We Reckon FloJo May Have Cystitis :-(

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
March 4, 2011 2:56pm CST
Our FloJo has been acting very strange the last couple of days. Due to her (mainly) being an indoor cat any alteration in behaviour is noticed immediately by her attentive owners. She's been using the litter tray as normal but she's been having problems TRYING to wee. Normally, she would do a big wee and that would be it..the same goes for her poo, but the last couple of days she's been using the tray loads more times but hardly anything comes out. She finds this frustrating and licks herself straight afterwards. John can be a fusspot at times but in times like these I'm glad he's around because he was straight on the phone to the vets! We shall probably have to travel to Dalston tomorrow morning as our vets isn't open (round the corner) on Saturdays, but the vet reckons it's very likely FloJo has cystitis after John mentioned her symptoms. Hopefully, this time tomorrow, the moggie will be back to her usual self. Have any of your cats ever suffered from cystitis? By the way, just to allay your fears, there is NO blood in her urine or poo.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Mar 11
Yes, The Doctor had it, but after I changed his diet, he got better and didn't have any more trouble.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 11
It's funny 'cos she wasn't supposed to be eating tuna with spring water as it does stuff to the insides..so we take that out of her diet and just give her the munchies (which is supposed to be a complete food) and some months later she has the cystitis. Probably not connected but Mum's cats have both, are older, and have never had such problems. We shall see tomorrow anyway. We have to contact the vets at 8.30am to see what time we can turn up.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Mar 11
I took The Doctor off of Cat Chow and other low cost food and fed him Science Diet and stuff and he did fine.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 11
UPDATE: Took cat to the vets and she was very nice. Examined Flojo thoroughly as one would expect. She'd already spoken to John last night so - obviously had an idea Flojo had cystitis and she DOES have cystitis. She told us that we're "lucky" we have a female cat as this condition can be fatal to males due to their narrower..er..passages. Anyway, she gave the moggy two injections, one of which should encourage her to drink more. This seems to have worked as Flojo has just had a MASSIVE drink of water, so I'm pleased about that. The vet has suggested we change the food from munchies to something softer. Obviously, we can't go back on the tuna as she suffers from furballs with that, despite us feeding her the munchies as well. A happy medium is what's required so later on we shall take a look around Pets At Home and see what's on offer. I can't stand tinned cat food as it makes me feel quite ill (the smell) so I reckon it will have to be pouches..undecided on ones with gravy or jelly. We may have to talk to a Nutrionist in the store about that. The vet said Flojo will be succeptible to cystitis due to the fact she is (mainly) an indoor cat. We told her we can't let her out for long periods of time because we were told at the shelter that she doesn't like other cats..and she doesn't either! It would be great if we could move away from this dump of a street and find somewhere with a bigger garden. In that instance I would start her off with a harness, etc so she would become accustomed to the outdoors. We would also get a cat flap fitted in the back door. Unfortunately, moving is a long way off. I have plugged in the Feliway diffuser and the refills are mercifully cheaper from Amazon so when we run out at least we can buy some more at a much better price than the vets! So, that's the latest on my beautiful, stressed moggy!
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@GardenGerty (101691)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Glad you caught this early on. Hopefully medication will be a quick cure for her. My cat that had this last was not an indoors cat and had what seemed like a sudden onset of some kind of blockage and we had to take him to an emergency vet and could not afford the IV treatment that MIGHT have saved his life, @$100 per day. Our vet was gone to the fair. She would probably have worked harder at saving him than the emergency vet.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 11
I hope our cat will be OK. It's all come on so suddenly. She's not distressed, more frustrated at not being able to pass urine properly..rather like we would be I suppose. Hopefully, the vet will do wonders and help her out..more than we can at this stage.
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@GardenGerty (101691)
• United States
5 Mar 11
They may tell you to change her food after they treat her. One thing is to make sure her food is low in ash is what I have been told. I also had a cat that I had to give a daily "urine acidifier" tablet to.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 11
Yes, we have been told to change her diet which is frustrating as we did have her on tuna in spring water..and she couldn't handle that due to furballs developing. Since then we just fed her the complete cat food (munchies) and she loves them..no furballs. It's going to be a delicate balance feeding her from now on. Fortunately, there is an awful lot to choose from in our local Pets At Home store down the road. If we can't decide there should be a Nutrionist on hand to advise us. We shall carry on with her munchies but will have to think of something else other than tuna we can feed her on as well. I shall keep you posted!
@BarBaraPrz (20527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Mar 11
Is she constipated too? If so, a little butter will remedy that.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 11
What, eating it you mean?
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 11
I have typed out the latest in the box above. Basically, we have to change her diet (again) and I will order a new refill for the Feliway Diffuser that is much cheaper from Amazon. Hopefully, this will calm her down. Since bringing her back from the vets she has just sat on the carpet continuously grooming herself so I've plugged the diffuser down here instead of it being in the bedroom. We all know what cystitis can be like for us women (not very nice) so the poor moggy will be in pain from it, hence the stress she is under. The vet gave her a couple of injections and since then Flojo has had a massive drink of water. We shall see what happens. In a bit we shall visit Pets At Home to see what's on offer in there (food wise). We are lucky that it's virtually on our doorstep as it sells everything for every pet you could think of lol.
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@BarBaraPrz (20527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Mar 11
Yes, eating it... about half a teaspoonful usually is enough. Glad she's drinking water again. That'll help, too.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
6 Mar 11
Hi Janey ...Ah...Poor FloJo...(Did you name her after the Olympiad runner FloJo?) Anyway, When I had my cat, she got cystitis a couple of times. I used to feel so bad for her when she would try and try to pee and nothing..(I know the feeling) I would take her to the vet and he would give her a shot and send me home with some pills and in a couple of days, she would be fine. After the second time, I started giving her only bottled water and do you know she never got another one again? The water here in Florida is rated very poorly compared to water in the rest of the country and I don't drink it so why should my pets? My dogs drink a lot of water so I boil a couple of gallons at a time and have not had a problem with them. How is your tap water over there? Maybe you could boil it before giving it to her as I know bottled water gets expensive.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Mar 11
Hello! Yes, we DID name the cat after the Olympiad runner for the simple reason she flies down the stairs like FloJo used to fly around the track lol. http://www.unitedutilities.com/waterquality.aspx Above shows some info about our water. I don't really understand it but I never knew about the naturally occuring fluoride in our water, so none of it is artificial. I never knew the water quality was poor in Florida. Why is that?