There is no cure for FIC, instead you can manage your cat’s symptoms by making multiple changes to their lifestyle:
Cystitis is painful, pain relief is very important to help your cat recover. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used to settle the bladder and make your cat more comfortable.
Strong urine is irritating to the bladder, if your cat drinks more it will dilute their pee. Tips for increasing water intake:
- Provide lots of water bowls in various locations around the house.
- Ideally use glass or ceramic bowls as opposed to metal or plastic (which can leave a bad taste in the water).
- Use wide, shallow bowls because they stop a cat’s whiskers touching the sides of the containers which is irritating for them.
- Water fountains – some cats prefer to drink moving water.
- Feed wet food – it contains a lot of water. Feeding wet food or soaked biscuits can significantly increase your cat’s water intake.
Even if they don’t show it, cats are sensitive creatures who get stressed very easily. Stressed cats are much more likely to develop FIC. It is often very difficult to tell if your cat is stressed and know exactly what is stressing them out. To make a start at reducing stress, make sure your cat has multiple water bowls, food bowls, litter trays and hiding places. Read our guide on how to recognise and reduce stress in your cat.
Overweight cats are much more likely to develop FIC, read our guide on how to keep you cat slim, fit and active.
Specialist diets have been designed to help keep your cat’s bladder as healthy as possible. Speak to your vet about whether your cat would benefit from eating a specialised diet.
Bladder supplements are thought to provide a soothing action to the inside of the bladder although there is no proof to that they help every cat with FIC.