Cats and urinary tract disease aren’t a good mix, however many cats suffer from Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, which is an inflammation of the bladder and/or urethra. You may notice frequent urination, which may be difficult or painful for your pet. You may also notice blood in the urine. It is common for cats suffering from this disease to urinate outside the litter box, choosing instead cool places such as sinks, bathtubs, and tile floors.
What causes Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?
This condition is 100% related to diet, and is a result of calculi (stones) or crystals in the urine. Urine with high alkaline has been shown to form crystals, which can cause bladder infections.
What causes urine to become alkaline?
The high grain content in many lower grade commercial pet foods can cause high alkaline urine. A diet with too much magnesium (a component of ash) can contribute to crystal formation. The excessively high fiber content in many dry cat foods unnaturally increases water excretion into the colon, preventing healthy urinary water excretion and making the urine more concentrated.
What can I do to help prevent Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?
At All is Well we recommend feeding a raw food diet. The raw food should contain 80% water, which produces the perfect urinary pH and is ideal for cats. Another option is to feed your cat canned food exclusively, since canned food also has a high water content.
Source: Becker, Karen Shaw, DVM, “Pets and Nutrition,” 2003.