So, my friends cat just got back from the vet because of Urinary Tract issues. The vet gave her a prescription diet, however, the cat would not eat it. I've been tryiong to look into other foods for her. What do you guys suggest? Also, what's the most important things to look for? Ash? Magnesium? etc.
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I have had many cats in my life. Currently eight of my own. Some folks feed just dry food. I truly believe wet food is the key. I have always given my cats wet food, some in the morning, and some at supper. Dry food during the day to graze on. I have never had a cat with a UTI. My thought: extra water in the wet food. Just like a human you need to drink water to pass it. With dry food, the cat might not be drinking enough water. Hope this helps you.
I have never talked to anyone who's cat actually liked the prescription food for any problems it may be recommended for. I wonder what they put in there that makes it taste so bad? UTI is caused by PH problems with the urine and that is what most petfood companies are trying to do with their Urinary formulas as well as lower magnesium. Did your friend try mixing the regular food with the new food to start with? Or did she switch cold turkey? I would try mixing the two for a while and then gradually reducing the old food as the cat gets used to the prescription food. My girls won't touch anything new but I am pretty sure if I left it in the dish, they would eventually need to eat.
I've had three male cts over the years with uti-one was a really tough case; took 4 years before he stopped being a regular at the vet's. Mix the prescription diet with regular preferred food, and gradually increase prescription food amount. Vet could give a pill to acidify the urine until she's eating the food regularly. Also, I give a tablespoon of distilled water with each feeding, and one late a night, to be sure he's flushed(no pun!) out. Water quality may have something to do with it, so the distilled water will help, in case that's your problem.
I've always had good luck with a good meat containing wet food. You might say don't they all contain meat? The answer is the same as dog food. Try and find one that does'nt have a grain in the first three ingredients, and not by-prducts.
I too have a kitty with urinary tract disease. I do not have any advice on special foods because I have not changed his diet. However, my veterinarian prescribes a pill for him called "Uroeze". He has been taking it for over a year now and so far it has really helped him. Maybe your friend could ask the veterinarian if something like that is an option.