How To Treat A Cat With Cystitis

How To Treat A Cat With Cystitis


If you’ve ever seen your cat in the litter box, and they were uncomfortable or seemed to be straining, it may have been cystitis. Cats can get cystitis just like humans can—it’s a form of bladder inflammation that causes pain and discomfort. The good news is that there are things you can do at home to make your cat with cystitis more comfortable while they heal.

Cats can get cystitis.

Cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder wall. It’s a painful condition that can cause your cat to strain to urinate, cry during urination and pass blood in their urine.

Causes of Cystitis

Your cat may get cystitis when:

  • There’s an infection in its urinary tract, which is usually caused by bacteria or crystals. The infection can irritate the lining of the bladder and cause swelling. If your cat has this type of infection, it will need antibiotics from a veterinarian to treat it properly.
  • Kitty has a blockage in its urethra (the tube that carries urine out of its body). This blockage causes pressure in kitty’s bladder so that it retains water instead of releasing it through urination like normal cats do every day!

Cystitis can be very painful.

Cystitis can be very painful. Not only are the symptoms of cystitis uncomfortable, but they can also be quite serious and even life threatening if left untreated. Cats can experience pain in their lower abdomen, which is a common symptom of cystitis. The pain experienced by cats suffering from cystitis is often intense and sudden, lasting long periods of time and recurring frequently over a period of months or years. Cystitis is also characterized by severe pain that can be debilitating for some cats, who may stop eating or drinking because they cannot bear to sit down on anything hard or cold in order to relieve themselves every few minutes!

What to do if your cat has cystitis

If your cat is suffering from cystitis, you will want to make sure that they are drinking enough water. Some cats may need more than others, so it’s best to keep an eye on how much they are drinking and supplement if necessary.

In addition to plenty of water, some cats may require special nutritional support or medication in order to support the healing process. If your cat experiences a relapse in symptoms after a few days of treatment and/or loses interest in food, talk with your vet about these options.

There are some things you can do at home to make your cat with cystitis more comfortable.

You can make your cat more comfortable at home by using a warm compress. You can also give your cat plenty of water and a warm bath. If your vet recommends it, use a humidifier in the room where you are keeping your cat during his recovery time. If you have an air conditioner that has a humidifier, that works well too! If the weather is hot and dry, this will help keep the air moist for him to breathe in so his lungs recover faster from infection.

You should also follow any other advice given by your vet regarding treatment options for cystitis in cats such as using a heating pad or cooling pad on specific parts of his body depending on what he needs to get better faster. The most important thing is just making sure he has access to these items when needed so he doesn’t suffer any further discomfort while trying to heal himself naturally!


Hopefully this article has helped you to better understand what cystitis is and what to do if your cat has it. If you have any more questions about cystitis or anything else, please feel free to ask us in our comments section below! We know how much cats mean to their owners, so we’re here for you anytime with advice on keeping them happy and healthy.

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