Food for Urinary Health

Bladder and urinary tract infections are unfortunately, very common in cats. In milder forms, cats make frequent trips to the litter box, usually passing small amounts of urine. Blood may be seen in the urine. Some cats start to relive themselves in areas outside the litter box, particularly if they begin to associate the litter box with pain.

In some cases, usually young adult male cats, the urethra may become plugged with crystals, stones or a plug of cells and mucous. Once this happens, the cat cannot urinate at all, and may become increasingly agitated. Straining in the litter box can be misinterpreted for constipation instead of a life-threatening emergency. In its most severe stage, the cat may become depressed and unresponsive,

Appropriate nutrition is one of the key factors in avoiding this common and painful condition.

  1. Feeding a wet food is a good way to ensure adequate hydration and ensure that lots of water is flowing through the kidneys and urinary tract.
  2. Low levels of minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium and sodium will help prevent the onset of problems
  3. Antioxidants help protect the sensitive lining of the bladder and urinary tract
  4. Urinary food should contain ingredients which help lower the pH of the urine, keeping their bladder healthy.