Today we have teamed up with Hill’s to talk about a very important topic. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease or Feline LUTD for short. But before we got into details on this let’s have a look at the fantastic purrst aid kit that they sent for Oliver and Nubia. Of course all in the theme of helping to prevent this disease! They have even setup a dedicated page for this here.
The idea behind the first aid box is to provide a fun and cute way of raising awareness!
So what does the Purrrst Aid Kit contain?
Oliver: Time to have a look…
Cranpurrry Juice – Well actually some scrummy Hill’s treats. 🙂
Porcelain Water Bowl – Because it’s super important to keep your cat hydrated in preventing FLUTDs
Cute Toy Mouse – Regular playtime prevents weight gain which is a common cause of FLUTDs
Feline Warmer Blanket – Just stick it in the microwave and put it out for the kitties! 😀
300g of Hill’s Science Plan Urinary Health Food – Because urinary cat food is important in keeping your cat’s urinary tract healthy.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease: The Facts
The urinary tract plays a huge role in your cat’s health. It’s important for waste removal, water level balancing and blood pressure regulation so it’s really vital that you keep a close eye on your cat for any changes to his or her litter tray habits. Yes, it’s not the most appealing subject matter, but it’s really important!
Feline lower urinary tract disease can be painful and if left untreated, can even be life-threatening as stones can form in the urine and cause a blockage. If you see any of the following, you should consult your vet:
- Your cat shows pain when urinating – straining, crying or any other obvious discomfort such as inflamed genitals
- Changes to your cat’s behaviour – urinating more frequently (possibly with little result), having accidents or passing urine in unusual places
- Changes to urine – cloudy urine or blood, often seen as pink spots in the litter tray
What Causes Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?
Spending More Time Indoors – Indoor environment, lack of exercise, time spent outside, laziness and even the use of a litter box have been identified to affect a cats’ urinary tract health – which is why indoor cats are especially at risk.
Being Overweight – Inactivity, increased appetite leading to excess body weight can greatly increase the risk of developing urinary stones.
Being Neutered – Neutering can significantly increase life expectancy; however, the metabolic changes that follow can increase the risk of urinary issues.
Stress – As cats are naturally territorial, having more than 1 cat in the household can create a stressful environment with great significance on overall health1.
How Can You Prevent Feline LUTD?
Keep them hydrated
- Increase water consumption
- Feed your cat wet foods such as pouches
- Make sure water is clean, fresh and available at all times
Watch their weight
- Feed several small meals during the day instead of one or two larger meals
- Provide a scratching post and schedule time during the day to play with your cat – especially if it is an indoor cat
- Cats are very sensitive to their environments and reducing potential causes of stress can go a long way
- Monitor the changes in the home and any conflicts with other pets in the house
- A stressed cat can often end up urinating in locations other than your litter box!
Urinary Health Pet Food
- New Science PlanTM Urinary Health is formulated with a unique bundle of minerals including potassium citrate – an alkaline salt which supports urinary health in cats.
- It is available in two varieties: “Sterilised Cat” or “Hairball Control” as meaty flavoured kibbles or soft wet food pouches
- The Hairball Control formula helps avoid hairball formation, naturally; while Science Plan Urinary Health Sterilised Cat with clinically proven L-carnitine helps converting fat to energy, to limit fat storage
Oliver: What else is in here?!? Where is the mouse hiding that I saw earlier!
Nubia: I may have put it in my cave…
We hope you found this useful and don’t forget to check out the dedicated page for more tips on how to keep your cats healthy.
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