Homey's crystals are struvite, very few calcte.  She geets fitered water in 
fountains along with e other 6 cats in my house.  We have 8 litter boxes tat 
are scooped out at least 2 times a day.  I use a corncob litter because it is 
biodegradeble, doesn't track more than clay and hadles odors very well.  I 
hadeveryone on Blue Buffalo Duck and sweet potato mixed 1/2 with turkey and 
sweet potato becauseCasey has troube with the dck, think it is to rich for her 
(14 years old).  The food was dry.  Vet now has her on Hill's SD and gave her a 
shot of Convenia antibiotic to get her started toward healing.  He also did 
Cystocentesis ad sent urine sample off for cultures (aerobic and anaerobic) to 
determine exactly which bacteria was involved so he can giveherthe right 
antibiotic.  The shot and SD seem to be helping as urine balls in boxes re all 
close to normal size,  This is the 3rd timethis year, that s why he did the 
cultures.    The last time, she refused the SD, bt it had been sitting on the 
floor of he van onthe way home so was nice and warm.  She and others ate it up. 
 I also got some SD dry just in case she decides she does not like the canned.  
Thought about mixing dry into wet. Where can I get these other foods you 
menioned?  As to cranberry, tried giving her some and only way to get it in her 
was to spend 20 minutes trying to catch her and rub t on her feet.  Then she 
avoids me for at least 1 hr afterwards.

---- "jbero tds.net" <jb...@tds.net> wrote: 
> Forgive me as I have missed the beginning of this email thread.  With
> respect to urinary crystals diet is huge.  Every cat that has ever
> been brought to me with crystals has responded to diet with complete
> eradication of crystals (make sure you know what type of crystals
> you're dealing though).  Raw diet is the key.  If you can't do raw,
> the high quality canned foods like Fromm, Go, Wellness work quite
> well.  You can still do some dry but it has to be the good stuff -
> Orijen or Fromm would be my recommendation.  I always add some
> cranberry to it if they'll take it just to avoid UTIs.  It takes about
> four weeks if the crystals are bad and in the meantime you have to
> make sure they do not become obstructed (that often takes vet strength
> food or catheter or suprapubic taps.
> 
> Hope this helps.
> 
> Jenny
> 
> On 12/8/11, dlg...@windstream.net <dlg...@windstream.net> wrote:
> > In the course of conversation with Karen today, I mentoned that Hojey had
> > crystas.  She said her cat had same problem and a group "Catwell" on yahoo
> > had helped her.  They suggested Cantharis.  You can get it at health food
> > stoes.  Her cat had been gven a death sentence and now is alive and healthy.
> >  Anybody knw anyting about this?
> >
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