Updated on 19 October, 2021
The Azo Uti is one of those cats that can really drive a cat owner mad. This is because once an Azo, or any cat for that matter, ingratiates itself into your home, and begins eating things that you don't know are meant for the cat, you can't seem to get it to stop. So what can you do?
The first thing is to know why your cat is urinating so much, as well as where. This can be done by seeing the cat in a mirror, and paying attention to the signs it is giving you. If the cat is urinating in corners of the room, there could be urinary blockage. Other symptoms would include difficulty in urination when on the potty, and having blood in the urine. If the cat seems to be afraid that something is going to happen to its tail, or legs, then there may also be a problem.
The first thing that owners want to do is to have their cat tested. Often times, this isn't necessary, as there is no medical reason that would cause a cat to urinate excessively. However, it never hurts to be sure. In many cases, if it is a male cat, then the test is likely unnecessary.
One of the main causes of Azo's, is simply due to poor diet. In the wild, male cats often fight for the females' affections. This usually means that they will often fight for a dominant role, often urinating on their female before they are ready to breed. If you notice your cat often fighting for your attention, and having a number of accidents, then it is time to start changing his diet. Add a few pieces of catnip to his food as well as adding some of his favorite foods.
Another, common cause of Azo's, is a change in litter. If your cat is used to using dirty litter, then it may be time to switch to something else. It may also be helpful to simply scoop out the old litter and introduce a fresh one. Many cats will not relieve themselves where they sleep, so you may need to take them to the bathroom outside. Sometimes just giving your cat a nice warm bath can solve this problem.
If the above doesn't work, then a trip to the vet may be needed. A urethrostomy, or the removal of the prostate gland, may be necessary to treat Azo's. This isn't the easiest procedure for a vet to perform, as it requires an incision into the urethra and bladder. For most pets this isn't necessary however, so you should try to find a solution that works.
Of course, another cause of Azo's, is when the immune system is being over-strained. Some breeds of cats are prone to develop infections as their immune systems keep on working overtime and they can't produce enough antibodies to protect them from infections. If your cat has been diagnosed with Azo, then you may want to think about boosting your pet's immunity by adding extra nutrients to its diet.
In conclusion, if your cat is exhibiting any symptoms of Azo, such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty urinating, then it is important to see your vet as soon as possible. Once a cat has an Azo urinary tract infection, it is highly likely that other problems will occur as well. Don't wait and let your cat worsen the problem. Instead, contact your vet as soon as possible for help to treat Azo. Your vet will be able to give your cat the treatment it needs to get rid of its infection and hopefully, stop future infections from occurring.