Cat filter: My cat has idiopathic cystitis and I would love some advice on how to help her feel better.
My cat Prufrock
has been having urinary tract issues since just before Christmas. (She had a UTI in the summer of 2009, but didn't have any problems between then and now. I have an earlier question here on Ask about her from then.) She has had blood tests, multiple urine tests, and even x-rays to see if she has bladder stones. Everything is negative. She doesn't have stones or any signs of infection, and her blood work is normal, so the vet diagnosed her with idiopathic cystitis.
In December the vet put her on Dasuquin, a glucosamine and chondroiton supplement that is supposed to help with feline bladder issues, which she has been eating on her food since then. She also has had a couple of rounds of antibiotics, but isn't on any right now. After everything was ruled out, the vet recommended Royal Canin Urinary SO canned food, which I have been trying to get her to eat. She has been eating that for less than a week, and sometimes she ignores it, sometimes she gobbles it up.
I'm worried right now because since yesterday she has had quite a bit of blood in her urine. I check the litter box and there are droplets of bright red in it. She also seems to be straining. The vet said I should bring her back in a week if it is still happening, but I want to know if there is anything else I could do to help her out before then. She drinks a lot of water, and always has since she was a kitten, and eats some wet food but mostly dry. She doesn't eat very much at all, really. She doesn't seem dehydrated like she did in December.
Does anyone have any experience with mysterious bladder issues in female cats? Most of the information I have been able to find is on male cats, which she isn't, obviously. Are there other diagnoses I can suggest my vet check for? Is there anything else I can try to give her some relief? Pru and I would love your advice.