Cat Cystitis: treatment, symptoms + home prevention

Cat cystitis treatment involves much more than a shot of antibiotics and to understand this and answer the question “why cant my cat pee” we need to know what causes cat cystitis.

Cystits in cats (also known as “feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) or feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC)) is rarely due to an infection. In fact stress is the main cause In the vast majority of cat cystitis cases with certain cats being much more prone to developing this disease. This seems to be a genetic predisposition which makes some cats very susceptible and other very stressed cats seemingly immune from the development of cat cystitis.

Unfortunately, once a cat has had one episode of cystitis there is a very high chance of future relapses. This means management and treatment will be needed long term.

Cat cystitis symptoms can include straining and trying to pee but cant or only producing very small amounts of urine very frequently. This might seem like they cant pee and if your cat is male then this might actually be the case.

A blocked bladder is a true emergency and you can find out more in my other video “why cant my cat pee”:

Other cystitis symptoms in cats include bloody or pink-tinged urine, grumpyness, pain and vocalising.

Thankfully the treatment of cystitis in cats is also fairy straight forward with anti-inflammatory medication and increasing water intake being enough for most.

Once the initial episode has resolved, cat cystitis home prevention and treatment becomes vital to help prevent it from developing again in the future. This can involve a number of home remedies and management strategies to increase water intake and reduce stress. A holistic approach is essential and these two treatment strategies are the cornerstone of any cat cystitis holistic treatment plan.

These are discussed in full in other videos but some of the main cystitis home prevention strategies include:
– resource management – litter trays, water and food bowls
– providing a 3D space
– securing the home – this might require a microchip cat flap –
– anti-stress medication such as the pheromone Feliway –
– changing to a wet diet or adding water to the food and feeding a special prescription urinary diet that come in wet ( and dry forms (
– using a cat water fountain –
– add tuna juice to the water for flavour

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