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Q: problems with science diet prescription cat food?

November 4, 2008 | By emily w. | 10 answers | Expired: 1974 days ago

emily w.

just curious if anyone else has had problems with science diet? my roommate's 2 male cats have to eat it because of urinary blockages, but it doesn't really seems to be that great of a food...i have a 14 year old cat that gets bladder infections so she eats it too...and my 2 year old cat has to eat whatever the boys eat...
i will be moving out of the house at the end of this month and will be switching both my cats to natural balance...i've used that food in the past and liked it a lot...i'm curious to see if anyone knows information on science diet causing health problems...i can't really seem to find any info on-line about it! thanks!!!

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Kelly
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Nov 17, 2008

I have a cat on Science Diet c/d because by the time she was 3, she had to have 3 large stones removed from her bladder. The prescription food is all she eats now because the stones were caused by too much magnesium & c/d is low in Mg. Regular cat foods have way too much Mg.

I have another who is on k/d because she has chronic renal failure. She has to have low protein which is what k/d is. All the regular foods have too much protein which her kidneys can't process so it backs up in her system.

Both cats have improved greatly since following the prescribed diet that eliminates the ingredients that cause trouble for their specific diagnoses. We feed our others the high-end natural foods (including natural Balance & Blue Buffalo) but they contain too much of the minerals, vitamins & proteins. I have another cat who has had some urinary problems but my vet didn't feel they were diet related so they didn't require prescription food so I feel certain its not about kickbacks.

Before I switched foods, I would have a discussion with my vet about what food ingredients were causing the problems. You may find that the only way to provide them with the proper nutrition that keeps their bodies functioning properly is to follow the vet's advice.

Mine have had no problem adjusting to their diets. The one on k/d doesn't even eat the other food when I leave it down & she finds the opportunity. The one on c/d will come get me to feed her so she can get her food instead of the regular food the others are eating. If yours are resistent to the switch, do so slowly (unless they're in imminent danger). Mix a little with their regular food & keep adding more & more Science Diet until you've totally switched them. Luckily mine love it because I didn't have that option. I had one who had to have emergency surgery to remove 3 pencil eraser sized stones from her bladder & one whose was so sick that she she spent days in the hospital hooked to IVs.

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Erin E.
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Nov 06, 2008

your cats probably just aren't used to it. you should just start off by giving them half of their old food and half of the science diet and slowly ease them into just eating science diet.

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Katie C.
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Nov 06, 2008

My vet prescribed Science Diet S/D when my cat was having bowel problems. The problems cleared up-- because she wouldn't eat it! A little fasting and a little Petromalt hairball gel worked wonders. I wouldn't be surprised if, like Steve S. said, vets recommend it b/c of kickbacks.

A lot of cats are prone to crystals; I've read that cranberry extract (get the gels capsules, open, and sprinkle the powder on their food) help prevent them. There's lots of other suggestions out there too. That plus a high-quality food might suit them all. Good luck!

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sandy
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Nov 04, 2008

Look for pet food recalls on line. Ask a vet to help u. i believe cat chow is the best cat food. My cat lived for 12 yrs.

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Sourdoughsteve
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Nov 04, 2008

I found after being in the pet food industry that Vet's sell Science Diet because of the kickbacks they receive. Vet's like most family Doctors know little about nutrition.

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Sourdoughsteve
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Nov 04, 2008

http://www.bluebuff.com/products/cats/index.shtml

Take a look at the ingredients comparison charts on different websites. They may help you a LOT.'

It's all about Nutrition.

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Annielandky
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Nov 04, 2008

Natural Balance is fine although I like science diet.

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Judith V.
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Nov 04, 2008

My two boys have eaten this for years and years and have been doing well...First we had the urinary problem type and then we switched to the diabetic formula (which is also suitable for the crystals problem) as a better choice for our more recently (and more severely) diabetic cat.

With only 4% of cats becoming diabetic, what are the odds that our two both would be?? But so far, Science Diet has done fine for them.

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jeane s.
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Nov 04, 2008

Hills Science Diet is what the special kitty vet always gives when one of my cats has had crystals. BUT he has never said that was the only thing for them to eat. I've never heard anything bad about Hills Science Diet. YOu might think about trying Purina ONE Urinary Tract formula. But i'd ask your vet before changing things...and when you do you change foods mix the new with the old brand (adding a little of the new and adding a bit more every few days until you're feeding just the new food).
Since i've been feeding the Purina ONE Urinary Tract formula food none of the Rescue Kitties have had any problems with crystals!
Hope this helps!

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Sarah  W.
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Nov 04, 2008

I've heard science diet is full of fillers like corn. But as to health problems I'm not sure of that. Natural Balance is a good brand.

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