Acute Cystitis in Cats

Acute Cystitis (Bladder Inflammation) in Cats

Acute cystitis is inflammation of the urinary bladder. In cats acute cystitis is not usually infectious in nature, and the most common cause of lower urinary tract symptoms in cats is feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) or Painful Bladder Syndrome, which means it has no known cause.

In addition to FIC, there are other causes of acute cystitis:

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Acute Cystitis in Cats

Diagnostic tests are needed to recognize acute cystitis and exclude other diseases.

Treatment of Acute Cystitis in Cats

Home Care and Prevention

Administer as directed any medications prescribed by your veterinarian. The best time to administer antibiotics is in the morning and evening. Provide unlimited access to fresh clean water.

Follow-up as directed with your veterinarian for physical examination and urinalysis. In cases of confirmed bacterial cystitis, urine culture should be performed five to seven days after completion of the antibiotic course to ensure that urinary tract infection has been eliminated.

Additional diagnostic evaluation may be recommended to identify predisposing factors if your cat’s response to treatment is incomplete.

Preventing cystitis can be difficult, especially feline idiopathic cystitis. You should provide unlimited access to fresh clean water and frequent opportunities to urinate.

I hope this article gives you the information you needed about acute cystitis in cats.