Prevention of new calcium oxalate, urate or cystine stones
Bladder irritation without bacteria or stones is very common
Urination is a natural part of your cat’s everyday life. It should not cause any problems. Urine is produced in the kidneys, stored in the bladder and runs out of the body through the ”urethra tube”. It carries water, dissolved protein waste and excess minerals.
Urinary stones form if there are more waste elements in the urine than can be dissolved. These are typically magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and protein waste products.
All cat foods contain minerals, proteins and water. To support a healthy urinary tract your cat food should produce maximum nutrition requirements with a minimum amount of protein and mineral wastes for the urine to excrete.
Choose the right food for your cat and you can support a healthy urinary system. Food can help to dissolve existing urinary stones and reduce the risk of new ones forming. Different types of stones require different nutritional strategies – read more!
Signs and causes of urinary problems vary but symptoms may include:
They drink little and only produce a small concentrated amount of urine. This means they have a natural disposition to develop bladder stones.
The urine passage can become blocked by bladder stones. When this happens, the urine and waste elements are forced to stay in the bladder. The tension of the bladder causes pain, and retained waste elements can seriously harm the body. Once this happens, vet assistance will be required.
SPECIFIC™ Struvite Dissolution has an extra low content of minerals and can be used for a period of 1-2 months to effectively dissolve struvite crystals and stones.
In addition, the increased salt content makes the cat drink and urinate more and, through more diluted urine, they dissolve and ‘flush out’ the stones. The food comes in dry and wet varieties and should only be used for a short period.
Once existing struvite stones or crystals have been dissolved, the next step is to prevent new ones forming.
This is best done with one of our Crystal Prevention foods:
The three variants of Crystal Prevention are recommended by vets for SAFE long-term use, as the recipe does not rely on a high salt content for its effect.
Too much protein waste in the urine can give rise to calcium oxalate, urate and cystine stones, especially if the urine is too acidic. Calcium oxalate stones are quite common in cats.
These stones cannot be dissolved and must be removed surgically.
Feeding your cat the right food can help prevent formation of new stones in the future.
The composition of our Kidney Support food is beneficial for cats with calcium oxalate, urate or cystine stones. The food:
Many cats with urinary problems have bladder irritation without any bacteria or stones. This is called idiopathic cystitis and is very common. If your cat has this problem, we recommend feeding the tasty wet food pâtés Crystal Prevention, Adult, Organic with Chicken or Organic with Beef.
It is important that your vet identifies the type of stone in question, as this is essential to giving your cat the best treatment. To find the cause of a urinary problem your vet must look for stones, crystals or bacteria/infection. This may include a physical examination, investigation of a urine sample, microscopy, x-rays, ultrasound or urinary stone analysis.