FELINE CYSTITIS - WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO CATS GET IT?
*Disclaimer. Always contact your vet if you are worried about your Cat. FELIWAY Classic and FELIWAY Cystease help provide optimal support for stress related Cystitis but always speak to your vet first.
WHAT IS FELINE IDIOPATHIC CYSTITIS?
Feline cystitis means that your cat's bladder is inflamed and when it is called idiopathic cystitis it means that there is an underlying unexplained reason for its cause. It is a very common condition and is not always a serious health concern but we always recommend you chat to your vet about it.
WHY WOULD THIS BE RELATED TO FELIWAY CLASSIC?
Stress is one of the common reasons cats get cystitis and so it is often recommended to use FELIWAY Classic to help your cat. If your vet has advised you that your cat's cystitis is due to stress then FELIWAY Classic would be a product which you could use alongside their suggestions.
When a cat is stressed it has been proven that a layer within the bladder which protects it from the harsh chemicals in urine becomes patchy, when this happens it is more exposed and inflammation can occur(1). FELIWAY Classic can help cats have less severe signs and episodes and fewer recurrences of cystitis(2).
HOW TO USE FELIWAY
For this scenario you will need to use a FELIWAY Classic Diffuser, all you need to do is plug this in where you cat spends most of their time. Leave it plugged in at all times and replace the refill monthly as you need.
This can be used alongside FELIWAY Cystease.
FELIWAY CYSTEASE, WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN IT HELP?
FELIWAY Cystease is an oral supplement that is specifically formulated to support cats that develop stress-related bladder problems. It contains:
- N-acetyl glucosamine and hyaluronic acid - two building blocks of the bladder glycosaminoglycan(GAG) lining. Supplementation may help support and maintain the bladder lining.
- L-tryptophan - an amino acid precursor to serotonin.
- It is easy to administer, it is added and given with food.
References and useful resources
- D. A., Gunn-Moore and M. E., Cameron. (2004). A pilot study using synthetic feline facial pheromone (Feliway¬Æ) for the management of feline idiopathic cystitis. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 6, 133-138.