Cystitis in cats is extremely common, most notably in inner-city cats. Every cat with cystitis should be seen by a veterinarian, as the condition responds well to treatment and early care helps to reduce longer term problems. Here are my personal tips for helping to treat and prevent this problem:
- Make sure all litter boxes are thoroughly cleaned as soon as they are used. Cats are extremely clean animals and will be opposed to using a litter box that is soiled. This is especially important for a cat with cystitis, as they will need to pee regularly to remove inflammatory proteins and irritating debris from the bladder.
- If your cat is suffering from cystitis, serve canned wet food, as this will have more water content than dry food. The increased water intake acts to flush the bladder, thereby helping to remove the irritation from the bladder. Extra water can be added to the food by opening the faucet over the food for a split second.
- Make sure you remove or limit access to known causes of stress in your cat’s environment. Stress has been closely linked to cystitis in cats. Removing stress from your cat’s life will help prevent and resolve the condition. Tomcats, building work, crying babies, and new housemates are all causes of stress that should be considered.
- Make sure you visit your veterinarian as soon as you notice any of the following:
- Frequent attempts to urinate
- Any blood in the urine
- Repeated visits to the litter box
- Over grooming (especially around the perineum)
- Speak to your veterinarian about bladder protectant supplements. These are thought to help reduce irritation on the bladder wall by helping to restore the protective lining.
- When you cat first shows symptoms, try to collect some urine so that your vet can analyze it at the first visit. Use a clean plastic container.
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