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Another question about low ph food for crystals

post #1 of 6
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I've posted before about Nugent and his struvite crystals.

He is back on antibiotics because he still has crystals and another UTI. The vet said don't give anymore Wysong Uretic and stick with the low/ph. He also said Nugent should lose 5 lbs. I find him staying on the low/ph dry and losing weight to be a bit of an oxymoron because the low/ph food is more fattening.

I really do want to be compliant, but this has me a little off balance about what is best. I do have some of the wet low/ph, but I know he gets sick of the same thing all the time.

I am in the process of eliminating all the dry and going to wet only. Isn't most wet food low phosphorus? If so I shouldn't have to be so concerned about giving him wet that isn't specifically the low/ph then I would think. Would it be best if I get him a senior type wet food for variety?

Opinions and suggestions about this would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any knowledgeable input on this subject.
post #2 of 6
My vet recommended feline c/d by Hill's Prescription for cystitis and for crystals. It's available in dry and wet food.

I hope this helps.
post #3 of 6
I would think if you established what is "low" pH in wet food, that you could get any brand so long as the pH is at or below the set amount. I know I feed my Ophelia, who had crystals, Merrick's Grammy's Pot Pie, Pro Pac's Beef, Iams Chicken(new entree only), & Pro Plan's Urinary Tract Health canned. Those are my only suggestions, but maybe you could PM sharky for advice
post #4 of 6
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Thanks batgirl2good & Natalie!

I just came back from shopping. I picked up a couple cans of the Pro Plan for Urinary Tract health to see if he likes it. I thought about getting some of the Friskies Special Diet, but it took me so long to get the cats off Friskies, I am afraid to even let any of them have a taste for fear of refusal to eat the better foods again.

batgirl2good... What I am hoping to do is find a good wet food that is not prescription to give him. I do have some prescription Eukanuba Low/PH to give him, but I'd like some other foods to mix with it that he and all the cats can eat without me ending up in the poor house.

I also ordered some Carpon that someone else mentioned in the forum too. When that arrives he will get that as well as an all wet food diet.

We're gonna get that boy healthier and thinner eventually.

Oh yeah, I also bought some Nutro Weight Management Pouches to try too. The analysis looked about the same as the Pro Plan so I am hoping they will be ok.
post #5 of 6
Our Lita (we miss you sweet baby), had crystals and stones. We had to have the stones removed twice in her 16 years. She was also placed on a prescription diet, but we found that every time we tried to put her on something different, she developed the crystals again.

Fast forward to about a month ago....I took Marilyn to the vet along with a urine sample because she was urinating on my carpet. They diagnosed a UTI and gave me clavamox...after finishing that, she was still urinating, so they gave me another antibiotic ( I can't remember the name of it) and that didn't help either...another urine sample tonite and sure enough, she has crystals. She has been put on Royal Canin Urinary SO, and because of my previous experience of trying to change foods for crystals, I'll be leaving her on this food, if it works.

This is just my experience...I hope you find something that works for you. I'll be keeping an eye out for posts from you about your progress.
post #6 of 6
Thank you Natalie

Also to that list would be Nutro maxes lite in dry and canned... NO not all wet is low in phos or mag ...

Feel free to PM me as I am exausted
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