November 12th 2009 10:20 am
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-From Tom Bosley's mom-
He has had a few more bouts of this problem, it seems like about once a month. We've consulted with the two vets previously and have been told that he is having flare-ups of chronic idiopathic cystitis. Basically, he's having bouts of issues with his bladder, either inflammation or bladder spasms.
As near as we've been told there is no cure, but just as it can start suddenly, the flare-ups can come back often (in his chronic case) or rarely if at all.
He's gotten us a worried a few times, especially the first part of this week. The most important thing is that when it looks like he's having a flare-up that we give him phenoxybenzamine that helps relax the bladder muscles and ensures that he is not blocked with a stone or crystal. Unfortunately that's about all we can do besides keep an eye on him and rush him to the vet if it appears he's in severe distress.
This is a very strange case, says the vet, as usually the flare ups occur several weeks apart, not every month. Hopefully we can figure out how to manage. We're working him eating more wet food and getting more fluids. We also had a change in work schedule around the time this started, so we've wondered if perhaps he's a little bit stressed that we're gone all day. To combat this, I've created a playlist of bid and wildlife sounds to play on my computer and as soon as I can find it I'm going to try some RescueRemedy.
Since about Tuesday he's been acting like himself and will be off the meds by next week. This is something that I've never experienced or even heard of, so I'd like to hopefully share some information (and hope) for people whose kitties are having similar issues.
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