Preventing kidney stones in cats is a much easier task than eliminating them. Kidney stones are not uncommon in cats and it can be the first sign that your cat is beginning to show signs of chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is a very common problem in cats. Their kidneys are their weak link. Veterinary medicine has very little to offer. Their advice is often death simply because of this. Yet, there are many other, much more helpful options.
Causes of Kidney Stones In Cats, And Kidney Disease
Right at the top of the list is the diet. Commercial cat food is high in sodium (often up to 1,000 times higher than is natural) because sodium is a great preservative. How do you think the dry food remains on the shelf for so long without spoiling?
Commercial cat food is also high in phosphorus, which can be harmful to the kidneys. It’s not the phosphorus per se, rather the TYPE of phosphorus that’s the problem.
Because commercial cat food is known (by the manufacturers) to be deficient in quality nutrients, they add them in. But they add them in the cheapest possible form – the synthetic ones. These are isolated nutrients, made from petro-chemicals. In no way are they natural or in synergy with other nutrients, that are so vital for health.
So the phosphorus builds up in the body. Elimination may not be able to keep up with the intake, so the urine reflects the high phosphorus levels.
Kidney stones are made up of these unnaturally high levels of salts and minerals in synthetic form.
Kidney stones often appear after less problematic problems were treated with veterinary drugs, so suppressed rather than cured. Antibiotics and other drugs may seem to cure an acute problem, but they do so by driving the problem deeper into the body, appearing as a more severe problem later.
Kidney disease often appears as a consequence to the veterinary treatment of diabetes, liver issues such as hepatitis, heart issues and auto immune diseases.
The Symptoms Of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are normally detected after your cat shows signs of pain, often but not exclusively, during attempts to urinate. Sometimes there is pain when touched or stroked over the kidney area, which is about mid back, just after the rib cage, on either side of the spine. Only one side may be affected.
When the kidney stone is developing in the kidney, it doesn’t normally cause pain. The pain comes when it has passed into the ureter, blocking the free flow of urine. Urine urgency becomes common. Blood in the urine may be present. A common sequence to this is nausea or vomiting. So they will go off their food.
Preventing Kidney Stones In Cats Naturally
The first thing to do is to change the diet to one as close as we can, given our circumstances, to the one their ancestors evolved on. That means fresh, quality raw meat and bones that a cat obtains from chowing down on a mouse. The protein is good quality and high on this diet, but it’s in the appropriate form – ie meat, rather than the isolated plant based protein which is so unsuitable for cats (and so common in commercial cat food).
The phosphorus is also high on this diet, with all the bones, but again, it’s in the appropriate form.
Are Veterinary Tests Useful?
The kidneys regulate the body’s fluid. They act as a filter. They also help to clear and eliminate toxins from the body. Their function is vital to health.
Blood tests of malfunctioning kidneys will show up as high creatinine levels and high protein in the urine. High sodium, potassium and phosphorus are also likely to be high – the common ingredients of kidney stones.
Cats are carnivores. They need a diet high in the right protein (good quality raw meat) and high in the right phosphorus (raw bones). Then their creatinine levels and protein levels will drop back to normal.
Veterinary tests show the effect of the problem, not the cause. They can take you down a rabbit hole.
Preventing kidney stones in cats means looking at the causes and taking appropriate avoiding action.
Cats who already have establishing chronic kidney disease will still fare much better on this diet, but may need extra help. Professional homeopathic treatment offers the most encouraging outcome.