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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)

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Optimal treatment for your pet requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be crucial and includes the following:

  • Physical examination and urinalysis in Cats should be repeated 5-7 days after resolution of clinical signs or discontinuation of drugs administered on a temporary basis such as butorphanol for pain and acepromazine and phenoxybenzamine to relax the urethra.

  • Give all medications prescribed by your veterinarian, as directed.

  • Provide your pet with frequent opportunities to urinate (make sure to provide a clean litterbox at all times). For tips on ideal litter box care - go to The Fine Art of Litter Box Care.

  • Provide plenty of fresh clean water for your cat to drink. For some tips for increasing water intake - go to Tips for Encouraging Your Cat to Drink.

  • Help your pet maintain a healthy body weight and prevent obesity by feeding the correct amount of a healthy diet. For tips on preventing obesity - please read Obesity in Cats.

  • Feed a canned food product if at all possible.

  • Try to minimize stress for your pet by keeping the environment as stable as possible (do not introduce new animals), provide scratching posts, provide climbing toys, and provide toys to chase. If you have multiple cats - please read Tips on Reducing Multicat Household Stress.

  • Contact your veterinarian if you are experiencing difficulty treating your cat or if you are concerned that your male cat may be developing urinary tract obstruction. Frequent unsuccessful attempts to urinate, distressed meowing while attempting to urinate, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and reluctance to move are symptoms that may signal urinary obstruction in a male cat and may constitute a medical emergency.

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