How to Cure Cat Cystitis

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How to Cure Cat Cystitis
Many cats make full recoveries from feline cystitis (cat image by JASON WINTER from

Feline cystitis is a painful and potentially deadly condition that afflicts cats of all ages and genders. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition as it commonly comes and goes throughout the course of the cat's life. However, if cats who have developed this condition are treated with urgency by a veterinarian, they can survive the affliction. And a few simple lifestyle changes for the pet can help prevent frequent recurrences.

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Things you need

  • Multiple litter pans
  • Clean litter
  • Water dish
  • Prescription cat food
  • Antibiotics
  • Veterinarian prescribed pain medication

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    Reduce stress for your pet. Stress has been directly linked to feline cystitis. Keep your pet in a calm and quiet area free of other pets, unruly children, or any other annoyances. Reducing your cat's stress will aid in his recovery process.

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    Keep your cat hydrated. Cats absorb up to 80 per cent of their moisture through the intestines. Make sure your cat has a steady supply of clean, fresh water, and feed him only wet canned cat food. Add a small amount of water to his cat food and restrict eating times to be sure he ingests as much fluid as possible.

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    Change her cat litter frequently and keep additional litter boxes in her living space. Because it is crucial that the cat is urinating frequently, you will need to be certain that she has a clean and infection free place to do it. Most cats are more likely to frequent a clean litter pan than a soiled one. Multiple litter box or fresh litter twice daily is recommended by The Blue Cross for cats suffering from feline cystitis.

    How to Cure Cat Cystitis
    Make sure the affected cat is urinating frequently (cat image by John Hofboer from
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    Ask your veterinarian about prescription cat foods. In many instances veterinarians will prescribe special veterinary cat foods that break down the crystals in the urinary tract or alter acidity levels in the cat's urine. Talk with your veterinarian about what food is best for your cat.

    How to Cure Cat Cystitis
    There are prescription cat foods that help treat feline cystitis (white angora cat eating from food bowl image by Stephen Orsillo from
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    Administer prescription medications to your pet. Because feline cystitis is a painful and infectious condition, veterinarians often prescribe antibiotics and pain killers to promote a quick and painless recovery. Be sure to closely follow the medication instructions.

    How to Cure Cat Cystitis
    Veterinarians may prescribe medication as treatment (medicine image by Pali A from
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    Be sure your cat is free of urinary tract blockage. When cats are diagnosed with feline cystitis they are at significant risk of developing a blockage in the urinary tract. If your cat is no longer urinating, or struggling to urinate, it is likely that he is experiencing a blockage. Seek veterinary assistance immediately, as a blockage can cause a rupture in the animal's bladder that leads to certain death. Your veterinarian can perform a catheter insertion that will remove the blockage and clear the bladder of fluids.

Tips and warnings

  • Veterinarians recommend administering all of the cat's prescription medication to ensure a full recovery. Even if your pet has made significant progress in treatment, be sure to have him finish all prescribed medications. There is no cure for feline cystitis, but continued aftercare and health maintenance can prevent or reduce recurrences.
  • Never allow a cat who has contracted feline cystitis to remain untreated. This is a painful and potentially fatal condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.

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