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Feature February 2016 Issue

Managing Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Spending one-on-one quality time with your cat and providing a consistent household routine can help to alleviate stress-related illnesses, like FIC.

Managing Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

The modern approach to managing Feline Idiopathic Cystitis includes environmental enrichment in addition to nutritional changes. Here’s why.

The health conditions that involve the lower urinary tract (the bladder and urethra) in cats are commonly referred to as feline urinary tract disease (FLUTD). FLUTD is not a disease in itself, but actually a variety of diseases that affect the lower urinary tract. They usually present similar clinical symptoms, which can complicate the specific diagnosis.

Further confounding the situation are those cats who show clinical signs of FLUTD, yet an underlying structural cause — such as bladder stones or a bladder tumor — has not been identified. This condition is called Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). Experts feel that. …

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