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Published: Apr 20, 2011

Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is a condition that affects many cats. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, FIC is most common among middle-aged cats, overweight and / or indoor cats.

According to the Eureka-Wildwood Patch, the condition of FIC may also be referred to as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) or feline urological syndrome (FUS). FIC relates to inflammation of the bladder and is a complex condition often related to stress in a cat’s environment. Symptoms of FIC include an increased effort to urinate, an inflamed or irritated urinary tract, blood in a cat's urine or vocalization or pain while urinating. In some instances FIC can result in life-threatening urinary blockages and any of these signs should prompt a visit to a VCA veterinary clinic for a thorough examination.

It is important for cat parents to be aware that these symptoms can also be indicative of other issues, such as bladder stones or urinary tract infection. The news source recommends a visit to a vet to determine the cause of the condition. Only when other causes of urinary problems are eliminated can a diagnosis of FIC be made.

Treatment is aimed at addressing stress within the household for the affected cat as well as manipulation of a cat’s food and water intake to lessen the inflammation and pain in the bladder. Cat parents should be aware of the signs of this potentially serious affliction so that they can seek the medical assistance of a veterinarian as soon as possible for the best possible outcome.