Is your cat suffering from repeated feline urinary tract disease?
By Claude West (Cat Man)
I have noticed that on several occasions persons are searching my site for feline urinary tract disease or infections. This an issue that connects to the main emphasis of this website. Control of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is through proper diet and hydration.
#1 tip for reducing feline urinary tract disease:
I blog about diet and hydration in an effort to have you stop feeding your cat mostly dry
cat food. I tweet this fact daily to all cat owners and lovers that dry cat food produces concentrated urine that causes urinary problems in cats. Long-term use of dry cat food will stress the kidneys to failure. Hence, the name “Doomsday Pellets” referring to all forms of dry cat food.
My earlier blogs referred to the use of dry cat food as a microwave society convenience item for us. To quickly perform the duty of “feeding your cat” and were we not trained to do that from our parents? It is never too late to change this bad habit.
That is the good news but the bad news is most folks will just blow off that notion and move on. Fast-forward six or seven years and they are complaining about the veterinarian bills and the failing health of their cat. The situation may even get worse because some veterinarians believe that their “prescription diet dry cat food” will take care of the problem. What a vicious cycle.
A brief clinical description of FLUTD feline urinary tract infections:
- Bloody urine
- Straining to urinate (can easily be mistaken for straining to defecate)
- Urinating in unusual places
- Urinary blockage (almost exclusively a male cat problem)
- Licking the urinary opening (usually due to pain)
Often (90% or greater) this condition (FLUTD) is not due to bacterial infection. Changes in the bladder due to concentrated urine are causing inflammation. Treating with antibiotics may not be necessary. The real course of treatment after correcting the blockage is through hydration and a wet food diet.
If you suspect that kitty has an infected bladder from bacteria. Then using a quarter capsule of D-Mannose mixed with water and feed by syringe. Do this twice a day to help assist removal of bacteria from the bladder.
Here are some excellent sources of information that will go into deeper detail than this blog:
Dr. Lisa Pierson’s cat info site: http://catinfo.org/?link=urinarytracthealth. She is the best reference to transition your cat to a raw cat food diet.
Here is a brief description of D=Mannose by Dr. Mercola
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