Is your cat not drinking enough?
How to naturally prevent the risk of bladder and kidney stones.
Our European domestic cat is descended from the Nubian wildcat. These live in all steppes, bush areas and savannahs in Africa and Arabia which are characterized by an arid and dry desert climate. This is the reason for there sparingly use of water. All European descendants, like our domestic cats, cover most of their water requirements through food. Wet food such as our Emperor Ragout or natural prey are therefore particularly important as a water source. If only dry feed is offered, this liquid intake is missing. However, since the cat has hardly developed a desire to drink as a result of its evolution, very few cats compensate for this with external water sources and live in a permanently dehydrated state. A good water balance makes it easier for the kidneys to do their job and ensures that toxins are eliminated more easily.
Dehydration, on the other hand, is bad for your cat's health and is a leading cause of kidney and bladder stones and urethral disease.
Treatment of this disease can often only be solved by surgery or the insertion of a catheter. After the treatment, the animal has to be kept on a special diet, but even then it never really gets well again and many tomcats have to return to the vet for a few weeks with a blocked urethra. The more often this is repeated, the more the repeated urinary retention damages the kidneys. This disease can therefore be life-threatening for neutered indoor cats.
The Dynasty wet complete feeds therefore has a higher moisture content, generally around 80%. Due to the fact that cats often do not drink enough water, this type of feed is ideal.
It is often observed that cats first eat sauces or jellies before switching to the actual meat. The natural aromas, fats, etc. released into the meat juice during the cooking process create its attractiveness. So it's not surprising that when cats are fed Dynasty wet food, they consume less extra water.
In general, the main route of excretion of metabolites of protein metabolism is the urine. The amount of protein consumed directly influences the volume of urine. Urea, creatinine and ammonium are mainly excreted in the urine as metabolic products. Like felinine. This is a non-proteinogenic amino acid that is released in the urine and gives it the odor typical of cats. Felinine is made from the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine (typical of animal protein sources). Depending on the food/water intake, the smell changes. The urine of cats that only eat dry food smells different than the urine of cats that only eat wet food. A chicken feed will also produce a different urine odor than a beef feed. If your cat drinks more liquid from our food, such as Emperor Ragout, the urine will be less concentrated and consequently smell less of ammonia.