RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Wed Dec 21, '11 4:02am PST |
|Gump and Shadow are right, its not the ash, as was prev thought, even my vet told me that, when Prowler had crystal issues. Which I can tell you, for a fact, that not only does Science Diet not work, it actually contributes to the crystal/urinary issues. Please share this with your co worker, as she has boy kitties, and they already have issues.
Late on a Sun night, one of my cat show friends was over. Prowler tried to pee on the bathroom floor, then he tried to pee on the bath mat, then he threw up, and he was getting in and out of the cat box. When he threw up, I said I think he is sick. She said, he is blocked, we have to get him to a vet, right now. She was right.
My vet, at that time, put him on Science Diet, the crystals came back. I said there is something wrong with this picture, and did extensive research on crystals.
Grains are one, of many causes of crystals/urinary issues, the biggest one. The grocery store food and Science Diet is full of them. When you have a crystal kitty, you HAVE to get them off the grains. It is also IMPERATIVE that they now be fed WET ONLY, mixed with water, so its real soupy, twice a day. You have, to keep them flushed out.
No more water from the tap, it has too many minerals in it, they have to be given purified drinking water, I use the store brand, it costs $1.00 for a gallon, or some use the Brita/Purr filter.
Kitty boxes must be kept clean, scooped daily, bedded deep, put in an out of the way area, not in a high traffic area, not near washer/dryer/furnace, that may come on suddenly and scare kitty.
Kitties must not be kept from the box, by other pets, by family members.
Stress in the household is another biggie, kitties cannot be picked on by other pets or family members.
When they cut back our hrs at work, had to go back to dry, because wet is so expensive, I feed Blue Wilderness, its grain free, by product free, soy free, gluten free. For the other kitties it is enough, but not for a crystal kitty.
Prowler was getting in and out of the box, and peeing only a little. My vet said he had bladder inflammation.
He was not blocked, but he felt he had to go, hence the getting in and out, and only peeing a little. She did a urine something test, where they take urine out of the bladder with a needle, its called a clean catch, and tested the concentration of his urine. His was too high, hence, it was irritating his bladder walls. What did you change, she asked. I told her.
She said, he "has" to be on the wet, mixed with water, to keep him flushed out, to keep his urine diluted. He went back to wet twice a day, no more bladder issues.
Prowler was 2 when his crystals appeared. Did not have any more issues, until, I put him back on dry, even tho, it was grain free. Now that he is back on wet, he has no more issues, at all, and he is now 6.
I now work 2 jobs, 6 days a week, and eat alot of oddles of noodles and mac and cheese, so they can have wet, and a grain free food. As the regulars know, this is all except Bump, mol. They know his story.
Nice to see you again, I remember when Hunter was just a little tyke.