(Closed) My poor kitty has a bladder stone :(. Know of natural remedies/cures??

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t have much to contribute in the way of natural remedies, but I’m interested in why you don’t want to try the prescription diet? (not critical, just wondering!)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can try adding Solid Gold Berry Balance to his food to see if that will help.  I tried it with my dog and it didn’t help.  I don’t like the prescription foods either so what I do is mix the prescription food with the Honest Kitchen food I prefer to feed my girls.  I try to give her just enough to keep the pH optimal for her. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I tried the prescription diet – no doubt Science Death (er Diet) C/D or K/D right? The cats would not touch it.

That’s when I switched to a home-prepared diet. A good source of special diets can be found in the book Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets – the Healthy Alternative by Donald R. Strombeck, a veterinary gastroenterologist who taught at the Univ. of Cal, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded the Ralston Purina Award for his research on the effects of nutrition on small animal diseases.

I had two cats with FUS/FLUTD and the first vet claimed they would die without the prescription food. Well the ingredients are total crap! I started preparing their wet food and that was in 1998 and both cats are very much with us and have not had any problems since I changed their diets!

 

I recommend a good holistic vet if you can find one. If the problem is due to struvite crystals, I HIGHLY recommend Tinkle Tonic – a herbal combo that can be bought from most places that sell natural products for pets or even at amazon.com! Also invest in a good pet water fountain, preferably one that is NOT plastic. Ours in stainless steel. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

My cat had a blockage that required emergency vet care last year, we now know he suffers from FLUTD.  Your cat needs to be on 100% wet food.  Mine is doing fine on the prescription diet, I know some object to it but it’s worked wonders for Roush and I’ll never feed him anything else.  If you join catster.com you’ll find several members that can give you more information.  Best of luck OP

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@trueblue14:  Not to thread jack, but what do you feed your cats if you don’t mind my asking?  I’ve been interested in changing my cats food from store brand to something better for her.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

“Science Death”?  Really, way to sound judgmental toward those of us who followed the vet’s recommendations for a healthy prescription cat food for our urinary tract-challenged kitties.  Mine have been on it for five years and are extremely healthy, no kidney crystals since they started, and no further problems.  If you choose one way to feed your cats, that is fine but there is no call to take such a condescending attitude about the option that others choose.  Science Diet is also not the only prescription cat food for urinary problems out there….there is also Eukanuba and Royal Cana.  As long as the cats are healthy and happy, that should be all that matters.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AmyintheTARDIS:  Eh, I wouldn’t get so defensive about it.  Store brand cat food, whether it’s Science Diet or Meow Mix, isn’t particularly healthy for your cat.  Science Death isn’t so very far off. 😛 Too much plant protien vs. animal protient, usually high in carbs.  Like a PP mentioned, cats weren’t meant to eat corn.  

That said, I feed my cat Meow Mix.  And I’ll freely admit I’m doing her a disservice.  I’d like to change her diet, but being my FI’s been out of work and my hours have been cut, I’m lucky if we eat.  😛 So certain priorities have taken a back burner for awhile.  

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@canthugallcats:  I’m glad you decided on surgery as a stone that moves to a urethra of a male cat can be very life threatening.  I’m sure your veterinarian will recommend a new diet as well.  If you don’t feel comfortable feeding a Hills diet, I would get a recommendation to a good holistic vet that can help you create one specifically for your cat.  I hope his healing period is quick!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

Science “Diet” is has some of the crappiest ingredients at an outrageous price. I do not tell anyone what to feed their feline family members. Advice was requested and I gave it. Our holistic vet routinely refers to Science Diet as Science Death so I guess that’s where I picked that up from. If that is condescending, so be it!

@DrTeeth:  I home-cook their food. It is meat-based, and I usually use chicken, but I also use turkey or venison or rabbit (when available). It’s so easy, I do it in the crockpot and freeze it in batches. A little extremely well-cooked brown rice is added. I sometimes add chopped hard-cooked eggs or chicken hearts. The wet food makes it easy to “hide” their supplements in.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@trueblue14:  Thanks!  I’m definitly going to be researching this.  I think our entire family needs to overhaul our diets, pets included 😛

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

Who says that plants are bad for cats?  Because I can tell you that it is not science or veterinarians.  And, anecdotal evidence is not substantial evidence.

Those diets were formulated because people feeding their animals naturally were making them sick and deficient!  We still see it ALL the time.  Your cat got a bladder stone because the content or pH of its diet was deficient! 

And veterinarians and researchers have put a lot of though and effort into finding out the best things to treat these animals.  They don’t recommend Rx diets because they want to hurt your cat!  They recommend them because your cat has a problem and this is a proven treatment. 

I’m glad you decided to do surgery.  Please continue to try and do what is actually proven best for your cat, not just what you read from lay people on the internet

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@DrTeeth:  I laughed at your comment about the Meow Mix being a disservice. I did the prescription diet for my cat’s UTI’s and crystals and it didn’t work. Nothing they gave her worked. She was literally dripping blood out of her but the doctor said the surgeries wouldn’t help. I was finally spending so much money I couldn’t afford it anymore and switched her to 9Lives, yeah it cured every single symptom and the crystals themselves. Ok maybe the food didn’t cure it but it’s quite a coincidence that after 2-3 years of dealing with the problems she got all better once we switched her to the cheapest food we could find.

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