Originally Posted by mschauer
Were there crystals involved? Many have found that crystals can be prevented by controlling the pH of the urine. Feeding raw is one way to naturally control urine pH and keep it at a level to prevent crystals.
This is our big debate
.....if you choose to feed raw, please do so under the guidance of a vet. Do your own research first.
That said....with my lot I've had every UTI issue under the sun, I swear.
Lower quality foods can cause UTI issues. More wet food helps prevent UTI issues, however....wet foods high in fish can make UTI issues worse. (Fish = more/higher magnesium....magnesium *can* contribute to UTI issues)
Some cats need to be on Rx diets for life. I have a kitty who will pee straight blood if I take him off Science Diet C/D. So he eats primarily the C/D dry, with canned food 2x a day.
Some foods are UTI certified. Pro Plan makes both canned & dry that's UTI certified, but it's not the highest quality food. Wellness dry says on the bag that it helps maintain urinary pH, so that's the food we're on at my house right now....so far with success. Doesn't mean it will work for your kitty.
Bottom line is that every cat will be different. I find it best to do your own research, talk to your vet, and determine between you/the vet what's the best course of action.
(For food advice, you can always PM our "food advisor" sharky )