What kind of influence does feeding a struvite prevention diet have on the occurrence of oxalate stones?
When a cat struggles with struvite at a young age and is fed a struvite prevention diet, has a slightly increased chance to develop calcium oxalate at an older age. A struvite prevention diet has an adjusted mineral content and ingredients that have an acidifying effect on the urine. The formation of acidic urine results in an increased calcium excretion, thus an increased chance of the formation of calcium oxalate stones. Next to the diet, other factors are also important, such as drinking habits, breed, gender, and age. A cat on a struvite prevention diet has to get its urine regularly checked by a veterinarian. This is to evaluate the struvite prevention diet and to be able to intervene prematurely when calcium oxalate is formed.