Sterile Cystitis: De-Stressing and Supplements

Well here we are with da final part of our mini series on Sterile Cystitis. In our furst post we talked ‘bout da pawssible causes. Our second post innerduced you to meez new food. We discussed da pawssibility dat Sterile Cystitis was partly caused by food, both dry and those containing too many carbohydrates which kitties systems can’t break down. Seems Veterinary medicine doesn’t actually know what causes Sterile Cystitis. But thru comparin’ da lives of those cats purrsentin’ with it they’ve made sum assumptions. Another of those is dat it be caused by stress.

Dezi on cat tree with paw outstretched
Get yous coffee, tea or whatever and sit back and let us splain what be workin’ fur us.

 

Well anypawdy who knows kitties knows dat we can get purrlenty stressed purretty quick over nothin’. And as most cat peeps know a kitty offen shows their stress thru their urine habits. Anyways, stress can be caused by numerous things like funder boomers. Or maybe a change in our house hold. You know, did you move dat chair from da livin’ room? Or did you bring home a new kitty or doggy? A new baby, a move, a new man or woman in your life, new work schedule or just plain ole boredom can cause your cat stress among other things.

 

So mommy changed meez food and gave me a supplement dat we found at Wysong to help lower meez urine pH, and then we had to work on meez stress levels. Meow mommy dat’s a lot of stuff to do.

Wysong Biotic pH- for urinary pH in cats

Well baby there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. And yes, we did start with getting you off the Blue Buffalo kibbles, but knowing you were in pain, hurt me too and I wanted to get your urine pH down as quickly as possible. When I started my research we ended up at the Wysong website but not because of their food. That was a bonus. Wysong makes 2 supplements for urine pH. Both are called Biotic pH. There’s one for acidifying the urine and 1 for alkalizing the urine. Since Dezi’s urine pH was around 8-9 we needed to get it back down to the normal range. Having a urine pH that high meant she was at risk for developing stones and blockages. Ideally I would like to have Dezi do fine without any additional supplements, but as with medicines and supplements, sometimes you give something to get over a problem and then reassess. Thankfully the supplement is a powder that was sprinkled over her food and readily accepted. She ate it like a kid eats candy. But how do we know if it’s working?

Simple Solution Urinary Health Risk Indicator

To determine if Dezi’s urine pH was returning to normal we needed to test it. That meant either going back to the vet and paying for another urinalysis or testing it myself. Thankfully many advancements have been made in urine testing for cats because Dezi is the cat that would refuse to pee if I were standing there holding a test strip under her while she used the litter box. I researched testers extensively as well as ways to collect the urine and finally settled on a litter additive. Simple Solution makes a product that specifically tests urine pH when mixed with any litter you currently use. Since Sterile Cystitis can be an ongoing issue, and we’ll need to keep an eye on Dezi’s urine pH, I bought a couple of bags to start.

Litter box with Simple Solution and Swheatscoop
Those little green things be da Simple Solution.

I poured some Simple Solution crystals in the area where Dezi urinates and waited (they are now mixed in throughout the litter which will happen with the cats’ digging and does not affect the accuracy of the crystals or their ability to work). I didn’t have to wait long because the additive seemed to intrigue her. When she left the box, I was holding my breath. Dezi had been on the new food and supplement for a couple of days. I know you’re all thinking it was too soon and I was expecting a miracle. Maybe I was. I believe in miracles and so many people had been praying for her, so I checked the litter. Alright, it wasn’t perfect. It was a nice shade of lilac, not the color I wanted. But it had only been a couple of days, and at least it wasn’t deep purple which is where it would have been the day she was diagnosed. Another meal down, more fluids and the next time Dezi used the litter box the crystals didn’t change color at all. We were there. Her urine pH was finally normal again. My little girl was no longer in pain. Insert in your mind, a photo of mommy smiling from ear to ear with tears of joy streaming down my face.

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The next step was and is to work on Dezi’s stress levels. To do that we’ve been taking some days off the computer to hang out together and play and go for strolls. Dezi loves to play and she really likes to go out and see people and things. Kitties that lay around and sleep all the time can be stressed. Altho’ cats do sleep more than most species, they need enrichment during their waking hours. Their ancestors had to hunt for their food, so a little playtime before a meal can be beneficial. And altho’ I don’t believe any cat should be outside unattended, there’s a benefit to fresh air and sunshine. So invest in a good harness and leash and take the time to train your cats to use it. I have always preferred those harnesses made more like clothing as opposed to the strappy ones. A cat feels more secure when wrapped and even tho’ they may not like the harness at first, they will grow accustom to it and even someday enjoy it. We also use a stroller for going out. I’ll tell you they are a great investment. A way to take kitty out while keeping them completely protected.

Dezi playing with wand toy and standing on back legs

The last thing we added is a calming aid. Some of you know we’ve tried the Thundershirt, Feliway and Bach’s Flower Essences, as well as a few other brands of treats and drops to no avail. Dezi hates storms, the lawn crew, fireworks, and most other loud and obnoxious noises. I searched and read and even made calls looking for something that might work. I will say that we don’t know if any of the calming treats on the market actually work because Dezi won’t eat them. When it comes to treats, she only wants freeze dried meat and unfortunately nobody makes a calming freeze dried chicken breast treat.

Beaphar Calming Spot On for cats

Anyways, we found a spot on from a company across the pond on amazon called Beaphar. They make calming collars, pills, and a spot on that is supposed to work for a week, among other products. The only ingredient in this spot on is Valerian. It comes in a box of 3 tubes much like a flea treatment. Instead of applying between the shoulders, this is applied between the ears and becomes effective within an hour of application. We’ve had a few storms since we started using it, and Dezi did much better. She did finally hide, but not at the first sign or crack of thunder. And she came out when I called her. I didn’t expect a spot on to work miracles; and part of being calm during these stressful events is acclimation. If Dezi has something that can help keep her calm long enough she can become accustomed to them and eventually not hide at all.

 

So all in all I’m happy with the results. I don’t like the price, but is there anything we won’t do for our babies? Right now a box of 3 Beaphar Calming spot on is selling for $7.50 – $10.00. The first ones we bought were $14.00. So the price varies and is a bit high, but the product works. If you’re having trouble and the other calming products don’t work for you either, then you might want to give this a try. I would like to note that we purchased all of these products ourselves.

Dezi in beach scene, have a wonderful weekend

Fanks fur ‘splainin’ everything mommy. Me luvs da new food. And mommy wanted me to tell ya’ dat me dusn’t take da Biotic pH – anymore, but will again ifin me needs it. And da little green crystals in meez pawdee box awe kinda cool. As fur da spot on, meez not sure me likes havin’ an oily head fur a day, but hey, those storms don’t seem quite as bad anymore. And meez really luvvin’ da extra time weez spendin’ togevver. Me luvs you mommy, and fanks fur duin’ so much to make me well.

 

As we do every weekend, weez joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da Pet Parade. And stay tuned Monday cuz weez gunna be havin’ a give away.

 

Till da next time……………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi = Blue

Mommy = Black

Red = Links

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi        

 

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “Sterile Cystitis: De-Stressing and Supplements

  • Thank you so much for sharing this info.

    Athena has been on dry food and I’ve tried so hard to get her to switch. She would rather starve than eat any wet food, though she used to as a kitten. I’ve tried everything, from cheap supermarket brands (just to make her switch), to the more expensive with higher meat content (which is what I want her to eat), but no, she is addicted to the dry variety and is one stubborn kitty!

    I feed her Vet’s Kitchen Chicken & Rice (only available in the UK). And now I wish I hadn’t because this could be why she’s having the urinary tract problem now.

    I will continue to research, and I won’t give up trying to switch her. I’m sure what she is currently eating is bad for her.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    • Yep mommy had da same purroblem wiff me. Weez go a good compurrmise goin now wiff da fureeze dwied and a few kubble frum Wysong. Weez sure hope you can get Athena on sumfin’ dat will help her. Weez sendin’ purrayers.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi

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  • Dezi we are glad you are feeling better and Mom is working on stress levels. We handle the boomers pretty well and Dad thinks it has to do with our large clowder in a small space. When there is a noise we all run to where it sounds like its coming from and look out the windows, whiffie all over, check the door and then come back to bed. Like together we are CAT! Seems that way to Dad anymeow.
    Our Rumpy Bump is not feeling good. Dad knows because he is not being bad chasing whoever. When he is fit as a fiddle look out. We miss his antics.
    Thanks so much for a really great set of articles
    Timmy Dad and Family

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  • Lulu sent us some of the calming drops for dogs a while back. Her mom uses them on her when she travels and that evidently works very well. She’ll be glad to hear another cat used them and they help.

    Glad Dezi is doing better.

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    • We had never seen or heard of them till mommy stawrted researchin’ and yes, they work purrfectly. Just wish sumpawdy here in da states sold them. Delivery takes such a long time from acwoss da pond. MOL

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi

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  • Your mom gives a lot of great information here, Dezi! Tell her thanks for me! One of my parents’ cats recently started on some treatments for potential sterile cystitis. She is showing a lot of symptoms of either that or UTI, but so far no definitive answer on the UTI. So she is on antibiotics, but they are also trying out the calming effects of Feliway diffusers and some calming treats that their vet recommended. But you give so many other options here as well!

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