Feline Idiopathic Cystitis Symptoms and Treatment

by Lauren C
(Cumming, GA)

This is inflammation in the bladder from an unknown cause. My cat was just diagnosed with it after showing similar signs as that of a urinary tract infection. After testing was performed it is discovered that she does not have an infection, therefore she has FIC.

I wish there was more awareness on this illness and healthier foods! My only options are either really expensive or filled with junk that I don't want in my kitties belly.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could add information on this to your website.

Vet Comment on Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Hi Lauren,

You are absolutely right. FIC is a very common problem and can be extremely frustrating to deal with. We do not know why some cats develop chronic inflammation in their bladders, and therefore we have limited options available for treatment. I do not know what you have tried so far, but here are a few ideas that you might want to discuss with your veterinarian:

• Make sure your cat has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Some cats prefer to drink from kitty “fountains” rather than bowls.

• Feed canned food rather than dry. The extra water in canned food helps to keep urine dilute.

• Try a medication, nutritional supplement (e.g., L-theanine), or other product (e.g., Feliway) that relieves anxiety.

Recently, a study has been published that showed environmental enrichment – things like having lots of toys and scratching posts available, playing with your cat, having classical music on in the background, and decreasing stress – may help cats with diseases like FIC.

Jennifer Coates, DVM

PS: We've added a page on feline cystitis. Here's another excellent site for information on feline idiopathic cystitis.

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