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Many studies have concluded in the diet is a primary cause of struvite urolithiasis in cats. However, researchers have found that urine is a more important contributing factor. Urine that is acidic helps to dissolve struvite uroliths and also provides a less favourable environment for its formation. Commercial feline diets now limit the amount of magnesium and add acidifiers in the food to increase urine acidity, thereby reducing the likelihood of struvite formation. The decrease of struvite uroliths coincides with an increase in oxalate uroliths, low magnesium levels and urine pH both being a factor in calcium oxalate formation. Oxalate uroliths are not dissolvable in cat urine and have to be removed surgically, barring those small enough to pass out the urinary tract.
If you’re worried that your cat may develop a UTI or other urinary tract disease, we recommend that you start feeding your cat canned or raw food today. Since we’re all about what’s natural, we’re fans of raw feeding, but ultimately, any high moisture-diet will do.
My 12 yr old male cat was just released from animal hospital after a urinary blockage. He has a severe allergy to chicken (causes skin lesions and diarrhea) and the food they recommended, a Dissolution blend called S/D from Hill's Prescription Diet, has chicken in it as do most commercial cat foods. Is there any Urinary Tract Dissolution or Preventative formula out there that doesn't contain chicken? Thanks!To help prevent UTIs or avoid a recurrence, feed Kitty wet cat food rather than dry. Kitty needs to stay hydrated, and wet food contains a good deal of moisture. Make sure there's always fresh, clean water available for him. If you have several cats, provide a litter box for each one, with one extra if you have the room. Keep those boxes very clean. Stress might aggravate urinary problems, so keep Kitty to a regular routine with as calm a living situation as possible.Dilution of the urine is a frequently overlooked factor in FLUTD. Cats who only eat dry food may be chronically dehydrated, without sufficient fluids in their systems to flush the kidneys. In nature, cats get most of their fluids from their juicy prey, and don’t have an instinct for water drinking. The simplest route to correcting dehydration is to feed a wet food diet, or provide a cascading water fountain that encourages cats to drink. Place water away from food, because cats are more likely to use a water source away from their “kill.”But the foods, none of them , "dissolve" crystals. They help create a healthy environment while the moisture keeps the bladder well flushed, so eventually, the urine stays free of debris, because the crystals are peed out, and not too many are forming, not because they are being "dissolved". I agree I misspoke when I said "dissolve" as "flush" is a better term. I know about the genetics as I have read pretty extensively on it and which is why it comes up out of nowhere as the cat gets older...mine didn't show signs until the age of 5. I disagree regarding the solution is simply "hydration" as some cats have chemical imbalances that lead to variances in urinary pH. It's physiologically impossible for all cats (just like humans) to have the same molecular makeup, so treating a symptom or condition uniformly is of course a ridiculous proposition...and where I have huge issues with the one-size-fits-all remedy being pushed on this forum by Pierson's posse. I do agree that feeding a cat a corn-laden diet long term is not the right alternative, but it clearly is over the short term if one wants to correct the urinary tract acidity imbalances....although some cats may be unable to achieve the proper acidity without being on one of the prescription diets. It's certainly feasible if there is an issue biologically and without any other viable alternatives would not hesitate to use it to keep my cat alive and somewhat healthy. As an FYI, some cats do tolerate some brands better than others. Purina ProPlan does not contain corn (some corn starch and wheat gluten to create/thicken the gravy) like Royal Canin or Hills' Prescription Diet and while it does contain some salt, it's the 11th ingredient listed...just before Caramel Color which is used sparingly in food products to color up from gray. I can already hear the tin-foil hats shrieking but would urge rational cat owners to read (a lot of varying sources) and be open to all sides of the argument...ultimately utilizing what's best overall for your particular cat's health.