Cystitis in cats, simply put, means inflammation of the bladder. However, cystitis can be a sign of a more dangerous condition known as feline urinary blockage. Here are some symptoms to watch for if you are concerned that your cat might have a feline urinary blockage. If your cat shows any of the below symptoms, make sure to take quick action. Blockages must be cleared within 72 hours or else the condition can turn fatal.
Symptoms of Cystitis In Cats
1)One symptom of a feline urinary tract blockage is if your kitty is more lethargic than usual;
2)You might also notice that your cat is exhibiting unusual behavior in the litter box.
3)If your cat is licking at his genital area excessively;
4)Straining in the litter box or missing the litter box entirely when urinating;
5)If your cat howls or cries when urinating that is another serious sign that something is wrong;
6)Lastly, if there is blood in the urine or if your kitty vomits in conjunction with other symptoms of a blockage.
These are all signs of a major health problem and it is now time to rush your kitty to the veterinarian.
How does your veterinarian diagnose cystitis in cats or a feline urinary blockage?
First the vet will feel your cat’s bladder. If the bladder is distended, hard to the touch, painful, and upon squeezing your kitty does not urinate, this will indicate to the veterinarian that your kitty likely has a blockage. The next step, provided the bladder is not so overly distended as to make the test dangerous to your cat’s health, is to insert a fine needle into the bladder and extract a urine sample. Thankfully the needle is significantly less painful than a urinary blockage.
At this point the veterinarian will take a look at the urine and check under the microscope for crystals bacteria, blood, red cells, and white cells and also use a urine stick to check the urine pH level. Depending on the severity of the blockage your veterinarian may take x-rays to identify stones, tumors, or if there is a birth defect responsible for the problem.
How is feline urinary blockage treated?
If your kitty’s urinary blockage was brought on by crystals or stones, the most important initial step is to pass a catheter and unblock your cat. Once your kitty is unblocked and the emergency has passed, the next step is to determine what kind of crystals or stones your kitty has. Knowing the content of these crystals allows your veterinarian decide which prescription diet is best for your cat. You can also add homeopathic remedies to help your kitty recover and prevent repeat bouts of cystitis.
If your cat has a bacterial infection, the vet may also want to prescribe an antibiotic. These days, because of concerns about the long-term effects of antibiotics on the body, these medications are under greater scrutiny. If an incorrect antibiotic is prescribed, it can fail to treat a bladder infection and sometimes even make it worse.
You may want to talk with your veterinarian about alternative approaches and natural remedies to help with your kitty’s recovery from a feline urinary blockage. Holistic vets understand how powerful homeopathic remedies containing cantharis, UVA ursi, and berberis vulgaris can be in healing and preventing bladder problems in cats.