How is feline cystitis treated and what are the costs?
Your cat is likely to be prescribed pain medication to relieve the discomfort caused by the inflammation within the bladder and urinary tract. This will make them more comfortable while urinating.
You may also need to change your cat’s diet – your vet will advise you if they recommend a special diet. Increasing your cat’s water consumption is an important part of treatment and feeding them wet food, when possible, will help increase the moisture content in their diet.
It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before you start treatment.
How do I avoid feline cystitis reoccurring in my cat?
Making changes to your cat’s environment can help reduce their stress levels. Dietary modifications, pain medication and other medicines can also help with this.
Providing all of your cat’s basic needs such as good quality food, clean water, a place to hide and interactive toys all help to minimise the stress levels that can cause cystitis. Pheromones such as Feliway can also help reduce your cat’s stress.
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat with feline cystitis
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new cat and ask for more details on how the cystitis was treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any cat who’s had treatment is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.