About a year ago after a stressful 12 hours at the emergency vet, my cat Clementine was diagnosed with (FIC). Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is an older term used to describe a set of clinical signs associated with abnormal urination in cats. Some causes of FLUTD are: urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder stones, or bladder crystals. When the condition has no identifiable cause, it is called feline idiopathic cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) indicating that this is an exclusionary diagnosis (i.e., no other causes for it can be identified).
Chronic UTIs and bladder crystals are relatively common in domestic cats, specifically male cats. So, I thought I would share some of my favourite products that have helped me to manage Clementine’s diagnosis.
1. Feliway: Feliway is a vet-approved pheromone solution to help calm cats. Stress and anxiety are big FLUTD and FIC triggers, and Feliway is the ONLY thing that has helped manage Clem’s stress levels. I use the diffuser at home, and I have the spray for travel. (https://us.feliway.com/)
2. Purina Proplan: there’s a few other urinary diets out there for cats (Royal Canin and hills science are other ones that I’ve tried) but this is the only one Clementine likes. It comes in a few flavours (other urinary diets do not) and he has not experienced any flare ups in his 6 months on this food. (https://www.purina.ca/pro-plan)
3. Cranberry treats: treats were a big issue for me when Clem first got the FIC diagnosis, because there didn’t seem to be any on the market. A couple months ago, I saw a bag of these and they became an instant favourite. (https://npicpet.com/products/get-naked%C2%AE-cat-health-with-cranberry-juice-crunchy-treats)
P.s. I am not sponsored by any of these brands, they just work really well :)