This is a picture of a urine sample taken from Pumpkin the cat at Pittwater Animal Hospital.
As cats age they are more prone to bacterial urinary tract infections. This will cause them to urinate frequently. Often the urine is visibly bloody.
The strands under the microscope are rod bacteria. They can be very difficult to treat as they are often resistant to many antibiotics. If untreated a bacterial urinary tract infection can lead to kidney failure and death.
Pumpkin responded very quickly to a course of oral antibiotics but we are testing her urine regularly to make sure the problem does not recur.