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Seems to Work...
on 21 October 2013
My 13yr old female spayed cat has, for the past 12 months, been having problems with spraying and peeing around the house. She has always been a bit of a sensitive flower but despite being given all the attention, care, food and shelter she has always had and wanted, she seemed to go through a phase of being especially upset, and the weeing seemed to be stress-induced, possibly triggered by a bout of cystitis.
I took her to the vet who looked for problems including tumours but she was found to be in top condition. The only explanation I could see was perhaps a food issue(allergy, sensitivity), stress(too many foxes or other cats in her neighbourhood all of a sudden or some kind of mental issue (old age, dementia or something).
I've tried other products designed to relieve stress in cats, including some incredibly expensive vet prescribed food(£28 for 2KG!!!!) and none of these things have worked.
Of course until I try a long process of elimination I won't know for sure that these pills are solely responsible. But she has been on one a day sprinkled into her Felix(we keep her on one brand now with a little added water to make a gravy to ward off cystitis problems from dehydration) for a month now and she has shown a drastic improvement. We also keep her in, now she stays in for most of the day and has a 3-4hr session out in the garden, rather than the 10-12hrs she used to have.
Before she would seem distressed and unhappy, yeowling to go out every five minutes. When outside she wouldn't use her dirt box but she would go to every available bare patch of soil and squat there, or she would walk around and scratch a circuit of bare patches into the grass. In the house she would wee on everything if she was in a particularly agitated mood, on shopping bags, chairs, door frames, sofa cushions. We couldn't trust her anywhere, and she used to be perfectly consistent, she would ask if she needed to go out and use the dirt box I have set up in a flowerbed for her.
For nearly a month now she has shown a steady improvement and although we now keep a litter box indoors for her she is trustworthy in all areas. I tried Cystaid and Cystaid Plus but neither seemed to have the same effect. They do have slightly different ingredients as far as I could tell from the labels.
So, all I can say is that since starting my cat on Cystophan capsules she has shown a marked improvement. But I cannot guarantee it is from the pills alone. However if you and your cat are suffering the same problems as we were then it might be worth a try. Just be aware that my cat doesn't actually have cystitis, but some kind of irritation that presents like cystitis without some of the symptoms. If your cat DOES have the usual cystitis symptoms you should seek veterinary advice.
Hope this helps.