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Modify your cat's diet to prevent urine crystals.
A canned cat food, or raw diet is more naturally suited to your cat's digestive system. Food that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates help reduce the possibility of struvite crystals forming.
Canned food should always have meat as the first ingredient. It is highly desirable to see DL-Methionine, an amino acid that helps balance the urine pH, as another ingredient.
Fish-flavored cat foods are higher in magnesium than chicken, beef, and turkey cat food.
Avoid giving your cat large quantities of fish-flavored cat food to reduce her risk of developing struvites.
When you first switch your cat's diet and mix in DL-Methionine powder, you'll generally start with half a teaspoon per day.
After a couple months, you can reduce the amount to a quarter teaspoon. Continue this dosage for another couple months.
After approximately 4 - 5 months, you'll be able to just sprinkle a light coating onto your cat's canned food, and mix it thoroughly.
Posted on 05/08/05 at 05:00:00 by Nancy Wigal
Category: Cat Food
Hi Nancy & Denise,
I have also been looking for the powdered dl-methionine for my kitty. Could you please tell me where it can be purchased?
Could you please email me back with information regarding the powdered dl-methionine. The brand you use, and where I could purchase it. My cat Leo, is on Rx can food from the vet, that he is getting tired of, and I would like to put him on wellness can, and sprinkly the dl-methionine powder. Can my vet get it for me? Any help or advise would be so appreciated. The web only shows it comes in tablet form.
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One of the most common causes of Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is what your cat eats. A feline diet that is too high in carbohydrates and magnesium, and low in protein can lead to FLUTD. When their cat is initially diagnosed with FLUTD, feline owners will usually first try to get their kitty to eat the prescription food recommended by their vet.
But what if the cat rejects their offering? As an alternative, there are specific, non-prescription cat foods available to maintain your cat's urine pH balance at 6.6. A high urine pH value indicates struvite crystal formation in your cat's urinary tract. The challenge is to find the right cat food that appeals to kitty, contains the proper amount of protein and magnesium, and has few or no by-products.
Cat urinary tract infections can cause crystals to form in cat urine, which causes pain when kitty uses the litterbox.
Research shows that diet is one of the factors that contribute to crystals forming in your cat's bladder.
Once kitty is diagnosed with a cat urinary tract infection, you can usually mitigate or eliminate it in the future by permanently changing her diet to either all canned food, or mostly canned with a little bit of dry food.