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Cystitis – more common than you think!

Most women have had a bout of cystitis at some point in their lives.  Also called a Urinary Tract Infection, it can be caused by a variety of factors.

Believe it or not, animals can get cystitis too!

Male cats, especially, are prone to cystitis, or UTIs.  They won’t come tell you why, but they will give you signs.

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An observant owner will usually put the pieces together:

  • urinating outside the litter box
  • crying when urinating
  • small, scanty drops of liquid
  • frequent trips to the litter box without much to show for it
  • starting out normal, but almost standing up when finishing

DON’T get mad at your cat if he’s suddenly peeing on the floor.  He can’t tell you he doesn’t feel good. He has to show you.

CANTHARIS is a great little remedy to have on hand and it usually works within a day or two.  I use the smallest pellets available and sprinkle a few in the offending cat’s wet food, twice a day.  You can attempt to put the pills into the cat’s mouth, but I don’t have much luck with that.

Ten days is the norm, but I find it works within 2-3 days.  Of course, every feline is different.

If your cat is totally plugged, take him to the Vet immediately.  This is a very dangerous condition for male cats, because the urine has crystallized and it cannot pass through the urethra.  Cats can die within 4-6 hours of total cessation of urine output.  There ARE homeopaths that you can try if you have them on hand, but I highly recommend a Vet visit.  I’ll post more information in another post.

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Mosby Gets Cystitis

ImageMosby, aka Moe, is Smudge’s brother.  Their Momma Kiki was a beautiful grey striped Manx.  At least, I presumed she was a Manx – or a Japanese bob-tail because she just had a little stub.  Moe, long hair and all, has a little stub of a tail too.  It’s really cute!  He’s always been more shy than his brother Smudge so I didn’t realize he was getting ill until I noticed he was having issues peeing in the litter box.  Cystitis isn’t fun for anyone, but when male cats have it, it can be deadly.  Smudge had a bout of blockage 15 or so years ago.  Of course, it was on a Sunday and by the time I got him back from the Vet it cost me $600.  That was a lot of money 15 years ago.  Heck, it’s STILL a lot of money!  No offense to the no-name cat food companies, but….I’ve never fed it to him again and he’s never had another issue.  So…Moe….what to do?  He was urinating, but trying constantly, so I knew he wasn’t plugged.  A point for me.  I got out the books, I perused the internet, I needed to find something to ease his pain.

I have 2 wonderful natural health books for animals.  They are:

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton, DVM

Just recently I added another favorite, of which I am also going to purchase the dog version:

Cats Homeopathic Remedies by George MacLeod

I started Moe on Cantharis 30C.  They said to give 1 pellet every 30 minutes.  Difficult when the cat isn’t over friendly, so I put it in his food, twice daily.  I also went back to the regular litter I had been using, thinking that maybe the change in litter caused his issues.  I alternated the Cantharis with Belladonna, same dosing schedule.  After about 4-5 days, he was back to his old self.