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What is FLUTD?

FLUTD stands for “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease,” and is the currently accepted veterinary term for what the rest of the world calls “Cystitis.” The naming of this condition changes quite frequently as more becomes known about the disease; FLUTD used to be called “Feline Urologic Syndrome,” or FUS.

You can see that FLUTD is a very ambiguous term, and in itself means practically nothing, except that your cat has disease somewhere in her lower urinary tract. When vets talk about “Cystitis,” they almost certainly mean FLUTD.
What are the Symptoms of FLUTD?

As you would expect, all the symptoms relate to the urinary tract. If your cat has FLUTD, she may display one or all of the following:

Increased frequency of urination.
Difficulty passing urine - straining in the litter tray.
Blood stained, or discoloured urine.
Painful urination, causing crying during urination.
Breakdown in litter training.

The typical cat with FLUTD is one that makes frequent visits to the litter tray, passing small quantities of bloodstained urine with some difficulty, occasionally urinating on carpets or beds.

If the outflow to the bladder has blocked completely, there may be any of the following symptoms in addition to the above:

Loss of appetite

This is a very distressing disease for all concerned, and if your cat is displaying these symptoms you should go to the vet as soon as possible, especially if he is male. Male cats can get completely blocked bladders, and are unable to pass urine. They make repeated visits to the litter tray, and strain but with no result. People often mistake this for constipation. If you have a male cat that is straining without producing any urine bring him to the surgery immediately. This is a genuine emergency.


Pyometra is an infection of the reproduction system such as the uterus, vagina and lower intestine most commonly seen in female dogs, but also seen in female cats (queens), rabbits, ferrets, rats and guinea pigs. Pyometra is an important disease to be aware of for any dog owner because of the sudden nature of the disease and the deadly consequences if left untreated. It has been compared to acute appendicitis in humans, because both are essentially empyemas within an abdominal organ.