Does any one have any experience with cystease capsules? Sorry, what should be a simple question turned into me writing an essay!! Finn has been ill recently with bladder issues recently, i found him squatting next to the litter tray and not going so we had an emergency trip to the vets, the barely squeezed his bladder and it emptied but they said ( their words) his little winkie was bruised and swollen he couldn't pass anything they thought he'd been licking it too much but i hadn't seen him doing that....but we put a cone on him just incase. He was given antibiotic and pain relief jabs and we had to take him back the next day, he had managed a little wee by then and the next day they said his bladder felt ok, so gave him meloxicam and cephalexin and told me to bring him back in 5 days. The next evening we had to take him back to the emergency vet, he was in a lot of pain, sitting in his tray and meowing, they again expressed his bladder but this time they gave him a really strong painkiller and muscle relaxant, ive forgotten what it was called though my hubby remembers them saying it was an opiate or something that sounded similar...in our defense we were tired and flustered. they gave him an ultrasound of his bladder and said it didnt show much, it ruled out big crystas, which the vet said would have shown up like stars shining in the sky ( his words) , it also ruled out bladder stones and any thing growing in there...his bladder wall was a little inflamed but his urethra was thickened from end to end and that's why he wasn't passing urine. they hoped that the muscle relaxant would help this and i was given a syringe full of it to squirt under his tongue at 4am ( which wasn't as easy as it sounds) and we had to take him back the next day. It worked enough that i got a decent sized sample ...they hadn't checked for crystals because he hadn't weed enough and the times they expressed his bladder they never saved any of it, so they finally checked and said it was clear, no crystals, the dip test showed the ph was fine but that blood was present even though the urine was clear and also protein and white cells were up slightly but everything else was fine and it wasn't concentrated.. I was told they don't know what caused the thickening,whether its simply cystitis or something else...they put him on hypovase, which i had to sign a waver on because it isnt licensed for cats but they assured me it was safe, i googled it and one of the things its used for is for spasms of the urethra... and they gave him cystease. so today he had a check up, he's off the antibiotic but has been on hypovase, cystease and meloxicam for a week and has been given the meloxicam and hypovase for another 5 days...but i plan of taking him off the meloxicam. They told me to give him 2 cystease every day...for the rest of his life... i'll finally get to my question which is, does anyone have any experience of this, it's not classed as a medication but as a supplement, i asked if i could gradually wean him off of it and they didn't know, the vet said she hadn't used it herself and to ask the nurse who dispensed it, the nurse said to ask the vet...has anyone used this been able to wean their cat off, i really don't want Finn taking anything he doesn't need and he's only 2 years old, to take them for the rest of his life seems a very long time...i know i can read up online but i'd rather take advice from someone whos used it and knows exactly it works. He is weeing normally right now but i have no idea if the cystease is responsible or not i do intend to keep him on them for a little while and i was hoping to cut him down to one a day, then one every other day...and eventually stopping unless his symptoms start again....any ideas if this is possible?