When I noticed one of my cats starting to behave strangely, I watched him with a careful eye as all of us cat owners would. We care about out kitties and become concerned when something changes for the worse.
My cat Casper greatly decreased his normal patterns of eating, drinking, bathing and playing in what seemed like almost overnight. He slept all the time and didn’t want to be touched nearly as much; he was always a very affectionate cat.
I started to worry something might be wrong and finally noticed a possible cause one day in the litter box. Casper seemed to be straining to urinate with only small amounts of urine coming out.
I jumped online and looked up symptoms that could correlate.
With my new research in hand, I went to store and started looking up and down the pet aisles for anything that could help.
I found Rescue First Alert Urinary Tract Infection Detector Cat Litter and read the bag. It labeled some of Casper’s symptoms on it and was a great price – so I decided to try it.
The instructions read to put the special litter in its own litter box just for the specific cat being tested. Because I had multiple cats, I put Casper in a separate room with his own food, water, toys and the new litter box.
The litter itself looked funny in comparison to normal cat litter and reminded me of packing peanuts in its constituency except it was tiny white balls. I picked one up and squished it between my fingers out of curiosity and it scrunched just like packing peanuts, so I was a little skeptical.
It was extremely lightweight and also had static cling and would cling to the sides of the plastic litter box just like Styrofoam.
After waiting for Casper to use his litter box, I eagerly checked the results to see if I could find the cause to his problem. The area that had urinated was yellow, as would be expected, but it had a blue-green ring around it. The instructions read any urine spots that turn blue are positive for a urinary tract infection and the cat should be taken to the vet. I was not entirely positive since only the border of the urine spot turned colors so I waiting for him to urinate one more time.
In the meantime, I took some litter and poured a bit of water on it to test the blue theory. The little litter balls swelled up and turned greenish blue- almost the same color as my cat’s urine sample, but still not a definite blue color.
After a second urination, his urine turned the litter the same color so I decided it was not a urinary tract infection, but took him to the vet anyway.
The vet determined he actually had a blockage in his urethra, which is why he was having trouble urinating and wasn’t feeling well. But he definitely did not have a urinary tract infection!
If you think that your cat may have an infection or some peculiar symptoms, I would recommend this litter to test your kitty at home for urinary tract infections. When negative, you have ruled out one possible problem and saved yourself those tests at the vet.
My vet knew the brand of litter and said he trusted the results. It is very inexpensive for the test that it performs and the package can be resealed so you can store it for future uses!