Just thought I would share this with all the cat owners out there
who don't know this or maybe I'm the only one who didn't. Cats are
prone to urinary tract blockage or disease. It is caused by a
blockage as small as a grain of sand size crystal or stone which
forms in the urinary tract and causes a blockage. Having an outside
cat I was unaware of this and almost lost a beloved member of our
family today. Not to mention spending more than my mortgage on vet
bills to save him.
Yes our cat has had this. Our vet suggested to make sure your cat
gets alot of liquids, giving them broth, and stay away from cat
foods which contain fish and seafood. There is special cat food
made for this condition Purina makes one. (01/28/2005)
My male cat was continuously getting urinary tract infections and I
spent several thousand dollars on his vet bills. I tried the special
food and it did not help at all. I read a magazine article that said
stress could cause the infection in nervous cats. Rufus was
definitely a nervous cat so I thought that might be the problem, but
the article offered no solution.
After a little brainstorming, I decided to try sprinkling
Chamomile tea leaves on his food. He quit having tract infections,
so it must have worked. Sadly, his kidneys had been so damaged from
all the previous infections that he died 3 years later from kidney
Ask your vet if he or she thinks this could be an option for your
cat. My aunt had a cat who was prone to urinary tract infections and
he had some kind of surgery. It cost a fortune, but it worked. I
probably paid more in total vet bills than she did for the one
operation, but my vet never offered an operation. You might want to
ask about this as well. (06/18/2005)
My cat used to have this problem, and she kept getting the
infections. I took her to specialists, and paid a lot of money, only
to discover on my own that it was a Christmas Cactus that was
causing it. I found the teeth marks in the leaves, too the plant
away and she has not had another one since. Hope this helps someone.
I work at an animal hospital and my male cat got blocked. Also he
had never had a UTI infection before he got blocked. I had the
surgery two days later for him. As most of you know, getting blocked
can be fatal for a cat. The surgery was two months ago. He is on his
special diet with no treats. But he is still showing signs of a UTI.
He has been on all the meds and so forth and nothing is helping.
Luckily though with the surgery I do not have to worry about him
getting blocked again. But I do have to worry about Kidney problems
in the future. So I hope this helps people that think surgery will
fix it. (03/11/2007)
Please, please be careful of Purina Indoor Cat Chow. It is the one
that comes in the green bag.
After 3 weeks of giving this food to my cat, his urinary tract
blocked. I never knew anything about this, but apparently that
particular food has a very high amount of magnesium in it, and
that's what blocked poor Wiley's tract.
He is fine now, I have switched his food and paid the 1300 dollar
vet bill. I have spoken with several veterinarians who have told me
that Purina Indoor Cat Chow has been the cause of many urinary
blockages,sometimes resulting in deaths of cats.
Please be careful. (05/03/2007)
If you feed your cat Science Diet from the time you bring it home,
FUS should be a non-issue. I know it's too late for those pets
mentioned in the posts, but remember this for future pets.
I've had 3 male cats that blocked with the crystals in the urine. I
lost the first two with the problem. The vets would just unplug them
and send me home with them. The 3rd time, I went to a different vet
that had an assistant that had about 13 cats of her own. This time
the cat was hospitalized for 3 days and not returned to me until he
was stabilized. They then explained the importance of the cat's diet
in controlling this problem.
I have fed only Hill's Feline CD or Purina UR, both prescription
diets, since to all my cats (current population is 4 males and 11
females) and have not had the plugged up male problem. My last
problem was about 12 years ago and that male is still a healthy 15
year old today. The prescription diets are expensive, but my
personal experience has been that they are worth every penny in
prevention as they are high quality foods and I have very few health
issues given the number of animals I care for.
I do have a female with reoccurring bacterial infections of the
urinary tract, a different problem, and this feed does not prevent
her problems from coming back. She is a crippled Manx with birth
defects in the hindquarters which may contribute to her problems.
My 3 year old male cat Bubba had a UTI last year that was cured by
meds. This past week he showed signs of another and instead of
bringing him in we tried feeding him food that would help with the
UTI. The next morning he was throwing up. I figured it was from the
new food because we had never changed his food before. After a few
hours of him getting sick I took him into the Vet who felt his
bladder and told me it was as hard as a rock.
He had a blockage and that was causing him to get sick. At that
point he was too damaged and it was too expensive to try to cure
him, we had to put him down. They wanted $700-$1000 to try to do
surgery when the Vet let us know it was a bad case of blockage and
that he felt would be difficult to do. I guess in some cases they
even have to remove part of the penis to clear the blockage. I
didn't want to put him through all that. We are lost and lonely
without him, but after reading some posts about how blockage can
reoccur in most cats I know it was better to not have him go through
all the pain.
My advice is to read the labels on your cat food and make sure
that there is not a lot of magnesium. We used Purina Complete Care
(blue bag) high in magnesium, which we had no idea made it worse. I
would also advise you to take your cat in ASAP when he is showing
signs of a UTI. Good luck to all you owners who may have to make the
same decision I did. It is hard, but it is better for the cat.
By Missing Bubba
I have had two bouts with this disease in my many many years of
owning cats; one made it ($1200) and the other, sadly was being
cared for while I was away and they thought he was just missing me.
By the time I got home and realized what was happening, it was too
late. This was over 8 years ago. I finally found out then that fish
meal in dry food is what causes the blockages.
Since then, I read the ingredients on all dry food meticulously
and never buy any with fish meal, no matter how small the
concentration. I have not had an issue since then. I believe that
manufacturers know of this possibility, but are just not saying
anything. If you look at the Purina One Urinary Tract dry food, it
has no fish meal. I stick with Chicken based foods.
I am a Rescue Agency volunteer and have had, over the years, many
many male cats. I have 8 in my household right now. Hope this info
helps some of you avoid a very painful episode for your cat and
heartache for you. (08/12/2008)
Blockages are caused by urine that is PH imbalanced. I would
recommend that anyone with a male cat feed a urinary tract formula
food. They are made to have balance the PH and help keep crystals
from forming. Crystals form, roll around in the bladder, become like
grains of sand, roll around some more and turn into stones (kind of
like a snowball accumulating the more it rolls). Also, your vet may
sell a tablet called DLM. Basically, you smash up one tablet a day
and put it into a teaspoon of canned food. Easy solutions for such a
huge problem in male cats. Best of luck to everyone with male cats.
My cat is back from a four day, 1200 dollar, stay in the hospital
because of FUS. It's been quite an ordeal, and although he is home,
he isn't better. We asked the vet about the food because all that I
read on this page, and he told us that it isn't the food. It is the
cat. He said that about 5% of the cats in the world have a
sensitivity to magnesium, an element used to preserve the food.
Purina products happen to have a very high content of magnesium
which causes the blockages. He likened it to a lactose intolerant
person. It isn't the milk that is bad, but the way the person
processes the milk. It can be present forever or it can suddenly
develop. So, we need to be vigilant about the magnesium content in
the foods that we serve our pets. This adventure has surely taught
me a lot. I hope that the information helped. (09/29/2008)
By Bobbie Jo
My Hunter kitty, male is 8. He has been fighting struvite crystals
for 6 years. Even some prescription foods did not work. So far it
has been a year since his last crystal formation. We use Purina
Prescription UR st/ox. Store brand urinary formulas were not
successful either. I hate the Pur RX Ur st/ox because it is so
expensive and makes him overweight, but it has worked the best so
far. Lots of late night and one Christmas day vet adventures over
the years, but he is so worth it.
My cat Spice had a bladder blockage twice. The first time we were
about to go to bed and my brother was petting Spice and he just
collapsed into his water. We rushed him to the emergency room and
they said it was OK he just had a bladder blockage. The second time
me my brother, sister, and dad were in our room until my sister came
out and she saw spice peeing on our dog bed just a little spot and
we knew he had a bladder blockage. He still is in the emergency room
he will be out tomorrow.
Here are signs to tell your cat has a bladder blockage. They will
vomit. Pee a little bit in a weird place. Have odd behavior. Not
I am hoping to pick up my boy, Mikko, from the ER vet by tomorrow.
He is a 9 year old black point Siamese and an integral part of our
The bill is up to $1500 now. I'm not sure how I will pay, but I
figure they can't "repo" him once he is better, so what else could I
do for a member of the family? This is the 2nd time he's had a
complete blockage, and twice had partial blockages. I won't go into
the details of each time. However please learn from my mistakes and
from the things that I have done right.
Most of all, be vigilant if your cat exhibits signs of
distress.You may see these as simply annoying and not realize there
is a serious problem looming. The formation of crystals is most
common in neutered males, as you can all glean from the other
comments here. If you have a male, be ever more suspicious of the
following symptoms if they develop in your cat.
Especially watch for these signs within 1 to 3 weeks after any
change of diet, or even changing to a different water dish. Some
cats will refuse to drink from metal or plastic because of the
slight taint those materials can flavor the water with.
I have tried most of the over-the-counter type foods that can be
bought outside a vets office. They claim to be for "urinary tract
health", but beware this can mean different things. There are all
sorts of less serious issues that these foods may help prevent.
However, if you have a cat who develops crystals, and the older the
cat becomes the more persistent this problem can become, these "over
the counter" foods are often "not" going to prevent a panicked run
to the vet due to another blockage.
The best preventative I found are the prescription diets you can
only obtain through a veterinarian. Royal Canin SO and Hills
Science Diet C/D. That is, unless you have the time and ability to
formulate the raw/natural diets that you can create yourself. I know
some who've had good luck with this, but I don't have the time to
prepare these meals myself on daily basis.
Do encourage plenty of fresh clean water in whatever way works
for yOUR cat. You might have to do some trial and error here.
Do feed wet food with extra water (room temp or slightly warm
seems to work best). You can supply dry food as a supplement (see
above), but not as the primary diet.
Do not mix other foods in with your cat's urinary health diet
because you think that he might like something "different" once in a
Do give "Uriease" treats, (if your cat will eat them). There are
liquid supplements as well, just do a little research to find ones
available to you that are effective and can be easily mixed with
food. Try just a tiny amount at first and gradually increase to
correct dosage as your cat gets used to the taste/smell.
Caution: If you vary from the above due to financial strain or
other reasons you will regret it. Don't try to cut corners because
you and your favorite little friend will pay much more dearly in the
long run. You, financially, and he with stress and pain and
possibly his life.
If you should see the signs of blockage, this is "not" one of
those things that can wait a day or two. Your cat "will" likely die
if he is not treated within 12 hours or so. The sooner he can be
treated, the better his chances are. I nearly lost my Mikko the
first time and my heart goes out to those of you who have lost your
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