Kitty recently had a UTI and the vet seems to want him on prescription food for life. The thing is, my cats hate the food and so do I. Is this necessary? Additional ask about urine test results and red blood cells inside.
I have 2 orange tabby cats
both from the same litter about 4 years in age. My boy cat recently had a UTI. He had a round of antibiotics and was put on hill's science diet for dissolving crystals for a couple months. Since I free fed dry food to my cats and my vet said it wasn't a problem to give the food to both of them, they both ate the same diet. Girl cat's urine had come out somewhat concentrated in her test so it seemed wise anyway. However, neither cat really liked it - I still had to mix in a bit of their old food (wellness adult indoor) to get them to eat it and they would stop eating whenever I tried to remove the old food completely so I never did.
The thing is, I took my boy back to the vet last week for a follow up and his crystals and bacteria are clear, but he still has red blood cells in his urine. My vet gave me more antibiotics and science diet (this time wet, but I don't think it was a requirement - front desk just forgot they eat dry) and didn't seem all that concerned. I, of course, am concerned but don't know what to think. I have been googling this issue and the possibilities are endless. As I was leaving, the front desk told me they'd move to maintenance science diet after he finishes these cans.
The thing is...I really don't want my cats on this prescription diet forever. They just don't like it and from what I've read the food is junk. I always fed them wellness and they loved it. They also have a cat fountain to encourage drinking. I've started to try to add more wet food to their diet to get more water into their systems along with free feeding them dry food and I've definitely seen more urine production, but boy cat still won't eat much of the prescription wet food. He'll eat some (way less than the serving size) then finish off her non-prescription wet food when she's done eating. At this point I've been letting him - he's a big cat, 15 pounds and not overweight, and I'd rather he eat non prescription good quality food than not enough prescription diet.
Has anyone gone through this before? I'd love to hear experiences with red blood cells in urine and prescription food. Is there another option?