My cat has started peeing all over again in little spots and once again it is pink. So there is blood in it again. She was put on Eukanuba Low pH/S but neither one of my cats like it. Anyone know how long it should take for her diet to help get rid of the struvite crystals? FLUTD SUCKS!!!! Is there anything else i can give her to help acidify her urine? She was seeming to get better but now it is just like it was last week. Are there any remedies out there? Diet, Herbal, ANYTHING!!!! ????
i do not know anything about the eukanuba food she is on. my cat fox was blocking every other month for a year before i finally got the combination of these things down to a science and he (knocking on wood) hasn't blocked since the summer time.
to get over the initial urine tract infection - 4 weeks of amoxicillin and daily doses of prednisone ( anti inflammatory steroid ) until the antibiotics were done.
for maintenance now to prevent ( knocking on wood again ) more urinary problems - walthams royal canin urinary S/O diet with nothing else. 1 capsule of COSEQUIN for cats sprinkled over his food a few times a week, distilled water ( our water here is very hard ).
he had struvite crystals also and 2 months on the food all crystals disappeared.
Hill's Science Diet makes dry and canned S/D prescription for cats with struvite crystals. Ask you vet for that maybe the cats will like the taste better. See if you can get them to eat the canned. Canned food is way better for cats with crystals because it contains more water . Did the vet check for a urinary tract infection? If there is an infection you need antibiotics. In any case it sounds like it is time to go back to your vet to have the cat checked out again.
When my cat had the same problem I was at the vet every month for four months before it was resolved. It cost me $100 a month and she had to be on the Hill's Science Diet prescription food for it. She really seemed to like it and Spencer preferred it over his regular food so I just fed it to both of them. She had the struvite crystals too but they said they aren't as bad as the other kind of crystals which I can't remember off-hand what they were called. I ended up selling her back to the breeder because I had a health guarantee with her and the breeder offered to buy her back. I only had her for three months when all this started. The breeder said she is fine now so just hang in there, sometimes these infections are really stubborn and like scout said you have to figure out the right formula for them.
The vet did put her on amoxicillin. She hates that too LOL She was doing ALOT better the last 2 days but then i noticed she was still peeing in weird spots but it was yellow not pink like it was when she first got sick and it smelled like normal cat pee LOL But then today i saw pink pee again and it was just a little spot of it and it smells funky. There is nothing worse than funky cat pee. LOL Ok ok ok yes there is but you all know what i mean!!! I have read that giving her methionine could help and so can cranberry extract . Scout would these hurt her? They were on a pet med website. They are herbal and natural. Could they help her?
Eddited to add: Umm...i feel really stupid but what does w/d ,S/D, and S/O mean? People are always saying it when they are talking about pet food but i have no idea what it means....
***Edited By: erica on 2/15/2005 3:15:38 PM*** Reason: added something
i don't know what methionine is unless there is another name for it that i may know it as. i know people with bladder infections are told to drink cran berry jiuces. it wouldn't hurt her at all, how much it would help i dont know. i know wellness cat food had cranberrries in it and that was what my cat fox was on when his problems started.
W/D - is actually a food that was made for weight management. a food for animals to go on after they have lost weight to maintain it.
S/D - is a diet specifically designed to dissolve crystals/stones in an animals bladder. it only works with struvite crystals and not calcium oxalate crystals. hill's foods are generally low on the palatability scale compared to other foods out there for the same thing. the "d" just stands for diet.
S/O - stands for struvite and i believe oxalate. i htink this food does both types of crystals commonly found in dogs and cats.
The methionine was sold as "Methigel Urinary Acidifier" The vet told me that , that is what the food we are giving her is suppose to help do so i was just searching to see if there was anything else that would help as well since she isn't eating. I did mix the Eukanuba Veterinary Diet Low pH/S food the vet sold to me, with some regular canned food and water and she ate it then threw it back up. So i tried to mix some of the food with the water that is in the tuna fish can and she licked her lips and went over by it but then went and layed down. So she hasn't touched it. I am so worried that she is going to get worse and worse. UGH ....
wow i didnt even know they still made methigel. havent seen that in years. if i were you i would switch her food to something else. cats are not like dogs. if they dont like something they wont eat it. the majority of foods have a guarantee where if your pet wont eat it you can return it.
I looked at the commisary today to see if they had a different food she could eat but (just like i thought) they didn't. Tomorrow I am going to the vet to buy the canned version of Eukanuba she is suppose to eat. If she doesn't like THAT, then i will have to go to a pet store and look around a little bit. She is still drinking water though so that is good. I gave her a milk lid ring thingy (her favorite toy) and she was actually playing with it and chasing it around and stuff so that made me feel a little better. I am going to try cranberry extract for cats and see what happens or at least see if it makes her feel any better. I figure if it isn't going to hurt her then it is worth a shot, RIGHT?! Thanks for all you advise Scout!!!! You are great!!!!
well if this special "ph" food is used to acidify her urine then indeed there is something along the lines of home remidy you can do. "ph" or per hydroxide (if im correct) is a scale from 0-14 0 being acid and 14 being base. blood and water around the 7 mark being neutral. all you need to do is find things that are closer to 0 that are healthy for your cat and add them to your diet and keep base foods (horseradish for example..not that your feediing the cat that) out of the diet. Being that i am closer to a scientist than i am a vet you should call the vet to confirm these solutions. good luck
p.s. some things of the acidic type are citrus stuff try lemon juice or something.
***Edited By: BluePetBull on 2/15/2005 7:49:15 PM*** Reason: p.s.
Solid Gold makes a product called Berry Balance. It has cranberry and blueberry extract in it. It helps balance urinary tract pH. It is in a powder form so you may be able to get your cat to eat it if you mix it with canned food.
It is funny that you mentioned that product! I actually ordered it online today! I also ordered something called tinkle ...something.....i forget but i helps with urinary problems. My poor baby=( I literally saw her straining to pee for 5 minutes..... I wish there was somthing else i could do for her. She is being so sweet too....normally she gets an attitude but she is just being a love bug. I am scared that this is going to get worse and worse. She is my baby, i have cared for her since she was 4 weeks old, and i nursed her to health then, why can't i help her now.....i am scared she is going to get so bad that she won't make it..........we are not at that point yet but if she doesn't start eating i am going to cry.
Don't worry you are doing everything you can for her. I am sure she will be fine you just have to find the right combination. If she does not get better I would give your vet a call or just make another appointment and bring her in.
I just started her on distilled water to see if that helps any. FLUTD is weird. Why weren't there any symptoms before? Why does it just BOOM hit? I got her to eat today....it was a can of regular food that i knew she couldn't resist. Is that bad that I gave that to her? I did mix in some of the dry food the vet prescribed for her. I know that the regular canned food isn't going to help to acidify her urine but she hasn't eaten in 2 days. So i thought it was more important to get some food in her. If they don't eat can't their kidneys shut down? Did i do the right thing?