Question by bella: Is there an alternative thats cheaper for vet prescribed cat food?
My cat has crystals in her urine that built up and made her bleed in her pee,now the vet says she must stay on a vet prescribed cat food they carry,but it’s a pretty penny.What else can I do or is there any cheaper brands or could I mix some of her old dry food w/ the vet one? I love her and hate to sound so cheap,and I want her to live a healthy carefree life,so just wondered if anyone else had same issue,any advice helps!
Answer by cat lover
You might get some real passionate responses from people who hate pet food companies and vet prescribed food.
The first thing to try and find out is what type of crystals were formed. If struvite, acidification of the urine works, and there are commercial products that will do that are available in pet stores.
But if oxalate crystals, then dietary approaches are necessary. And vet prescribed food comes from companies that have devoted a great deal of time and effort in formulating the proper diet. Freelancing can give higher vet bills that wipe out food cost savings.
And some cats form both crystals types.
One approach you can try is to give her some Cosequin, which has the benefit of strengthening the bladder wall. Then, try her regular diet, and watch her closely. If she runs into trouble again, then you have no real choice.
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