Your cat has just had a bladder infection: her first UTI (urinary tract infection). Now the vet says she has a thickened bladder wall. He may have explained, but you still feel in the dark. What the heck is cat bladder thickening, anyway? It sounds worse than the UTI!
Cat bladder thickening is a symptom, rather than a disease. Left untreated, it can create chronic problems for your pet, but it is not life threatening. When your cat urinates but never truly empties his or her bladder, then the bladder never fully empties and has a constant feeling of pressure and fullness from the urine it contains.
Over time the muscle fibers of the bladder wall thicken and grow shorter from trying to deal with the pressure and the constant need to urinate. Over time, your cat will have more and more difficulty controlling urination, and may suffer a range of related problems. Ultimately the thickening of the cat bladder stops being “just a symptom” and becomes a full blown chronic condition in its own right.
How can you treat cat bladder thickening? Your vet will offer you several options, including cortisone (steroid) therapy, along with antibiotics to get rid of any lingering infections. For critical conditions these may be your very best choice. But you should also talk to your vet about home care, home cures, and alternative medical treatments which are gentle and effective.
The two major elements to approach in dealing with cat bladder thickening are the issues of bacterial infection, and the inability to empty the bladder. Both can be approached through diet, basic pet care, and natural food supplements. Your veterinarian can prescribe food to help prevent urinary tract infections and cut down on irritating crystal formation, which can also lead to bladder thickening and inflammation.
At home you need to make sure your cat has constant access to clean, fresh water and a clean cat box: by giving him lots of water, and a place to urinate easily, regularly and pleasantly, you increase the odds of flushing out bacteria that might infect the bladder. This constant urination also dilutes the urine, reducing crystal formation.
By removing irritants and promoting regular urination, you increase the odds of your cat actually emptying his bladder. Thin, dilute urine doesn’t sting as much, or cause as much swelling, so urination is easier and less stressful.
The final step is to provide natural supplements with active ingredients like Berberis, Cantharis and Staphysagris which destroy bacteria, promote urination, heal irritation, and soothe sore, swollen tissues. These supplements are affordable and highly effective at reducing cat bladder thickening and preventing new bacteria from forming.
With time, care, and attention you will help your cat achieve bladder health. When it comes to cat bladder thickening, preventative care is the best defense of all.