Urinary Tract And Bladder Infections In Cats-Could Diet Be The Cause?

Toby-The Cat With The Hat

Our pet male cat, which is a siamese mix is quite the peformer. He is also quite verbal because of being half siamese. But when cats suffer from urinary tract or associated bladder infections they could be verbal because they are not feeling well.
Our pet male cat, which is a siamese mix is quite the peformer. He is also quite verbal because of being half siamese. But when cats suffer from urinary tract or associated bladder infections they could be verbal because they are not feeling well. | Source

Prescription diet c/d dry cat food-providing your pet feline with optimal bladder health

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Purina One Urinary Tract Health Formula For Felines

Urinary tract health formula for cats, is a good non-prescription alternative for cats that are afflicted with urinary tract and associated bladder conditons. It is available at groceries stores, such as...Walbaum's and King Kullen.
Urinary tract health formula for cats, is a good non-prescription alternative for cats that are afflicted with urinary tract and associated bladder conditons. It is available at groceries stores, such as...Walbaum's and King Kullen. | Source

Cats like their human and canine counterparts can be quite the characters. But they like humans and dogs are prone to many different health conditions; particularly so as they grow older. Urinary tract infections which are usually the result of crystals forming within the bladder of a cat, is one problem that older cats can develop. Urinary crystals not only cause much pain and discomfort for your pet while they are trying to pass urine through the ureter; but can at times lead to an unexpected trip to your vets. Possibly your feline friend has had this problem in the past, or maybe you have noticed recently; that your pet seems to be straining when trying to urinate in their litter box.


Cats are finicky eaters to begin with; so you may think that what they have been eating over the past years is doing them no harm in any way. On the other hand they may be appear to be more verbal than usual. When a cat is overly verbal, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are hungry or want to go outside to stalk the birds at your feeder. Besides having one cock-a-poo and a Bijon mix which I spoke about in a previous article. I also own a few cats as well. One of these felines happens to be part siamese and is very verbal. His name is Toby and believe me toby is quite the actor, as you may have noticed by viewing the photos of hime displayed within this article.


Toby like a lot of other cats usually meows when he wants to be fed, or wants attention from the rest of the family. Toby can be very adorable and also has a mischievous side to him. But if he isn't feeling his old self; this will be quite obvious, because he can often be found lying flat on his stomach, with all fours stretched out on either side of him. He will remain there, on top of the couch; or on another fairly hard surface. This behaviour in cats like toby is suggestive that their stomachs and/or bladders bother them from time to time, but not always.


In toby's particular case, lying on a fairly hard surface, like the top of a couch; is one way felines like himeself benefit by alleviating internal pressure; that arises as a result of discomfort within the bladder area. We thought this to be normal behavior for our cat at first, but after the constant and continual loud verbal meows, we came to the conclusion that toby was definitely not performing at his fullest and may be experiencing something more serious.


After awhile we also noticed that he was urinating in very small amounts. For many minutes he would strain and finally urinate. The urine was of a small quantity and had an occasional red tinge to it. This was the result of tiny crystallized stones that had rubbed along toby's bladder wall when he tried to urinate. Small amounts of blood causing the reddish tinge was the result of the continual irritation . We found this out when we had taken toby in for a check-up at the vets. Even though stones like this could be treated and dissolved without surgery. It was eventually suggested by our vet, that we change the diet toby had been eating over the past several years.


The same foods that can cause a dog to develp skin allergies, can in turn cause urinary tract and bladder infections within the feline population. So the same canned chicken dog food that is causing your dog to break out in skin rashes or welts for example, could also be causing crystals or small stones to develp within the urinary tract. A change in diet as suggested by our vet, would be just what the doctor ordered for your own pet feline. In the case with our toby, the vet told us to give him a prescription cat food called C/D. C/D comes in a few different favors, but our toby having the undistinguishable trait of your typical finicky cat, peferred his old favorite...chicken. So chicken C/D it was and so far this prescription diet cat food is achieving its intended goa; which is maintaing a healthy bladder in our cat. Prescription C/D is available in dry and wet cat foods. It can only be purchased at your local vets office.


Don't get too hung up on just the C/D though thinking that this is the only choice for the cat with urinary tract issues. Because if you go to a local grocery store like walbaums, if you have one in your area. Than you will find that Purina has a good quality special care cat food that will pretty much do the same job. It is called Purina One urinary tract health formula for cats and a large bag will cost you roughtly about $11.00. I use this dry mix formula for both toby and two outdoor felines that we have adopted. When you have a cat lover in the house it is easy not to argue with them over keeping too many cats. Especially if you don't want to end up sleeping outside with the cats.


The urinary tract formula is a good substitute for the vets prescription C/D formula and may even save you a few dollars too. We have also found that Wellness chicken flavor cat food, is also a good substitute for a cat like toby, who is afflicted with urinary tract problems. Wellness cat food does come in turkey and a few other flavors. But if your cat is as finicky as our toby and has urinary issues, than you will want to give them chicken.


Wellness cat food like prescription c/d formula does also come as a dry cat food. However it all depends on what your individual feline pet prefers. In our circumstance, we found that toby prefers the wellness chicken wet canned food. So you may have to use the process of elimination to eventually find what variety of dry of wet cat food your particular feline purrfurs. Wellness cat food can be purchased at a popular pet store like petco for example. It is also available for about $2.50 per can at an agway store as well. These prices are comparable in price to the prescription based foods that you purchase from your vets. And a times I have found the canned cat food in particular, to be a bit less expensive.


The important thing that matters the most here is keeping your pet cat healthy and satisfied. Always give them that little extra bit of attention, especially if they appear a little more lethargic or verbal than usual. As previously mentioned this could be more of sign that something more serious is going on internally with them. Just like dogs and humans require tender loving care, so does your feline companion. If you want them to continue entertaining you for years and years to come, than give them the purrr-fection that they deserve.


Wellness, Wilderness and Blue Diamond Brand Foods For Your Pet Feline

Wellness chicken cat food, is one of the best non-rx wet canned foods on the market for cats with urinary tract infections. In addition Blue Diamond and Wilderness brands are available for the problem canine, that presents with a few skin conditions.
Wellness chicken cat food, is one of the best non-rx wet canned foods on the market for cats with urinary tract infections. In addition Blue Diamond and Wilderness brands are available for the problem canine, that presents with a few skin conditions. | Source

There's Nothing Like An Afternoon Catnap

Molly is one of our female calico cats who we tend to keep outside. Unlike toby our siamese mix male cat; molly does not have problems with urinary tract complications. However we do still feed her the best foods, to prevent these problems.
Molly is one of our female calico cats who we tend to keep outside. Unlike toby our siamese mix male cat; molly does not have problems with urinary tract complications. However we do still feed her the best foods, to prevent these problems. | Source

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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Love the cat pictures! And your information on Urinary Tract problems in cats is Brilliant stuff! Great work here!

Cheers~

K9


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drsteffan 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Your article is really cool, would it not be nice if their human counterparts could benefit from foods for similar health problems like your lovely cats? I know that there is a possibility. Really nice thought provoking text with so cute pictures, congrats to you, Steffan


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

I take comfort in reading that such an uncomfortable condition can be dealt with by something so simple as a change in diet. Thanks for sharing the info! Now I'll know what to look out for- and what to do!


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Simone:

I am glad you enjoyed the information contained within my article and nice to know that you found it informative. Also hope you find it useful in the future, particularly so if you have a cat that may need some tender loving affection.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello K9,Dr.Steffan and Simone:

Glad you all found my article about cats and urinary tract complications informative and useful in some way. I do also appreciate the kind and insightful comments as well. If any of you own felines who do experience bladder problems, hopefully they and you will also benefit from something as simple as keeping up with the right foods. Take care.

Jl


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drsteffan 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Humans deserve the same care and tender loving affection like cats, don't you think so? I have seen Humans starving from a broken heart. Steffan


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Dr. Steffan:

Wow I really appreciate all of your support so far in reference to my cat article. You must really be a pet lover all around. This is the second time you commented on this article, so I take it you really enjoyed the information. And you know I also have to tend to agree with you, that many humans out there do without a doubt starve from a broken heart. Sometimes cats and dogs get more attention than their human counterparts. But you know it works both ways too. There are countless pets out there, both dogs and cats that are totally forgotten about, not to mention abused and abandoned. I'm sure you would agree with me, that there is room in this world for a lot more kindness towards humans as well as their pet counterparts. I see you are also a newbie to hubpages. Welcome aboard, nice to have you here and happy hubbing!

Jl


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drsteffan 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

You are absolutely right my friend I love all animals and people. I am concerned with the welfare of all and you really touch my heart with your care and understanding you describe in your article. Yes, I joined only a few hours ago and I thank you cordially for welcoming me. Take care and be well always, Steffan


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Paulart 4 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

I like you hub information very much.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Paulart:

I am glad that you enjoyed my article and found the information useful in someway. And thank you for your insightful comment.

Jl


wendy 4 years ago

Is wellness dry cat food a good food to prevent urinary tract infection


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Wendy:

Yes wellness is one of the recommended best foods to give your pet, to help prevent urinary tract infections. However if you can afford to pay a little more at the vets, there is a dry catfood called CD for cats. Most likely you will need a prescription from the vet to get the CD, but possibly your vet will give you a sample or two first to see how your cat does. Also you need to add a bit more water to wet food that you give your cat. Adding more water to wet cat food and giving them less dry food will help prevent bladder infections in addition. Basically lack of water in a cats diet cause urinary bladder infections. Hope this little extra bit of info. help. Good luck.

Jl


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DearBandit 4 years ago

Thank you for all the info. I have just started to change food for my 10 year old guy. I am mixing half dry and wet food. I just got a tip from last week, and I was told that if the beginning of the ingredients starts with salt, then it is not good for them to eat. salt should be listed last or near the bottom, or even in the middle. And that cats/dogs ect will like that brand of food, if it has a lot of salt because it bring out more flavour.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Dear Bandit:

I am glad that some of the info. in my article is helping you out with your older feline. Good luck with the mix of dry and wet food-you should definitely see a difference soon! And just like humans, pets should not have a lot of salt, it is definitely bad for them in excess. Take care and thanks for checking in.

Jl


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub, and thanks for the product information. GBY


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Stars:

You're quite welcome and hope that it benefits your pets. I know by stopping by and previously reading your profile bio, that you have a good number of kitties. Again I hope you and your pets benefit from the information I included in this article. Thank you again and take care.

Jl


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afriqnet 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

Well written and informative hub. I think urinary tract and bladder infections are related to a large extent to the diet.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Afrigne:

Thank you for stopping in and providing your feedback in reference to my article. And you are absolutely correct when you cite that bladder infections are largely related to food types. The same applies to us humans. If we could all manage to remember to avoid, or eat foods recommended for our pets, we in turn would most likely have a lot less health problems,including those related to the kidneys and bladder. Thank you again and glad you enjoyed the article.

Jl


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Great Hub, I will be sharing this one on one of my own. Great job!


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Thanks Cherylone for your feedback on this article of mine and thanks for sharing as well. I have to give credit to another family member however, for the pictures of our cats in the article. Unfortunately I do not have a photographic eye.

Jl

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