Last Modified on Jan 27, 2015
Feline Cystitis, sometimes known as Feline Urologic Syndrome, yes many cat owners are all too familiar with this particular problem. Feline cystitis can affect both female and male cats, although it is more common among females. The catch-all phrase Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorders (FLUTD) is inclusive of a number of disorders, but cystitis specifically refers to an irritation of the feline bladder. The condition occurs as a result of an infection in the bladder and will cause tiny crystals to form, which blocks the normal passage of urine. This can be very painful for your cat as it will be difficult for them to urinate as they normally would.
Cystitis Symptoms: Your cat with cystitis will need to urinate more frequently but upon attempting it, will generally only be successful in having just a few drops pass at a time. You might also notice that your cat will discontinue use of the litter box when it needs to urinate, as this condition is very irritating for them and they are more comfortable using a cold, hard surface such as your bathtub, sink or countertop. It is also likely that the consistency of the urine will be thicker than it normally would be, the scent will be strong and foul smelling, and the urine will contain traces of blood. If this sounds like it is in line with your cat's recent behavior then the chances are high that they are suffering from cystitis.
It is not known exactly what causes feline cystitis. The same condition in dogs or in humans would be caused by a bacterial infection, however most cats with this problem do not have bacteria in their urine. If your cat is affected by cystitis you may want to temporarily increase the amount of canned food that you are feeding them. Canned food as opposed to dry food has higher water content, and at this time you want to increase the amount of water that the animal takes in and decrease the mineral content of the diet.
Additionally, there are several homeopathic treatments that can be administered to help clear up this very painful and distressing problem for your cat, such as Nux Vomica, Chimaphila or Cantahris. Although you will want to have the exact cause of the condition diagnosed in order to choose the correct treatment.
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My little kitty girl had a uti about 2 yrs ago that wasn't responding to the vet prescribed antibiotic treatments (2 courses), so gave the acv/water mix (equal amounts) and within 3 days she was completely back to her regular self (& duties). All I can say is WOW! Pretty fast relief for her (so very happy) & my pocketbook was impressed also. Now her big brother is having an issue, so its his turn with this treatment. ACV is pretty amazing. Tons of more uses for my "kids" & the rest of my family.
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01/25/2015Posted by Liz Allen (Wolverhampton) on 12/21/2014
[YEA] My 6 year old cat Roxy started passing bloody urine a few weeks ago. The vet examined her, made sure there were no lumps or blockages, then diagnosed her with cystitis before giving her an anti-inflammatory injection and prescribing a week of Loxicam. The infection cleared up but, as soon as Roxy had completed the course of Loxicam, she started passing blood again. I didn't want to put her through the stress of another visit to the vet (she loathes it with a vengeance) so I did some online research for natural remedies and thankfully found this site. I spent Â£5 in a health food store on a bottle of apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered, with the 'mother') and gave her 1/4tsp of vinegar diluted in 2tsp water twice a day mixed in thoroughly with her food. She had a good sniff of her bowl and knew I'd put something in it but ate it all up without any complaints. Within 24 hours she was peeing normally! Due to its health benefits, I'm continuing to give her just one of the above doses each morning in her food to keep her urinary tract in good working order. I'm really grateful to the people on here who posted their experiences with apple cider vinegar and allowed me to make an informed decision which, thankfully, was the best thing for my Roxy.Posted by Satsquach (Vancouver Island, CA) on 12/09/2014
[YEA] My just over a year old fixed indoor cat started displaying signs of cystitis or toxicity due to my lovely Christmas tree or my bad diet choices for him....blood in his urine... long before I could figure it out. Most recently ( 2 days ago) started howling in pain. Urinating in weird places; not his litter box as he is well trained. Became incontinent, loss of appetite, lethargy, hissing. I thought he was stressed or maybe just picked up "amother" animals scent or was just trying to mark his territory.
This is what got my attention. I thought my baby was dying!! My heart dropped. After doing some research on the interwebs and contacting friends, I came to discover that 90% of all brands of dry cat food are bad for our feline companions. I started my boy on a mix of apple cider vinegar mixed with water last night. As he is a fussy drinker and will not drink standing water, I dripped the mixture on his paws and torso... Places where he could groom himself at first. I had already gotten myself a 5ml syringe and used the same mixture two hours later to syringe feed (drink) orally. Gave him natural wet food with the same mixture every 2 hours. Syringe feeding him the mixture of liquid in between. BAM!! He is showing amazing and significant signs of improvement!!! I am so relieved!! Be sure to check ingriedents... you will figure it out with some more research... I'm switching to an all natural brand of food for my boy from now on And putting a cage around our Christmas tree! Lol. Hope we Have helped.Posted by Jessica (Austin, Tx) on 11/30/2014
[YEA] My 2-yr-old male Tucker began showing signs of a UTI on Wednesday afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving. He never goes outside the litter box, and I saw a very dark colored puddle on the tile in the corner. I called the local vet clinic, but they did not have any appointments left for the day, and were going to be closed until Monday for the holidays. Only a couple of hours later, poor Tucker was hopping in every box around the house, dropping a few drops of urine. Much worse than the mess, was the appearance of blood. It went from cloudy, to pink, pure blood. I began to panic. Although he wasn't yowling in pain, I knew he was miserable running from box, to litter box, to corner. I called the emergency vet, who informed me that I could bring him in, and if I needed help with the bill, I can finance the $1000 with a pet insurance. I was brokenhearted. I was so scared I was going to lose him, especially with the scary amount of blood he was passing. I found this site online, and figured it was sure worth the try. I went to the store, picked up some ACV and some cranberry extract. I also had on hand a prescription of 100mg doxycycline from my doctor, which I found out is the most common antibiotic given for cats with UTI's. I dumped out the capsule and separated it into 5 piles, as I read that 20mm is the dosage for a cat Tucker's size. I mixed the antibiotic, the cranberry extract and a 1/4 teaspoon of the ACV in a half can of wet food. I also poured a little bit of oil from a can of tuna into it to disguise the vinegar taste. Tucker ate it. He immediately ran to the box and passed a little more urine and blood. After several anxious hours, I fed him another serving of the concoction before I left for family dinner on Thursday for thanksgiving. When I got back, he already started acting like he was feeling better, playing with the other cats. I gave him the same formula twice a day through today. His health has steadily improved, going from pure blood, to pick, back to a little dark, and is now completely back to normal color. He is still going a little more frequently than normal, but still improving.
THANK YOU to all of you who posted this information. I believe that without this site, I would have had to take him to the emergency clinic and don't have any idea how I could have paid the bill. The stories I read on here gave me a little hope, and it paid off wonderfully. Tucker and I owe everyone a big hug. Thanks again.Replied by David
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