Fram & Sax Cat Care and News April 2017
01 April 2017
Our fundraising events are numerous in coming months including homing fairs, country shows, collections etc. We look forward to meeting new and current supporters around the county. The Framlingham and Saxmundham CP members' newsletter is a great way to keep up with what is happening with the branch. It contains details of forthcoming events, cats looking for homes, cat care information, news from the committee, fund raising volunteers and fosterers. There are also wonderful stories about cats who have been successfully re-homed. Membership is just £10 a year and each member will receive four newsletters during the year. It is a fantastic way of keeping up with our news and helping support the branch. Please see the website or call for more details about becoming a member or for dates of events.
Cat care: Stress related urinary problems: Inflammation of the bladder,Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a common complaint in cats. Rarely as a result of infection, cats are more prone to stress-induced cystitis. FLUTD occurs when the urinary tract becomes inflamed and blocked. Blockages can be the result of a stone, infection or a build up of struvite crystals. Most cats (60-70%) affected suffer from ‘idiopathic interstitial cystitis’ meaning the cause of the complaint is unknown. Abnormalities rarely show up on x-rays or ultrasounds, and urinalysis usually comes back clear of infection. Stress in the home ie: moving house, major DIY projects, or a new addition to the household, could all be causal factors.
Most cats affected by FLUTD will exhibit one or a combination of symptoms, the most common being frequent urination. Others include straining, often accompanied by ‘crying’ vocalisation, passing very little at a time and inappropriate spraying. Your vet will take a history to establish all the signs being exhibited. A physical examination will be carried out and a urine sample collected.
FLUTD can be seen in cats of any age both male and female; more frequently in middle-aged, overweight cats, and those with diabetes or kidney disease are more susceptible . Cats need to drink water, but get much of their hydration from their food. If a cat is de-hydrated, it is more vulnerable to struvite crystal formation which will cause discomfort and possible bleeding. Encouraging your cat to drink enough is vital; always ensure fresh water is available. There are also many varieties of specially formulated food now available for cats susceptible to urinary problems.
Minimising upheaval and stressful situations will help. Pain management is essential when dealing with the condition. Rarely, an antibiotics may be prescribed if a bacterial infection is suspected. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain killers will minimise discomfort. Occasionally, fluid therapy or catheterisation to relieve a blockage may be needed, while surgery is often performed on male cats to reduce the chance of blockage recurrence
Cats appear to sigh when they are happy. Unlike humans who use sighing to signal depression, boredom or resignation, cats sigh when they are content.