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Managing bladder conditions with diet
Bladder and urinary tract issues are relatively common in cats. While dogs are more likely to get urinary tract infections, about 40 percent of cat bladder problems are related to stones or mucus-crystal plugs. Between 50 and 70 percent are caused by s sterile inflammatory stress-related condition called Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FID). While there are plenty of pet drugs available to treat these conditions, your veterinarian may also recommend changes in diet as one of the best ways to get your cat healthy again.
Getting your cat to consume more water is the key to treat and prevent bladder problems. When cats drink more water, the urine they produce is less concentrated, which means it contains fewer minerals, mucus and other cells so crystals, stones and other issues are less likely to be a problem. At the same time, the more frequently a cat empties its bladder, the less likely the substances are to create stones inside.
That said, changing the pet food your cat eats from dry to wet is the diet change that can benefit the feline the most when it comes to urinary concerns. If your cat currently eats dry food like Halo Spot's Stew Indoor Dry Cat Food, try to switch it to a wet, canned variety like Petcurean Go! Natural Grain Free Caned Cat Food or Merrick Canned Cat Food. If your cat adjusts well to this transition, you can even start adding some water to the wet food and mixing it in.
If your cat will not eat wet food, adding water or broth to its dry food can also be hugely beneficial. You could also try feeding it more frequently throughout the day, since pets that are fed several times a day tend to also take more trips to their Durapet Dish & Bowls for water. If the bowls of water aren't doing it for your feline, try alternative methods like dripping faucets or free-flowing fountains to get it interested.
Of course, if a cat is diagnosed with a bladder problem, it usually also needs to be treated with medications. Baytril is commonly prescribed to treat urinary tract infections, while Urocit-K can be used to prevent kidney stone formation. Your cat may find it easier to take these pills when they are concealed inside pet products like Greenies Pill Pockets.