Many cats have been known to suffer from urinary tract infections, some of which can be attributed to low moisture in their diet. Rather than reaching for a prescription food, try Farmina’s Urinary Health formula for cats. Farmina took the more natural route by adding quality ingredients, such as higher levels of cranberry and chamomile to raise the acidity of your cat’s urine. Why raise the acidity? Increasing your cat’s pH can help dissolve the crystals naturally, and, just as with humans, cranberries are a natural source of antioxidants. Some pet foods, including some prescription foods, use salt as a low cost way to increase the acidity of the urine and drive your pet’s thirst. However, salt can be harder on your pet’s kidneys to filter out their fluids.
How do I know if my cat might have a urinary issue?
Some warning signs of urinary distress may include:
- Frequent licking of the urethra
- Urinating only a small amount
- Blood in the urine (may appear pinkish)
- Frequent visits to the litter box
- Crying or pain while using the litter box
If you suspect any urinary problems, always consult your vet first! Prolonged urinary infections in cats can result in a harmful, sometimes deadly condition of being “blocked.” This is when a cat cannot urinate and requires surgery to reverse the problem.
While Farmina’s urinary recipe dry food can certainly help alleviate these symptoms, we strongly recommend adding more wet food into your cat’s diet. Not only will this increase their moisture intake, but will also promote your cat to drink more water. The more water and moisture in your cat’s diet, the less likely they are to have more urinary problems. Combining this dry food with more wet food is a winning combination against UTIs, and Farmina has some wonderful canned food options for finicky felines!
Again, always check with your vet before making any large dietary changes. We would love to work with you within your vet’s guidelines to find the best safe and natural solutions for your pets.