Feline lower urinary tract disease is a very common condition in cats, particularly amongst indoor cats. It is thought to be a painful, inflammatory condition of the bladder and lower urinary tract. Most cases are idiopathic, meaning that we do not understand why they occur, although stress is thought to play a significant role.



Diagnosis can be challenging, and other possible causes, such as urinary tract infection and bladder stones, need to be ruled out first. Recommended diagnostics include:


Treatment for lower urinary tract disease tends to be multifactorial and is aimed at:

Feline lower urinary tract disease is most likely an age-limiting disease in most cats as clinical signs tend to resolve as cats age and their urinary becomes more dilute due to age-related changes within the kidneys and/or the onset of kidney dysfunction.