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FIC and stress related issues.


Savannah Super Cat
As some of you know our pair of F2 siblings were having urinary problems. After several trips to the vet, the kittens were diagnosed with feline idiopathic cystitis. A fancy way of saying the cat has urinary problem and we don't know why.

The most perplexing thing was after doing tons of internet research we learned that FIC shows up in only 1% of cats and we had 2 out of 3 in the litter that were having issues.

At one point we were on the cusp of returning these kittens to the breeder on the recommendation of one of the vets citing probable genetic issues however after 2 weeks in our care we were willing to do a lot to keep our babies.

One of the leading theories of the cause of FIC is stress and the new environment. We dismissed this initially because of our isolation method, the fact that we kept the brothers together and they showed no external signs. It was then suggested by the breeders vet that they WERE stressed. That because we have so many other outside cats and we live in the country and we have dogs and goats and racoons come to the porch and probably a fox or 2. They were stressed about what they were smelling! This made more sense than anything else so on recommendation we put them back in isolation, one room with a Feliway device and after a week of total isolation, except for us bonding with them, we see a HUGE improvement! Definitely turned the corner!

The main thing with this post is to emphasize the fact that no matter how much we love our vets there is always another opinion and so many ideas out there that even experienced animal people like ourselves learn. :)


Reincarnated cat Moderator
Steve. That is fantastic. I'm so glad you found the probable cause. They will get used to you and your home and all will be fine. Bless you for sticking with them. :)

Trish Allearz

Oh, that is wonderful, wonderful news!!! Some of the strangest things can effect our cats. I know I had a kitten who could not have any smelly stuff in her home-- no Febreeze or lit candles or potpourri. It wasn't until her owner took her up to a specialist that they realized that's what was causing issues-- removed everything and she was great thereafter!

Brigitte Cowell

Staff member
That is good news that things are improving...I hope that you can slowly introduce them to all these new smells and sounds etc so that they aren't stressed again. I guess they are sensitive souls...bless you for persisting and trying to find a way to help them!


Staff member
That's wonderful news that you have been making progress with the kittens! I hope they continue to improve and you will be able to eventually re-introduce them to the rest of the house. Good luck and please keep us posted!


Site Supporter
That is terrific news! Too funny....I was talking to my hubby about your kittens earlier today and wondering how they were doing!

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Steve, I am so happy you worked hard to find a probable cause, and made the changes that are leading towards your babies' improvement :) I hope it continues.

You are a great SV glad you are keeping them as I could not imagine a better home than yours!


Staff member
That is so awesome Steve! I am glad you all were able to collaborate and figure out the issue! Fantastic news!

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