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Cystitis in cats

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cystitis is essentially inflammation of the bladder. Cats are more prone to developing cystitis than dogs and it generally affects females more frequently than males. 

What are the symptoms of cystitis in cats?

Pain when passing urine
Straining
Blood in the urine
Inappropriate urination
More frequent urination

Why do cats get cystitis?

It is thought that stress is often a major factor in developing cystitis. As you know, cats can get stressed by the slightest thing such as minor changes in their environment, visitors or even a new cat nearby in the area. 

Cats who suffer from diabetes are also at more risk of developing cystitis due to higher levels of glucose and protein in the urine which can prompt the growth of bacteria.

How can cystitis in cats be prevented?

There are a number of things you can do at home to help prevent your cat from developing cystitis:

Help to reduce stress in the household as much as possible – ensure there are plenty of ‘safe’ hiding places for them to hide away
Have plenty of clean litter trays around the house
Provide fresh clean water on a daily basis
Consider using a feline pheromone diffuser 

What to do if you think your cat is suffering from cystitis

Cystitis can be both chronic or come on all of a sudden (acute). Much like in humans, it can be a very uncomfortable and painful condition if not treated. 
If your cat is displaying the symptoms of cystitis, book an appointment to see your vet for treatment.

Male cats

If you notice your male cat straining to urinate, please contact your vet immediately as this could be a sign of a blocked bladder, which is a veterinary emergency.


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