Royal Canin Urinary SO - Food & Nutrition Forum - Catster
Urinary tract disease can lead to urinary stones (including struvite and calcium oxalate uroliths) developing. Royal Canin Veterinary Diet - Urinary S/O Moderate Calorie is specially formulated to treat cystitis and urinary stones in overweight or obese cats. This wet food is also suitable as a prophylaxis for cats with a sensitive urinary tract.
If his urine PH got too low, he could form kidney stones that can only be removed surgically. I would recommend routine blood work, ultrasound, and urine testing w a needle inserted into the bladder to be sure everything is ok to anyone who decides to take their cat off prescription food. I hope this helps other cats out there :). I am now going to start looking into a negative ion dispenser air filtration system to help purify the air in my home because I stumbled upon the subject while researching water.
Reply author: meowmeow_mom
Replied on: 04/20/2007 12:02:30 PM
Message: Mel - you could print off the "Please read!" post by Dr. Hodgkins that explains the Hills prescription diets and why they do not work for cats with urinary tract disorders. PS: I have found that some cats with long-standing cystitis have such damaged bladders that they need some extra help getting their urine pH where it belongs (below 7.0). The chronically inflammed bladder is very sensitive to any PH above 6.5-7.0 and it can take time for the inflammation to resolve, even with an acidifying diet. I have found that adding 500mg Vitamin C BID (the time-released product can be put into the food easily) is very helpful, and very gentle for this. Within a few months of new diet and vitamin C (not always needed, serial pH avlauations allow you to track this), these cats just get well and never look back.... Mel - you could print off the "Please read!" post by Dr. Hodgkins that explains the Hills prescription diets and why they do not work for cats with urinary tract disorders.Also, it is not possible to get a cat to consume enough water on a dry food only diet, which it sounds as though you are avoiding. Your cat should be fed canned food only, preferably prescription diets for urinary health. Adding chicken broth actually isn’t the best thing for your cat when you are trying to address issues with urinary crystals, so if you must add moisture to your cat’s canned food, mixing in plain water would be best. I experienced exactly what Dr. Hodgkins describes with one of my cats. She was about 7-8 years old and on a 50% dry food diet for years.
Her bladder was so damaged, that even after >6 months on a raw diet her bladder was still irritated (you could it with ultrasound), she still had a pH of 7 and she still had symptoms of FLUTD. She needed 6-8 months of an supplement to acidy the urine in addition to her good raw diet before the symptoms resolved completely. And no, we've never looked back.
In addition to that, I have another male cat that had a life-threatening urinary blockage, most probably due to eating mainly dry food. Since he has been on an all-canned low-carb diet his urine has been "perfect" every time it has been tested.
I find the level of urinary tract damage that can caused by dry cat food and the length of time it can take to heal in some cases, quite shocking.
Oh yes, and here's another publication on that a canned diet is better:
I hope you convince your friend.My cat just underwent surgery for kidney stones, urinary tract blockage, my vet said his urinary tract pH balance was good at 6.5 and that these issues in boy cats are common. When he came home the vet said to give him SO prescription diet. He will not eat that food; the only thing he is eating now is fancy feast it does help him to eat and drink lots of water; however I don’t want him to end up back at the vet. What do you suggest I give him in place of the SO diet?