Feline Cystitis is a common and distressing condition which leads to painful inflammation of the urinary tract, but its cause is often unclear. It is for this reason that treatment has moved from drugs to a more holistic approach incorporating the use of dietary, behavioral and nutraceutical therapies.
How do I know if my cat is suffering from Cystitis?
There are a number of possible causes for Cystitis so it is important to consult your veterinary surgeon, Cystitis is often associated with the following signs:
- Pain/Difficulty when trying to urinate
- Increase in the frequency of urination, with only small amounts produced each time
- Blood in the urine
An increasing number of Cystitis cases are said to be ‘Idiopathic’ which means not associated with a medical cause. These Idiopathic cases are often linked to a response to stress for example:
- Moving Home
- Car Travel
- Inter-Cat conflict
- Disruption to home environment ie new arrivals of pets or people
- Lack of exposure to the outdoors
- Boarding in a cattery
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