Effects of diet on urine composition of cats with calcium oxalate urolithiasis

Jody P. Lulich, Carl A. Osborne, Chalermpol Lekcharoensuk, Claudia A. Kirk, Joseph W. Bartges

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Ten client-owned cats with calcium oxalate (CaOx) urolithiasis were evaluated to determine the effect of diet on urine CaOx saturation. Two dietary treatments were evaluated in each cat: the diet consumed just prior to urolith detection and a canned diet formulated to prevent CaOx uroliths. This study revealed that hypercalciuria is a consistent abnormality in cats with CaOx urolith formation. When urolith-forming cats consumed a diet formulated to prevent urolith formation, activity product ratios for CaOx (which estimate the degree to which urine is saturated with CaOx) were significantly lower. These results suggest that consumption of an appropriately formulated urolith-prevention diet will reduce recurrence of CaOx urolithiasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


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