an easy way to do a first level check at home. If your cat has blood in the urine or other serious symptoms, like inability to pee, don’t waste time with this! Take him straight to the vet! If you just don’t know why your cat peed outside the box, or want to do a periodic check just to be careful, then here is a cat UTI home test for you!
This is the Ultra brand “Monthly Monitor-Early Illness Detection” cat litter additive.
The Ultra Monthly Monitor cat litter additive allows you to check the pH of your cat’s urine anytime. The directions say to sprinkle a layer on top of freshly changed cat litter. You are supposed to watch and look at the color of the crystals after your cat uses the box. If you wait more than 10 or 15 minutes the results may not be accurate. It takes a few minutes for the color to develop however.
I found an easier way when my cat recently peed on the rubber mat outside the box. I dabbed up the puddle onto a paper plate (the coated, waterproof kind but you could use anything waterproof) and poured a small amount of the crystals on top. This way I did not have to risk the crystals getting completely mixed into the litter and wasting them. This way I also used a very small amount. The UltraPet website says you can use only part of the bag and keep the rest for later use.
When I sprinkled the crystals on the puddle, it turned light green. This is good. Light gold to light green is what you want to see. An orange color indicates low pH. A dark green to blue color indicates high pH. You could also just pour the crystals directly onto the puddle if your cat went on a hard surface. I only used the intermediary step to make it easier to clean up.
What does a low or high pH mean?
According to the FAQs on the UltraPet website, if the crystals turn orange indicating low pH, this could indicate bladder stones and painful urination. It can be caused by too little water consumption. High pH (dark green to blue color) can also indicate bladder stones as well as bladder infections which can cause painful urination. This can also indicate bladder obstruction (urethral plugs) which restrict or prevent urination. This is deadly and requires immediate treatment!
Consuming too little water can cause low pH as well as poor food quality or too much magnesium or phosphorus in the food among other causes.
A light, golden green color indicates a moderate pH, which is healthy.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease encompasses all of the above mentioned conditions and more.
- Bladder Infections
- Bladder Stones
- Urethral plugs
- Painful urination
- Increased frequency of urination
- Blood in the Urine
- Behavior changes such as aggression
- It can be linked to Overgrooming and Peeing outside the litter box as well.
What Cats are at risk for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?
Any cat can get Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease but these factors increase risk:
- Male cats (according to some but not all sources)
- Neutered cats
- Cats that eat dry food
- Middle aged cats
- Senior Cats
- Cats that are overweight or don’t get enough exercise
What can you do to keep your cat healthy and make sure they don’t have a urinary problem?
There are so many factors in Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (food, water, infection, age, gender etc) that it would be prudent to test your cat with a product like Ultra brand Monthly Monitor to make sure they are healthy and have a moderate urine pH.
How does Ultra brand Monthly Monitor compare to other products?
The only other product I could find was a brand of litter that looks great but you can only buy directly from the company and sign up for auto-shipping. If you have a problem and just want to check your cats health you may not want to sign up for this litter subscription. It also cost MUCH more than the Monthly Monitor package that is less than $10! I was so glad to find the affordable option of Monthly Monitor. It did exactly what I needed and was easy to use.
If you see your cat peeing outside the box, use some Monthly Monitor to make sure it is a behavioral issue rather than a medical issue. If it is a behavioral issue, you can check out my recommended products to cure cat anxiety and fix the problem here. If you want to clean up the mess of cat pee outside the box, here is my recommended cleaning method.
What if it is a Behavioral Problem?
Please check out my post on cat anxiety for the second.
As always, if your cat has a serious problem like straining to use the box, not urinating or you see blood in the urine, take them straight to the vet! It could be serious.
Please let me know if you use Monthly Monitor and what you think of this easy cat UTI home test!
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