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Why do male cats get blocked bladders (more than females)? — 5 Comments

  1. A big contributor to blockages is dry cat food. It’s convenient for the owner, but it’s not what the cat evolved to eat. Cats evolved to get a lot of their fluid requirements from their prey so dry food needs additives to make cats thirsty so they drink from a water bowl. Even then, many cats don’t drink enough fluid.

    With males that are prone to blockages, regardless of dietary management, surgery can be performed to widen the urethral open (guys – you may wince, because it involves removal of the penis, which is where the blockages tend to occur).

    Some cats seem to prefer dry food over wet food and if that’s the case you need to go for a high quality dry food, which isn’t cheap. I use grain-free dry food because cats aren’t gramnivores.

    When Go-Cat first came out, it was nicknamed “Gone Cat” by vets because it caused deadly blockages.

    • I am wincing….About dry cat food, the manufacturers make it so damn tasty my cat prefers it to the best wet cat food. I have to monitor him carefully.

      • I wonder if the manufacturer uses an engineered ingredient to make the cat think he must have that brand? High fructose corn syrup is put in human food for that reason.

  2. Michael, Thank you for commenting on my post that included information on D-Mannose. A couple of things I forgot to mention is that it has a sweet flavor, so since cats don’t taste sweetness, there’s no problem with a cat rejecting it in their food. If only dry food is given in spite of evidence that it contributes to tooth decay, weight gain, and UTI, then it could be mixed with water, and given in a dropper syringe, in the cheek, not down the throat. (to prevent aspiration and choking)

    When I mentioned to my son that my cat had a UTI, he also recommended D-Mannose, not aware that I had just found out about it from Vitality Science. He’s a personal trainer, and has recommended it to some his clients who are plagued with urinary infections. One woman used to get them several times a year, but since using D-Mannose, they have stopped completely. Interestingly, most of these are women, but it may be that men don’t talk about these things as much….

    I look forward to readers comments, and thank you for spreading the word about this potentially life saving mineral.

  3. Yes, my cat Buddy actually had the tendency to (and did) develop both kinds of crystals, and so the treatment to help prevent one made it easier to develop the other. What saved his life (preventing both from recurring ever again) was in switching to canned food, period. NO dry. He was also a mostly Maine Coon, which is a breed that tends to develop crystals more than other cats. After battling a few years with the problem, then switching the diet, he lived another 12 years without it recurring.

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