Support Your Cat with Remedies for Bladder Stones
Bladder stones, or uroliths start as microscopic crystals in the urine. When these crystals come together, they form larger stones within the urinary system. Bladder stones will gradually increase in size and obstruct the lower urinary tract creating a severe and painful condition.
The two most common type of bladder stones in cats are calcium oxalate stones and struvite stones.
Clinical signs of bladder stones in cats
- Frequent trips to the litter box,
- Voiding of small volumes of urine,
- Blood in the urine
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Over-grooming of the abdomen
Bladder stones may lodge in the urethra, causing a complete urinary obstruction, which is more common in male cats. Remember that urinary obstruction is an emergency situation and can be fatal if not treated promptly. I think it is important to suggest visiting the vet as soon as possible!
Dietary changes may help prevent struvite stones, but it is vital you speak to your vet before making any alterations in your cat’s diet. You can always reach a pet expert on NHV’s hotline at 1-877-937-4372 to discuss natural remedy options for bladder stones in cats that can be used in conjunction with conventional treatment.
Natural Supplements Supported by Scientific Research
Recent studies at the University of Georgia suggest that NHV Tripsy may be beneficial in lowering the risk of struvite crystals, a phosphate mineral found in urinary stones in young cats. According to Dr. Joe Bartges, "When given to young cats and adult dogs, in a relatively short period of time of two weeks, the collected urine samples indicated that Tripsy significantly decreased the risk of developing urinary stones in both groups. Although further evaluation is ongoing, the initial study results indicate that Tripsy, may be beneficial in managing struvite crystals and stones in young cats and in managing calcium oxalate crystals and stones in adult dogs."
Types of Bladder Stones
- Struvites - composed of magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate
- Other types - can be composed of any one or a combination of calcium, oxalate, calcium phosphate, crystine, and ammonium urate.
Causes of Bladder Stones
The exact cause of bladder stones is unknown, but it may be related to a few different factors, such as diet, digestion, the environment in the urinary tract, genetics, and the frequency of urination.
Because cats’ urine is highly concentrated, it makes them more prone to getting bladder stones, but there could be other reasons as well including:
- Diet - An abundant amount of any particular mineral could increase the chances of your cat getting bladder stones.
- Inflammation - The body’s inflammatory response is triggered due to allergies or having an arthritic condition.
- Infection - Frequent infections can alter the pH of the urine, creating an environment more prone to certain types of crystals.
At NHV, we have holistic options to help remedy bladder stones in cats. Our supplements can provide support along with a vet-recommended treatment plan to help ease symptoms and speed recovery.
Symptoms of Bladder Stones
- Painful or burning during urination
- Increased or frequent urination
- Blood in the urine
- Excessive licking of the genitals or abdomen
Additional Support Tips
Diets for cats with struvite stones will contain a lowered amount of high-quality proteins which in turn will reduce the amount of urea in the urine. Not all uroliths are able to be dissolved. Depending on the type of stone, your cat may require the stones to be surgically removed.
These natural supplements support recovery from bladder stones together with treatment recommended by your veterinarian. At NHV, you can even find out if your cat breed is particularly prone to getting bladder stones.