(Closed) My two beautiful cats…sadly one has some issues…need advise.

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

All the information i could dig up was about changing your cat to filtered water and consider trying a raw diet as opposed to a dry/wet food.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@candy11:  Maybe your vet (or one of the people at the desk) could tell you? I know they have all sorts of foods for health issues now, I’m not 100% sure if they’d have a vet food for stones.

Well wishes sent to your fuzzies, they’re beautiful.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Did he have radiographs that show stones or is this an assumption?  Of the three brands of veterinary diets, most cats will prefer the urinary diet from Royal Canin however most vets will only carry one brand.  If he is a stone former, he could make stones again in the future so being on the urinary diet and encouraging him to drink more is the best chance to try and reduce the chance of it happening again in the future.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is it stones or bladder crystals? If it’s stones then I can’t help but in case any other bees are reading I’ll add my 2 cents about crystals. Bladder crystals are common in cats and cause the bladder/urethra to be irritated. The cat then feels like the have the urge to pee very frequently and that they have no time to get to the box. I had a cat who had this and I would find very small spot of pee random places. It wasn’t until I saw pee on the leather couch that had dried and looked like it had salt crystals in it. We took him to the vet who confirmed it. All we had to do was change him to a pH balance food and give him wet food once a day because he wasn’t drinking enough water on his own (he really hated drinking and rarely did).

Hope it gets sorted out with your wee one. They are both super cute!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@candy11:  It depends on the type of stone. You should ask your vet what kind of stone he had & what you can do to help him not get future ones.

My kitty had this a few months ago, he had a bladder stone :(. The vet said they wouldn’t know what would help prevent future ones unless they tested it (this was before my kitty had surgery to get it out), and told me it was a struvite (?). They said they could prescribe a food (but I think it was science diet, which is just loaded with fillers & my cat does not do well on any grains). What I’m doing is ADDING things to his current food as he’s on a very high quality grain-free food. I’m adding D mannose (which also helps prevent UTI & bladder infections) & its too early to tell if its helping, but its supposed to.

If you can switch to canned food, do that! My cats hate canned food (weirdest cats ever lol). But canned food usually solve the problem, or at least greatly help.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

Do you know what kind of stones they are– struvite to calcium oxalate crystal? Either way, the first thing to do is to switch to a grain-free, high protein CANNED food, and make it a little more soupy by putting some extra water in it. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

My cat had a cystitis a lot, we now never give them anything dry, and are really careful with lots of water, but there was a sort of cat food the vet reccomended which really did wonders but we couldn’t afford it and he’s been fine for ages anyway.

Have you asked your vet about different catfood brands?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

There are prescription foods and supplements you can put him on to ensure his urine is the correct pH to stop crystals and stones from forming.  I have the same problem with one of my dogs.  Unfortunately, if that doesn’t work the only other option is surgery and it’s very expensive. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

+1 on the filtered water. Buy a few of the gallon filtered water jugs from the grocery store and make sure kitty only drinks that water.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

Then if it’s struvite (and ONLY if it’s struvite), add a pinch of methionine powder into the soupy cat food daily until he is better. DO NOT use methionine for calcium oxalate crystals. Those must be surgically removed. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsSawyer:  Yep!

I agree about filtered water, wet food, and well as finding a dry food with low ash/low pH may help (or one of the urinary diet ones). Unfortunately, I find that most of the “urinary diet” foods are crap (Science Diet, Purina, etc.) because they contain lots of fillers, but not all cats will eat all food.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

If you must use dry food, don’t go science diet or royal canin, which has all kinds of crappy filler grains and doesn’t address the issue. HALO brand cat food has methionine and they have a grain free version. In all honesty though, canned is the only way to go for repeat crystal formation. He needs the extra liquid to flush out any crystals, and the protein acidifies the urine so he doesn’t form them in the first place. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

My cat almost died of a urinary tract infection. He is neutered, which tends to make them prone to it. He ended up having to have his bladder drained and incurred slight kidney damage because of this. Cost me $1200 nz. What they suggested is more wet cat food, and a dry cat food designed specifically for male cats. The dry food is low in magnesium and has supplements of cranberry. The reason for the wet cat food is because if contains mostly water. Make sure he is getting lots of water and put bowls outside to catch rain water which is what most cats prefer. x

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