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Hi everyone! Just found this great forum.
We have 4 cats ranging in age from 7 months to 10 years old. All male cats.
We are concerned regarding low ash food with low magnesium to keep away urinary tract cyrstals from forming. Very painful and costly too. we believe the best way to keep our boys healthy and happy is to feed them quality dry catfood.
For years we fed MediCal preventive feline dry food, but the cost has gone through the roof for it. We have researched many brands and have found what we think is a really good quality food, at a decent price point. They use only human food grade ingredients, and it is holistic too!
The name of the food is HAPPY PAWS and it is made in British Columbia Canada. Anyone here feed this brand?

All our boys drink plenty of water. They don't like wet food at all.
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Low magnesium and low phosphorous is what you want to help keep a healthy pH, but it's a delicate balance, because there are two forms of crystals that can form, oxalate and struvite. Oxalate is more serious.

Stay away from ANY fish. Canned food is best, but if they won't eat it they won't eat it, though I recommend you never give up trying to get some canned food into them.

Has one of your cats been diagnosed with crystal problems? If this is so, you need to keep him on the prescription food for life. Switching foods could endanger his life.

If you are just trying to be proactive, there isn't any reason they should have been on the medi-cal to begin with.

PS I just looked at the Happy Paws website. The numbers look good, for healthy cats. Since they claim "human grade" ingredients, perhaps the fish added will be okay. However if you have a cat already diagnosed with FLUTD, my opinion is he should remain on the prescription Medi-cal SO.

Let us know how the food change goes, be sure to do it very gradually, take a full two weeks to transition them, and use a probiotic during the transition and for a week or two afterward, to prevent intestinal and tummy upset.
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