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Pandora Syndrome in Cats

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Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Pandora’s box. Zeus had given Pandora a locked box with a key, but she was instructed never to open it. Her curiosity got the better of her and when she unlocked the box, all the evils in the world escaped.

In 2011, a study was done at the Ohio State University, led by Dr. Tony Buffington. The research revealed that when it comes to feline urinary issues, it was more than just being about the bladder. There was a connection between the urinary recurrences and stress. Dr. Buffington coined the term for these urinary issues, Pandora Syndrome, after the Greek myth of Pandora’s box. The research connects the cat’s big enemy, stress, to frequent recurrences of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis.

Feline urinary tract problems are difficult to diagnose and treat. Urinary tract problems used to be labeled under the umbrella term FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) or FIC (feline idiopathic cystitis).