4. What are some FLUTD Risk Factors?
A number of risk factors are associated with FLUTD. Stress can play a big part in the development of cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), leading to signs of FLUTD. Causes of stress can include changes such as a new pet in the household, a new person in the household, a change in the daily routine (change in work schedule, etc.), or a change in the environment (moving to a new home, new furniture, moving furniture to new location within the home, renovations, etc.). Interactions between cats in a multi-cat household can also lead to stress, as can feeling threatened by animals seen outdoors near the home.
Other risk factors include low activity level, excess weight and diet. Cats fed a dry food diet may not consume enough moisture to adequately flush out the bladder, predisposing them to FLUTD. Encouraging increased water consumption and/or adding more canned food to the diet to increase moisture intake can have a protective effect.