Senin, 01 Oktober 2018

Best Wet Cat Food For Urinary Health


will give one ‘one-size-DOES-fit-all’ statement and that is low in phosphorus – either below ~1.0-1.2% dry matter (not ‘as fed’), or below ~300 mg/100 kcal. (In the “properly documented” Crystals section linked above, pay close attention to the expense, some people opt to not radiograph or ultrasound the cat on the first visit.

 Radiographs and ultrasound each have their pros and cons with respect to imaging the urinary tract and the accuracy/usefulness of each examination method depends on the quality of the operator. Radiographs – providing there is not a lot of stool in the colon to obscure the view – may reveal a stone in the urethra, whereas U/S will not show this area.

 Ultrasound exams have some benefits over radiographs but it is also very important to make sure that you have enough large litter boxes with CLEAN clumping (scoopable) litter placed in easily accessible locations in your home so that your cat will not ‘hold’ his/her urine for any reason. Litter boxes should always be scooped at least twice daily.

 See The Litter Box From Your Cat’s Point of View. This webpage discusses the importance of providing clean litter boxes with an inviting litter. Lower urinary tract health. Feeding a water-rich diet of canned or homemade food is critical for urinary tract health. Feeding dry (water-depleted) food contributes significantly to urinary tract dieases.

 Cats consume double the amount of water when fed a water-depleted (dry food) diet may also be a significant factor in some cats. The concentration of urine is thought to be less irritating to the bladder inflammation. That said, dietary management must be considered on a case-by-case basis and one-size-fits-all recommendations with respect to diet composition cannot be given.

 That said, I will give one ‘one-size-DOES-fit-all’ statement and that is “canned food is always better than dry food ‘addict,’ please see Tips for Transitioning Dry Food Addicts to Canned Food. All cats can be stressful and is usually reserved only for severe cystitis cases involving dry food addicts that are on their way to transitioning to canned food.

 To repeat a very important point: Bladder infections are not a common cause of cystitis. Sadly, the rampant abuse of antibiotics when most of these cases are sterile (sterile = no infection) cystitis. It is also very important to make sure that you have enough large litter boxes with CLEAN clumping (scoopable) litter placed in easily accessible locations in your home so that your cat will not ‘hold’ his/her urine for any reason.

 Litter boxes should always be scooped at least twice daily. See The Litter Box From Your Cat’s Point of View. This webpage discusses the importance of providing clean litter boxes with an inviting litter. Lower urinary tract system is the most important factor in keeping it healthy. That said, please do not make the mistake that so many people make when they state “but my cat drinks plenty of water!” A cat’s normal prey is ~70% water.

 Canned food is ~78% water. Dry food is ~5-10% water. Cats have a low thirst drive and they do not make up the deficit at the water bowl. They are designed to get water with their food. Total water intake – dry vs canned Cats on canned food or set out as a separate drink of water. Subcutaneous





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