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Q: My ? on getting cat to eat S/D Prescription food

November 5, 2008 | By Gail | 11 answers | Expired: 2164 days ago

Gail

Maybe I didn't make it clear in my original question which was as follows:
"My Cat, Oliver was put on Science Diet S/D today for a UTI and crystals, and i CAN'T get him to eat it. He is used to eating dry cat food and doesn't seem to want anything to do with the S/D wet...any ideas???"

I Understand that under normal circumstances I would do a GRADUALLY MIX the food, however, I was advised by my vet to IMMEDIETLY take Oliver off his old food and put him on the S/D wet for 14 day and then switch to Prescription C/D dry food. He just doesnt seem to like the S/D wet...he needs the wet immedietly because it will speed up the process of disolving the urinary crystals, and then hopefully maintaining his diet on the C/D will avoid the reaccurance of crystals...now that I have cleared that up, does anyone have any ideas on how to get him to eat it...it has been 2 days and he has not even eaten 1/3 of a can and he weighs almost 13 pounds, the vet says he should eat 1 1/4 cans per day. I am not worried he will starve, I am worried he is not getting what he needs to disolve the crystals.

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Rhonda T.
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Nov 16, 2008

That is really odd. Our cat Bootz is on this and ALL the cats stand in line to eat it. It is almost comical. I am not sure what you can do but I will think on it for a bit. Good Luck!

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Katie C.
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Nov 07, 2008

I'd ask the vet about alternatives, and also look into different foods yourself that people have had success with-- possibly with supplements, or homemade. There should be plenty of info since crystals are a common problem.

I had the same issue when my cat had a bowel problem-- she wouldn't eat the Science Diet Rx food. I don't think they prescribe it because it's actually that effective-- more likely a marketing result.

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Katie C.
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Nov 07, 2008

I just re-read your question & the answers.. I agree with Veronica, subcutaneous fluids might be necessary.

You might try mixing the wet food with low-sodium chicken broth, some cooked chicken, tuna, or something else he likes, IF the vet says it's okay. Otherwise it might be time to dilute it and use a baster/dropper... no fun.

For the future-- Does he drink much water? I have friends who got a water fountain for their cats after several crystal infections-- the cats drink much more and it seems to have helped.

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