|Purred: Thu Jan 14, '10 2:33pm PST |
|Having been thu this twice, I can tell you, Hills Science Diet C/D or S/D
DOES NOT WORK. It has grains in it, grains are one cause of crystals. It also has exythoquin, which I can't spell, in it.
What you want to avoid is corn, corn gluten, wheat, wheat gluten, wheat flour, oats and barley, anything that is a grain.
With a cat that is prone to crystals or bladder infections, it is imperative you increase their water intake, to keep them flushed out. You do this by mixing their wet meal, with water, so it is real soupy. If the cat only gets dry, you can use baby food, Beachnut chicken or turkey ONLY. Mix one teaspoon baby food, with water, so it is like a broth, twice a day.
Other causes of crystals, besides the food, is not enough water intake, dirty cat boxes, they should be picked every day, bedded deep, and as many cat boxes as there are cats, and should be placed in a quiet out of they way area, where there is not alot of traffic or commotion. Stress in the house hold, this is another big factor. No yelling, no fighting, not alot of commotion, no being picked on by other pets or human people. Use spring water/bottled water, tap water has too many minerals in it. Place several bowls of water thru out the house and/or get the drinking fountain.
As far as each cat getting something different, mine get the same food, but different amounts, and Prowler gets wet food mixed with water. They get fed in their carriers. Nobody comes out, until they have all finished. Its a good way to make sure they only get what they are supposed to get, and if one is not eating, and, a good way to teach them to walk right in their carriers. Heck, Bumpurr knocks cats down, rushing to get into his carrier at feeding time.
It could be one thing, it could be a combo of two or more things.
Best of luck.
Here is a great site to read.
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