The bladder is a hollow organ in the abdomen which collects and stores urine.
Cystitis is the inflammation or infection of the bladder, so you may see cystitis, bacterial cystitis OR urinary tract infection used in place of or in conjunction with bladder infection. Most cases of cystitis are idiopathic, which means the cause can not be determined. Bacterial infection of the cat’s bladder is less common in cats than it is in dogs. E-Coli is the most common bacteria to infect the bladder.
There are different types of UTI depending on the location of the infection.
- Cystitis – Infection of the bladder
- Urethritis – Infection of the urethra
- Pyelonephritis – Infection of the kidneys
Bladder infections are thought to develop when bacteria around the anus ascend into the urethra and the bladder.