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Old 03-21-2013, 08:14 PM
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I suspect that one of our cats, Lance, has bladder crystals again. In June of 2011 he started peeing outside the litter box and we took him to the vet for a urinalysis and it was found that he had crystals. They gave us Clavaseptin (50mg) to treat it and also urged us to purchase him the Hill's Prescription Diet C/D food. Desperate and willing to try anything, we did and the problem cleared up quickly.

After a few months on that diet, we switched to Acana Grasslands food and BFF (all flavours rotating). He's done really well since the switch, but a couple of weeks ago I SAW him peeing in our entry way (on carpet... great). We've since switched to ONLY BFF food as I read that moisture is the number one culprit. I buy my pet food from a local store and the BFF food had the lowest amount of fat and ash and the highest amount of moisture so I thought it was a good bet to stick with it.

The issue is continuing and he's not peeing in another area of our house. I'm going to schedule a vet appointment today. I know that if it's crystals again, and I have no doubt that it is, that they'll want me to buy the prescription diet. I might just feed it until the issue is under control and then do another switch but I'm not sure that what we're feeding is right for him. Does anyone with experience with crystals in cats have a suggestion what I should be looking for in food?

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Krystal I have no advice for you but I just wanted to say I hope you get to the bottom of it and he feels better and stops peeing in no no spots soon!
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I wish I could help, but I am a first time cat owner and so far so good! Our cat UTI last year. I learned that she needs lots of water. She hadn't been drinking much water, she is afraid of Angel and won't come downstairs. Even with her own water dish, she didn't drink it. Well I read somewhere that a stainless steel dish might be preferred by some cats. So I bought a small one. Now she's been drinking the water! I also give her half can of food per day and some dry.

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My cat has the same problem. I have to keep her on a special diet. A friend did not heed her vet's advice and ended up having her cat for emergency surgery that the cat almost didn't make it through. I hope your cat is well soon.


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Thanks guys! I might just have to bite the bullet and join a cat forum and see what others have to say. I know that after he gets some drugs in him he'll feel much better but I'd like to avoid this happening again. I think we'll definitely be doing just wet food from now on to make sure they get enough water but I will try the stainless steel bowl for them. It think it will be tough finding a food for them that's not super pricey. Feeding those two is WAY more expensive than feeding Odie.


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My cat has the same problem. I have to keep her on a special diet. A friend did not heed her vet's advice and ended up having her cat for emergency surgery that the cat almost didn't make it through. I hope your cat is well soon.


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Yikes! Yes we were told that Lance was on his way to needing surgery last time. Thankfully it wasn't quite that bad. What special diet do you feed her? The vet was able to squeeze us in tomorrow afternoon and they'll take a urine sample again. I will definitely feed the prescription diet until he's well again but would like to feed him something higher quality for the long term if there's something nutritionally similar as the prescription diet.


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I joined catforum.com! I'm already finding such good info on there and will be better prepared to ask questions at the vets tomorrow. I'm so familiar with dogs, cats are another world!
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Not sure if this will help as I have little expeirance with this in a cat but from what I have heard and read that if you keep them on a wet diet in stead of a dry diet that will help as cats naturally do not drink enough water. Nala hates water so I changed years ago to can with a high moisture content and dry as just an in between snack. I also add a little water to her can food to make it even MORE moist. (Paw Lickin Chicken Weruva)

Now my holistic vet put Sadie (DOG) on Dianthus (chinese herb) to get rid of her crystals.
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