New feline diet could help prevent bladder disorders
Lead researcher Dr. John Kruger says the veterinary team will look for three outcomes: the effect on dissolving struvite bladder stones and preventing them in the future; the ability to prevent calcium oxalate bladder stones; and the ability to prevent feline idiopathic cystitis. The commercial diet will be funded by a unspecified leading pet food manufacturer, according to the study.
Half of the cats enrolled in the trial will receive the new diet, while half will receive a placebo diet representing premium cat foods on the market. Enrollment for the trial began last June and will continue through December 2010, the university reports.