Originally Posted by mssandora
I have also discussed this with my vet and he's fine for the time being with my bringing in another urine sample and having it tested. His pH level was at 7...optimum is 6.2 - 6.4. The vet said they've seen them much higher (8.6). The only reason I even took a sample in was because Tyler is getting neutered next month and as I mentioned, has discovered his boy business and was "grooming" it to the point it was raw. The vet said that he had some crystals. No blood and no pus. He's not straining. Not urininating outside the box. Not urinating small doses. No signs really of any problems. The vet checked him over and the rawness was due to overgrooming because he liked the way it felt.
Before this incident, however, Tyler was eating not only a mostly dry diet (with canned food as a treat), that dry food was Frohmm Salmon...so he was getting an overdose of fish. The vet suggested a mostly canned diet for more moisture in the food and no fish.
I, like you, would never do anything without discussing it first with my vet because I try to do everything I can not to put any of my 4 cats at risk. I personally, however, do not like the ingredients in the foods that he recommended as they are mostly by-products and grain. To me, that's putting them at risk. That's why, I would, if possible, like to find something healthier. I read labels and none of the canned food he's currently eating has any fish in it. The innova dry has a bit of herring, so we'll look for a food like that that doesn't have any fish products in it. And if he has to go on a prescription diet, then it will be done. But, honestly, reading the ingredients and the levels of everything in the prescription...he's currently getting a better food...with no more ash...no more magnesium than what the prescription provides. The dry science diet also has BHA and BTA in it, which I won't give him.
And who knows. Perhaps the decrease of fish. The increase of canned food (for more water) will lower his pH level without having to put him on a prescription diet at 7 months old.
I wasn't implying that you weren't discussing things with your vet, only that if you tried correcting the problem the same way I did
(Inspired partially because my vet looked a little aprehensive when I said it was working, before I
figured out what her problem was,) to be sure and let your vet know- for the most part, we don't personally know each other here, and, other people are probably going to read this too
,who may be inclined to try something like that, and they shouldn't, unless they talk to their vet first
Did you look up the ingredients for the Royal Canin Rx? I've heard other people say that it is better than the Purina and SD, though I don't remember what was in it- it's been a while
And unless I'm mistaken (and someone please correct me if I am
), sometimes a prescription food is required to disolve the crystals, and then the cat is put on a prescription for maintence if needed- just turns out my cats' maintence is as simple as "no fish"
-and Felidae- Chicken and Rice is a very good food, with no fish. I feed mine the dry, with "Natural Life Chicken and Veggie Platter for treat time- no fish, none of the ingredients you mentioned that you didn't want. However, if your vet just noticed crystals without any obvious problems yet, just the change in food may do it.
I'm glad you caught it early- boys!