Urinary Tract Diseases in Cats
How to Collect and Test Urine continued...
If you have more than one cat, it will be necessary to isolate that cat with
her own litter box.
You may be asked to test the urine pH with a laboratory strip provided by
your veterinarian. Follow the instructions exactly.
There are also diagnostic litters that can be used to indicate various
health conditions. Scientific Professional Cat Litter will change colors
(becoming progressively pinker) with changes in urine pH. Purina Glucotest
Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System uses a litter additive to indicate
urinary glucose levels. Hemalert detects blood in the urine.
The samples you collect from your cat will not be sterile and are not ideal
for culturing. A sterile urine sample can only be obtained by your
veterinarian. The veterinarian will either pass a sterile catheter into the
cat’s bladder to take a sample or draw a sample through the body wall with
sterile equipment-this procedure is called cystocentesis.