Protecting Your Cat From Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is also referred to as feline urologic syndrome (FUS), lower urinary tract signs (LUTS), feline lower urinary tractinflammation or feline interstitial cystitis. This is not really a disease, but rather denotes a group of clinical symptoms that together represent a disease process affecting the urinary tract. The cause is unknown but some cats appear to be genetically predisposed to the problem. Stress, water and mineral intake, and urinary pH are also thought to be important predisposing factors. Cats that are fearful or aggressive also seem to be predisposed to FLUTD.

Since stress has been an important predisposing factor of FLUTD, preventive measures are geared towards reducing stressors in the cat’s immediate environment. Environmental enrichment has been shown to help resolve symptoms in cats with FLUTD. Owners of multi-cat households should see to it that the basic needs of each cat should be met. Each must have his own food bowl, water dish, litter box, etc. Regular interactions between cats and their humans are also very important. Installing kitty furniture will also provide opportunities for pets cats to engage in natural behaviors.


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