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Issue number 29.2 Other Scientific

How I approach… Feline idiopathic cystitis

Published 24/10/2019

Written by Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano , Română and Español

Feline idiopathic cystitis is one of the most common problems encountered in small animal practice. Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard reviews the condition and in particular discusses the behavioral aspects that should be considered when dealing with these cases.

How I approach… Feline idiopathic cystitis

Key points

Feline idiopathic cystitis is a condition involving the lower urinary tract, not a medical condition of the lower urinary tract.


Feline idiopathic cystitis occurs when a susceptible cat is exposed to internal or external stress.


Treating this condition involves introducing various environmental modifications aimed at reducing stress.


Medical therapy may be necessary to treat idiopathic cystitis but this should always be in conjunction with introduction of appropriate measures to address the specific risk factors involved.


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