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Dear Christopher Cat

My 5-year-old cat was recently hospitalized for urinary crystals and blockage. He came home with medication and special food, which he won’t eat. What can I do to prevent another blockage?

Christopher Responds

I had a similar problem years ago, but I’m fine now, in part because I’ve been drinking more water.

Mom bought a pet fountain, and because I love running water, I often drink from it. She also gives me canned food mixed with water.

The increased fluid intake dilutes my urine, preventing any crystals and mucus from coalescing into a plug that could block my urethra and prevent urination.

The diet your veterinarian prescribed also can help prevent crystals and re-obstruction. If your cat still refuses it, ask your vet to prescribe another company’s urinary diet, which your cat might find more palatable.

If your cat strains in the litter box or urinates outside the box, contact your veterinarian at once. Immediate treatment might prevent another painful, life-threatening urinary obstruction.

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