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Detecting & Monitoring FLUTD

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according to this article I found on the Purina.ca website...I was seaching to see if they would have a news release regarding the food recall.
Has anyone tried this?

post #2 of 6
That's kind of cool...but I wouldn't rely on it too much, as it only detects blood ... from what I can figure from the article.

Blood could be present before other more obvious signs appear, so that could be helpful. However, there can be problems without blood.

Oh, I haven't tried it...forgot to answer.
post #3 of 6
If it only detects blood, you can get similar results by putting a little crystal litter in the litterbox... the clear crystals show you what color the urine is.
post #4 of 6
I had not heard about that product. It could be useful in detecting problems. There's still no substitute for watching your cats and being aware of any change in behavior. That's how I detected Kolohe's recent urinary problem.
post #5 of 6
I have not used this product, but I have used the Scientific Professional litter. It changes color if the urine ph is high.

post #6 of 6
I completely agree with a lot of the replies in this thread. Blood in the urine is one of the later clinical signs of FLUTD, so using Hemalert probably isn't as useful as keeping an eye on your cat's litterbox habits etc. My boy Pico was behaving normal, eating well and the only clinical sign was slight straining in the litterbox. We immediately brought him into the ER and only trace amounts of blood were detectable at this point. In addition, his urinalysis detected triple amounts of struvite crystals so we he was well on the way to a full block.

It's a pretty neat invention ... it's probably a good supplemental monitoring tool rather than a replacement for all of the conventional methods.
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