Cat urinary tract infections can cause crystals to form in cat urine, which causes pain when kitty uses the litter box. In this blog post I’ll try to teach you what you can do to best prevent it.
Research shows that diet is one of the factors that contribute to crystals forming in your cat’s bladder.
Once kitty is diagnosed with a cat urinary tract infection, you can usually mitigate or eliminate it in the future by permanently changing her diet to either all canned food, or mostly canned with a little bit of dry food. Here’s an article to tell you a little bit more about cat urinary tract infections and cat food.
Crystals, or struvites, can be formed by high levels of magnesium in cat food. High magnesium levels contribute to an alkaline urine pH. Normal feline urine pH is 6.0 – 6.8. Struvites form when the urine pH is 6.8 or higher.
The normal feline urine pH range can be achieved by lowering the magnesium levels in cat food. The magnesium level should not be higher than 0.1%, and no less than .025% in any cat food you purchase.
Fish-flavored cat foods are higher in magnesium than chicken, beef, and turkey cat food.
Many dry cat food brands are filled with carbohydrates, by products and other fillers. Cats do not need carbohydrates; they are pure carnivores and require large amounts of protein.
When was the last time you saw a cat grazing contentedly in the meadow?
Since carbohydrates can make up to 45% of a dry food, cats eat more of it to try to get more protein. What happens is they “carbo load,” and gain weight.
Most cats do not drink enough water. Couple this with dry food that is high in magnesium and phosphorous, and you’ve got a recipe for cat urinary tract infections.
Many experts recommend you feed your kitty canned food almost exclusively to keep cat urinary tract infections from recurring.
Since cats don’t lap up water like other animals, the moisture content in canned foods will offset this. Raw food (raw meat) diets also provide most of the moisture content cats need to stay healthy. Click here to read another great article on cat urinary tract infections and kitty diet.
More moisture in kitty’s diet means better flushing capability by urinating more often, in larger amounts. Crystals can be flushed out of the cat when they are too small to do damage. This is critical to prevent cat urinary tract infections from recurring.
DL-Methionine is an ingredient in many FLUTD foods. DL-Methionine helps restore the urine pH balance back to 6.0 – 6.8. There are a couple ways to introduce DL-Methionine into kitty’s diet. One of them has been an absolute life saver for us. I’ll detail those later on.
There are many different types of cat food you can purchase. It can be confusing. However, with a little bit of knowledge, you can easily determine what is best to feed kitty to keep cat urinary tract infections from happening again. Here’s a great article that talks about cat food standards. So, we’ve covered a little bit about cat urinary tract infections, and how they can be caused by kitty’s diet.
Let’s go over a few cat food brands that can help cut back, if not eliminate cat urinary tract infections.
I’ll review what Scout eats. There are more brands available that are just as good, and you know a lot more now about how to select cat food that won’t aggravate cat urinary tract infection-prone kitties.
Dry Cat Food:Wysong Uretic
One of the main causes of cat Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) is diet. You can prevent UTI from occurring by doing one simple thing:Change the food kitty eats to prevent UTI!
Wysong Uretic dry cat food is one such diet change:
It’s a “maintenance” diet – Wysong Uretic maintains kitty’s urine pH balance around 6.6 to keep UTIs from occurring. It’s full of good stuff, including DL-Methionine.DL-Methionine keeps the urine pH balance at 6.6 so crystals don’t form!
Wysong Uretic is high in protein (32%) – foods high in carbohydrates contribute to UTI in cats. Wysong Uretic is specifically for cats who suffer from UTI.
Scout loves this stuff! I’ve considered transitioning her to a total canned food diet, but she loves to crunch! During any 24-hour period, she gets no more than a cup and a half total.
Start preventing cat urinary tract infections – buy two four-lb. bags of Wysong Uretic dry food now.
How You Can Prevent Cat Urinary Tract Infections
The trouble with cat urinary tract infections is unless you change kitty’s diet…they’ll come back, again and again.
And the problem with that is nasty medicine to get rid of the infection. I only know one cat who likes to be pilled. He lives at my vet’s office, and he’s the demonstration cat for the lecture entitled “How to Pill Kitty.” Fine, except where this willing feline is happy to put up with you…most cats aren’t.
And Scout isn’t. My sweet little girl turns into an absolute ogre if she has to be medicated.
So, you mix Wysong Biotic pH- powder into kitty’s food, and she’s none the wiser!It also contains DL-Methionine – remember, DL-Methionine keeps the urine pH balance at 6.6 so crystals don’t form.The powder mixes well with any canned cat food of your choice, and for cats who hate pilling (see: Scout’s Story), it’s the PERFECT alternative to medicate her.
Wysong Biotic pH- powder comes in 10 oz. cans. You’ll get 3 – 4 months of DL-methionine to prevent crystals in cat urine from each can.
Get rid of those cat urinary tract infections for good – order Wysong Biotic pH- powder now, and start mixing it with kitty’s food!
If you have any questions about changing your cat’s diet, consult with your vet. She knows best.
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I have tried Cat Spray Stop with great results, and have also published a review of it over here. Good luck!
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