Cats, dry food and ill health
Have you ever noticed how COMMON urinary problems are in cats these days? It’s not just me right? Every where I go lately, I hear someone who has had their cat at the vet recently.
If your cat has ever had a urinary problem, odds are they have a significant amount of dry cat food in their diet. And if they haven’t had a urinary problem yet and they eat a lot of dry food, then they probably will – develop a urinary problem eventually, that is. 🙂
Indoor cats tend to have more urinary problems than outdoor cats – maybe that’s because they tend to get food left out for them to browse on all day, so they never get a break from the water sucking biscuits. And outdoor cats tend to hunt for part of their diet, so it’s not all dried biscuits.
It’s logical if you think about it. All that dry food competes with the kidneys for enough water to digest it and the kidneys need lots of water to flush them properly. Sooner or later that chronic ‘not enough water’ takes its toll and causes the body to break down. Urinary problems in cats can be extremely painful and for many cats it’s a vet bill that’s easily avoided.
At the FIRST signs of small or frequent urination in the litter box, don’t wait for the pain to hit – stop the dry cat food immediately. Change them to a high quality canned food – fish usually has the least crappy stuff in it and watch your pet food brands. Aldi’s supermarket here in Australia has a very good quality canned fish for cats.
In fact, make the change now – they may not like it, because a lot of dry food has additives to make them crave it but just wait them out, because their health is at stake.