How can I prevent kidney stones in my cat?

How can I prevent kidney stones in my cat?
Last week, my cat had to have a $400 surgery to remove several kidney stones.

Now I would do anything for my boy, because he is family. I really hated to see him suffer like he had been. He had been peeing blood and was yelping when he had to use the litterbox. On several trips to the rest room he never even climbed in, just urinated beside the box or in front of our kitchen door.

Our vet recommended that he go on a special diet. I have no problem with this, except that the food is $20 per bag. It is a small bag, not more then 10 pounds. Granted $20 is not that much. But my household goes through a 16 pound bag every 5 to 7 days because we have 13 cats. It is not like we can designate food as they all share food bowls.

We have been feeding him soft food twice daily. What are some other things that we can do to help prevent the stones from forming again? I have heard that once you have stones you are prone to getting them again, just like humans.


As a matter of fact, I wouldn't have to keep any pet in my home at the moment as a result of the fact that it is time and money consuming to be feeding myself and the pet. However, I totally understand the need to have pets at home for that is the way that some of us that can be lonely at times can get to feel better after a period of time. On the issue of the kidney stones, I would suggest you ask around for some soft food that he will be taking for that is a better way to ensure that the situation doesn't occur again in the future.
Posted by Barida on 04-07-2018
I think it is the food that anything else that causes kidney stones not only in humans but also in animals like cats and dogs. In fact, the kidney stone is the greatest problem of small dogs. Our pekingese died of kidney stones when he was only 8 years old which is too young to die. The vet said that you have to give the dog or cat plenty of water and if it wouldn’t drink then you can use a syringe to force water into the mouth.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-12-2018
I think Don't feed your cat too much salty foods. Well, for human, that's the reason of that stones and I think there're a lot of similarity between human and animals. The cat is so lucky to undergo for a surgery for that. Honestly in my case, I don't bother my self for that, but it's doesn't means I don't love my cats. I have 3 cats and I feed them from our left over foods and don't even try to buy cat's foods. but they're healthy. I wonder what is the symptoms of that? if you don't mind.
Posted by ion on 04-07-2018
I agree with you, salty foods sin't good for cats especially their fur sheds off quickly than ours. In addition, cats don't drink much water, that is why they have bladder or kidney stones problems.
Posted by peachpurple on 04-18-2018
You should always avoid salty food when you have an animal. For example, a bird can easily die with too much salt. What was said above me is especially true with cats, they won't drink a lot of water and their kidneys will suffer.
Posted by Tania997 on 04-20-2018
I agree with you. We also feed our cats with leftover foods and they contain just the right amount of salt and I am proud to say that our cat is healthy. However, if possible, do avoid feeding your cats with salt because not all cats are the same and just loke humans there will be some who'll have weak kidneys. Cats do not drink that much water tho and so avoiding salt is one of the things that can help you from preventing kidney stones in your cat.
Posted by jaybee19 on 05-28-2018
Its good you like animals like cat , what i will advise you to do is to see a specialist doctor like a vetinary doctor that can advise you on the kind of food to feed your cat so as to prevent the kidney stones from coming again.
Posted by babyright on 04-08-2018
For humans they normally recommend drinking plenty of water. May be you could get your pet to drink water provided he goes for it. Instead of solid food start him on liquid food. I do not recommend milk for cats. These packed foods contain preservatives that may harm animals.
Posted by iamawriter on 04-08-2018
I have the same problem here are some of the things I am avoiding. Please avoid - coffee, cabbage, potato, paneer, sea food, anything with extra protein. And list goes on and on. You can see that there are lot of diet items to avoid from here onwards. You have to be focusing more on the weight too. You have to get the weight in control. That way you can manage your health better.
Posted by overcast on 04-08-2018
gata montes
Apart from following the recommended guidelines of ensuring that your cat drinks plenty of water and feeding it a diet consisting of at least 50 per cent good quality wet/canned food - in order to help decrease the possibility of crystals forming - the latter of which eventually lead to kidney stones - your best bet would be to speak to the vet about your concerns - as not only are they best qualified to help advise on what sort of foods would be best for your cat - but they are aware of your cats medical history too.
Posted by gata montes on 04-08-2018
I think prevention is better than cure and it a good thing that you are seeking a preventive measures I think the best bet is reducing the salt level or contain in your pet body,guve the pet plenty of water to clean out the system and that's it.
Posted by lovely on 04-08-2018
Yes you are right. Just like us, to prevent is better that curing it when you already have that sickness. The best way is ti reduce their salty food intake and to regularly check the nutrition fact on the food that you are given your cats.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-09-2018
Definitely, it about the salt content of food or salt in the pet system, one so it to give them more water to clean the system to reduce the risk of kdney stone
Posted by lovely on 04-09-2018
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat health problems, it's really hard seeing one's lovely pet suffer such horrible illness, I understand how you feel because my cat had such problems far back. It took proper medication and good meal before everything went back to being normal again. I wish your cat a quick recovery.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-08-2018
I think cat food is salty that is why your cat has kidney stones. Try giving him/her more milk or soak the cat biscuit into water or milk. Alternatively, give fresh fish instead
Posted by peachpurple on 04-08-2018
We eat same foods, however, some of us develop kidney or gallbladder stones and some of us do not. Not everyone will develop stones even they are eating same foods. Therefore, I don't think food only contributes to stone. Two years ago, my wife had a gallbladder stone removal surgery. I also eat the same food that my wife eats, however, I have not developed stones.
Posted by vinaya on 04-08-2018
Kidney Stones are salt deposits, I think you might have fed your cat a cat food brand that contains a lot of salt. Try looking for a cat food that has less salt.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-08-2018
I've heard that much like in humans, kidney stones can occur in cats due to a lack of sufficient hydration. A lot of veterinarians encourage pet owners to feed their pets wet food because it makes up for the moisture that cats typically don't get from water alone. Cats can be very picky drinkers, and often won't even touch water that is near their food bowl. Make sure your cat is drinking enough water by monitoring how much they’ve drank, and try switching them to an all wet food diet. If the stones continue, it could be that they are genetically predisposed to kidney stones and that it will be a lifelong issue. Hopefully that isn't the case, but it's always a possibility.
Posted by Denis_P on 04-09-2018
Try to seek an advise from a veterinarian on how to avoid kindney stone to your cat. You need to search also on how to feed them properly especially the balance diet of your cats.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-09-2018
That is the best thing to do. Go to your veterinarian and ask what should you do to avoid this for your cat. I am sure they have more knowledge about that matter. Better to ask the best and listen to whatever they will tell you.
Posted by mark86 on 09-22-2018
Try to seek an advise from a veterinarian on how to avoid kindney stone to your cat. You need to search also on how to feed them properly especially the balance diet of your cats.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-09-2018
This is really interesting, I had never heard something like this that a cat was diagnosed to have a kidney stones. I thought that only humans suffered that way, this is my first time to hear such incident. I think the best way to do is to take it to a doctor and ask on what would would be the best remedy that they can do in order to save your cat for this unwanted disease. This is really sad to know for your cat and I hope that he get well soon.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-09-2018
We have the same thought. I never heard a cat having a kidney problem like that. I love cats and now I need to check what food or how salt they in take every meal I have given them. This is a good warning for me.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-09-2018
Human got their kidney stones by eating a lot of salty food. I think the best way to make your pet avoid that sickness is just like what people do, avoid too much salty food. You should always consider your pets health and always look and check what it is eating up. To avoid early sickness.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-09-2018
the only way to manage them is to try dissolving the stones using prescription specialty diets or homemade recipes. Many of these diets promote increased thirst to encourage more dilute urine, which can potentially dissolve the stones. rather to make your own decision i will follow what is prescribe for my pet health
Posted by Anonymous on 04-10-2018
i try first the prescription of the veterinarian for my pet. i think they will not give that prescription for making bad for your pet cat
Posted by Anonymous on 04-10-2018
You may not believe it but we are giving our 3 dogs the herbal tea from the sambong plant. It was actually for me because I had kidney stones twice already and in 2006 was the 3rd occurrence that until now, there are no more symptoms when I started drinking that sambong tea. And since our 2 previous dogs died of kidney problems, we are now giving our dogs 10 ml of that sambong tea every day. Their blood analysis are always fine. I guess that tea will also work for you cat. The only problem is where to find it.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-10-2018
You should reduce the amount of salty and sugary food that all your cats eat. You should also make sure they always stay hydrated so that they urinate at healthy intervals. Those might help prevent your cats' kidneys from forming stones. Those are the suggested things that people should do and that could also work for cats.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-11-2018
I mean, I wouldn't go by home remedies that some random people on the internet give to you. If it were my cat, I'd take her straight to the vet and get a diagnosis and medicine from there. I trust a professional, I don't trust people on the internet with my cat's health.
Posted by TheArticulate on 04-11-2018
Consult a veterinarian. He can correctly diagnose the bladder stones by determining the severity of the obstruction. Report any unusual cat behavior or problems. The veterinarian will likely do an x-ray examination and conduct other tests, such as palpating the cat's abdomen, checking for urine, or an ultrasound examination. The calculations will be detected through the examination; they may be in the bladder or other parts of the urinary tract, such as in the kidneys, ureter, or urethra
Posted by hermessantos on 04-11-2018
We have cats at home but they didn't suffer any disease like that and they all lived long . Some of them get out of our house from time to time and the only thing that they never returned in our house is when they are beaten to death by some bad people and the one that was able to return but died because it was badly hurt.
Posted by Scarlet on 04-11-2018
I can feel you, It really cause you pain seeing your pet suffering from their sickness. We do have pet also but there was a time that my pet was sick. He even poop some fresh blood so I was very sad and I cried a lot as I am afraid that sooner or later he might be gone and I don't want it to happen. I really love my pet dog. Before I am fond of cats but since my pet dog came, the love I have for cats transferred to my dog. It really makes you penny less as you have to really take care of your pet if you value them a lot like a family.
Posted by nekonieden on 04-12-2018
Since only one cat out of 13 developed kidney stones, we can safely deduce that this particular cat has predisposition to it. You have to make sure that your boy is only eating the suggested food to avoid recurrence. Perhaps you can isolate him during feeding time to ensure that he's eating mainly from his bowl. It will entail extra effort but he's worth it because after all, he's family.
Posted by chatbox on 04-13-2018
Consult a veterinarian. He can correctly diagnose the bladder stones by determining the severity of the obstruction. Report any unusual cat behavior or problems. The veterinarian will likely do an x-ray examination and conduct other tests, such as palpating the cat's abdomen, checking for urine, or an ultrasound examination. The calculations will be detected through the examination; they may be in the bladder or other parts of the urinary tract, such as in the kidneys, ureter, or urethra
Posted by hermessantos on 04-19-2018
If salty foods are what he eats the most then you should lessen his intake on these. You should as well let him drink water from time to time to at least dissolve the salt and lessen the kidney stone formation.
Posted by Vinsanity on 05-18-2018
Is not just because of the diet, it can be water too. If your cat is drinking water that's high on minerals, those can deposit as stones. Also, there's the myth about cats and milk or dairy products, and that's not true. A lot of Calcium will deposit as stones, and not just in the kidneys. If you read the new food the vet suggested, then you will realize that is low in sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and all minerals. That way, your cat will only get what he needs and not too much.
Posted by ballyhara on 05-30-2018
You really a pet lover and I admire you on that. A very list of populations taking care of their pets the way you do. I never thought that the cat could get more stones like that. It is very rare cases I think.
Posted by mark86 on 09-16-2018
Let your cat drink a lot of water everyday. According to the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, a cat should be drinking about 30 ml of water per pound of body weight each day to maintain good hydration. You can also consult your veterinarian for any other preventative measures or treatments for the kidney stones if your pet already has them.
Posted by superlicca on 10-03-2018
Giving your cat plenty of drinking water may help prevent him from having excruciating pain from kidney stones diseases. We own two cats, and we make sure that they had enough water on their bowls when they needed it.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-13-2018
Proper care of your pet is actually your responsibility. Am glad you are really concerned with the health of your cat. Not so many people in my country do this.

I think the best thing is to go back to the vet to prescribe to you specialized ways to make your cat not get stones again. Avoid all practices that you did not do right. I recommend you check all the other cats too.
Posted by stbrians on 10-20-2018
Even supposing the stones don’t appear to be inflicting complications now, your vet will likely ask you to comply with everyday monitoring of blood and urine assessments for the foreseeable future. It’s essential to recognize that any prevention approach is running, and to expose that the stones aren't developing or inflicting complications. Probably your vet will suggest repeating x-rays or ultrasound research periodically.
Posted by jetselle on 11-04-2018
Diagnosis of kidney stones in cats Most stones usually show up readily on plain radiographs, but small stones may be hidden behind intestinal contents. Another reason that simple x-rays may not give enough information is because certain stones just don’t show up well. An example would be a urate stone, which might occur as a result of liver disease. Once a stone has been diagnosed, your vet will want to do some tests to help with predicting the stone type. Tests are needed also to assess what impact the stone(s) may be having on your cat’s kidney health, and whether other conditions may be present that might increase the risk of stones. Testing may include:

Complete blood count (CBC) Blood chemistry with electrolytes — Testing for evidence of kidney disease and risk factors for stone formation Urinalysis— The urine quality may predict kidney disease and help identify bacterial infection or crystals that may help predict stone type Urine culture with susceptibility— To identify bacterial infection and the best antibiotic choice(s) Abdominal radiographs (x-rays)— To examine the size and shape of the kidneys and look for urinary stones Systemic blood pressure— To identify an important complication of kidney disease Abdominal ultrasound— This will help verify the location of any stones and the suspected degree of any obstruction Contrast radiography— Dye studies may be needed to confirm blockage and help to show the contribution that each kidney makes to urine production. Causes and types of kidney stones in cats Most cats affected by stones are middle aged or older1.

Metabolic kidney stones (those formed due to a blood or urinary imbalance) are much more common in cats than infection-based stones1. Your veterinarian will determine treatment based on the kind of stone and what it’s made of.

Treatment of kidney stones in cats A reason to treat kidney stones is bacterial urinary infections that recur or cannot be cleared. Veterinarians often struggle to determine whether the stone or the infection comes first, but sometimes eliminating a kidney stone is needed to help resolve the infection.

Again, with some types of urinary stones, your veterinarian may want to treat conservatively, with a combination of antibiotics, diet and plenty of fluids. Dissolving kidney stones completely often takes months, but any early reduction in size is great news.

It’s likely that your kitty with a kidney stone will not need more specific treatment to remove it. But it’s good to be prepared, and to understand what’s involved if the situation changes. Medical efforts to dissolve feline kidney stones are usually safer than surgery, but won’t work for most stones. Since most feline kidney stones won’t dissolve, plans for treatment can be challenging for your cat’s veterinary team. Skilled surgery is widely available to remove kidney stones, but does risk permanently damaging the affected kidney, even if the surgery goes smoothly.

Special techniques to break up a stone (lithotripsy for example) are not usually recommended for cats because the stone fragments tend to lodge in their narrow ureters2. Fortunately, veterinary specialists are continuing to find better treatments of cat kidney stones by applying advanced techniques, commonly used in people, to our feline friends. For some cats, specialists may recommend treatment with an endoscope (a small device with a light attached). For emergency situations, when the ureters are blocked, they might recommend life- saving bypass techniques that re-route urine around the blocked ureters3. It’s always fair to ask your doctor if surgery is the only option, or if there might be a cutting edge technology to try, instead of surgical cutting.

Monitoring and management of kidney stones in cats If your vet suspects oxalate kidney stones, she may suggest a special diet and some medications to reduce or slow stone growth, with a big emphasis on increasing kitty’s water intake. By encouraging your cat to drink more, or to take extra water in the form of canned food, the urine should be more dilute. The goal here is to reduce the amount of mineral available to add to a stone.

Many special diets are available to prevent or manage urinary stones, but finding the best fit for your cat could take some trial and error. Your vet will also want to balance the dietary needs of any other illness that kitty has, such as kidney disease, diabetes or gastrointestinal disease. If an underlying cause for stones is suspected, then resolving that primary problem will be a key part of any plan.

Even if the stones don’t seem to be causing complications now, your vet will likely ask you to agree to regular monitoring of blood and urine tests for the foreseeable future. It’s important to know that any prevention strategy is working, and to show that the stones are not growing or causing complications. Likely your vet will recommend repeating radiographs (x-rays) or ultrasound studies periodically. If the stones have been removed, monitoring for any recurrence will be critical to keeping your kitty healthy. You and your veterinarian can map out the monitoring schedule that best matches your cat’s condition.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Posted by totoadrian on 11-06-2018
I think you can help them to get rid with kidney stones, by having a lot of water beside your cat.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 11-11-2018
Well then I think you should start separating his own food from the others so he can have his special diet. Wouldn't that be easier than having to go through surgery again? It'll be easy enough to train him to feed only from his own bowl and eat only his own food. Maybe the reason he was put on a diet in the first place is because his usual food might be causing the kidney stones. Each cat also react to things differently. So it might be best to follow the vet's order.
Posted by knnon on 12-15-2018