Cystitis, especially in cases where patients become completely blocked, is extremely serious and can be fatal. Cats straining to urinate need immediate treatment.
In the cases when an underlying cause of cystitis is diagnosed, we treat the primary medical condition. For example, a urinary tract infection requires antibiotics and urinary stones often require surgical removal. In more frequent cases of idiopathic cystitis, treatment varies and focuses on reducing anxiety by removing potential stress factors and enriching your cat’s environment with:
- increased access to perches and private spaces
- additional litter boxes
- increased playtime and interaction with pet parents
- increased hydration from wet food and attractive water sources, such as fountains
Every cat is different and will respond differently to his or her environment and housemates. Depending on the patient, medications might also be prescribed to lessen the severity of side effects, including pain, inflammation, bladder and/or urethral spasms and to calm anxiety. If you notice any changes in your cat’s litter box habits, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a Pet Health veterinarian right away.