I wanted to make a plea to all owners of cats who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis.
There are some treatments available to cats, such as Elavil, etc. (the same meds that are used in humans with the disease, by the way!) which may help the cats be comfortable.
If, however, no treatment works for your cat, and your cat still clearly has the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, please consider the difficult choice of putting your cat to sleep rather than letting the cat suffer.
As a human sufferer of Interstitial Cystitis, who was in considerable pain and urinating 60-70 times per day/night for three years until recently finding a treatment that worked and a urologist who did not tell me just to "live with the symptoms," I can tell you that no person or animal should be left in that kind of misery. IC pain has been compared to the pain of end-stage cancer. I can not even find words to describe how miserable this disease is, if there are no treatments that work. One of Dr. Kevorkian's "patients" was an IC sufferer who had reached the end of her rope as far as the suffering went. I truly believe it is more kind to put an animal to sleep than to let it suffer the symptoms of IC, if no treatment works.

Thank you,
L.
I wanted to make a plea to all owners of cats who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis. There are some treatments ... of Interstitial Cystitis, please consider the difficult choice of putting your cat to sleep rather than letting the cat suffer.

I'm not sure why you've come here to tell people to put their cats to sleep, but it is really unnecessary and unconscionable for you to do so. There are effective treatments for dealing with IC in cats and there is absolutely NO reason that a cat should have to be euthanized just because it has IC. I have not one, but TWO cats with IC and they have been treated successfully with diet, Cosequin, and keeping their lives as stress free as possible. One recently had a flare-up, his first in over a year, and I put him back on Amitriptyline short term which did the trick. This worst case scenario you present below is blowing things way out of proportion WRT cats.
As a human sufferer of Interstitial Cystitis, who was in considerable pain and urinating 60-70 times per day/night for three ... I can not even find words to describe how miserable this disease is, if there are no treatments that work.

You are relating your personal experience, which has no bearing on how cats generally experience IC.
One of Dr. Kevorkian's "patients" was an IC sufferer who had reached the end of her rope as far as ... kind to put an animal to sleep than to let it suffer the symptoms of IC, if no treatment works.

Since treatment does work, and since your human experience cannot be compared to what a cat might experience since they can't tell us what that is your point is, well, pointless and alarmist and frankly I don't appreciate your blowing this issue out of proportion.

Megan
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I am so glad that your kitties are doing well and that there are effective treatments for cats with IC! I have two kitties I love very much and when I learned that cats also suffer IC sometimes I was devastated by the thought of any kitties suffering the way I did.

I will change my plea in light of this new knowledge - do everything possible, try every treatment out there, to help your cat with IC. Do not leave a cat with IC untreated. Try everything until you find something that works.
L.
I'm not sure why you've come here to tell people to put their cats to sleep, but it is really unnecessary and unconscionable for you to do so.

I recommend that ONLY in cases where every treatment has failed. You seem to think that I am recommending that as a first solution - I most certainly am not. I love cats and I am writing because I feel it would be unconscionable of me NOT to do everything I can to tell people what a miserable disease this is - that it's not just "no big deal." I want people to understand how much suffering this causes because cats can't post for themselves in newsgroups like this one.
You are relating your personal experience, which has no bearing onhow

cats generally experience IC.

So you are saying that cats do not suffer from this disease the same way humans do? I hope very much that you are right, because it horrifies me to think of cats going through the same amount of suffering I have gone through in recent years. Many human sufferers of IC commit suicide to escape the pain - the suicide rate is 3-4 times the national average. Cats don't even have THAT option of escaping the pain.
I hope that cats do not suffer nearly as much with this disease as humans do. I hope that there is a higher success rate with treatments for cats than there is for humans.
I hope that you are right, that cats do not go through what I have gone through.
From my point of view, I am not alarmist. I worry that cats experience the suffering I experienced, and if they DO then I am most certainly NOT blowing this way out of proportion.
But maybe you are right - are there studies that point out that cats do not suffer to the same extent with this disease that humans do, that they are better able to tolerate it? I know that cats do heal up from injuries, etc. much faster and better than humans do (my vet told me that once) so maybe they don't have as hard a time with IC as we humans do.
Put aside the boxing gloves for a minute and try to consider my point of view - I am someone who loves cats very much and was horrified to think that they might be suffering as I suffered, and I felt I had to speak up to try to get people to understand that this disease is NOT just a "no big deal" disease.
This is my last post to you - I don't feel like getting involved in further arguments because, like you said, stress isn't good for people or cats with IC.
You can assume the worst of me if you wish, assume I am a person who hates cats who is trying to get people to kill their cats left and right.
L.
For owners of cats with IC who are interested in learning more about the disease, including several available treatments (if one doesn't work, please try another as you may have success with a different treatment),here's a link that provides excellent information:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body interstitial cystitis.html