Diet dry food for cats with urinary tract diseases
Diseases of the urinary organs in cats are summarized under the term FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease)
FLUTD – the disease of the lower urinary tract – includes, for example, bladder infections, urinary stones, blockages of the urinary tract and much more. Cystitis in cats can have several causes. It can be triggered, for example, by urine crystals, malformations of the urinary tract and / or germs and emotional stress. As a result, the mucous membrane of the bladder is irritated and a cystitis develops with products of inflammation and bleeding. The “soul” caused FLUTD occurs most frequently. It is also called idiopathic FLUTD. Its exact cause is still unknown today. It is believed that affected cats cannot cope with stress sufficiently. Affected cats have painful urination and pass frequently but only small amounts of urine at a time. Smaller mineral deposits in the urinary bladder are called crystals or semolina. If these take on a larger shape, they are called urinary stones. Different types of urinary stone can be distinguished based on their chemical composition. The most common types in cats include the struvite stone and the calcium oxalate stone. Since cats, like their ancestors, usually only drink little, they only pass small amounts of highly concentrated urine. As a result, the urinary tract is flushed less and the minerals in the urine have a lot of time to accumulate to crystals or even stones. A sick animal often goes to the litter box and often tries to pass urine (also bloody) with pain. It licks its genital region, is apathetic, aggressive and may become unclean. If this is not recognized early, the disease will progress. Then there is a danger to life, as the urinary tract clogs and the urine and its “toxins” can no longer be excreted. The bladder may burst and urine will enter the abdominal cavity. Hangovers are more likely to suffer from urinary plugs. This is due to the anatomical conditions. The urethra is longer and narrower in some places so that even relatively small stones can more easily lead to a complete blockage. The causes for this disease are very diverse: obesity, castration, mineral-rich composition of the feed, an excessively alkaline pH value in the urine, germs, etc. can trigger the disease. Overweight cats exercise less and are often too lazy to go to the water bowl and litter box.
Lifelong prevention is necessary in affected cats to avoid relapses. Talk to your veterinarian.
How URINARY dry food supports your cat with urinary tract problems
MERAVITAL URINARY is a high-premium dry diet developed by veterinarians and nutritionists that acidifies your cat’s urine and thus promotes the dissolution of struvite stones. Since calcium and magnesium are the main components of urinary stones, MERAVITAL URINARY has an undersaturated – but of course needs-covering – content in order to avoid the formation of crystals. Your cat’s water intake is stimulated, which means that the minerals in the diluted urine can no longer combine so easily with one another. In addition, the urinary system is flushed regularly, thereby excreting germs and possible “urinary stones”. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate can strengthen the epithelial cells of the bladder mucosa, which are often damaged in bladder infections and allow pathogenic germs to adhere.
Frequent urination, pain and apathy can also be signs of another serious illness such as kidney problems and diabetes.
You should therefore have your cat examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible in order to be able to provide targeted treatment in a timely manner. Meravital Urinary should only be fed on the recommendation of a veterinarian and under appropriate medical supervision.
Our tips for using URINARY dry food:
You can also combine MERAVITAL URINARY dry food with MERAVITAL URINARY wet food.
Please ensure that your cat has constant access to fresh water.
If your cat drinks too little despite MERAVITAL URINARY dry food, we recommend that you feed it with MERAVITAL URINARY wet food. This has the advantage that a large amount of water is taken up at the same time through the feed intake.
Make sure that your cat only eats MERAVITAL URINARY – if you have several cats, they must be fed separately or – if there is no contraindication – all cats eat MERAVITAL URINARY.
There are now microchip-controlled automatic feeders, such as the “Sure Feed”, which only open when the microchip is used and can thus ensure that the sick animals cannot get to the food of their roommates.
General tips for cats with urinary tract disease:
Offer your cat several and above all clean toilets.
Take a closer look at the urine released. Is it bloody? How many times a day does your cat urinate? How many ml of water does she drink a day? This is all information that will help your veterinarian.
To improve your cat’s drinking behavior, we recommend setting up several water bowls throughout the apartment. The drinking water should never be directly next to the food or the litter box. Cats probably avoid these places for drinking water for reasons of hygiene. With some cats, a cat fountain also helps, which encourages them to drink with fresh, splashing water. Even for hardship cases, who only drink from dripping taps, there are now special cat fountains in the form of faucets to buy (www.katzenbrunnen.info).
In the case of extremely hard water, offering filtered water has proven its worth.
Keep your cat slim – if your cat was overweight when the urinary tract problems developed, this may have been one of the reasons for the development of the disease. Discuss with your vet after the urinary stone therapy whether your cat should eat a weight reduction diet such as MERAVITAL WEIGHT CONTROL in order to reach its ideal weight and thus reduce the chances of a recurring urinary tract problem.
Have your vet scan the bladder once a year.
Protect your cat from stress. It is assumed that stressed animals can develop a stress-related cystitis (idiopathic cystitis). You should therefore offer your cat the opportunity to withdraw. For families with children or dogs, a little gate to a quiet room is often enough (there are even some with a built-in cat flap) through which the cat can slip in and stop the children or dogs. This means that the stress level does not rise so extremely and the bladder remains healthy.
In cats with idiopathic cystitis, stress management is paramount. Make your cat’s life more interesting by furnishing the apartment suitable for cats (shelves up to the ceiling, scratching and climbing opportunities), free running, possibly a cat partner and more attention. Objects of typical cat life should be chosen so that the cat feels comfortable. For example, different types of cat litter are “suggested” and then the litter that is “selected” by the cat is consistently used.
If necessary, seek advice from a competent cat psychologist who can help you identify the situations or places that are disturbing for the cat and eliminate the problem.
Feeding L-tryptophans or casein (e.g. Zylkene) also helps the cat to become more relaxed.
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Urinary tract disease
Pregnant and lactating queens
Administration of urine acidifying drugs
high blood pressure
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