Study finds that low-dose radiotherapy is a highly effective treatment for feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC)

Archer Seaman

A study carried out at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has found that low-dose radiation therapy is a highly effective treatment for feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) by reducing the inflammation and very importantly, apparently, preventing a recurrence. It was known that low-dose radiation therapy is an effective treatment for other inflammatory conditions such …

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Why does stress exacerbate cystitis in domestic cats?

How does stress exacerbate feline cystitis

Well, I wanted to find out more about this topic because although like many others I know that a lot of cases of feline cystitis (bladder inflammation) are idiopathic (unknown cause) it is often made worse by stress. But it is hard to see a connection between stress and a bacterial infection of the …

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Cat starts to pee in bathroom sink. Impressed or concerned?

Cat pees in sink all of a sudden. Impressed or concerned?

A user says the following: “Cat started peeing in the sink – don’t know if I should be impressed or concerned”. I’d be concerned even if the cat looks healthy and is behaving normally and pooping in the litter tray. This points to cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder due to a bacterial …

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In cat detectivism the blacklight is your best friend

UV light detects urine stain

Cat detectivism is a phrase coined by Jackson Galaxy to describe figuring out what is behind cat behavior problems such as peeing in the wrong place. You have to approach it in a business-like manner without emotion by relying on the facts. And to uncover the facts the blacklight is useful. ‘Blacklight’ refers to …

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26 facts about ‘inappropriate elimination’

The most common cat behavior problem is depositing urine and/or poop outside of the litter box for one reason or another

Here are 26 facts about the classic domestic cat behavioural problem, namely ‘inappropriate elimination’. It is a problem which has been widely discussed and in-depth. I believe that a succinct presentation on the topic may help some people get to the bottom of it quickly. I hope this page helps. If you have any …

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Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) – watch for stress as the primary cause

Feline idiopathic cystitis can force a cat to urinate on the carpet near the wall

Here are some tips or thoughts on the causes, treatment and prevention of feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC). Feline idiopathic cystitis means cystitis of an unknown cause. Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder and is one of those disease which is part of the feline lower urinary tract disease complex. When cystitis is not …

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Can cold, rainy weather cause cystitis in cats?

Cold rainy weather outside

I was drawn into doing research on cold, rainy weather conditions possibly causing cystitis in cats including indoor cats. If the cause of cystitis is cold weather but the connection is not made, veterinarians would call it idiopathic cystitis (cystitis without a known cause). Today, on Yahoo! News there is an article about the …

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Ragdoll peeing by the front door. What can I do?

Blue Ragdoll is peeing by the front door

This is the current problem as described by Donna Fraser on Facebook (I have shortened her post a little to make it more manageable): So I recently took in this handsome boy Charlie who was re-homed because I was told he sometimes urinates on the tile by the front door. He was re-homed last …

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