Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

What Causes Crystals In Cat Urine?

Crystals in Cat Urine hero

What do crystals in cat urine mean, and what can I do about it?

A buildup of crystals may lead to a urinary tract problem.

The good news is that the problem may be caused by your cat’s diet, which is easy to control. And since dehydration can contribute to kitty’s crystal calamity, always make sure clean, fresh water is available. Also, keep in mind that canned food is generally moister than dry cat food.

As always, these basic nutritional options are not an alternative to seeking your veterinarian’s advice—crystals are a clear sign to have your cat checked out.

By Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM

 

Click here to learn more about:

Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets Dog Food

Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets Cat Food

Related Articles
Urinary Stones in Cats thumb
Bladder stones in cats are rock-like minerals that form in the bladder. The correct name for them is “uroliths,” but a bladder stone by any name is a pain for your cat.
Urinary Tract Disease in Cats thumb
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease or FLUTD is a common condition seen in cats.  Feline urinary tract disease can affect the urinary bladder (such as cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder) and the urethra, the channel that carries urine from the b
Feline Pancreatitis thumbnail
Lying just under the stomach and along the beginning of the small intestine, known as the duodenum, the pancreas is a small pink glandular organ.  Its main responsibilities include digestion of fats and starches through secretion of enzymes