How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape
How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape

Cat UTI Symptoms

Is your feline leaving puddles of urine in your bathtub or on your tile floors? Making lots (and lots) of trips to the litter box? Or crying out in pain when they pee?

Sounds like

tinkling trouble.



Urinary problems pester lots of grown-up cats, especially dudes, bro.

Your furry friend might have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is just scientific jargon for a collection of painful conditions that can wreak havoc on your kitty’s bladder and/or urethra.



So, what common urinary tract conditions are we talking about, exactly?

Some of the most common FLUTD diseases include urinary tract infections, urinary stones caused by a buildup of minerals, obstructions within the urethra or an inflamed bladder.



What causes FLUTD?

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Not urinating often enough

  • A urine pH level that’s too high

  • Too many minerals and not enough water in the urine

  • Being a male cat — because their urethras are longer and narrower

  • Stress or anxiety


Keep your

eyes peeled for

peeing problems ...



How to check if your cat has a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other urinary health issue:

The Opens a new window American Veterinary Medical Association says to watch for these major signs:


  • Straining to go

  • Frequently urinating a little at a time

  • Prolonged attempts to go

  • Crying out while urinating

  • Excessively licking their genital area

  • Peeing outside the litter box

  • Passing blood in their urine


Get your cat back

on the right tract.



How to treat

Decide whether you need an immediate vet visit.

First things first, if your feline seems to be in a lot of pain or isn’t able to pee at all, get to the vet — stat!

Your cat might have a urethral obstruction, a life-threatening condition that your veterinarian must treat quickly!

Seriously, don’t dillydally.



Next, try these tips to help get your cat’s system flowing again:

  • Feed smaller, more frequent meals.

  • Always provide your cat with clean, fresh water.

  • Encourage your feline to drink as much as possible to help keep mineral buildup at bay and flush your feline’s urinary system.



Finally, don’t forget about litter boxes and
S-T-R-E-S-S! ?

  • Be sure you have the right number of litter boxes — usually one more box than the number of cats you have.

  • Place litter boxes in quiet parts of the house.

  • Always keep litter boxes clean — they should be scooped once or twice a day.

  • Maintain a steady routine and make your home as stress-free as possible. Consider how your own stress level, any visiting house guests and any other pets might be affecting your cat.


Take this old adage to heart:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”



How can you help maintain your cat’s urinary health?

In addition to the tips above, feed your cat delicious Opens a new window IAMS™ PROACTIVE HEALTH™ Urinary Tract Health, made with real chicken.


It helps promote your cat’s urinary system health by reducing urinary pH and helping to control mineral levels.


How’s that for

a win-win?!



Here’s how our formula helps keep your feline’s “plumbing system” running smoothly:

Salt for the win!

We use a sodium salt to acidify urine and help prevent struvite crystals from forming.


More sodium.
Thirstier cat.
Drinking more H20.
Less-potent pee!

Let’s talk mineral levels.

Our formula helps control levels of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in your cat’s urine, which is a good thing!


Next stop? Litter box bliss.

How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape
How to Keep Your Cat’s Urinary Tract in Tip-top Shape
  • Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes
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    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes

    Understanding and learning how to decipher kitten food product codes will help you choose the right kitten food. While selecting the right ingredients is important, making sure those ingredients are fresh is just as vital to your young cat. Learn how to read the product codes of kitten food packages and cans with our handy guide.


    What Is a Product Code?

    A product code is a series of numbers and letters printed on the outer package of each product a manufacturer produces. This code provides information about when and where the kitten food was made.

    As part of the product code, IAMS™ products include a “Best Used By” date, or the date at which the product is no longer considered fresh and should no longer be sold. This date is expressed in “ddmmyy” and “ddmmmyy” formats.

    The second line of the product code represents company internal information for use in traceability and inventory control.

    Line 1: (ddmmyy) (ddmmmyy)

    Example: 040220 04FEB20

    Line 2: 60351111## QQQQQQQ

    This product should be used before February 4, 2020.

    Depending on the production line, pouch products* may have code date information in a single or double line. By recognizing and understanding these codes, customers can make sure they are receiving a fresh product.


    What Is Shelf Life?

    Shelf life is the duration, measured in months, during which a properly stored kitten food product maintains its freshness. This means if a product has a 16-month shelf life, it is fresh for up to 16 months from the date of manufacture.

    The shelf life for IAMS dry kitten foods is 16 months. All canned formulas have a shelf life of 24 months.


    How to Properly Store Dry and Wet Kitten Food

    Unopened dry kitten food products are best stored off the floor in a cool, dry place. Open bags of kitten food should be stored in a clean, dry container with a tight seal. Dry kitten food products may also be frozen without loss of nutrients.

    Opened wet kitten food products are best kept refrigerated in tightly sealed containers for no more than three days after the container has been opened. Wet products should not be frozen in unopened cans. However, wet kitten foods can be frozen if removed from the container, packed in freezer containers and frozen immediately.

    *IAMS has no kitten pouch products at this time.

    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes