RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 7:01am PST |
|Ben thru this, and have done extensive research on it, made some changes, no more crystals,no more urinary/bladder issues.
Besides the x-ray, they should have done an urinealasys, it shows if there is crystals, or bacteria, and it shows the urine ph. If the urine is too concentrated, it burns the bladder walls, hence, they get in and out of the cat box, and pee a little bit.
To prevent urine/bladder/crystals, you have to feed wet only, and mix it with water, so its real soupy, twice a day, this keeps them flushed out, this is beyond, imperative, its the key.
Feed only a grain free food, grains is one of many, causes of urinary/bladder/crystals, its the biggest one.
Do not use tap water, too many minerals, you have to use purified spring water, not distilled, not spring, but purified drinking water. I buy the store brand gal jug, its $1.00, some use Brita, some use PURR.
Make sure cat boxes are large, bedded deep, I bed mine 6 inches, and picked daily. You should have one more box, than you have cats, at least one box, per cat.
Boxes should be in a quiet out of the way area, not in a high traffic area, and pets should not be picked on by family members or other pets, and not prevented from getting to the boxes.
Prowler was only 2 yrs old, when he was blocked, late on a Sat night night. Luckily, one of my show friends was over, he was acting strange, I said something is wrong with Prowler. My friend watched him, and said, he is blocked, we have to get him to a vet, right now, in he went.
The vet, at that time, put him on Hills Science Diet SD and CD. Was at a show in Garden State, we were talking about food, I told them, they begged me to take him off of it, I said, well, the vet put him on it. They were right, the crystals came back, I said, something ain't right with this picture, and I did extensive research on it.
For future reference, if, they are blocked, you have 12 hrs, to get them to a vet, or, its too late.
I put him on Blue Wilderness, its grain free, by product free, gluten free, soy free, and low in salt.
And wet only, mixed with water, so its real soupy.
Tried to save money last year, gave him wet in the morn, dry at night. He started going in and out of the box. In he went. My vet, I have now, said what did you change. I told her. She said you **have** to give him wet only, mixed with the water, have to. His urine was too concentrated, from not being kept flushed out, it burned his bladder walls, hence, in and out of the box, he felt, like he had to go, even tho he didn't.
Back to wet only.
He is now 7 yrs old, no more issues.
The key, is too feed a grain free food, wet only, and mix with water, to keep them flushed out.
If they won't eat wet, which Bump wouldn't, at all, period, he got 1 teaspoon Gerber baby food, chicken or turkey ONLY, mixed with water, so it was like a broth, twice a day, and this is per my vet.
Merlin is right, forget the prescription diets, they don't work, Prowler is proof of that, and they are full of grains. The reason vets prescribe them, other than they sell them, is because the Hills and Royal Canin SO are very very high in salt. What happens, when you eat a very salty product? Ya drink more, which, is the object of the game, but feeding a food high in salt, and with grains, is not the safe way to accomplish this.
When he was blocked, it was a horrible, horrible experience, for me and him. The second time, was my fault, I learned the hard way, he is now a wet only boy.
Hope this helps and best of luck. (((((((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))