|Purred: Tue Oct 11, '05 1:29pm PST |
|Hey - hope you are feeling better.....I had a bladder problem too....it started when I was a kitten, but when my owner took me to the vet, the urine samples showed no infections or crystals......so they all thought it was behaviorial. When I was 5 months old, I was spayed - and at that time, the vet could see during the surgery that my bladder looked inflamed. The urine tests were all still negative but they put me on antiobiotics just in case. A later ultrasound showed no other problems - but I was diagnosed with interstitial cystis without infection or crystals - who knows why. My vet did say it was uncommon in such a young cat. My owner is really careful with me, and makes sure I get plenty of fluids, by using canned food in our diets. With 7 cats - it would be tough to switch completely to canned so we all get 50/50 canned and dry.
Right after I was diagnosed, I the vet put me on amytriptolene (elevil - a human antidepressant). I was a bit subdued for about 2 weeks - then returned to my old self. Best of all - I used the litter box much better and my owners were happy about that. The bad part was that those pills were awful. My owner really struggled every day to give them to me, and although I was friendly with everyone else - started to avoid HER!
After about 6 months on this - we talked to the vet - it was so hard to give me pills that they decided to try a trial without. A year later... so far so good. My owner still watches me closely for symptoms though.........
BTW - I eat wellness - it is a healthy food (high protein/low carbs), has cranberries in it, and also has glucosomine chrondroitin (in the dry) which, although of unproven benefit, some feel is good for arthritis, as well as the inner bladder wall....
My owner doesn't know if it helps...but it can't hurt!
Good luck to you - hope you do ok - sounds like you went through enough!!!
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