Has anyone any idea how to prevent these problems in castrated cats? Spirit will be the first castrated male I've had since the 1960s. I had a male with endless urethral blockage problems back then and I vowed I'd never adopt another male cat or have one "fixed." Now I find myself probably keeping Spirit who will be fixed at the vet clinic tomorrow. What is the recommended diet these days to help prevent his painful condition? I know the vet I worked for in the 70s believed it was due to poor diet and secondarily by the castration itself causing the urethra to shrink and narrow. Any ideas? Thoughts on this? Advice? I don't want Spirit suffering like that cat did for years.
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Feed him a good quality canned food diet. The extra water in the canned food helps to dilute the urine and prevent crystals from forming. I even add a little water to the canned food.
MIKE
Has anyone any idea how to prevent these problems in castrated cats? Spirit will be the first castrated male I've ... shrink and narrow. Any ideas? Thoughts on this? Advice? I don't want Spirit suffering like that cat did for years.

I've had six or seven fixed male cats during the last 25 years and only one of them had that problem:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-feline-urinary-blockage.htm

The vet didn't prescribe a special diet for Espy after it happened, but I was at the local pet store and found this
http://www.petco.com/product/105817/Pro-Plan-Adult-Urinary-Tract-Health-Canned-Cat-Food.aspx

Oddly, my three cats all really like it so I asked the vet and he said that it was fine for them and might even help.
I've very attuned to the problem (see the posting about litterboxes today) and have a surveilance camera over the Litter Robot so I can be sure that Epsy goes regularly. If a day goes by and I don't see that he went I pay real close attention. Sometimes they go out in the backyard though so I cut him a bit of slack on those days. He will pee outside if fthe urge strikes.
Feed him a good quality canned food diet. The extra water in the canned food helps to dilute the urine and prevent crystals from forming. I even add a little water to the canned food.
Yes I can do that. Would warm milk work also if he's not lactose intolerant?
MIKE
Has anyone any idea how to prevent these problems in ... don't want Spirit suffering like that cat did for years.

I've had six or seven fixed male cats during the last 25 years and only one of them had that ... though so I cut him a bit of slack on those days. He will pee outside if fthe urge strikes.

Thank you for this information. I have both sites open on MozillaFF and will read them to the end as soon as I finish this group. I remember there was a small pill I had to give my cat back then to keep his urine more acid. He fought tooth and nail when pilled. Emotion: sad The little pill helped but he had problems all his life. They didn't know as much about cat nutrition and diet related problems than as they do now.
I've been reading on feeding more of a raw diet. What do you think of that? Getting a balanced diet into them using raw meat would be my main concern.
Has anyone any idea how to prevent these problems in castrated cats? Spirit will be the first castrated male I've ... shrink and narrow. Any ideas? Thoughts on this? Advice? I don't want Spirit suffering like that cat did for years.

Yes. Canned food. Preferably without a lot of stuff added that looks good to humans but is not part of a cat's normal diet. Also, if you don't already have a water fountain, think about one and about putting water at various locations throughout your abode.

Jean B.
Feed him a good quality canned food diet. The extra water in the canned food helps to dilute the urine ... water to the canned food. Yes I can do that. Would warm milk work also if he's not lactose intolerant?

You could use Lactaid. Seems to me that milk was forbidden for cats who have this problem (not that yours does yet . I'd like to heat whether that is the case.

Jean B.
Feed him a good quality canned food diet. The extra ... Would warm milk work also if he's not lactose intolerant?

You could use Lactaid. Seems to me that milk was forbidden for cats who have this problem (not that yours does yet . I'd like to heat whether that is the case.

I'll use warm water then. No use taking a chance. With the info on those recommended websites I located a Petco less than 10 miles from my house that carries the canned Pro Plan Adult Urinary Tract Health Cat Food. I'm going out there Fri or Sat to pick up a case of it and another cat Tree-condo on sale for $149. Emotion: smile I hope they have the condo-tree in by then. I want to start adding raw food to thier diet also. Unfortunately the local Wal*Mart doesn't have beef heart, kidney, chicken gizzards hearts and other such goodies. I have to drive to the other end of the nearest town and see if Publix or Kroger has organ meats.
Has anyone any idea how to prevent these problems in ... don't want Spirit suffering like that cat did for years.

Yes. Canned food. Preferably without a lot of stuff added that looks good to humans but is not part of ... already have a water fountain, think about one and about putting water at various locations throughout your abode. Jean B.

Yes! I saw those cat fountains with running water somewhere. I can't recall where. My SD, another cat lover, has one for her 3 cats. They love it and she believes they drink more since she bought it. I'm going to Petco within a week to pick up some items, I'll see if they have them. If they don't, I'm sure PetsMart will have them.. or I'll call and ask her where she got hers.
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