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Old October 30th, 2013, 01:53 PM
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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. Scully

After 3 visits to the vet since July to October Scully is presenting a pattern in her urinary tract.
She gets sick, tries to go to the litter box all the time, sometimes in some other places like the dirty clothes hamper. You can see she's experiencing a lot of discomfort. Bloody urine, all the signs of the urinary infection.
Then after a 2 or 3 days she gets better. First we thought it was the antibiotic and analgesics. But this last time she didn't have any, the vet is suspecting that it could be caused by stress. X Rays don't show any stones (and I am so grateful for that), she had one culture back in July that showed cocci bacteria and now we're waiting for the results of the sample that was taken today in the following 3 to 4 days. Without any medication she is now emptying her bladder normally, no more blood, no more going all the time, etc.
(We did take her to the vet of course)
We bought at her clinic a Feliway difusor to begin with.
Her an Bobandy tolerate each other but they're not pals. She gets along with Mulder very well (and Mulder aka Bonkers) gets along very well with both. She's everyone's friend.
So anyway we will be getting new furniture very soon. A couch, a table, among some other things.
Bobandy has been with us for over a year and this UTIs are relatively new. Why now? The only different thing is that I'm pregnant (never been before) but I love them as much as life. I haven't changed at all with them, except for not letting them lie on my belly that's about it.
I'm concerned of how the baby will affect them, particularly Scully who is a very sensitive cat.
I'm thinking of ways to ease her stress since it's even making her sick
She's an indoors cat, she has access to the deck when we are around, although it's getting cold. Not the best relationship with Bo but not bad either.
Difusers are one option but what else can help her ease her stress...
Aroma therapy?
(They have cat trees)
Ideas are welcome.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 07:58 AM
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Koteboro I am sorry that Skully has this. My sweet baby girl Tabitha had this for several years before she passed. We dealt with it as best as we could but it did have its frustrations. Most of the time it was the inappropriate peeing outside the box. If we managed to catch her quickly and get her to the vet it usually helped. We tried several different meds and some worked better than others. I can go back and check to see what was prescribed but the one medication that I do recall that worked well was called Orbax.

I opened a thread about this located here if you want to see what some folks suggested:
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread....athic+cystitis

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Old November 1st, 2013, 04:07 PM
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Hi Koteburo:

If I recall I think early this spring you had occasion to use some colloidal silver on one of your cats. Have you thought of using it for the urinary tract problems? Our Missy has the same problem from time to time. The typical bloody spots all over the house, and suffering a lot of pain while trying to urinate. I have found using colloidal silver along with homeopathics that I can knock the pain out of her in about 3 hours or less.

I try to get the homeopathics into her first, Arnica for pain, Pulsatilla this is for irritation, and Hepar Sulfuris is excellent for bladder infections. After that I try to get colloidal silver into her usually 3 or 4 times a day I give her 3 mL or 3 eyedroppers full. Usually things have settled down in a half a day and she is back to normal but even at that I have a protocol that carries on for a week before I stop.

Missy is on raw food, and still gets hit with this problem of urinary tract infection. So I can't blame it on being a kibble problem in her case. I do think stress could be a big factor especially in a multi-cat household.

The use of colloidal silver and homeopathics might be worth considering, or looking into. If you're thinking of using cranberry extract I used Cran Rich by Natural Factors. I find it to be more cat friendly, it has a very mellow flavor which allows it to be sprinkled on the food. Use the quarter capsule (125 mg) twice a day. The reason for this is the active ingredient in the cranberry concentrate has about a 10 hour active window when taken so if it is taken both morning and night you have a better chance of it working for you in protecting your cat.
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Old November 1st, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Good suggestion Reg with the colloidal silver. I used that with Tabitha too!

I also used Cosequin I can check on the name for sure.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 02:53 PM
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While surfing the net I came across this article that I think is a must read for cat owners, especially for people having urinary trackt issues with their cats. Please read it, and share it with other cat owners. I found it very informative, and thought it was well worth sharing.

http://www.michvet.com/Client%20Educ...20Cystitis.pdf
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Old November 6th, 2013, 06:23 PM
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Winston: Thanks a lot for the link to the thread about it. I'm already looking into some of those herbs.

Reg: OMG invaluable information. And how didn't I think about the colloidal silver before.
Yes, your memory serves you well in early spring while visiting my parents we had a fungus outbreak! 3 got infected and 2 of them were healed with only colloidal silver. The kitten did require to combine it with medication he brought it home but I'm sure if I caught it earlier the silver would have been enough. He's doing awesome now btw
But back to the cystitis I really like your protocol and I'm going to implement it for Scully. At the moment she is on a cranberry paste for cats just to keep it at bay. I will follow it step by step because it makes a lot of sense to me.

Thank you so much guys (well girls )
Always great info shared on this board. Greatly appreciated

Dlwd the article and btw scully's culture came back aaaaaand clean.
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