For any cat owner, their pet’s health is of the utmost importance and we’ll do whatever we can do make sure our cat is healthy. When your veterinarian recommends that you feed your cat a special diet, such as a low magnesium diet, you may be left scratching your head as to precisely what food you need to buy.
First, let’s explain why a low magnesium diet might be recommended. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to the health of humans and animals. However, too much of it can lead to problems in cats. Specifically, higher magnesium levels, usually due to diet, are known to contribute to the formation of crystals in the urinary tract. It is especially an issue in cats who also have more alkaline urine. This combination is a common cause of acute and chronic urinary tract issues such as urinary tract infections.
This is why companies have developed low magnesium cat foods. If you feed your cat homemade food, it is certainly possible, though time consuming to make homemade low magnesium food. This is why most people choose to use ready-made cat food that has already been specially formulated to lower your cat’s likelihood of urinary problems. Note that it is also critical to stick with the diet food only, and not give your cat extra treats that may be high in magnesium in order for this approach to work. It is also critical to insure that your feline friend has plenty of fresh, clean water available to drink at all times.
Here are some popular options in low magnesium cat food:
Wellness Natural – This brand makes a number of cat food options that are formulated with low magnesium for feline urinary tract health. Chicken, turkey, beef, herring and salmon are just some of the flavors offered.
Fussie Cat – This brand makes several flavors of food for maintaining urinary tract health. In addition to low magnesium, the food is formulated with lower amounts of ash and phosphorus which may also contribute to urinary tract issues. It is also made with all white meat chicken and is grain free.
Purina One Urinary Tract Health Formula – This brand of dry cat food from Purina is low in magnesium and specially formulated to lower urinary pH. Available in large 16 pound bags, this food is made with real chicken for high quality protein. It also contains no artificial flavors or fillers.
My cat is almost 11. Would it be ok to feed him this cat food even though he does not have urinary issues, thank God. He does have long hair and I currently feed him Pro Plan Hairball Management. I am concerned that if I switch to Urinary Tract Formula he will not get enough fiber. But I am also concerned that as he ages he could have urinary tract problems. Any advice is appreciated.