What to do about feline lower urinary tract disease?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hello there,

My moms cat had a UTI as well and we did switch him to the Purina One for Urinary Tract Health. It is also expensive but so far we have not have any relapses in the UTI.

Maybe it would be best to talk to your vet and see if he has any other recommendations for a different food that is slightly healthier.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We used to have a cat with this issue, our vet told us to switch him to low-ash food to help with it. I don’t recall it being that much more expensive than other foods.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

My boy Oreo has suffered from UTI.  As a matter of fact, I came home one day and he was underneath the bed, lethargic, and whining.  I rushed him to the ER vet (since it was after hours). He was in so much pain, that upon examination, he ended up biting me by accident and I ended up in the ER (for humans lol).  I learned he was almost completely blocked and needed to have surgery.  ~  I would highly recommend that you follw the vets recommendation to use specific food, at least for a good several months.  Continue to monitor the frequency and color of his urine, and possibly change to a less expensive food when things seems to clear up.  ~  One thing to keep in mind, is that UTI can reoccur, so I would always keep your furbaby on special food.  I now use Purina One Urinary Tract Formula.  Although, I don’t think it’s the most nutritional because my boy is pudgy! Good luck!!!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My little one gets UTIs frequently (mostly due to stress, underneath other factors), so here’s what we do/did:

– antibiotic shot from the vet (we cannot pill her or give her the liquids, and the vet is a one time deal and starts working within 24 hours)
– both cats eat Wellness dry food and get Wellness wet food as treats (little one’s coat is SO soft now that we’ve switched her to Wellness–she used to be really shiny but kind of coarse on Science Diet and then Halo, and she’s now suuuuuuper soft, too) 
– we have two litter boxes, which get cleaned 2x a day (rule is one per cat plus one, but two is fine because that’s all the room we have right now)–she does NOT like the hooded boxes, and likes to have space around them, so we had to move them from out of the closet

She had episodes much less frequently now (but still gets them because she’s high strung, unfortunately, just not as often). Boy cats are more prone to UTIs than females, but we have not had a problem with our big boy. The shelter said that he had crystals and UTIs the first 6 months he was there, and they put him on low-pH food and it stopped. We’ve had him on Halo (which is not grain free) and then Wellness with no issues. 

Here’s my issue with the stuff your vet “prescribes:” it’s usually Science Diet or Royal Canin. They get it from the vendors for cheap and then push it on you because they get incentives for doing so. It’s crap; as you noticed, it’s got rice and corn in it. Cats cannot process grains of any sort–hence why many cats are overweight; these foods are chock full of carbs that they can’t get rid of, since cats sleep ~16-18 hours a day. The Royal Canin site even has a few pages defending the use of grains in their foods, which is hilarious.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@vorpalette:  Hi there!  Is Wellness dry food something you can purchase in a pet store or online without a prescription?  I’m thinking Oreo could benefit from new food with less carbs.  Thanks for your insight!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a cat with reccurent cystitis (UTIs). He was put on a regular low ash food, but that didnt help. We finally had to have him on a special perscription cat food. Even with all the interventions, he eventually succomed to kidney disease caused by the infections. If we hadn’t had him on the special food, I am sure that he would have died many years ago. Please think of your cat before you disregard your vet’s advice. It really can add good years to your cat’s life.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Distilled water! Your water may have minerals, etc in it causing a PH issue. Amongst a special diet, I reccomend distilled water. Not bottled, tab, or filtered but specifically distilled water. It can be bought by the jug at most groceries, targets, walmarts, drugstores etc.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am a veterinary assistant and have studied this issue a great deal. Please do not put him on a wet food only diet. It will destroy his teeth and then you’ll have an even bigger problem. I’ve seen it happen way too often. The best food to help with the urinary tract infections is the food that you were recommended. Rice and corn are not fillers, despite what many people say. They actually provide essential nutrients to your cat, and cause fewer food allergies. Look on each bag of food and check to see if they run food trials or not. A good company will run food trials on their food to make sure it is improving the health of the animals. Most food companies do not do this. In the end, if you don’t want to use Royal Canin (an amazing food company), other suggestions would be to try Hills (they also have a urinary diet food). Those are the top two. After that, I would recommend Science Diet and Purina One. Once you start your cat on one of these new diets, you’ll also find that he will be happier and healthier. Believe me, before I studied this, I fed my cats a crappy diet because I didn’t know any better. Once I switched, they were like new cats. And one more thing, if you only feed the recommend amount of food each day instead of just filling the bowl, like actually measuring the food, it’s really not that much more expensive because they eat way less, and therefore they get to and maintain a healthy weight. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I also wanted to add that depending on how bad his disease is, you may be able to get away with just buying a higher quality food. The urinary s/o is a prescription diet. The only people allowed to sell it are registered veterinarians. However, you can try him on either a Hills or Royal Canin diet that isn’t prescription, and which is also cheaper in price, but of high quality. My suggestions would be either Royal Canin Dental Diet or Hills t/d. Not only do they both help prevent UTI’s, but they also help take care of your cat’s teeth, which is great since most cats will have some forms of dental disease by the age of 2. 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@melisslp:  wellness is a great brand. you would get it at a pet store but not a grocery store or a store like walmart. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@melisslp:  Yep, I get it at PetCo! Our picky cat loves Wellness, even the Healthy Weight stuff (which we thought he might not eat).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vorpalette:  

Veterinarians do not get any type of incentives from food companies to push their food. They don’t get it cheap either. I know because I order the food. The fact that cats can’t process grains is also untrue. Grains have essential nutrients for them. Even a lot of the food that says they are grain free have grains. The reason why cats are getting bigger is because most owners fill up a bowl of food and when the cat is finished the bowl, they refill it. Cats love to constantly nibble on food rather than have meals, so if there is always food, they’ll keep eating and generally they don’t limit themselves. If you measure their food by how much activity they get and how old they are and feed them that set amount each day, they will maintain a healthy weight. The thing that I don’t understand is people who believe commercials and pet stores over Veterinarians. If you are ill, who do you trust most to help you feel better? Commercials, grocery stores, or your doctor? The veterinarians and technicians, as well as assistants go through a lot of schooling and spend a lot of money in order to study and find out how to best care for and treat animals only for owners to believe that they are money hungry and trying to rip you off when they are really trying to just do what’s best for your animal. If you found out how much we get paid, you’d know that we don’t do this for the money. We do it for the love of animals.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Bichon Frise:  Cats also die at an earlier age in the wild. If we feed our cats a healthy, high quality diet, they can live to be much older than they ever would in the wild. Also, if you don’t agree with wet food rotting their teeth, try working in a veterinary hospital for just a week, then tell me that again. I agree that most dry foods don’t help remove plaque (no food removes tartar) since most cats don’t even chew their food. There is food out there though that comes in bigger kibbles, that forces the cats to chew their food. It also has enzymes that helps remove plaque. It’s not a substitute for brushing your cat’s teeth, but it helps. Wet food just sits there and let’s the plaque form into tartar.

Again, I find it kind of unbelievable that someone would find an article on the Internet more reliable than a professional that isn’t getting paid, but just wanting to help and give advice to someone to help their pet.

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