How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip top Shape
How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip top Shape

How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape

Is your feline leaving puddles of urine in your bathtub or on your tile floors? Making lots (and lots) of trips to the litter box? Or crying out in pain when they pee?
 

Sounds like

tinkling trouble.

 

 

Urinary problems pester lots of grown-up cats, especially dudes, bro.

Your furry friend might have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is just scientific jargon for a collection of painful conditions that can wreak havoc on your kitty’s bladder and/or urethra.

 

 

So, what common urinary tract conditions are we talking about, exactly?

Some of the most common FLUTD diseases include urinary tract infections, urinary stones caused by a buildup of minerals, obstructions within the urethra or an inflamed bladder.

 

 

What causes FLUTD?

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Not urinating often enough

  • A urine pH level that’s too high

  • Too many minerals and not enough water in the urine

  • Being a male cat — because their urethras are longer and narrower

  • Stress or anxiety

 

Keep your

eyes peeled for

peeing problems ...

 

 

How to check if your cat has a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other urinary health issue:

The Opens a new window American Veterinary Medical Association says to watch for these major signs:

 

  • Straining to go

  • Frequently urinating a little at a time

  • Prolonged attempts to go

  • Crying out while urinating

  • Excessively licking their genital area

  • Peeing outside the litter box

  • Passing blood in their urine

 

Get your cat back

on the right tract.

 

 

How to treat
FLUTD:

Decide whether you need an immediate vet visit.

First things first, if your feline seems to be in a lot of pain or isn’t able to pee at all, get to the vet — stat!

Your cat might have a urethral obstruction, a life-threatening condition that your veterinarian must treat quickly!

Seriously, don’t dillydally.

 

 

Next, try these tips to help get your cat’s system flowing again:

  • Feed smaller, more frequent meals.

  • Always provide your cat with clean, fresh water.

  • Encourage your feline to drink as much as possible to help keep mineral buildup at bay and flush your feline’s urinary system.

 

 

Finally, don’t forget about litter boxes and
S-T-R-E-S-S! 🙀

  • Be sure you have the right number of litter boxes — usually one more box than the number of cats you have.

  • Place litter boxes in quiet parts of the house.

  • Always keep litter boxes clean — they should be scooped once or twice a day.

  • Maintain a steady routine and make your home as stress-free as possible. Consider how your own stress level, any visiting house guests and any other pets might be affecting your cat.

 

Take this old adage to heart:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 

 

How can you help maintain your cat’s urinary health?

In addition to the tips above, feed your cat delicious Opens a new window IAMS™ PROACTIVE HEALTH™ Urinary Tract Health, made with real chicken.
 

 

It helps promote your cat’s urinary system health by reducing urinary pH and helping to control mineral levels.

 

How’s that for

a win-win?!

 

 

Here’s how our formula helps keep your feline’s “plumbing system” running smoothly:

Salt for the win!

We use a sodium salt to acidify urine and help prevent struvite crystals from forming.

 

More sodium.
Thirstier cat.
Drinking more H20.
Less-potent pee!

Let’s talk mineral levels.

Our formula helps control levels of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in your cat’s urine, which is a good thing!

 

Next stop? Litter box bliss.
(Ahhhh.)

How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape
How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape
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    Understanding Kitten Food Nutrition Labels

    Understanding Kitten Food Nutrition Labels

    Confused by the ingredient list on your kitten’s food? You’re not alone. Marketing pet foods that have “human-grade ingredients” is becoming commonplace. While appealing to many pet owners, it is important to be aware that the term “human grade” has no legal definition and is used primarily for marketing purposes.
     

    Foods, typically meats, are labeled either as “edible” or “inedible, not for human consumption.” Once a food leaves the human food chain, even if it is of outstanding quality, it has to be labeled “inedible, not for human consumption.” Therefore, meats used in pet food must be labeled as “inedible,” regardless of the source or quality of the meat. The only way to make a pet food with ingredients deemed “edible” is to never let the meat leave the human food chain and actually manufacture the pet food in a human food facility and transport it using human food trucks. Therefore, advertising a product as containing “human-grade ingredients” is untrue if it is not manufactured in a human food facility. However, just because a pet food isn’t marketed as being “human grade” does not mean that the ingredients are poor quality.

     

     

    Here are some tips to help understand ingredient labels:

    • The ingredient list is not the only method you should use to select a pet food, because it doesn’t provide pet owners with enough information about the quality of the ingredients or the nutritional adequacy of the overall diet.
    • Instead of concentrating on ingredients, pet owners and veterinarians should look at the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement and the quality control protocols of the manufacturer. For more information, see the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s brochure “Selecting the Best Food for your Pet,” available at  Opens a new window www.wsava.org/nutrition-toolkit.
    • The ingredient list may be arranged to make foods as appealing as possible to consumers by the order of the ingredients (e.g., having lamb first on the ingredient list) or inclusion of seemingly desirable ingredients in the diet, but often in such small amounts that they have little or no nutritional benefits (e.g., artichokes and raspberries listed after the vitamin and mineral supplements).
    • Having more ingredients does not make a diet more nutritious.

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