Feline lower urinary tract disease, also known as FLUTD, is a collection of conditions that can affect the lower urinary tract of cats. In male cats, it can be deadly because it can cause a complete blockage. In female cats, it’s less serious, but still something you need to take care of right away.
Frou-Frou is currently FLUTD.
Her first episode was back in spring/summer of 2013. She strained to pee outside the litter box in places like the sink, the bathtub, and other random spots around my apartment (if you see urine, there can also be blood present – just a FYI). I had just lost a cat, Peter, because he was FLUTD, so I freaked out and took her to the emergency clinic. It’s been long enough ago that I don’t remember what all they did, but she came home and was put on Hills Prescription Diet – C/D Multicare for Urinary Health. She and Mr. Tubs were on the Multicare until about a year ago when they completely rejected a new bag. At that point, they were switched to the Hill’s Prescription Diet – C/D Multicare (Stress) for Urinary Health.
In the past few months, Frou has become FLUTD three different times. Since she is on the C/D diet, no crystals have formed in her urine, so she is given fluids and an anti-inflammatory to relieve the symptoms. However, since the C/D diet is no longer working to prevent the inflammation, the vet has called the local apothecary for some fluoxetine. I guess it’s Prozac for cats. We’re to see if that helps until we’re through with the current food we have, at which point we’ll switch to Royal Canin Veterinary Diet – Urinary SO. I think the calming components are a bit stronger in Royal Canin than in Hills Diet.
I’ve been told I can also give her 1/4 of a 25mg Benadryl every 12 hours in case it’s allergies that are causing this. I haven’t started that, though – she’s not exactly a fan of taking pills, and if I can get her through the rest of this bag of food without it, so much the better.
Of course, this happened as we’re getting ready to leave the state for a wedding! Since Frou likes to hide from people she doesn’t know, I’m boarding her at the vet’s office. They can give her the medicine for the next few days and keep an eye on her to make sure she’s getting better.