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Should I Put My Cat on a Urinary-health Diet?

Diet may help this common cat problem


Symptoms of urinary tract problems in cats

Cats are notoriously picky, but if they’re having trouble relieving themselves and making puddles in inappropriate places—they aren’t trying to be difficult. They may actually be suffering from Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD, a collection of conditions that include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Urination in inappropriate places (outside the litter box)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Urinary pain
  • Blood in the urine

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet right away. Some of them are much more serious than others.

What is FLUTD?

FLUTD can be related to other health issues such as:

  • Bladder stones
  • Bladder infection
  • Blocked urethra

How can diet help FLUTD?

In some cases, changing your cat’s diet can help keep FLUTD from taking hold. In cats (and other animals and humans) urine leaves the body through the urinary tract. If the balance of chemicals, known as the pH level, in a cat’s urine gets out of balance, solid crystals can form—effectively blocking your kitty’s plumbing.

Cat-food makers have developed diets that promote a healthy pH level, which can help stop those crystals from forming.

Changing how you feed your cat may help, too. Divide kitty’s daily food into a few small meals throughout the day, instead of one or two big meals. Always be sure there’s plenty of fresh water on hand, and that your cat is drinking enough.

If your cat is showing signs of FLUTD, it is important to talk to your vet before making any dietary changes.

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