Urinary cat food is designed for cats who are at risk or have urinary tract disease. The veterinarian is likely to prescribe this type of food for you if he feels the need. There are several reasons for urinary tract diets being prescribed when cats have urinary problems.
When and Why to Feed your Cat Urinary Food?
Urinary tract diets for cats is prescribed due to its ability to lower urinary pH in cats. Urinary cat food also contains lower amounts of magnesium to assist in maintaining urinary tract health and reducing risk for feline urinary tract infections. Why does pH matter? If the pH of a cat’s urine is too high, painful bladder crystals have a high chance of developing. Urine of a cat eating urinary cat food is often moderately acidic to prevent the development of struvite crystals. Struvite crystals do not grow well in acidic environments. In addition to supporting pH levels, the ingredients found in urinary tract diets for cats support a healthy coat, healthy skin, and a healthy digestive system.
Do Not Forget Water!
Although a prescription urinary cat food can significantly assist in your cat’s health, a good water intake is crucial in preventing problems to prevent conditions like feline urinary tract infections. Even with the prescription food, your cat can still develop urinary tract problems if he becomes dehydrated.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.