Message Number: YG1411 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-18 03:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Crystals in the urine

I am not a vet, but I have gone through a similar situation.
Cody (and his predecessor, Floyd) ate Science Diet for cats as
recommended by our vet (and Floyd's previous parents). Cody Ferret
died two years ago at age 5 of complications from a kidney stone (and
a substitute vet). Cody had exhibited signs of urine burn in his
genital region for years, but his regular vet stated that it was
nothing to worry about. Cody also seemed to get ill frequently at
change of seasons, often presenting symptoms that included hair loss,
lethargy and frequent use of the litterbox. Adrenal problems were
always ruled out with blood work, but I believe that he did exhibit
elevated levels of potassium on a couple of occasions.

After his death, the vets at the out-of-state hospital stated
that based on their experience, because of its formulation, his diet
(Science Diet for cats) had strongly contributed to his kidney stones
and perhaps many symptoms that he displayed including the previous
problems with potassium. Our new vet, recommended to us by the local
ferret shelter, strongly advised us to stay away from cat food for
our new baby. I hope this helps.

(The person who saves Fifi Le Pieu Ferret from the horrible vacuum
cleaner monster)