Vets stock plenty of expensive cat food products. Some of them promise to keep your cat slim or active or energetic. Some of them promise to heal him if he’s getting recurrent urinary infections or bladder or kidney stones.
My cat has avoided his previous urinary problems for over a year now and I’m pretty sure it’s not because I give him an expensive prescription food part of the time. I suspect it’s because he’s being made to drink a lot more clean water than he used to.
I picked up a leaflet at the vet’s surgery the other day which was trying to flog cat food which would cure and prevent kidney and bladder stones and kidney and bladder inflammation in cats. “Everyone”, it said, “knows that cats don’t like water!” Because cats don’t much like to drink water, they’re prone to urinary infections.
The answer? Buy Acme Company, or whatever, Cat Food. Dry cat food. Cat biscuits are easy to give. You can sling them on a saucer and go out all day and leave your cat something to eat. They’re not messy like wet food. And they won’t attract flies the way wet food can.
The leaflet went on to say that you need to introduce any new brand of cat food gradually. “Cats don’t like anything new!” It recommended mixing a bit more of the brand each day till your cat accepted the new, prescription food.
The trouble is, virtually all the commercial cat foods contain ingredients that are not good for cats. Cereal, for example. And salt. And none of the dry ones will get water into your cat which is what he needs to avoid urinary problems.
The leaflet was just not honest about cats not liking anything new. Try giving raw or cooked meat or raw or cooked fish to a cat who hasn’t had them yet and he’ll soon let you know if he likes it or not. I jettisoned my cat’s commercial pet food when he got repeated urinary infections and now give him raw or cooked pork and pork liver, raw or cooked trout, and occasionally a bit of lamb or wild rabbit. It’s not expensive compared to the commercial prescription foods which cost a fortune. And it’s not even expensive compared to ordinary cat foods. I just buy a bit extra when I buy my own food.
I also had to spend a fortune at the vet each time he got ill and it was awful to see him uncomfrotable and then in pain. So feeding him fish and meat is well worth doing.
Every time I feed him I chop the food quickly and add a bit of warm water. (Appraently cats don’t like cold, or very cold, food.) He likes meat and fish so much, after the dry biscuits full of junk and cereal that he used to eat, that he accepts the extra water with no problem. Because it gets quickly flavoured by the meat or fish, he’ll drink every last drop.
I’d say that for the last year he’s had around three times more water in his diet than he was getting when he was ill. And so far it’s keeping him in good health. He sometimes has a little milk which he seems to love. He hasn’t had any obvious problems digesting it. I dilute it, again, with a little warm water.
I do give him the horribly expensive prescription food from time to time but only to vary his diet and possibly to give him some vitamins or minerals he may otherwise miss.
He’s about four years old, a Burmese-Siamese cross with chocolate-tipped ears and paws, a chocolate-coloured tail and a beautifully sweet chocolate-coloured face. He has, naturally, beautiful ice-blue eyes. His caramel-coloured coat is glossy. His eyes are bright. He bounds around outside chasing grasshoppers and butterflies. He chats away during the day (and often at daybreak…) He climbs trees. Trots about on the roof. He investigates every car and person arriving at the house with typical cat curiosity. He invented 2 games that he plays, with a ping-pong ball. (When he runs and hides under a curtain I know I have to roll the ball to him so he can bat it with a paw that springs out of hiding. When he crouches beneath a step I have to roll the ball over the edge for him to spring up and catch.) (Seems to amuse him.)
So all in all, the raw or cooked meat and fish, with extra water, seems to be doing him a lot of good.
I’d urge anyone who’s caring for a cat with urinary problems to work on getting more water into the cat’s diet. It won’t do your cat any harm. And it will probably do him a lot of good.