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Feliway Cystease: 30 Capsules

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Supplementation helps to maintain the integrity of the cat`s bladder lining.The feline bladder is lined by the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer, which helps to maintain the integrity of the bladder lining by stopping microorganisms and crystals adhering to the bladder wall (1,2).Each Cystease® S capsule contains 125mg N-acetylglucosamine, which is a building block for the GAG layer. Supplementation therefore helps to maintain the integrity of the cat`s bladder lining (3).AdministrationCapsules may be given whole or opened and mixed with foodAdminister twice daily for 7-14 days as requiredIf long-term administration is needed, this can be reduced to daily or every other dayCan be administered in conjunction with Feliway during or prior to periods of predicted stressAvailable in two convenient and space-saving dispensing pots, one containing 100 capsules and the other containing 300 capsulesHelpful HintsAlthough supplementation with Cystease S is important to help maintain the protective GAG layer, the integrity of the bladder is also affected by other factors including:Obesity and lack of exercise - predisposes to stagnation of the urine, increasing the contact time between the urine and the bladder wall (1). Weight loss is therefore advisable for obese cats.Low water intake - predisposes to the formation of more concentrated urine, which can cause irritation to the bladder wall (1). It is therefore important to ensure that free access to water is always available. Adding flavourings to the water, for example using fish or chicken stock, may help to increase palatability. In addition, some cats prefer drinking from running water and special pet drinking water fountains are also available. If the cat is on dry food, moistening the food or switching to a wet canned diet may be beneficial. It is important, however, to make any dietary changes gradually as a sudden change in diet can cause additional stress.Stress - adversely affects the integrity of the bladder lining (2). Possible stress factors include: moving home, building work, inter-cat conflict (for example in multiple cat households), new arrivals in the home (pets or people), owner stress/ changes in the owners work schedule, reduced access to outdoors, boarding in a carrery or veterinary surgery and car travel. Where possible, reduce or eliminate stress factors. Feliway can also help reduce stress by providing a feeling of security(3).Environmental measures that may help to reduce stress include: If there is a cat in the neighbourhood causing stress try to stop your cat from seeing the aggressor cat, e.g. by preventing access to window ledges. In addition, remove objects that may be attracting the aggressor cat, such as a bird feeder Ensure the litter box is placed in a safe, stress-free location; do not place too close to feeding areas, the number should equal the number of cats in the household plus one, the litterbox should be cleaned daily but avoid a strong disinfectant, use a substrate that is preferred by the cat - cats generally prefer clumping and non-scented litters such as Fullers Earth or sand-like litter Provide environmental enrichment; this is especially important for indoor cats. For example, let cats work for their food by providing Kitty Kongs stuffed with food or play treasure hunt games by hiding bits of food around the house. In addition incorporate games that stimulate predatory activity; several short (5 minute) timed play periods during high activity times (usually dusk and dawn) are recommended. Cats may enjoy, for example, fishing rod toys, paperbags/boxes and climbing frames/postsIn multiple cat house-holds the following recommendations are also advistable: Create multiple access points for valuable resources such as litterboxes, sleeping areas and food/water Spread these resources around the house so they are not concentrated in one area. This stops one cat from preventing others access to any of these resources and causing social unrest Do no used covered litter-boxes. These may increase bullying in some multi-cat households Single cat-sized sleeping perches have been shown to help reduce individual cat stress Provide safe escape routes and hiding places to reduce bullying Placing a bell (or several bells) on the aggressor cat in the household can be useful as it provides a warning to the other cats that the aggressor cat is coming, giving them a chance to get out of the wayReferences1 - Gunn-Moore DA (2001), Pathophysiology of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), UK Vet, 6(5), p20-262 - Buffington CAT (2001), Managing common chronic lower urinary tract disorders of cats, TNAVC Proceedings, p282-2853 - Gunn-Moore DA, Cameron ME (2004), A pilot study using synthetic facial pheromone for the management of feline idiopathic cystitis, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 6, p133-138

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