My cat is four years old and has had recurring UTI's pretty much every few months since she was 1 1/2. The last time she had one (a few months ago) she had some blood in her urine, but a round of antibiotics knocked it out. This time she has blood, struvite crystals, a high pH (8) and high amounts of protein. The first round of antibiotics didn't take care of it, so today we got x-rays done and there's no stone. The vet gave me a different set of antibiotics and recommended ways to get her water intake up. I picked up some canned foods (she's been on dry all her life) and am mixing them in with her dry food. I also just bought a water fountain, since she seems to like drinking water coming out of my tap.
Doing a bit of googling, it seems that feeding cats a higher protein diet acidifies their urine. I'm feeding her a high quality, grain-free dry food (Orijen 6-fish) and the canned foods I've picked up are grain-free, as well. The vet gave me some Science Diet c/d, but I'm generally not impressed with Science Diet and would rather not put her on a food with grains unless it's absolutely necessary.
Does anyone have any experience with acidifying their cat's urine? Would feeding her raw meats be beneficial in that area (I know raw foods are beneficial overall, but I'm trying to be specific to the urinary tract problem)? Hopefully with the fountain she'll drink more water and help dilute her urine some to ease some of the inflammation, but any extra knowledge on this subject would be greatly appreciated.3 AnswersCats9 years ago
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Today we took our dog to the dog park, a place he loves and has a good time at running around and playing with other dogs. As soon as we walked in, he had 2 dogs sniffing at him, one white, one black. They followed him over to a bush and he turned around to face them. The black dog escalated things - growling, barking, etc, which was easily broken up by a yell and command to come by each owner. The white dog continued to follow my dog and then things escalated again. My husband grabbed our dog to try and prevent further problems but the white dog kept nipping and growling at our dog. Our dog was worked up into a frenzy, teeth bared, growling, barking, and the white dog kept at him. He actually bit my dog a few times and my husband twice on the leg. Our dog has some fur missing and broken skin where the white dog bit him, and my husband (who was in jeans) has broken skin, but no bleeding.
The owner of the white dog only stood nearby saying, "Maggie, don't, stop it" in a soft voice. She made no move to grab her dog or stop it beyond that. We ended up leaving, as I was talking very loudly about people controlling their dogs in a public dog park.
I would like to have slapped some sense into her, but we left.
What do you think we should have done? I thought we should get her info, but my husband talked me out of it.8 AnswersDogs1 decade ago