5 Cat Foods for Urinary Health

Fight feline urinary tract disease with these specially formulated diets.

By Tamar Arslanian | Posted: May 8, 2014, 12 p.m. EDT

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Hill's Prescription Diet
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Wysong Uretic 
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Purina One
The urinary health of your cat is incredibly important. If your cat begins displaying symptoms of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) – such as straining in the litterbox, having increased urination, showing blood in the urine, urinating in an unusual spot (often soft or smooth surfaces) or excessively licking the genitals – your cat should see a vet right away. The syndrome can have many causes, some serious.

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Many foods, both prescription and over-the-counter, can help prevent and heal lower urinary tract disease. Here are five:

1.    Royal Canin Veterinary Diet urinary SO Morsels in Gravy Canned Cat Food
This canned prescription food primarily consists of chicken, with pork as a second ingredient. Even when purchasing online, you’ll need a vet’s prescription. This formula also comes in a diet formulation.

According to Royal Canin: "This diet promotes a urinary environment unfavorable to the development of both struvite (urinary stone) and calcium oxalate crystals (kidney stones). The low levels of magnesium, increases urine volume, and encourages a healthy level of pH, while preventing painful bladder stones.”

Average price: $31.47 for a 24-can case of 3-ounce cans.

2.    Pro Plan Focus Urinary Tract Health Formula Adult Canned Cat Food
This canned food is a chicken entrée in gravy and can be purchased without a vet’s prescription (Again, this does not mean you should try to diagnose your cat’s symptoms on your own. A vet visit is critical in this situation).  

Similarly to Royal Canin, this Pro Plan formula helps urinary tract healthy by reducing urinary pH and providing low dietary magnesium.

Average price: $22.80 for a 24-case of 3-ounce cans.

3. Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder health with Chicken Canned Food
The Hill’s formulation is prescription, as noted in the name, and comes in two flavors: Ocean Fish and Chicken.

Hill’s states that their formulation can be fed long term as a way to reduce the recurrence of urinary stones. And say their food is: "Clinically tested to dissolve struvite uroliths in as little as 7 days (Average 28 days).”

As with the other brands, the Hill’s food controls levels of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus to help limit the creation of crystals and stones. Potassium is also added to interrupt bladder stone formation, and vitamin B6 also helps to decrease oxalate (kidney stone) formation.

Average price: $37.99 for a 24-case of 5.5-ounce cans.

4. Wysong Uretic Feline Diet Dry Cat Food
This dry diet contains: chicken, fish and turkey, in that order.
Wysong was created by a veterinarian and grew in popularity by word of mouth and through the veterinary community.

Their new formulation contains: "higher levels of fresh/frozen and dried meats and organs, protein, and fat, and a comprehensive spectrum and higher levels of micronutrients/nutraceuticals including prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, omega-3s, antioxidants and more.” Additionally, excess minerals have been eliminated and natural sourced, urinary-important amino acids added.

Average price: $49.39 for a 20-pound bag.

5. Purina One Cat Adult Urinary Tract Formula Cat Food
As with the other urinary diets, Purina One can help maintain a cat's urinary tract health by reducing urinary pH and providing low magnesium.

This dry formula contains chicken and brewers rice. According to Purina: "The chicken in the Purina One Urinary Tract Health Formula provides an excellent source of protein, while the grains provide necessary carbohydrates for energy.”

Average price:  $31.92 for a 16-pound bag.
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Anna    Egg Harbor Township, NJ

11/25/2014 11:35:40 AM

My cat was good on Blue Buffalo, but then started showing allergy symptoms (watch out for the face sores) so we had to switch to another brand.

Jessica    norfolk, VA

7/20/2014 7:22:52 AM

I do not agree with these brand at all if you read the ingredience of the packages you will see there is a lot a crap that is bad for your cat. The best urinary tract diets is the all natural brand foods especially brands that put cranberries in the food and a good amount of wet food that is all natural to keep them hidrated. Do not feed them shell fish that in the cat food either. Blue buffalo is tge brand I use it has worked great for my cat he had a blockage over a year ago and almost lost him. Go online and do sone research you will be surprised how bad those brands are.

Leslie    Hendersonville, NC

7/19/2014 7:24:47 PM

I would listen to my vet's advice - not every cat will benefit from the same food. Plus there are several different types of crystals; some require different types of food. Since a blocked cat is a medical emergency, if your male cat is having lots of repeat blockages, you may want to ask your vet about surgery to prevent the problem - it's a p/u (penile urethrostomy - not sure I have that right, but they'll know what you're talking about.)And make sure your cat is neutered!!

Amy    Springfield, MO

7/19/2014 2:31:19 PM

I recently spent almost $700 dlrs on my cat bc he had crystals an had 2 be unblocked an he can now only eat the science diet c/d food which is very expensive but it seems 2 help since he's been eating it he seems healthier

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