One of the biggest health concerns amongst cat owners is often the urinary tract health of their cat, this is a genuine concern as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a serious condition which if left untreated can result in serious illness and sometimes death.
Often there is not one single reason why a cat will develop FLUTD, as it is commonly a combination of many factors that culminate in this disease. Factors can include obesity, stress of any kind, too much acidity or alkalinity of the urine, not drinking enough water or a diet high in magnesium or other minerals. In some cases the cause is never discovered.
They are many warning signs to watch out for which may include:
- Prolonged squatting or straining in or out of the litter box (some owners may confuse this with signs of constipation)
- Frequent urination or straining and only producing a small amount
- Pain while urinating (meowing or howling)
- Urinating outside of the litter box
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent licking of the genital area
Diet can be one contributing factor in FLUTD cases, research shows that feeding your cat a diet specifically formulated to help maintain urinary tract health such as PURINA ONE Urinary Tract Health Formula can help reduce urinary pH and help prevent struvite crystal formation.
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