CATS DIET FOR THE OPTIMAL URINARY HEALTH
If you've ever had the displeasure of having a cat with a urinary infection, you know it is not a pleasant time for you or the cat. But, there are ways to help prevent future urinary problems with a cat's diet for optimal urinary health.
What Are the Signs of Urinary Troubles?
Most urinary infections go undetected at first, and many people unfamiliar with the issue are not aware that the reason for their cat not using the litter box is often medical.
A few signs of a possible urinary infection:
- The cat appears to need to urinate frequently and is in the litter box often.
- The cat urinates a very small amount each time.
- Urine may be blood tinged (showing up as slightly pink litter).
- Cat may stay in the litter box for a long time, appears to be straining.
- The cat may stop using the litter box, associating his urinary problems with the litter box itself, and instead may begin attempting to urinate in other places like blankets.
- In the case of male cats, it is very important to make sure they are not experiencing a blockage or plug, which is a medical emergency.
Sometimes, a cat will have just one infection in their lifetime, but there are many more cats that will have repeated problems with urinary infections throughout their life.
Trying to Prevent a Problem through Diet
The best way to prevent a recurrence of any type of urinary infection is through diet. This is the most natural way to tackle the problem.
Dry commercially produced foods increase the number of overall urinary tract problems because grains and carbohydrates are alkaline in nature; whereas, the cat's body makeup and urine is naturally acidic. By eating the amount of grains in a standard cat food, the cat's urine gradually becomes more alkaline, increasing the likelihood of infections, crystal formations, and urinary blockages in male cats. The healthy PH range for a normal cat is 6 to 6.5 (Arora 2006, 83).
Dr. Jean Hofve says it all comes down to the diet for a lot of cats. "The best thing to do is feed the cats meat. That accomplishes the same thing (as prescription foods, acidifiers)-lowering the urine PH-in a natural way. Animals eating natural food diets, and more wet food, are less likely to develop this condition," she says (Zucker 264).
We can help prevent urinary infections through a natural diet: 60-75% meat and protein, little to no grains, vegetables, and lots of moisture. The high level of moisture in a homemade food helps to dilute urine and keep everything working properly. A high level of meat based protein helps to naturally acidify the urine.
For persistent problems, it is possible to supplement a cat's diet with herbs like marshmallow root or cornsilk powder or with L-methionine, but you will need to monitor your cat's urine with testing to make sure it does not fall outside of the PH range of 6.0-6.5 (Stanford Cat Network).
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Arora, Sandy. 2006. Whole Health for Happy Cats. Gloucester, Massachusetts: Quarry Books.
Stanford Cat Network. Solving Litter box Problems. http://catnet.stanford.edu/articles/litterbox.html
Zucker, Martin. 1999. The Veterinarian's Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats. New York: Three Rivers Press.