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Author Topic: Answers: Crystals, Raw Diets and Water  (Read 1233 times)
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« on: March 04, 2011, 08:50:18 PM »

some info on why some cats do not drink as much water -

It is my experience, and that of many other practitioners, that when cats are placed on a meat-based, water-rich, raw, canned or home-cooked, balanced diet, they drink little or no water at all. This is normal for cats, as they evolved as carnivorous predators in a desert environment. Their physiology adapted to obtaining the water they needed via their diet, which naturally consisted of small mammals, birds, even reptiles and the occasional insect, as the desert does not have the puddles, streams, ponds or rivers so common in other types of climates.
Adding extra water to the diet of cats who have had urinary crystals or stones cannot hurt, provided the cat doesn't mind it and is consuming enough of the balanced food to maintain a healthy body weight. Indeed, it may help, as diluting the concentration of the cat's urine will lessen the ability of the most common types of urinary minerals, calcium phosphate and magnesium ammonium phosphate, AKA struvite, to form into crystals or stones. The catchy phrase "The solution to pollution is dilution!" applies here. This is why dry foods, even prescription dry diets for urinary crystals, are never the best choice, as they contain almost no water at all. When cats are on dry food diets, they will drink water, but they often do not drink enough to keep their bodies optimally hydrated or produce slightly diluted urine.

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