You already know that the food you feed your cat is extremely important to her overall health. But feeding the wrong food can contribute to the development of a urinary tract disease – called feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). With FLUTD, crystals or stones form within the urinary tract and cause irritation, pain and possibly blockage.
If your cat exhibits these symptoms, she may have FLUTD:
- Straining to urinate
- Urinating frequently
- Blood in the urine
- Reduced appetite
- Lack of energy or interest in normal activities
Though there is no single cause of FLUTD, veterinarians recognize there are components that may contribute to the prevalence of the disease.
- Cats more than 1 year of age are most susceptible.
- Both males and females get the disease with equal frequency, but males have a greater risk of life-threatening urethral obstruction from the crystals or stones.
Other contributing factors can be lack of exercise or reduced water intake.