Oxalate Stones/Crystals in Cats

Symptoms, Causes & Natural Remedies

Oxalate stones and crystals are more rare that struvite crystals in cats, but they can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Oxalate stones and crystals are formed when there is an excessive amount of oxalate in the urine, which can combine with other substances to form crystals or stones. This guide will provide an overview of the symptoms, causes, and natural treatments for oxalate stones and crystals in cats.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of oxalate stones and crystals in cats can vary depending on the size and location of the stones. Some common symptoms include:

  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Straining to urinate
  • Urinating frequently but in small amounts
  • Blood in the urine
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration

If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, it’s important to take them to the vet as soon as possible.

Causes:

There are several factors that can contribute to the formation of oxalate stones and crystals in cats. These include:

  • Diet: Some types of cat food can be high in oxalate, which can lead to the formation of stones and crystals.
  • Genetics: Certain breeds of cats are more prone to developing oxalate stones and crystals.
  • Urine pH: Cats with more acidic urine are more prone to developing oxalate stones and crystals, but this is not common in cats.

Natural Treatments for Oxalate Stones and Crystals:

If your cat has been diagnosed with oxalate stones and crystals, there are several natural treatments that can help manage the condition. These include:

  1. Hydration: Ensuring that your cat has access to plenty of fresh water and moisture in their food can help to prevent the formation of stones and crystals in the urine.
  2. Diet: Feeding your cat a balanced, species appropriate, high-quality diet that is low in oxalate can help to prevent the formation of stones and crystals. 
  3. Herbal remedies: Some herbs, such as parsley and dandelion, can help to flush the urinary tract and prevent the formation of stones and crystals. 
  4. Supplements: Some supplements, such as vitamin B6, magnesium, alkaline remedies and potassium citrate, can help to prevent the formation of stones and crystals in cats. 

Conclusion:

Oxalate stones and crystals can be a serious health problem for cats, but with early detection and proper treatment, it can be managed. If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s important to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible. By following a healthy diet, ensuring proper hydration, and using natural treatments, you can help to prevent the formation of oxalate stones and crystals in your cat.

 

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