Pet parents who notice their beloved felines acting strangely may have a simple remedy available to them - make their environment easier to live in. MSNBC.com
reports that a study conducted at Ohio State University showed that healthy cats whose habitats and routines were altered were just as likely to exhibit feline interstitial cystitis (IC), an illness characterized by bladder pain, as their sick counterparts.
"What we found, in other clinical studies and with this study, is that by enriching the environment, you can reduce IC cats' symptom burden by about 75 or 80 percent," said researcher Tony Buffington.
The veterinarians, who published their findings in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, studied a large number of cats for 77 weeks and conducted differing tests to gauge their physical changes.
While this study may provide important information for pet parents, those who notice their cats behaving oddly for a long period of time may want to take them to the vet to make sure they're in tip-top shape.