Myth 1: Feeding dry food will lead to urinary tract disease in cats.
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.
Some urinary tract cysts may be caused by food allergies, especially chicken and fish. If you have been feeding your cat primarily chicken or fish for a long time, you might consider changing the protein in your cat's food. Holistic veterinarian Karen Becker recommends choosing a novel protein, such as rabbit, to see if an easy diet change to a new protein will help alleviate urinary cysts. If you are choosing between canned food or a new protein, adding canned food is more important. If you can add cans and change proteins, you may find a good solution for your cat's urinary trouble.
(1) High Moisture – Cats need lots of moisture in their food to help dilute toxins. Cats initially came from the desert where there was not much water to drink. Despite a lack of water, cats still need water first and foremost, just like our human bodies do, but instead of getting water out of a stream or lake, cats got water from the food they ate. In the wild, cats eat other beings…the prey of cats are very moist…in the 75%ish range. Therefore, in the wild, a cat will be getting about 75% water in each bite. This is critical because cats do not have a strong thirst drive to drink water…they must “eat” water. Dry food, on the other hand, has at most 10% water. Therefore, a cat will be getting over 8 times less water bite per bite when eating dry food. Cats are not built to catch up in the bowl which often leaves them dehydrated…the results being kidney and urinary tract issues. The urinary tract and kidneys need to be flushed with water to dilute harmful toxins.Cats who eat dry food do not make up the difference in water consumption. Cats were not created to consume much water. They were meant to hydrate through eating. If your cat eats a diet of 100% canned food – you should have no urinary tract issues. If your cat eats a diet of 100% dry cat food – you’ll probably find urinary issue springing up left and right as your furry friend ages.Due to these stats, a cat that eats canned food has around double the amount of urine flowing through his or her bladder. The more water flowing through the urinary tract system – the higher likelihood it stays healthy.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!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.If your cat has trouble with urinary problems, the Canidae All Life Stages Indoor Formula Adult Recipe Dry Cat Food might be an option to consider. This recipe is nutrient-dense, featuring protein-rich chicken meal as the number-1 ingredient along with digestible carbohydrates like brown rice, white rice, and cracked pearled barley. As far as supplementation goes, this recipe is balanced with plenty of vitamins as well as chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption – it also contains dried fermentation products as probiotics to support your cat’s digestive system. In addition to offering general nutritional balance, this recipe contains cranberries specifically for urinary tract health and plenty of omega fatty acids to support your cat’s kidney health as well as his skin and coat. Overall, this recipe offers more than 30% protein and nearly 15% fat.