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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) 


One of the most common signs of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is inappropriate elimination (going pee outside the litter box).  Anyone who’s had to deal with this issue knows that cat urine smells terrible, is difficult to clean up, and the problem is difficult to live with.  It’s not surprising that inappropriate elimination is a common reason for cats being surrendered or euthanized1.   Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is a multi-factorial condition, most likely related largely to stress, that can result in inappropriate urination, bloody urine and/or straining in the litter box.

To manage this issue, it is important to address all related factors:

  • increase water intake to dilute urine,
  • provide environmental enrichment and management of stress,
  • and feed a diet that maintains ideal body condition and encourages water intake.

If you are concerned that your cat may have FIC, contact your veterinarian immediately.



1. Patronek GJ, Glickman LT, Beck AM, McCabe GP, & Ecker C (1996). Risk factors for  relinquishment of cats to an animal shelter. J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc. 209 (3): 584.






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