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It's Like a Pandora's Box for Your Poor Pet

This singular-sounding disorder mimics so many far-ranging issues it's a nightmare to try to figure out what's really going on. Fortunately, if you eliminate some or all of these five common triggers, you hedge your bets against problems.

feline interstitial cystitis

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Indoor cats are at risk for bladder inflammation, aka feline interstitial cystitis (FIC), the most common specific disorder under the category of feline lower urinary track disease (FLUTD)
  • FIC is referred to as “Pandora Syndrome” by some experts, because research suggests it’s much more complex than a single problem (inflammation) with a single organ (the bladder)
  • After anatomic abnormalities and infections are ruled out, treatment for FIC-afflicted cats involves controlling pain and most importantly, eliminating environmental and metabolic stress

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