Urinary & Struvite CAT
Extruded complete dietetic food for adult cats for the dissolution and reduction of struvite stones
- Subsaturation properties of urine
- Urine acidifying properties
- Magnesium content minus 0.18%
- PNP 17 and PNP 18
Chicken (dehydrated Chicken protein min. 25%, fresh boneless Chicken min. 10%), Potato, pulses (Lentils min. 5%), hydrolysed poultry Liver, Chicken fat, Brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), lignocellulose, marine zooplankton meal (Krill, source of Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin), carob meal, FAEC Complete (Yucca schidigera extract, yeast products, (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as a source of MOS and nucleotides), glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, methylsulfonylmethane, Chicory root, Salvia rosmarinus, Melissa officinalis, Taraxacum officinale, Salvia officinalis, Minthostachys verticillata, Cynara scolymus, Silybum marianum), Carrot, Pumpkin, Apple, dehydrated whole Egg, Moringa Oleifera leafs, FAEC Inmune (microalgae oil Schizochytrium sp. (source of Omega 3 DHA fatty acids), Panax ginseng, Punica granatum, Zingiber officinale, Urtica dioica, Camellia sinensis, Curcuma longa, Harpagophytum procumbens), FAEC ProbioDigestive (Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus).
Urine acidifying substances: phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate.
Dissolution and reduction of the recurrence of struvite stones. Feline lower urinary tract disease.
In cats, one of the most frequent causes requiring veterinary attention is the group of diseases affecting the urinary tract, which present very similar symptoms, such as difficulty and/or pain when urinating, haematuria or pollakiuria among others, grouped under the acronym FLUTD (Feline lower urinary tract disease). Its main cause is idiopathic cystitis, and with lower prevalence, urolithiasis.
Within this second cause, we will find different types of stones; oxalate stones, which although relevant in terms of cases, are not as relevant as struvite stones, which account for 60% of cases and which are the type of stones targeted by this recipe, both for their dissolution, something that is not possible in the case of oxalate stones, and for their control and to avoid their reappearance. which is not possible in the case of oxalate stones, and to control them and prevent their reappearance. Factors predisposing to the development of these stones are sex, with a greater presence in females; sterilisation, overweight and sedentary life, age and even the presence of other illnesses such as diabetes.
The treatment of any urolithiasis includes a series of common aspects to be considered, from nutritional modifications such as limiting protein in the diet, controlled mineralisation, urine acidifiers and resources that favor a higher intake of water to reduce urine saturation; through the placement of drinking points distributed in different rooms, including the control of tap water or replacement with bottled water selected specifically for this purpose, a very important dietary factor that is not always valued.
Low fluid intake causes oversaturation of the urine, favoring the precipitation of phosphorus and magnesium that can form crystals and damage the walls of the bladder; this damage can also be caused by FIC (Feline Idiopathic Ciss), triggered by stressful factors for the cat and associated with a certain genetic predisposition. It is important to know that, unlike in dogs, struvite urolithiasis in cats is usually sterile.
In terms of nutritional adaptation for correction and prevention, acidifying substances in the urine will rebalance the altered pH that favors the formation of crystals together with a correction in the concentration of magnesium and phosphorus, and both requirements should be put together as the formation of magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals depends especially on the pH, with a slight correction of the pH to 6.0, the results are remarkable in terms of the dissolution of these crystals and stones.
The use of probiotics, especially Lactobacillus strains, could help the recovery of the microbiota imbalance resulting from possible drug treatment, rebalance the bladder flora and also, by the same principle, limit the possible bacterial infection causing or resulting in inflammation of the bladder walls. In addition, the use of MSM and glucosamine, in various forms, can reduce such inflammation and may therefore be effective in the prevention of bladder stones.
As for the use of probiotics in this recipe, it is especially recommended as they help displace pathogenic cells and because of the use of antibiotics to combat urinary tract infections, these can destroy the intestinal flora, so the use of probiotics has a beneficial effect on the growth and replication of the intestinal flora, as an added effect.