Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)

Some tips on preventing Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). Once a cat has the condition, see a vet who will prescribe antibiotics.

My cat had cystitis. The vet said it was due to stress. It was also due to eating dry cat food only, which was recommended by another vet who happened to sell it as well. It was Hills l/d.

The first tip then is to not feed exclusively dry cat food. Mix in some canned (wet food) and some raw homemade food ideally although this requires some skill (see Home made Cat food) or treats. Also see cat food recipe.

Secondly provide plenty of fresh water. This can be tap water. Bottled water is no good really (see Best Water for Cats). The best is pure “energized”, alkaline and toxin-free. It is best supplies with one of those automatic fountains. See also Cats Drinking Water.

Third minimise stress for your cat. Stress will usually come about as a result of things that we do; arguments, introducing new cats, messy conditions, away too much, poor litter cleaning etc.

Fourthly play with your cat at least for 10 minutes a day. This will stimulate your cat. This will help to create a more natural and therefore a more calm environment. Also provide a stimulating environment, climbing trees etc. and places to watch outside.

FIC has been researched extensively without yet being sure what causes the condition. It is an inflammation of the urinary bladder. Another name for the disease is feline idiopathic lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) or feline urologic syndrome (FUS). It is thought to affect up to 1% of the cat population. There may be an underlying cause and that is vet’s work obviously.

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) causes excessive uncontrolled urination of small drops of concentrated urine. Even the best behaved cat will urinate outside the litter. Please do no punish cats that do that. First it won’t stop it and second it will cause more stress and make things worse.

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