Originally Posted by xpiercedgoddess
About 3 months ago my cat Mickey had a uti. I wanna feed him soft food, but dont know what my options are. I dont feed them wet food every day, dont want them getting fat, and I heard it can rot their teeth. But maybe once every second or third day. They have cases of wet food at the vets where I get his special food, so im wondering if I would have to use that, or if I could use something else? The receptionist at the vet said using regular food is not a good idea, but Im wondering it this is only a ploy to get me to only buy from them.
Im wondering if anyone knows anything about this.
Edited to add, I have 3 cats, so all 3 would be getting the same food. My other two eat the special food that Mickey has to eat.
It's not a good idea to give prescription food to your 2 cats who don't need it. I would go with a grain-free canned food. I have seen a significant improvement in my cats since they have been completely off dry food since the spring. Two of them had previously had struvite and oxalate crystals in their urine. They had been on mostly dry food.
My vet has even told me to keep feeding whatever I am feeding as the cats are doing well on it, even my 17-year-old kitty. Do a google search for grain-free cat food or check the listings on a site like pet food direct where you can break down your search by food types. If your cat absolutely must have a prescription diet, canned would be the best choice.
Actually, on a grain-free wet food, you don't have to feed as much food. You have much less poop to clean out of the litter boxes. My cats rarely vomit hairballs now. Stools are all nice and small and firm. No loose bowel movements.
Above all, do your research. Dry food is not a good choice for cats. I never knew that until this year when I started researching on my own. It does take awhile to transition dry food cat addicts to all wet food.
There are also the options of home cooking or raw. There are some excellent books written by vets out there with recipes.
I don't recommend any brands. I actually rotate a few different brands and flavors, with occasional organic wet food. Do your research and good luck with your kitties. Dry is NOT good for cats. You will notice they will rarely drink water once they are on grain-free wet as they get most of the moisture they need from the wet food. Only my oldest with early CRF still drinks a little water. Of course, always have fresh water availble.