One of the most common medical reasons pet parents take their cats to the veterinarian is for urinary issues. Cats evolved in the desert and have an innate ability to concentrate their urine. That’s fine if you live in the desert, but for a domesticated cat living in a home environment, keeping hydrated is essential. While diet can play a significant role in helping to prevent problems, hydration or adequate water consumption are equally important.
While diet can play a significant role in helping to prevent problems, hydration or adequate water consumption are equally important.
Here are our top 5 tips for urinary health and the wellbeing of your cat.
1. When considering the urinary system, an ideal diet for a domestic, household cat, whether it is a canned or dry recipe, should encourage an acidic urine. All Wellness® cat food recipes are designed with these criteria in mind.
2. Along with feeding a proper diet, encouraging sufficient water intake is a major concern. Many cats love to drink running water. Re-circulating water fountains are very attractive water stations that in many cases, will stimulate a cat to drink more frequently. Fresh, palatable water should always be available in more than one area in the house, especially if there are multiple cats in the family. Many suggest moving the water from one location to another regularly as sometimes a new location stimulates cats to drink.
3. Canned foods are almost 80% water and should be a part of any feline’s diet. If your cat has had urinary problems in the past, canned foods should be a major part of their diet. New Wellness Cubed, Sliced & Minced Cat Cuts canned cat food recipes come in twelve flavorful varieties to help pet parents make each meal special. Our new tasty cuts in savory gravy contain wholesome, natural ingredients, with flavors to keep your cat interested and hydrated. Wellness also offers a full line of canned pate recipes for cats as another healthy meal option.
4. Multiple clean fresh liter boxes should be placed in out of the way places, making it easy for your cat to relieve himself without interruption.
5. The most common reason for insufficient water consumption is feline stress. Usually physical stress is the culprit, although sickness and disease can surely slow or stop the intake of water and food. In North America, the average cat owner owns more than one cat. Any time you have more than one feline in a home, there will be competition for dominance. It doesn’t have to be physical aggression, although that can occur. Many times all it takes is a certain look or a particular posture and the more sensitive, least dominate pet may run and hide under the bed for the rest of the day. While avoiding the confrontation and hiding, the kitty is not eating or drinking. This can go on for hours and the longer the kitty goes without food or water the more concentrated the urine becomes and the more likely there will be a urinary problem. Be mindful of this if you do have a multiple cat household and be sure to get your bashful cat to replenish with plenty of water and canned food under times of stress.