Myth 1: Feeding dry food will lead to urinary tract disease in cats.
My ten year old male cat has always eaten a URINARY TRACT dry cereal plus canned food (
I have been researching a good grain free wet food for my cat who suffers from lower urinary tract disease, borderline diabetes and skin allergies. I am currently feeding him and my 1 year old cat EVO Chicken & Turkey wet plus my problem kitty is on Hills Prescription C/D dry food.
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.
What About Premium Dry Cat Food For Urinary Tract Health?
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Both vitamin C and the amino acid L-methionine are natural urinary acidifiers. Cranberry extract can prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall to cause infection. Animals Apawthecary Tinkle Tonic is an herbal tincture that can reduce inflammation and fight infection in the urinary tract.
Cats that only eat dry food may be chronically dehydrated, without sufficient fluids in their systems to flush the kidneys. The simplest route to correcting dehydration is to feed a wet food diet. Make sure water is fresh, clean, and available at all times. Provide a cascading water fountain that encourages cats to drink such as the Drinkwell Lotus Fountain by PetSafe or Petmate’s Deluxe Fresh Flow. I took my cat to the vet when I found her urinating blood outside the litter box. The vet prescribed her three weeks of antibiotics (Clavamox), and a bag of dry Hill's Prescription Diet C/D that they sell on site. He also took a urine and blood sample. I took the antibiotics, but held off on the Hills food with the intent to do my own research. (Note, I also have a second cat, her brother, who the vet said it would be fine if they were both on the same diet, as they graze on the dry food.) I couldn't help but be hesitant also due to cost and wonder if they weren't in part quick to prescribe it because of making money on the sale. After reading a lot about cat foods and urinary tract infections I thought there must be a better solution.