Feline Urological Syndrome

Written by Robert Mac
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Feline urological syndrome, otherwise known as FUS and feline lower urinary tract disease, manifests itself in the formation of crystals in your cat's bladder. This can lead to discomfort, severe complications, and even death. While the jury is still out on what causes feline urological syndrome, many pet nutritionists blame an unbalanced diet.

Feline urological syndrome can cause symptoms at any stage of a cat's life, but it will usually show signs by three years of age. Both male and female cats are prone to getting it, but the conditions in male cats are worse as they tend to have narrower urethras, which become clogged easier. If urine begins flowing back into a cat's kidneys, they can acquire renal (kidney) failure and possibly die.

Feline Urological Syndrome: Causes and Preventive Solutions

The current theory of FUS is that if a cat's diet is not acidic enough to break down minerals in its system, these minerals will crystallize into bladder stones. A cat in the wild will have a certain amount of acid in its system--to quickly break down raw meat--but in commercial cat foods, there is not enough. Over time, a cat's urine becomes alkaline--not acidic enough--and can't stop bladder stones from forming.

There are a few recommended solutions to preventing your cat from getting feline urological syndrome: a holistic pet food, or otherwise healthy food with proper pH levels; good fresh water (with no minerals); and, for male cats, neutering at a later age. FUS is a serious condition, but it can be avoided through a healthy diet with sufficient amounts of acidity.

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