Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entrée Canned Cat Food
Yes, the ingredients are horrible. But the fact remains, that in some cases, they are the only food that keeps the cat prone to crystal formation healthy. I have one such cat. I have, repeatedly, attempted to feed her an all canned grain free premium diet. The crystals, and urinary tract infections to follow if I was to let it go, always come back. The urine pH always climbs to 7.5.
I am not suggesting that cats remain on urinary tract formula foods for the long haul, only until it's been determined by your vet that crystalization is no longer present in a urinalysis. For long term health a canned food diet (high moisture, low magnesium, poultry only) is in fact the way to go, but only after struvite crystals have been eliminated from the urinary tract.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease; FLUTD is a term used to describe any group of disorders or diseases that affects the lower urinary tract (bladder or urethra) in cats. The most common disorder of the group is feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC). FIC involves inflammation by an unknown cause, but stress is thought to be a significant factor. FLUTD is also associated with the formation of crystals/stones in the urinary tract that can cause numerous and painful ailments for your cat. The two most common types of crystals/stones are struvite and calcium oxalate. FLUTD is serious and requires medical attention. Fortunately, you can help your cat recover with treatment from your veterinarian and the right nutrition.
The food you feed your cat is extremely important to their overall health. Feeding the wrong food can contribute to the development of a urinary tract disease (FLUTD). With FLUTD, crystals or stones form within the urinary tract and cause irritation, pain and possibly blockage. In severe cases, this can lead to kidney damage or may even be fatal if not properly treated. I started feeding my 13+ (strictly indoor all his life) cat Purina Pro Plan Urinary tract formula (morning) and metabolism formula (afternoon) canned food about a month ago. The first week he was fine. The second week he started having a little diarrhea and then he started projectile vomiting a greenish-yellow bile for 3 days in a row until I finally took him to the vet. $180 later my vet told me that my cat had unusually high amount of Spirochetes in his gut. Prior to feeding him Purina I had always feed him Iams indoor hard cat food but he lost his front teeth and couldn't digest the food as well anymore. After reading all the other reviews I am totally confident that the Purina is the culprit. All cans aren't due to expire until 2018.If your cat is struggling with a urinary tract infection(s) – the first step is to switch to canned food only. The best canned food to change to is Pro Plan Focus Urinary Tract Health Formula Adult Canned Food. This formula is chicken-based. You don’t need a vet’s prescription to purchase it. The food provides low dietary magnesium to your cat and reduces urinary pH.Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) affects an estimated each year. That makes it one of the most common cat diseases. Feline urinary tract disease results in difficulty urinating or the total inability to urinate. In the case of a complete blockage, FLUTD can result in toxins building up in the body – this can lead to death. There are numerous factors that contribute to your cat’s risk of developing a UTI or other urinary tract disease. One important risk factor is their diet. Let’s take a look at different types of cat food to figure out what’s the best cat food for urinary health.