My cat has urinary tract issues/crystals, can I feed Weruva?
Our formulas were not designed for any specific purpose. They are designed to be complete and balanced for adult maintenance. Based upon what we put in the can, high quality meat with moisture, they are often helpful with certain conditions. There is literature out there as to what types of diets may be best for certain conditions. Our foods often meet the descriptions of such diets and therefore may be helpful. However, they are not designed to prevent, cure or treat any particular ailment.
And of course, please consult your veterinarian.
Here is some information about what we feel is best for cats with urinary issues:
1. High Moisture – Keep toxins diluted
2. High Quality Meat – Promote proper urinary pH
(1) High Moisture – Cats need lots of moisture in their food to help dilute toxins. Cats initially came from the desert where there was not much water to drink. Despite a lack of water, cats still need water first and foremost, just like our human bodies do, but instead of getting water out of a stream or lake, cats got water from the food they ate. In the wild, cats eat other beings…the prey of cats are very moist…in the 75%ish range. Therefore, in the wild, a cat will be getting about 75% water in each bite. This is critical because cats do not have a strong thirst drive to drink water…they must “eat” water. Dry food, on the other hand, has at most 10% water. Therefore, a cat will be getting over 8 times less water bite per bite when eating dry food. Cats are not built to catch up in the bowl which often leaves them dehydrated…the results being kidney and urinary tract issues. The urinary tract and kidneys need to be flushed with water to dilute harmful toxins.
(2) High Quality Meat – Eating high quality meat helps promote healthy urinary pH levels. As obligate carnivores, cats must eat meat. Therefore, eating a diet that Mother Nature intended for cats helps cats maintain healthy urinary pH levels. The proper urinary pH for cats is one with slightly acidic levels.
As meat eaters, cats will be getting the proper fuel to promote urinary tract function. Calories come from 3 places: protein, fat and carbohydrates. In meat, there is protein and fat, but there are little if any carbohydrates. Therefore, while a cat needs protein and fat, they do not need carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not metabolically necessary. These carbohydrates can impact the pH level of a cat’s urine, thereby creating an environment in which crystals can form. Dry kibble, on top of having inadequate moisture for cats, cannot be made without carbohydrates.
It is not just important to fuel cats with any protein, cats must eat species appropriate protein, such as fleshy meat. Inferior proteins, including by-products and proteins that come from plants, such as corn gluten, wheat gluten and potato protein, may negatively impact urinary pH levels, such.
Proper pH may also help prevent crystal formation. As we know, acids dissolve things. In the case of urinary crystals, along with proper hydration, the acid in the urine will help the components that form those crystals from combining to form crystals.
Weruva’s magnesium levels are also low.