Best Urinary Tract Cat Food To Support Your Kitty’s Urinary Health

best urinary tract cat food

Giving your cat the best urinary cat food you can find helps manage urinary tract disease. There are many urinary problems that affect cats as well as humans. Older cats are more prone to kidney disease, and cystitis can affect cats at any age. In this post you’ll discover why diet is so important in managing urinary tract disease, and some of the best foods you can give your cat.

We’ll be reviewing a few prescription diets for cats including Hills, Royal Canin, and Purina. Plus, we’ll take a look at a few supplements that claim to help support feline urinary health.

Why diet is so important for urinary tract disease.

Cats are prone to developing struvite crystals and bladder stones. At some point in your cat’s life, especially in her older years, she may develop urinary problems. It’s nothing to be alarmed about though as most can be managed and treated.

Prevention is always best, and making sure your cat has access to fresh drinking water plays a key part. Unfortunately, cats tend not to drink enough and need encouraging. One of the best ways to encourage your cat to drink water is by investing in a water fountain.

Wet cat food is best as it has a high water content. You can get kibbles though that are specially formula to have the correct ph balance

It’s been discovered that the ph balance of urine in cats should be between 6.0 and 6.5. Under 6.0 and your cat is at risk of developing calcium oxalate crystals, and anything above 6.5 can lead to the formation of struvite crystals.

These crystals can stick together with mucus forming a urethal plug. As a result your cat will find it difficult and often painful to pee. If ignored, your cat could be at serious risk of FLUTD or feline lower urinary tract disease.

Once diagnosed, your vet will probably recommend a prescription diet for your kitty. If caught early, struvite stones can be dissolved and passed harmlessly by simply changing your cat’s diet.

Can you give cats cranberries to ease urinary disease symptoms?

cranberries for cat urinary health

It’s often recommended for women to drink cranberry juice whenever they get cystitis. As a rule it’s very effective, especially when combined with water. However, though it probably would help your kitty, chances are she wouldn’t like it. Even though it’s unlikely to harm your cat, you don’t know for certain what the symptoms mean.

It’s always best to consult your vet rather than self diagnose. There are many different types of urinary disease your cat may be suffering from and you’ll be given a treatment plan including diet to suit your cat’s needs.

If your vet agrees a supplement may be a good idea you can buy cranberries in capsule form. Cranimals can be sprinkled onto your cat’s food and mixed in. There are positive results from dog owners, but few from those with cats. However, it’s formulated for both so no harm trying!

Nutri-Vet Uri-Ease Paw-Gel for Cats, 3-Ounce

Nutri-vet Uri-ease paw-gel for cats is specially formulated to support your cat’s urinary health and immune system. The salmon flavor appeals to most cats, and is very easy to administer. It contains both cranberry and oregon grape extracts, as well as vitamin C and lysine. This powerful mix of antioxidants will boost your kitty’s health.

As it’s free from artificial preservatives and corn it’s safe for even the most sensitive feline. It doesn’t contain petroleum jelly so often found in gels. This is great as you know you’re giving your precious cat a safe, non-toxic medication.

If you find it hard to give your cat pills you’ll love this gel as it’s easy to use. All you need do is either squeeze 1/2 teaspoon on your cat’s paw, or on your finger. Either way your kitty will lick the gel.

Some buyers found it helped restore urine ph balance to normal levels as well as other health benefits.

A few buyers found oil spilled out of the tube when opening

Average rating 3.7 out of 5

Price $6.47

You can buy Nutri-Vet Uri-Ease Paw-Gel for Cats here

Purina Pro Plan Focus Wet Cat Food Urinary Tract Health (UTH) Variety Pack,

purina pro plan wet cat food urinary tract health

This wet food pack comes in 4 flavors and has been developed especially to support urinary health. It’s advertised as lowering urinary ph and contains low amounts of magnesium. This is an essential nutrient for your cat, but too much can have a negative effect on urinary and respiratory systems.

Some buyers found their cats didn’t like the taste, and others noted it was more expensive than buying a 24 pack size. However, it does give you the opportunity to try your kitty with a variety pack first. As all cat parents know, they can be very finicky!

Average rating 3.8 out of 5

Price:$17.98 – $33.32 depending on seller

You can buy Purina plan focus wet cat food here

Hill’s Prescription Diet s/d Urinary Care Chicken Flavor Dry Cat Food 4 lb

Hills is an established brand recommended by vetinary clinics and animal shelters worldwide. All their products have food safety standards comparable to human food manufacturers. They advertise their products as only using ingredients that meet strict guidelines.

Mostly prescribed by vets Hills have a range of foods designed to support a variety of conditions including urinary tract disease.

S/d urinary care chicken flavor dry cat food is formulated to dissolve struvite stones. Unfortunately, this is the only flavor available, however it seems popular among cat owners.

Though Hills can’t guarantee they’ll dissolve your cat’s bladder stones, it seems to give positive results in many cases. As a personal recommendation, my previous cat suffered with struvite stones and my vet recommended s/d urinary care dry food. Within a few months there was a noticeable difference. Urine tests showed almost no struvite crystals and she seemed better in herself.

Of course, as with people, all cases are different. What works for one may not work for another. If your cat doesn’t like the taste, you could always try mixing it with another food, but ask your vet’s advice first.

You can buy Hill’s Prescription Diet s/d Urinary Care dry cat food here.

Forza10 Urinary Actiwet Fish

Forza10 Urinary Actiwet Fish has been formulated to support your cat’s urinary health. Made from sustainably sourced anchovies, this product contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids. This is great as it helps prevent urinary tract inflammation.

Corn free, with no artificial flavors or preservatives makes this a very natural product. Forza10 Urinary Actiwet Fish also contains a mix of herbs and fruits to support sensitive
digestive systems.

Forza10 claim you’ll see improvements within 5 days, and that their product is backed by scientific evidence. Price averages around $1.99 for one 3.5 0z tray.

You can buy Forza10 Urinary Actiwet Fish here

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Urinary SO Dry Food for Cats & Kittens

royal canin s/o urinary cat food

Royal canin are an established brand, founded by a veterinarian, and have been in business since the 1960s. Their products are tailored to meet every health need of your pet, and most vetinary clinics recommend them.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Urinary SO Dry Food is specifically formulated to dissolve struvite stones and increase the amount of urine your cat produces. Often, very little urine is produced if cats have struvite crystals. Straining or crying with discomfort is fairly common.

Average rating 4.8 out of 5

You can buy Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Urinary SO Dry Food here.

Choosing the best urinary cat food for your kitty

choosing the best urinary cat food

The products I’ve reviewed here are some of the best I’ve found, but as previously mentioned, it’s best to get your cat examined by a vet first. Never self diagnose whether for yourself or or your pet.

We also looked at your cat’s diet, and why the ph balance of her urine is so important for urinary health.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article please share. Feel free to ask any questions or share your experiences. Please leave any comments below.

Wishing you a purrfect day:)

Kathy

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6 comments

  1. Hello,

    This topic is an important one. Most people sadly don’t have a thought that cats can have such problems. I met so many people with a “WHAAAAT” face when I mention that cats can have urinary tract problems and even kidney diseases just like humans. I don’t blame them, there isn’t enough information around the internet about our cute pet’s health and how to improve it as you mentioned here.

    Also, I want to agree with you, it is important to consult a vet before actually run a self-diagnosis and give a cat different “medication or stuff” hoping to heal them. That’s bad!

    Thank you for this rich information, I learned today that there is special food for kitties urinary health. I never knew that before now! I will remember that in case my Suzy needs it, hopefully never.

    1. Thank you Mohammad:) Yes, not everyone understands that cats and dogs often suffer the same health problems as humans. Urinary tract infections is very common with people, especially women, but few know their cats can suffer as well. Yes, some people including myself have tried to self diagnose, but I’d never do that with my cat. Glad you found my dietary recommendations useful, but hopefully, Suzzy keeps well 🙂

  2. Hi and happy Sunday!
    Really enjoyed this post as my mum’s little cat did suffer from bladder stones but thank the lord with the right diet and a trip to the vets straight away, Elvis (mums a big fan) the cat is leading a happy healthy life again. Our vet pretty much gave my mum the exact advice you have provided.
    I totally agree one main thing with pets is to keep their water clean and fresh at every opportunity.
    Urine tract disease and bladder stones are more common than people think, and in this post, you have given some amazing advice to any cat owner that is worried about their little furry loved ones. Thank you 🙂

    1. Thank you James 🙂 I really love the idea that your mum named her cat after Elvis! So glad Elvis is ok now and recovered from bladder stones. Yes, clean water is essential, and topping it up throuhout the day is a good idea. You are right, few people realise just how common urinary tract infections are in cats and dogs.

  3. Hi

    This is a subject close to home as my cat suffers from urinary tract issues.

    I see that one of the foods that you recommend is the Royal Canin dry food. This is the one that I get for my cat ( the medium calorie pack). After trying a few, this is the one that he seems to enjoy the most.

    He’s been eating this for two years now with no further issues, so I would add my recommendation for this product to yours.

    It’s good to see that this problem is getting talked about, it seems to be much more common than people know.

    Judy

    1. Thank you Judy:) So glad your cat enjoys Royal Canin. It’s a quality food and from my own experience works well. My last cat had quite a few health issues in her final days, and this seemed to keep her going. Yes, it’s good more pet owners are becoming aware of urinary tract disease.

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