He's got struvite crystals, and the vet wants me to put him on their Urinary SO canned and dry food for the next 6 weeks to dissolve his crystals. He's also on an antibiotic (Bio-Clav, 62.5mg every 12 hrs). I'm wondering what others have done when their cats have crystals? Do they put their cats on the vet food? If not, what have you done?
The wet food ingredient list is: Water, meat by-products, chicken by-products, animal fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), natural flavors, trace minerals... When I look online their canned food is a totally different list of ingredients which makes me a little confused. I can list more of the ingredients if necessary.
The dry food ingredients: Chicken Meal, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Corn, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavour, Soy Protein Isolate, Powdered Cellulose, Salt, Dried Egg Powder, Dried Brewers Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Sodium Bisulphate, Calcium Sulphate, Soya Bean Oil, Taurine, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamins (DL-Alpha-Tocopherol [Source of Vitamin E], Niacin, Biotin, Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement and Vitamin D3 Supplement), Trace Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulphate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulphate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate and Sodium Selenite) and Marigold Extract (Source of Lutein).
Naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract and Citric Acid.
I've been trying to feed him more wet food than dry food, and I'm only slowly switching him over to the dry (because I dont' want him to get diarrhea on top of everything else) but he doesn't like the wet at all and he's not eating nearly as much as I'd like him to over the last 2 days. I've caved in and mixed in some of my Solid Gold Chicken, Turkey and White Fish (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/produ...id=69&code=232
) which I know he likes to try to get him to eat some more but I'd really like to find another solution to his crystals than trying to feed him these 2 foods for the next 6 weeks. He's already underweight (from the hyperthyroid) I don't want him to loose even more weight from not liking his food.
My employers are distributors for Solid Gold products, and there is a product called Berry Balance (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/produ...id=25&code=509
) that is supposed to acidify the urine and help treat/prevent struvite crystals. Has anyone used this and/or know if it works? I'm not sure about feeding him a powder made primarily from berries, but if it works and I can keep him on food which is good for him and I know he eats I would be much happier. I've also got some PH test strips so I can test and keep an eye on his urine PH.
I've been trying to find alternative treatment methods online for the last couple of days and I'm having absolutely no luck. Hopefully someone here will be able to help.