Both of our cats are predisposed to a condition called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. We learned of the disorder after we returned from a trip to find P. Kitty repeatedly trying to urinate on our bed. At first we were angry -- she's always had a sassy attitude and we thought she was punishing us for being away -- but then we realized she was actually trying to tell us she was sick.
At the emergency vet, P. Kitty was diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), which refers to any and many disorders which cause an uncomfortable inflammation in the urinary lining. We were also told that her condition would probably reoccur. Unfortunately, it did. It also struck our second cat, Biggie Smalls, about a year later, after we returned from another trip. We realized that the cause of our cats' syndrome was most probably stress as a result of our absences.
We decided to change several things in our cats' and our own lifestyles to minimize the risk of FLUTD striking again:
Since FLUTD can and often does reoccur, holistic treatments can be helpful in treating the symptoms. We've heard of some cat owners who've tried acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutritional supplements to treat their cats. We've tried flower essences and Animals' Apawthecary Tinkle Tonic in the past, but hadn't had much luck with either, but we're still open to safe, natural remedies when possible. We advise that pet owners ask a holistically trained veterinarian before applying any homeopathic remedies.
A cat affected by FLUTD often:
• is constantly straining to urinate with little to no result
• is urinating outside of the litterbox
• is constantly licking its urinary opening
• cries or howls while in the litterbox
• has bloody urine (will probably appear slightly rosy rather than obviously red)