Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) includes abnormalities in the structure and function of the bladder and the urethra. Problems develop when there is not enough moisture in the diet. Cats who are fed dry kibble are especially prone to developing FLUTD. A species-appropriate raw food diet can help prevent and ease the symptoms of urinary tract disorders in cats.
What Causes Urinary Tract Disease
Urinary issues in cats can be caused by several different reasons, such as:
- Urinary stones
- A clogged urethra
- Bladder infections
- Incontinence from excessive water drinking
- Injury to the urinary tract
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Disease In Cats
If you’ve noticed that your cat is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see your vet immediately:
- Straining to urinate
- Crying out while urinating
- Inappropriate urination (outside of the litter box)
- Frequent licking of genital area
- Blood in the urine
These symptoms could indicate one of a few urinary tract issues, from a bacterial infection to urine crystals, to a urethral blockage. They are quite painful, and depending on the condition, can be fatal if left untreated.
Preventing Urinary Tract Disease
Cats are meant to consume water in their food since they have a low-thirst drive and do not make up the shortage from their water dish when eating a kibble-based diet. Most commercial cat foods do not have adequate amounts of animal protein and contain grains which is unfavorable for feline urinary tract health.
Rebel Raw meals are naturally high in moisture and provide the moisture needed to help prevent and ease the symptoms of urinary tract issues. Our meals are wheat free, gluten free, carbohydrate free and made with a variety of different proteins and organ meats to provide the maximum range of nutrition and help keep your cat from developing dietary sensitivities.