My cat has a belly licking problem. He has done this for the past year, but about 6 months ago he started straining to urinate. I brought him to the vet where he was diagnosed with struvite crystals (via cysto urinalysis and culture) and put on Urinary SO from Iams. His urine has been rechecked twice and he no longer has the crystals, but recently he has been licking at his belly again. I am concerned he is not comfortable and was wondering if there is anything else I can do. He is still on the urinary diet (he won't eat the wet so I make soup with the dry) and takes a cosoquin feline tablet once a day. He also gets a fish oil capsule once daily for his coat.
hi.....the urinary DRY diets are absolutely counter productive because struvite stones are CAUSED by dry diets...cats need lots of moisture in their foods and NO grains...wetting the dry food is not a good idea, dry foods are so full of chemicals and even mites and mold...wetting it down has been proven not to work.
your cat will eat wet food...but it takes time to transition them over...and patience, I have a cat that had same issues, it took me months to get him off his dry diet......like taking our junk food away and giving us broccoli..lol
I will send you a link to a LONG posting that was done recently and all the info you need.....and please read the article by dr. Pierson on dry food. you can than click on the right side bar and follow her tips on how to 'transition dry food addicts'... www.catinfo.org
and heres the longer link to other cats with same issues and the advice I gave...it absolutely NECESSARY to feed wet food especially to MALE cats, they have a very small urethra tube and crystals/cystitis is very very common and life threatening...btw...belly licking IS a sign of pain in the urinary tract or bowel..:(
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