For information about the diagnoses and symptoms associated with FLUTD, please
see the following link to an article by
C. Brooks DVM, DABVP on VeterinaryPartner.com. Diagnosis is important
as there are various treatments and remedies to help with specific causes.
Regardless of the cause of FLUTD, however, the basics are the same for every
cat: diet and hydration.
Traditional veterinary treatment will often include prescription diets, many of
which contain preservatives, fillers and insufficient nutrition. No cat should
eat dry food as a large part of their diet, but for cats with FLUTD or who have
had an episode of FLUTD avoiding dry kibble becomes essential. Cats eating a dry
food diet have more concentrated urine and do not drink enough to compensate for
the lack of moisture in their food. In addition, dry kibble contains too much
grain and cats do not typically utilize the nutrients in grains well.
Raw food is ideal,
freeze dried and dehydrated foods are also good options – try to make these
at least part of your cat’s overall diet. Read canned food labels carefully to
determine that the food is mainly meat and contains no fillers or meat
by-products. See the article What You Need to Know About Your Pet's Food. You may be advised to look for a food low in ash or magnesium. Most all
high quality canned foods qualify.
The first step in increasing your cat’s hydration is changing from dry to raw or
canned food. In addition to this it is important to encourage her to drink
water. Use different sizes and shapes of bowls in different locations. Many cats
like running water – see the
If your cat remains stubborn about not drinking water, you can bribe her with
a bit of unsalted broth or clam juice (not tuna) if need be and dilute it over
time until she will drink water. Bottled or filtered water is best and will
likely taste better for your cat as well.
Holistic Urinary Support can be a good treatment for FLUTD
In addition to diet and hydration, a variety of other holistic treatments can be
helpful in treating FLUTD.
About Dry Food an online article by Michelle Bernard.
Article listed on www.catnutrion.org (an excellent site for information about
raw diets for cats) : Notes from the 2003 AVMA Convention –
diet: The feline diet: a historical look.
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