Feliway Cystease, a supplement designed to help support the bladder lining in your cat.
Support the bladder – Supplements like Cystease® are available to help support the bladder lining. This supplement contains N-acetyl glucosamine, the building blocks the bladder needs to maintain the lining and also L-tryptophan a stress fighting ingredient.
Encourage cats to drink – It is vital cats drink regularly to prevent their urine becoming overly concentrated. However, cats do not have a strong thirst response (as they would naturally get most of their water from prey) and you may need to take action to encourage your cat to drink more. You may also consider changing your cat’s diet to a high quality meat tinned food where they can receive moisture through their food, unlike dry kibble.
- Never place water next to food. Cats will never drink where they eat. Make sure bowls are in other parts of the room / house.
- Provide wide ceramic bowls and ensure the level remains topped up. Plastic or metal taints the taste.
- Some cats may prefer drinking from running water. If so cat water fountains are available and can be very effective.
Reduce Stress – Feliway® Classic, the innovate pheromone product, available as a plug-in diffuser and proven to reduce feline stress, has been reported to have reduced the number and severity of bouts of Feline Cystitis and is now commonly used as part of the management of the disease. However, other steps should also be taken to reduce the cats stress.
Environmental enrichment - In addition to Feliway, environmental modifications may be required, particularly in multi-cat households:
If there is a new cat in the neighbourhood causing your cat stress, provide a shield so the new cat cannot be seen, e.g. cover the windows when you’re not in the room or remove items that may attract the aggressor cat such as bird tables.
In a multi-cat household create multiple access points for valuable resources, i.e.
- Multiple litter trays
- Multiple sleeping areas
- Multiple food stations
- Multiple drinking opportunities (not near food)
Spread these ‘resources’ around the house so they are not concentrated in one area. This means all cats can access the resources when they wish without having to wait until another cat has finished. Queuing causes your cat to become stressed and is a very common cause of social unrest.
Single cat-sized sleeping perches have been shown to help reduce individual cat stress in multi-cat household for a similar reason.
Please remember, cats don’t like changes and don’t like surprises.
Pop in and speak to one of our Pet Care Advisor who will be able to guide you to a happier and healthier cat.
Always consult your veterinarian if you think your cat may be suffering from feline cystitis.
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