Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) ( also called, feline urologic syndrome (FUS), lower urinary tract signs (LUTS), feline lower urinary tract inflammation or feline interstitial cystitis)
The term is used to refer to a group of symptoms brought about by a disease process affecting the urinary tract of felines. Unfortunately, the cause has not been fully identified or the disease process clearly established. However, for some cats, it is a hereditary problem. Experts were also able to identify certain factors that can increase a cat’s risk to developing FLUTD. These include exposure to stressors, pH of the urine, water consumption, and the type of minerals in the diet. Cats that suffer from anxiety or tend to engage in aggressive displays of behavior are also more prone to developing FLUTD. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce a cat’s risk to the problem. These include reducing environmental stressors and your cat’s exposure to them, as well as providing adequate opportunities for physical and mental stimulation. Your Mt. Airy, MD veterinarian can also offer valuable tips in caring for cats with FLUTD.