Archie and his cystitis

Regular readers of this blog will know that Archie has been ill the last few days.
It’s not a new problem, but a constantly returning one for the old boy.
Archie has feline cystitis, a rather nasty condition that sends him constantly scurrying for the litter tray or into the flower beds.
He’s had it for about three years now and, because of a couple of operations (a description of which would make any man’s eyes water) he can’t do himself any permanent damage.
But he does have to put up with a lot of pain and cat litter bills tend to go through the roof once every six months or so!
Cystitis is a condition where tiny crystals or sand like particles form within a cats urine.
The crystals stage can be treated, but can also be directly translated to a cat’s bladder leading it to become inflamed.
When it gets really bad it can lead to the cat’s urinary tract becoming blocked and eventually even to the cat dying.
Stagnant urine build’s up in the animal’s body and this can harm the kidneys, even causing kidney failure.
Fortunately, Archie never reached that stage but a few years ago he was very ill. His bladder had become infected and, despite other treatments, the crystals kept causing him problems.
That meant he had to undergo two major operations – the first didn’t work, but the second was a success.
Basically it meant that the part of Archie (look away now men!) that had been blocking the crystals from escaping was removed.
Thai lady-boys pay thousands for the same treatment…
Although the ‘blockage’ was removed, Archie still forms crystals in his urine from time to time and this still causes all the basic symptoms of cystitis.
These consist of problems such as:

  • Frequent bathroom trips to the litter box
  • Attempting to go to the bathroom with little urine passed
  • Blood is present in the urine
  • Odorous urine is being exhibited
  • Irritability
  • Urinating in other places of the house; not in their litter box
  • Licking their genitals
  • Laying on cold surfaces, such as tile floors or in showers (the cold surfaces help ease pain)
  • Experiencing pain in urination (crying)

Archie has done all of these things while he’s had cystitis, and most of them in the last two or three days.
The good news is that with the right treatment he’ll be better in a day or two.
Over the years we’ve researched or been told lots of reasons why Archie may have got cystitis or how to cope with it, but the general consensus is that no-one really knows.
Stress is one theory; although how a beast that spends his days asleep on bed, sofa or lap and bullying his Mum into seconds at dinner time can be stressed is beyond us!
These days it is more likely he is simply picking up the infection as a result of the changes to his body from the previous operations.
Whatever the case he’s not a happy catty at the moment, but the good news is its the weekend so he’s back on Mum’s knee and feeling more comfortable already…


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Posted on 23/06/2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Oh I’m ever so glad Archie is feeling better today….that cystitis thing sounds like something I hope I NEVER, EVER get!!!

    Kitty Hugs for Archie,

  2. Am glad he’s feeling better. Hope he’ll get over it completely soon.
    P.S.: And anice hug and a scratch behind hie ears!

  3. My boy Archie!! I hurt for you bro’…I had a bladder infection, on and off for a while, before I came to my furrever home…and then it got really bad, and I had the crystals in my urine. My vet said ‘simple’ never ever eat any dry food again that is NOT PRESCRIPTION. I can have any kind of canned food forever, but if I eat dry, it has to be prescription…and that took care of my problem. Maybe just eating canned food would help you manage your condition my sweet prince…just trying to help…paw pats just for you…

    • Savvy thanks for the tip we will try it as the routine when well is dry in morning and wet food in the evening. At the moment for future all wet food. Archie had humans up again last night each day he adds another hour where he can not ask to go out or in pain ( four hours today). This is low sign he is improving, however the humans are looking abit worse for wear with hardly any sleep the past four/three nights :-(. Oscar xxx

  4. Poor Archie. I hope he feels better soon! This is just very sad. 😦

  5. Hello 3 Moogies esp Archie: Sherri-Ellen here. I had no idea you have Chronic Cystitis also. I was not told ANYTHING about Nylablue’s health when I rescued her. Within 3 days I saw blood in her urine & rushed her to Vet. She was utterly terrified so nothing was done for another week till she calmed down & Dr. Dave could actually check her! I thought she had Cancer or something & I was devastated thinking I would have to PTS & it was only 3 months since my previous Meezer Mingflower was PTS due to Kidney Disease/Renal failure…so emotionally I was a wreck
    Long story short Dr. Dave diagnosed her with Chronic Cystitis & figured out meds & diet. She is on Prescription kibble for Urinary tract issues & wet food. No treats other than skipjack tuna allowed…. Temptations trigger bleeding….so we know what NOT to do!!
    I also had Nylablue getting Accupunture for 1 1/2 yrs & using herbal med until we got a bad batch & she was poisoned so I went back to traditional med, using 1/2 tab of Prenisolone daily crushed in food & it works a treat!!!
    As Nylablue was a breeding Queen for 4+ years Dr. Dave believes that is why she got Cystitis as she was always pregnant & in a confined space & stressed being in a kitty mill.
    That is also why she only had 13 teeth when she came to me & then had to have the remainder removed due to Peridontel Disease…..calcium leeched out of her teeth for all the kittens she gave birth to… w/out bad teeth there is no Peridontel Disease & that has slowed the Cystitis down…altho’ she has Inflammatory Bowel Disease now which is a progression of the Cystitis….she is stable now but I am always on the watch for a flare-up! Thank you for sharing about your experience with Cystitis Archie! I sure hope you are feeling better too!!! xo Sherri-Ellen.

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