New research from Purina has revealed nearly one in three cat owners would consider having their cat euthanised if it was urinating in the house.
Inappropriate urination is a common clinical sign associated with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), a condition affecting up to 3% of all cats seen in general practice.
This puts a large number of cats at risk, when many of the common pathophysiological changes associated with FLUTD can be dealt through dietary management.
Encouraging a cat to eat a new diet when it feels under the weather can be really difficult though, so palatability is important.
There are a number of well recognised factors contributing to the development of FLUTD, including stress, making the condition sometimes complicated to treat.
Dietary management is useful for fighting the physical aspects of the condition by reducing the likelihood of urinary crystal/stone formation and inflammation. Purina’s Feline UR ST/OX does this by achieving the following:
- Promote the dissolution of struvite stones – one of the most common types to form in cats.
- Promote the production of undersaturated urine within a controlled pH range of 6.0 to 6.3 to discourage the formation of crystals/uroliths.
- Increase water intake, which will increase urine volume and so reduce the concentration of minerals and inflammatory irritants present.
- Provide a source of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are often deficient in the lining of the bladder of cats that develop FLUTD
- Contain moderate levels of fat and calories help to prevent obesity – a known risk factor for the condition.
Judith Nicholson, head of vet and recommendation at Purina, said: “FLUTD can be a frustrating and emotional condition for vets and owners to deal with, so it is essential dietary management is as easy as possible.
The addition of the new dry Chicken and Ocean Fish and wet Turkey, Chicken and Salmon flavours to the Feline UR ST/OX range broadens the options available to cats and their owners, increasing the chances of compliance and successful long-term management of this sometimes tricky condition.”