Originally Posted by menasmom
Okay, now I'M scared. I have a male cat (neutered) and now I'm wondering if I should be feeding him Purina Cat Chow DRY (he also gets wet food 2x a day). But now I'm scared about the problem SHE was having with her cat and the urethral blockage.
QUESTION: What is the best dry food that will help avoid that problem??
First off, I just want to say that yes this is a very serious problem and yes, something you need to be aware of.
I went through it once and it was VERY scary and almost ended very badly.
(see here: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ht=hug+furkids
)I'm not trying to scare you
, but after I went through it I'm a little nuts about warning people about this. No one told us before hand.
He was on Iams at the time. Our vet told us the key things you need to look out for in cat food to make sure this won't happen (or at the very least, has the least chance of happening) are as follows:
1. Food should have a low magnesium content
2. Food should have a low ash content
3. Food should have a pH of - I believe it's about 6.5? (Someone please correct me on that one)
4. The cat needs a lot of moisture, whether it is from drinking water or wet food.
Based on this alone, I will never feed Iams again, but this is just my personal opinion on the matter. Now before I buy a cat food I email the manufacturer and have them fax me a list of the complete nutritional breakdown of their food (moreso than what is listed on the package). They have always been very helpful and glad to give it to me.
Hope that helps some