BY Nicky Diver-Clarke RVN Your Pet Nurse Hastings

Our feline companions are sensitive and susceptible to anxiety. So when home is hectic, a new cat moves in to your area, a new baby arrives at home, the builders are working on the house, you buy a lovely new carpet or your routine changes then consider how this may affect your furry family members.

As a result of their sensitive nature, cats then become prone to Feline Idiopathic Cystitis or FIC. This is an inflammation of the bladder with an unknown cause and can result in discomfort when urinating for your cat. You may find them toileting in unusual places such as house plants or even the bed, straining to urinate, possibly passing blood in their urine and excessive licking in that area. In fact 60-70% of feline urinary related conditions can be accredited to FIC.

It also has the potential to progress in to something far more serious, including a bladder infection, bladder stones or a blockage. If you’re concerned that your cat is unproductively straining to urinate then call your vet as this is an emergency.

So how can we help? If you’re worried then the first stop must be your local vet, but there are adaptations we can make at home to help our cats feel safer. Create hiding places: cats like to be high up, so be creative! The use of pheromone therapy, like Pet Remedy or Feliway may help too. Keep litter trays, feeding and water bowls separate and away from windows or doors. Provide multiple water bowls and consider using a water fountain to encourage your cat to drink. Good quality urinary diets and supplements can also be helpful and work both short term and long term.

Your Pet Nurse Hastings can support you and your pet at home. Contact me to find out more. 07846546186 or visit


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