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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
My 7 yr old cat, Pumpkin is on Hill's Rx diet c/d multicare hard cat food for his urinary tract problems. He eats it, not a whole lot, but he does. We've tried the canned food for him and he will NOT eat it since they changed the texture and formula. Before all of the recalls on the foods it was more of a minced type of food in a gravy. Now it's more pate/paste texture and no way no how will he eat it.

Is there anything else I can offer him that won't be compromising to his health?

TIA!

Jaclyn
post #2 of 13
TALK with your VET... ask for % ages that he/ she want kitty to have..

Note ... many brands make RX foods Royal canin is fairly popular on here
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have talked to the vet and we've tried a couple different Hills Rx soft foods and nothing. And they don't want me to take him off of this c/d because of the urinary tract problems.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by pinkmonkey View Post
I have talked to the vet and we've tried a couple different Hills Rx soft foods and nothing. And they don't want me to take him off of this c/d because of the urinary tract problems.
Pro Plan has a urinary wet and dry. The wet has a minced texture.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
Pro Plan has a urinary wet and dry. The wet has a minced texture.
This is NON RX and yes often can be used but ASK the vet about NON hills brand or IF you can use a NON RX

Here is a likely incomplete list but it is a start of the RXs foods made ... the vet should be able to order ...
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ighlight=DIETS
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much!

Pumpkin is prone to crystals. That's why he's on the c/d food. Heck I can't even feed the poor cat, I have my son do it because the smell of it makes me nauseous.
post #7 of 13
Many people who have had this problem were feeding dry foods to begin with
Is this you?
Many have had no more problem by feeding a quality no grained canned food
Please check out these links
http://www.catinfo.org/#Cats_Need_Pl...ith_Their_Food

and this one about crystals. Scroll down a bit
http://www.catinfo.org/#Cats_Need_Pl...ith_Their_Food

These links are all from this site http://www.catinfo.org/
Best of luck
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by optionken View Post
Many people who have had this problem were feeding dry foods to begin with
Is this you?
Many have had no more problem by feeding a quality no grained canned food
Please check out these links
http://www.catinfo.org/#Cats_Need_Pl...ith_Their_Food

and this one about crystals. Scroll down a bit
http://www.catinfo.org/#Cats_Need_Pl...ith_Their_Food

These links are all from this site http://www.catinfo.org/
Best of luck

1. No online advice can replace direct veterinary intervention. If you suspect that your cat may be ill, please contact your vet immediately. You are welcome to look for advice in the health forum while waiting for that appointment, but never delay proper veterinary care waiting for Internet advice. Remember that cats, and especially kittens, are very adept in keeping pain to themselves and delaying treatment may cause irreversible damage.
post #9 of 13
I strongly agree with Sharky. We have no vets on this site, just lots of folks with varying degrees of personal experience in one or two areas but one must always remember that what may have worked for their individual cat will not necessarily work for yours.

You can be directed to many sites about cats and illnesses to gain information to help guide you to ask specific questions of your vet, but your vet is where you need to go for medical advice specific to your cat because you cannot believe everything you read on the internet. Often with new knowledge and experience things change and the websites you may be referred to are not always up to date on this new knowledge. A good example is that some folks have recommended Pepto Bismal for cats with tummy issues. Pepto changed their formula and it can now be harmful to cats so just be aware that just because someone says its so, it ain't always so and act accordingly.

Sharky has a lot of knowledge on foods and what they contain for various conditions and is wonderful at sharing that knowledge but we (TCS) always recommend you work with your vet to diagnose and treat your beloved pet.
post #10 of 13
The only website written by a vet that I've ever come across is www.catinfo.org. This vet did extensive research in cat nutrition and has offered a truckload of free information on her website, which is very generous of her. Please read it asap for your cat's health!
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Oh Pumpkin is fine.... now. He was hospitalized close to 2 yrs ago because of the crystals. He was put on full kidney dialysis and had surgery. I was just wondering if there was something out there that would be more appetizing to him as he will eat this food, he just doesn't care for it. I closely monitor him for any signs and/or symptoms of the crystals recurring.
post #12 of 13
Yes there are other foods that are RXs .... and SOMETIMES you can use OTC foods or other alternatives..

Yes Catinfo was written by a vet BUT remember that is General advise and NO vet I know will treat something from someone they have not seen or at least confired with another vet ( ie the Cats vet) about ... If some vet does Run from them as they are not practicing to any code of conduct
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
We will be bringing this up with the vet again. I just wanted to know what other options were. So thank you all so much for the advice!
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