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want to switch to store brand cat food

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I dont want to buy the c/d dry food at my vet anymore. I was wondering if there are any dry foods out there that would be good for him. Something at Walmart or even Petsmart. By doing this I am just so scared that he will get another UTI. I don't want my baby going through that again. So something that is really good for that stuff.
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I feel your pain because I have a UTI kitty as well. He blocked up completely and nearly died 3.5 years ago and has been on the c/d ever since. If your kitty is on c/d, he must have had struvite crystals in the urine. One of the underlying causes of these crystals is urine that is not acidic enough. The c/d has special additives that help make the urine more acidic and it contains less of certain minerals that might promote the growth of the crystals. The other factor that promotes the growth of the crystals is dehydration. Most cats who eat only dry food tend to stay at a state of low-level dehydration. To address that, you might try some type of fountain to encourage kitty to drink more.

As for swapping foods, there are several OTC foods designed to help promote urinary tract health and generally they're geared towards struvite crystals since they're the most common. I know Purina One has one and Royal Canin does as well. I think you should be very cautious with that type of switch though. Ideally, you'd like to have your vet do a urinalysis before you start, after a week or two on the new diet, and then a few months down the road. The commercial foods might not be as effective as the c/d and you want to catch (and correct) and problem before it becomes serious.
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Do your homework and then CONSULT your VET ....
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We feed the IAMS multicat formula and have never had problems with UTIs or any other health problems. We get the large bag for about $26 at Target, but you can also find it at Wal-Mart. It comes in a purple bag. We have been feeding it for years and have never had any health problems in our cats.
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A bit off-topic, but still somewhat related... I recommend a drinking fountain. My kitties seem more inclined to drink when there's running water, which is good for their urinary health.
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