Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Saturday Special with Goodies from Hills UK

Welcome to another edition of

Caturday greetings wunderpurr furriends

Today we have one of our sponsored posts to share with mew.   The pawesome peeps at the company:

wundered if we'd be conducive to sharing information about:

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease 


and of course we said yes, as this is a furry serious matter fur us felines, and the more information we have the better we can deal with it should any changes arise in our litter habits or even better still, prevent it all together armed with the right advice. It's not a long post, so purrlease read on as we feel it's effury kitties right to have a stress free time in the litter box. Without further adieu, here's the facts as supplied by

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease: The Facts

The urinary tract plays a huge role in your cat’s health. It’s important for waste removal, water level balancing and blood pressure regulation so it’s really vital that you keep a close eye on your cat for any changes to his or her litter tray habits. Yes, it’s not the most appealing subject matter, but it’s really important!

Feline lower urinary tract disease can be painful and if left untreated, can even be life-threatening as stones can form in the urine and cause a blockage. If you see any of the following, you should consult your vet:

§  Your cat shows pain when urinating – straining, crying or any other obvious discomfort such as inflamed genitals

§  Changes to your cat’s behaviour – urinating more frequently (possibly with little result), having accidents or passing urine in unusual places

§  Changes to urine – cloudy urine or blood, often seen as pink spots in the litter tray

What Causes Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?

Spending More Time Indoors - Indoor environment, lack of exercise, time spent outside, laziness and even the use of a litter box have been identified to affect a cats’ urinary tract health – which is why indoor cats are especially at risk.

Being Overweight - Inactivity, increased appetite leading to excess body weight can greatly increase the risk of developing urinary stones. 

Being Neutered - Neutering can significantly increase life expectancy; however, the metabolic changes that follow can increase the risk of urinary issues.

Stress - As cats are naturally territorial, having more than 1 cat in the household can create a stressful environment with great significance on overall health1.

How Can You Prevent Feline LUTD?

Keep them hydrated

·         Increase water consumption

·         Feed your cat wet foods such as pouches

·         Make sure water is clean, fresh and available at all times

Watch their weight

·         Feed several small meals during the day instead of one or two larger meals

·         Provide a scratching post and schedule time during the day to play with your cat – especially if it is an indoor cat

Relieve stress

·         Cats are very sensitive to their environments and reducing potential causes of stress can go a long way

·         Monitor the changes in the home and any conflicts with other pets in the house

Urinary Health Pet Food

·         New Science PlanTM Urinary Health is formulated with a unique bundle of minerals including potassium citrate an alkaline salt which supports urinary health in cats.

·         It is available in two varieties: “Sterilised Cat” or “Hairball Control” as meaty flavoured kibbles or soft wet food pouches

·         The Hairball Control formula helps avoid hairball formation, naturally; while Science Plan Urinary Health Sterilised Cat with clinically proven L-carnitine helps converting fat to energy, to limit fat storage

Hill’s Science Plan Survey: The Facts

Over 300 cat owners recently took part in a survey run by Hill’s Pet Nutrition to uncover the real truth about the toileting habits of cats. The results will astound you…

1.      A whopping 60% of cat owners said they had experienced their cat urinating in the house outside the litter tray but almost 45% said they thought that urinary problems were not common.

The take home message is… you’re not alone! Urinary problems are the most common reason for cat owners visiting the vet (Source: Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. claims data for 2014) though the survey suggests that could just be the tip of the iceberg…

The survey identified that almost 40% of people that had noticed a problem didn’t take any action as it either went away, or repeat incidents happened only occasionally.

2.      While 77% of cat owners said they made special efforts to keep their cat’s kidneys and bladder healthy, only 67% said they actually knew what they had to do to keep their cat’s kidney and bladder healthy. Oops!

Just for the record, simple things like always providing plenty of fresh drinking water, adopting good litter tray habits, reducing stress, encouraging activity and feeding a cat food suitable for urinary health, will all help keep a cat’s urinary system in tip-top shape.

3.      Double trouble….
People who own more than one cat are more likely to experience them urinating in the house.

4.      It’s all about the stress….and 88% agreed that ‘stress and emotions can cause urinary or toileting problems in cats’. Taking steps to reduce stress can really help.

5.      You believe your cat’s motives are pure. Only 12% agreed that laziness could be the reason why their cat didn’t use the litter tray. But all those couch potatoes need to look out because Hill’s says that an indoor lifestyle, inactivity and overeating have all been shown to increase the likelihood of cats developing urinary problems.

6.      Two in every three people said that once cats were urinating outside their tray, they went back to the same place every time. Cat urine is really hard to clean up and get rid of the distinctive smell – in fact most cats can detect the odour even when we think it’s gone. We recommend using proprietary products that specifically aim to destroy those odours or biological washing powder followed by surgical spirit. Be sure to test first as colours and varnishes can be affected.

7.      Only male cats spray, right?
Nope. Even though 33% of cat owners said only male cats spray, the majority (55%) said it wasn’t just a ‘guy’ issue.

8.      Are urinary problems boomerang issues?
While 13% thought proper treatment by a vet would solve urinary problems so they didn’t come back, 33% weren’t sure if that would be the case and the rest disagreed. Some cats are predisposed and will suffer recurrent problems and cat owners should take a ‘CSI’ type approach using black UV lamps to show up urine stains. If a problem has been undetected for some time there may be older hidden urine stains that are perpetuating the problem.

9.      Cat owners clearly love their cats and put up with the odd accident but when asked to rate how upset they were by their cat’s toileting issues on a 1 to 10 scale (with 10 being most upset), 60% rated themselves at 7 or over. Over 25% rated their distress as a 10. Cat bladder problems include FLUTD and other complex conditions and should be properly investigated by a vet.

10.  The most common response to a urinary problem was to chalk it down to experience and in most cases it seems to be a very intermittent or one-off issue. But 33% of cat owners said they consulted a vet about their cat’s urinary problem while 20% tried changing the litter or working harder on litter training.

11.  Although 63% of cat owners thought that some cat foods could cause urinary problems, only 3% changed their cat’s food in an attempt to solve the issue.

12.  Although 34% of cat owners think that toileting problems are common in cats, 50% think that Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTDs) are also common. According to Hill’s the truth is that while urinary problems generally are very common, urinary tract infections are much less so. The most common cause of urinary tract problems is a condition called FIC which is closely linked to stress. 

The Hill’s Cat Urinary online survey was completed by 327 cat owners in July 2015.

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Wow, that was furry enlightening, and most informative, we have insisted that the P.A. print this info and stick it on the fridge!

Also, the furry nice peeps at Hill's kindly sent us this truly, marvellous, pawesome PURRRST AID KIT to help keep any FLUTDs away.

Meanwhile in the kitchen....

"Guys, guy's, guy's!" Parsley called. "Look at this, we've got our furry own Purrrst Aid Kit!"

Amber was there in a flash. "Oooohhhhhhh so shiny!" she trilled in excitement. "I'll open it and see what's inside."

Moments later the metal box was open and the contents revealed.

"Purrfect!" Parsley breathed as he took in the cute red warmer blanket, a new bowl, one supurr squeaky mouse, a box of Cranpurry Juice treats and finally a bag of Hill's Science Plan Urinary Health food. 

Before he could inspect the goodies up close and purrsonal, Amber muscled in and was all offur effurything faster than mew could say 'I'll take my niptini shaken, not stirred!'

"Oh that's just so typical," Parsley and Smoochie said in unison.

As Amber took it upon herself to release the mouse into the kitchen and introduce the squeaky grey critter to the joys of cat play, Snowie got chance to take a peek.

"I baggsey the bed warmer!" she said with a smile.

"Why is the bowl empty?" Parsley asked. "Is anyone filling this bowl any time soon?"

"Parsley, mew are always thinking about food..." Amber murmured and chuckled to herself.

"Woooo hoooo!" Smooch squealed with delight as he finally got his mittens on the mouse.

"My turn with the mouuuuuuse!" Parsley yelled as Smooch bounded [as best he could on 3 legs] into the lounge with the supurr squeaky toy, laughing hysterically as he was chased by Parsley.

All in all, we were most, furry impurressed with effurything and gave it the full PAW PRINT SEAL of  APPROVAL.

[And Amber has insisted that we order young Parsley a bag of their speshul diet food! MOL MOL]

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We would like to say,  thank mew furry much to Hill's fur asking us to be part of their 'Raising Awareness of Feline Urinary Health' campaign and if mew want more info mew can follow them on social media here or visit their website:

Many thanks fur joining us today and don't furget to stop by tomorrow fur our usual Sunday Selfies post.

Happy Caturday

Basil & Co xox

[FYI: Even though we were given this item/s free of charge for a review, our review is completely honest and reflects our own experience with the product/s]

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  1. That was very informative. Flynn has a UTI at the moment which we can't get to clear up. Because he is on steroids for his hyperthyroidism, (he hasn't been able to tolerate any traditional medication)he is more susceptible to infection. After he became so ill from the convenia injection over a year ago it has been very difficult to give him any medication without severe side effects.Even the antibiotics he had for the UTI which he could normally take without too much trouble have now set him back again.

    1. Oh dear, poor Flynn, we really hope hope he gets better soon.... healing purrs and soft kisses Basil and co xox

  2. I forgot to say, those are some great goodies in the Purrst aid kit,

    1. Oh fur sure Flynn, and the P.A. has baggseyed the tin! MOL MOL

  3. This was a great post, and Mom really was happy to have so much information. Giulietta has stress-related urinary problems, including peeing outside the box, and Astrid sprays (as does Mauricio). It is very frustrating. The kitties eat the Hill's CD-Sress formula food, wear calming collars, and have four different types of litter in order to please everybody. We also have Feli-way and Spirit Essences Stress formula. As you all know, having a passel of kitties is a challenge. But both Mom and Dad say they wouldn't trade us for anything. See you for SS tomorrow. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    1. Hiya Kitties Blue, we're glad that this info was useful. And yes, having a hoard of kitties can be challenging, sometimes one our hoard 'messes' where they shouldn't - but no-one actually owns up to it... the P.A. uses Feliway too, but not all the time and it does help. Purrs Basil and co xox

  4. That is a lot of info that kitty pawrents need to learn. Thanks fur posting it.

    1. Absolutely guys, and thanks fur your pawsitive feedbeack, purrs Basil & Co xox

  5. The quality of your blogs and articles and worth appreciating. Amazing Pet Expos


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