Saturday, October 21, 2017

Calming Down with Comfort Zone from

This month, our friends at gave us the chance to try out the Feliway diffuser from Comfort Zone as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program. We've actually used this diffuser years ago--way back at the beginning of Soth's struggles with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. When we went to another vet's office for a second opinion, he had suggested trying the Feliway diffuser. 

A Feliway diffuser is basically like the plug-in air fresheners you can get, except instead of diffusing pleasant scents, it dispenses a vapor that is like cat facial pheromones. Cat facial pheromones are used by cats for calming. You might notice your cat rubbing his face on walls, on your hand, on furniture. When cats do that, they leave behind their pheromones and that reassures them and calms them when they're in that area. The Feliway diffuser mimics that and makes cats feel calmer in their surroundings. Feliway is recommended to help cats deal with stressful situations like moving to a new home or big changes in the home--like moving furniture or adding a new pet. Since Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease can be caused by stress, Feliway is one of the many things you can use to try to de-stress your cat. 

Even before I opened the packaging, Soth was interested in the diffuser. The packaging advertises that studies show the diffuser is 90% effective in reducing scratching and urine marking in 28 days with results in as few as 7 days. 

The diffuser comes in two parts: the diffuser and the bottle of liquid. The plug on the diffuser rotates so it can be plugged into vertical and horizontal outlets. 

Even before I'd taken the lid off the bottle, Soth was rubbing his face on it. 

Within seconds, he'd hopped up next to it and fallen asleep. 

The liquid has a lid and you just take that off, screw the bottle into the diffuser, plug it into the wall, and that's it. The diffuser heats up the liquid in the bottle and diffuses the vapor into the area. There's no scent at all, at least not one that human noses can detect, so once you've plugged it in, you really can just forget about it. One bottle lasts about a month and you can purchase individual refills instead of buying the entire diffuser kit each time although Comfort Zone does recommend replacing the entire diffuser every six months.

Like any other plug-in diffuser, the Feliway diffuser is a bit bulky. It sticks out of the wall a couple inches, so you need a nice wide open space to plug it in. Plus, the directions recommend not covering the diffuser or plugging it in under or behind furniture to avoid the risk of fire. 

When we tried the diffuser several years ago, it was never clear if it helped Soth or not. We were trying so many different things at the same time: a new diet, new towers to give him his own spaces, new medications, new types of litter. It was impossible to tell what was working and what wasn't. We kept using the diffuser for months, but eventually I just quit buying refills because there wasn't clear evidence that it was having any effect and Feliway isn't cheap.

With Soth's increased health struggles this year, I was excited to have another opportunity to see if it would help at all. Soth has been urinating outside of his box more often than he has been using his box and since his urine has been filled with blood, my carpets look like my house has been the scene of a murder. His favorite location has been my bedroom closet, so I decided to plug the diffuser into the outlet closest to my closet.

Did It Work?
The box says that you might see results in as little as 7 days, but the insert in the packaging says that you need to allow 4 weeks to see improved behavior and that you should use for 90 days "to fully imprint behavior changes." 

We've been using the diffuser for 11 days right now. We've seen some improvement. Before plugging in the diffuser, I was cleaning 15 different spots in my closet with our SpotBot every. single. night. Since plugging in the diffuser, Soth has not urinated in the closet. He has, however, urinated directly under the diffuser and he has started urinating in the hallway right outside of the bedroom instead. So, the diffuser has not stopped the inappropriate urination, but it has changed the locations of the urination. Maybe with multiple diffusers around the house, we'd see better results. 

The insert in the packaging says the diffuser treats 500-650 sq. ft., which is about half of my house, but I don't know how walls and doorways affect that. I assume that the areas outside of the bedroom would need their own diffuser even if they are on the same level of the house. 

Soth has been camping out in front of the diffuser on a regular basis, so I think he does like the diffuser and it does seem to provide him some comfort even if it hasn't solved our problems.

Would I recommend it?
I don't know. I wouldn't not recommend it. It can't hurt to try the diffuser. It might work for some cats who really are just urinating or scratching for behavioral reasons, but I feel like urinating outside of the litter box is often a sign of bigger health issues, so I wouldn't use a Feliway diffuser in place of going to the vet. If your cat is urinating outside of his litter box on a regular basis, your cat needs to go to the vet. While it might just be a sign of stress or behavioral issues, urinating outside of the litter box can be a sign of pain or of illness. Two days ago, Soth was just diagnosed with a large mineral mass in his bladder, which Feliway isn't going to fix. It might help him feel more comfortable and relaxed while he's in pain, but medical intervention is the only thing that's going to solve the problem. 

Using Feliway won't hurt anything (except maybe your wallet), but it's not a miracle cure. Soth is having surgery in a little over a week and he'll be confined to one room while he recovers. I'll definitely be relocating our current diffuser to that room while he's recovering and I am considering buying a second diffuser kit so we can have one on each level of the house to try to keep his stress levels from escalating. We haven't had evidence that Feliway doesn't work, but I think it's something that should probably be used alongside other treatments recommended by your vet. 

Disclaimer: We were given one Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser kit in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

We are the Champions

Last weekend, Barley and I competed in our second C-WAGS scent trial. In June, she'd earned the first two legs towards her level one title. We'd thought about traveling a little farther from home to work on the last two legs, but summer got away from us before that happened.

Then we heard that the location we'd competed in before was hosting another trial. I sent in our registration form as soon as the registration opened and had grand plans to spend time training even more than we had before.

Before we knew it, though, it was the week before the trial and I couldn't remember the last time we'd trained. Over the summer, I'd left our boxes set up in the library so we could go in and train easily any time we had a few minutes. But that door doesn't latch, so Soth can open it on his own and with his recent health issues, he's been peeing on any box that's sitting on the floor. While training Barley to detect the scent of cat urine would be very helpful in cleaning my carpets, it isn't very productive for competing in a scent trial. Every time we trained, we'd have to pick up the boxes and put them somewhere Soth-proof, which meant training wasn't the quick activity it had been.

We did manage to do a lot of this. 

The week before the trial, we got in several training sessions and Barley was finding the scents in just under a minute. In C-WAGS Level 1, you have two minutes to correctly identify the scent, so that was encouraging.

On the morning of the trial, we got up early, ate breakfast, and left the house by 7:00 a.m. When I turned on the car, my tire pressure light was on and I was sure the day was going to be a disaster. We detoured to the gas station to refill my tire and then got on the road about 15 minutes later than planned.

Luckily, we still got there with over 30 minutes to spare before the briefing from the judges and we were one of the first teams to arrive. Since we'd done this before, I was less anxious and had our game plan for setting up. Bar stayed in the car while I went in to check in and set up our crate. Sine I knew the set up of lining up for our turn, I got a prime spot near the back door so we could sneak out the back, walk around the building for a pre-sniffing potty break, and then pop in the front door right next to the entrance to the course. We had plenty of space from all of the other dogs, so we stayed nice and relaxed the whole morning.

Last time, it took about 45 minutes before our turn came up and it took about an hour to get through all of the teams in the first round. This time, our turn was up in about 20 minutes and the whole round was done in about 35 minutes. The dogs were flying through the course!

In Barley's first round, she earned her third leg towards her title with a time of 0:23:19. We had one fault (and you get one) because I alerted too soon. Barley wasn't showing much interest in most of the boxes we went by, so when she actually sniffed one for more than millisecond, I jumped the gun and alerted even though she looked at me and she doesn't look at me when she knows she's got it. We were close to the box that did have the scent, though, so it didn't take long after our false alert before we found the scent. (And they had someone who was on the course just to take video for us if we wanted, so of course, I handed over my phone and got some videos!)


In the second round, we took a little longer. I tried not to get overly excited when Barley showed interest in something. She sniffed the first couple boxes, but she wasn't letting me know she was certain, so we walked around more of the course and she showed no interest in any of those boxes. Barley is excellent  at identifying the general area of a scent, so I knew we needed to go back to the area we'd started in. She was more interested in one of the boxes, so I alerted again--and it was another false alert, but we got it on our next try and earned our final leg of our title in 0:57:09.


During the awards ceremony, we got a ribbon for each of our qualifying rounds and we got a fancy ribbon for our Level 1 Title. We weren't the fastest teams--one team in round two found the scent in under 6 seconds!!! But Barley had more fun this time and was so much more focused. Last time, she was distracted and a little anxious. Even though we had two qualifying rounds in June, we weren't as connected and we were given the 30-second warning in round 1 and were just a few seconds away from it in round 2.

Going into this trial, I had almost made up my mind that we were going to do this trial and then end our competition days. Barley hadn't really seemed like she had fun in June. She'd worked for me, she'd been successful, but she didn't seem like she really wanted to be doing this. This time, though, Barley loved it. She was so excited when we pulled into the parking lot (and she's only been to this location once--for the first trial). When we walked around the parking lot before getting in the crate, she pranced. After her first round, she grabbed her leash and gave it a playful shake as soon as we got outside. She was calm in her crate and sat nicely beside me while we talked to other competitors outside.

We got to see a couple teams we'd seen in June and we celebrated their successes this time! It was such a friendly, encouraging environment and I never worried about Barley reacting because everyone was so good at keeping their distance from other dogs. We'll probably stick to this venue, but I think we will move on to Level 2 and see what happens when the course gets a little more difficult.

We celebrated our success with a hike at a park we don't get to often enough and Barley was just beaming the whole walk.

We're looking forward to upping the challenge in our training to meet the level 2 requirements. We aren't sure when there will be another trial near us, but we're going to be ready for it when it comes!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Like Cats and Dogs

This week, my Facebook memories reminded me that two years ago I'd shared a video about a cheetah who'd been hand raised after it wasn't thriving with its mother in the zoo and the caretakers got it a lab puppy to be a friend and help it be confident. The two little critters romped and played and snuggled together. Little did I know that a little over a year after sharing that video, I'd have a similar friendship in my own house.

When I decided to get Rye, I didn't worry too much about Soth. Soth has made it clear that he rules the house. He's not afraid of Barley. He's not afraid of my parents' dog, my sister's dog, or my brother's dog and doesn't hesitate to put them in their places if they upset him. Foster Pup Sal was terrified of Soth--sometimes even refusing to come back inside if Soth was sitting in the doorway. 

There was a cat in the kennel right next to Rye with only a few inches between them at the shelter and Rye paid no attention to him, so I wasn't worried about her being aggressive towards Soth. I just didn't think about Soth much at all in the decision. Most of my thoughts were on Barley and whether she'd let me keep Rye. That journey was stressful and fantastic and heartwarming.

What's happened with Rye and Soth, though, has been beautiful.

Almost every night, they go up to bed before I am ready to go up and they wait at the top of the stairs for me. Usually, as I climb the stairs, Soth rubs against Rye or sniffs her toes. Then I get out the camera because they're so ridiculously cute that I can hardly stand it.

Eventually, they both flop down and give me that "I can't believe you're taking pictures" look until I decide I've gotten enough and we all go up to bed.

Soth was Rye's first friend since she wasn't loose with Barley for almost two months when I brought her home. They have played together--chasing each other up and down the stairs, play swatting each other, stealing each other's toys--since day one. They watch squirrels and birds together from the back storm door. But my very favorite moments are these peaceful ones at the end of the day when I can see just how comfortable they really are with each other.

Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Deal with Selective Hearing in Dogs

This month, we chose the topic what do you do when your dogs won't listen to you for the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. There are plenty of days when it feels like both my dogs are deaf--until they hear the word snack. That can be one of the most frustrating parts of living with two insanely smart dogs because they'll find their own entertainment and not think twice about what I'm asking of them. Thankfully, we've had some great trainers who have given us some tricks to turn to when it feels like I'm talking to myself.

"Speak" More Clearly
Most of our training has been reactive dog training, especially reaction to distractions. We've used the "what's that?" command for years to get Barley's attention when we've seen other dogs. Rye has used this command for dogs, squirrels, and even leaves floating by. Barley got years of solo walks and practice using "what's that?" but Rye hasn't had as much practice with it. Sometimes when I say "what's that?" it's like she can't even hear me. 

Dog's don't just listen to what we say, though. They pay attention to our motion. Most of the time, when Barley misses something in agility it's because my body isn't telling her what my words are telling her. I have to reevaluate where my feet are pointing, what my arm was doing, whether we kept eye contact and see what I was actually telling her to do. When Rye is locked onto a squirrel, she needs me to find new ways to communicate with her because the squirrel will always be more interesting than I am when I am just speaking to her. Sometimes she needs a reminder that I can be more exciting than a squirrel--so I stick a snack right in front of her nose and turn her head back towards to me. Once I've gotten her attention, she has an easier time focusing on what I'm asking her to do. 

Evaluate Your Commands
This is something that I've just started doing--thanks to our wonderful blog hop regular Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes. In many of her training posts, she's talked about the words that we use to ask our dogs for behaviors--and sometimes we use them for multiple behaviors, which just confuses our dogs. 

She also might listen better if I didn't stop to take pictures before telling her to get off things.

Rye likes to put things she shouldn't into her mouth, so pretty much every horizontal surface that's higher than her head has things piled on top of it. Rye is determined, though, so she regularly puts her paws up on the counters or on the bookshelves or on the buffet. Recently, I realized that every time she did this, I said, "down." But to Rye, "down" means put your belly on the ground and that's not actually the behavior I wanted--all I wanted was for her to get her feet off the furniture and quit trying to snatch things I'd taken away from her. Rye knew I didn't really want a down because I wasn't using the right tone of voice or adding in our hand signal--so she ignored me. After reading one of Pamela's posts, I realized that I was using the wrong word. I've started to really think about what words I'm using and most of the time, if I use the word "off" instead, she hops back down. Sometimes I still use the wrong word and sometimes there's something up high that she wants more than she cares about listening to my commands, but we have much more success when I use the right words.

Up the Rewards
Sometimes the girls don't listen because there are too many distractions. When our agility gym relocated it to a building with lots of windows, Barley would get distracted by her reflection in the window or headlights coming in from the parking lot. She wanted to listen to me, but there wasn't enough inherent value in listening to me. For Rye, agility is self-rewarding, so the act of jumping or going over the contact equipment is good enough for her whether or not she gets a treat. Barley likes agility, but she expects me to pay her for working with me and if she doesn't feel like she's getting paid enough, she'll find something else to do. When she'd start to get distracted, I'd have to up the rewards. Instead of just praising her throughout the course and giving her treats at the end, she needed treats after every few jumps to keep her interested in our activity. 

Redirect but Don't Repeat
It took me ages to learn not to continually repeat my commands. I'm not good with waiting--even in the classroom, if I ask my students a question and don't get an answer immediately, I get nervous and feel like I have to say something. Sometimes it's good to let students--and dogs--think through what's being asked of them and give them a chance to respond on their own. Other times, though, they just don't know what you want. If you repeat the command over and over again, though, your dog learns that they don't have to do what you've asked until the second or third or fourth or fifth time you say it. 

Never fail to appreciate a dog who does listen more often than not.

We've been working on this with recall in class with Rye. Sometimes, she wants to go exploring because Barley and her extra treats are at the far end of the room and she'd like to check in with her sister and maybe grab a mouthful of treats out of our bag before she gets back to work. Our trainer lets me call her once--loudly enough that she can hear me--and if she doesn't come right away, I run to the other end of the room and it never fails that she turns and runs full speed ahead and skids to a stop at my feet (we're working on skidding into a down because sometimes she doesn't stop until she slams into me). If I go after her to grab her collar and bring her back onto the course, she sees it as a game of chase and she's going to run from me. If I stand still and just keep calling her, she's learning that she can ignore me when I ask her to come. When we redirect to her chasing me, she's doing exactly what I want her to do. We do similar things if I ask for a sit and don't get one immediately--we might take a few steps forward and then circle back around to where I'd originally asked for a sit so that we can get a do-over. Other times, the dogs are just so overwhelmed that we just redirect to something they can do, usually a hand touch, for a bit of a reset and then we try again.

There are some things I will never be able to compete with: the dino dogs next door, the trash can, the cat food, and the litter box to name a few. In those cases, the only thing I can do is to remove the thing from the equation altogether. If Rye won't stay out of the trash, I either take it out or put her on the other side of the fence. If Barley won't leave the dino dogs alone, I put her back in the house. When Rye runs to get into our agility bag and grab a mouthful of treats, I hang the bag up on the coat hooks on the wall. I want my dogs to be successful, so sometimes removing the distraction or removing my dogs from the area is the best way to make that happen. 

And other times, you have to just accept that your dog is legitimately insane.

There are still days when I have meltdowns and wonder why my dogs aren't listening to me and some days I fail to use these techniques, but I try to keep them in the back of my mind and avoid getting frustrated.

Be sure to check out all of the other great blogs joining us for the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, including our co-hosts Wag 'n Woof Pets and Tenacious Little Terrier. The hop starts the first Monday of each month and runs all week. Our theme this month is what to do when your dog isn't listening, but we welcome any positive training posts.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Perfect Form for Perfect Dogs

I've been a fan of The Honest Kitchen products for years. Barley loves their catfish skin Beams and Foster Pup Sal had meals supplemented with Honest Kitchen food that was gentle on his bad teeth. We've also used the Goat's Milk Probiotics for years. gave us the opportunity to try out the Honest Kitchen Perfect Form herbal gastrointestinal supplement.  Since we already love the company, we were excited to have a chance to try out another one of their products. 

According to the label, Perfect Form is good for "reducing occasional loose stools due to environmental stress, dietary indiscression [sic], or the transition to a new diet." Aside from the typo, this sounded like something that could be good for us--long time readers know that Barley is an expert at having dietary indiscretions. We occasionally have loose stools after too many treats in agility class, too, so having another option for firming things up makes walking much more pleasant.

The directions were easy to follow: you read the weight guidelines and mix equal parts Perfect Form and water and give to your pets twice a day. The directions say to mix until you've created a gel or paste, but it seemed more like mud than a gel when it was all mixed up. 

Despite my reservations about the looks, the girls were eager to dig into the mixture. The packaging suggested adding the supplement directly to the pet's food, but during the week, I never have time to do anything extra then and I often forget to add things like that to dinner. We decided to put a little of the mixture into the girls' Kongs instead. 

The Kong is the first toy Barley learned to identify by name and when I asked her to go get her Kong, she was thrilled. Barley's excitement is contagious, so Rye was bubbling with excitement, too. 

The girls had trouble waiting to take pictures of their new snack, which is a sign that it must be appealing.

Perfect Form was a big hit with the girls. I don't know that I've seen any real difference in them since we've been using it, but that could just be because the girls tend to be pretty healthy anyway and Barley hasn't had any of her adventures in eating things she shouldn't lately. I also haven't given this to the girls consistently because life has been a little hectic and the process of measuring and mixing and administering has just not been something I've felt up to doing regularly, though. We've had great results with Honest Kitchen products in the past, so I don't have any reason to doubt this one.

While this isn't a product that we'll use all the time, it's definitely one we'll give a try if either of the girls are having digestive issues--and it also works for cats, so if Soth's current regimen stops working for him, I might see if he'll be willing to dig into this, too.

Disclaimer: We were given a container of The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Satisfying Hunger with Crave Cat Food

When we got to choose our Influencer products for September, Soth still wasn't eating regularly, so I jumped at the chance to try a new type of pate cat food. We'd seen Crave foods in the store before and Chewy has even more flavors available. We chose the turkey and duck pate because turkey is one flavor of food that Soth is most likely to eat. 

Crave comes in split containers with 1.32 oz. of food on each side. You can break the container in half so you have two small containers. 

Soth was definitely interested in the turkey and duck pate. As soon as I pulled out one of the meals, he hopped up by his food dish. 

Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for our review, by the time our Crave sample had arrived, Soth's health had stabilized a bit. Since he was eating regularly again and he was finally keeping food down, I didn't want to change his diet by introducing Crave.

Crave is a food I would definitely be comfortable feeding Soth, though. The first ingredient is turkey and the other ingredients at the top of the list include chicken liver, chicken heart, duck, and various broths. 

I have a few minor issues with Crave, but nothing that would keep me from feeding it to Soth if he decided to boycott his current food. First, the meals are slightly smaller than all of the other small cans of food we've tried, which are all 3-oz.; at a total of 2.6-oz., we'd need more cans than usual to get his normal amount of food. My other issue is the container design. Soth only eats little bits of wet food at a time, so we'll split a 3-oz. can into 5 or 6 little meals throughout the day, which means we'd split up half of a Crave container into 3 little meals. Unfortunately, since the container isn't a normally shaped can, we can't use our regular lids to keep it fresh when it's in the fridge waiting for the next meal. 

We're going to hold onto a few of the containers in case Soth decides he's not interested in his current food, but we'll be donating most of them to the shelter since they have a lot of cats that are in need of a good meal. 

Disclaimer: We were given one case of Crave Turkey and Duck Pate in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

It's been almost a month since my last Soth update and I'm happy to report that things are looking up for him. Over the last month, we've had some ups and we've had some more downs, but things seem to have leveled off to a new normal and we're trying to embrace that.

When I wrote the last update, I'd finally found some foods that he would eat since he'd started boycotting the prescription food all together. Then he started vomiting again. Every day. He'd gobble up the food and then very soon after it would be all over my carpet--and let me tell you, when a cat is eating almost exclusively wet food, that is not easy to get out of the carpet. I was using the spotbot daily and the puddles would be so big that I'd have to refill the spotbot twice just to get the whole thing. While I was spotbotting the vomit, he'd go pee out the carpet in three more places, so I was spending more time spotbotting than I was spending at my actual job! 

I thought back to the last time he'd been eating consistently and keeping it down and it was back in April before his yearly check up. In April, we switched his food from one prescription food that he'd been on since 2011 to a new formula that also addresses stress, a common cause of FLUTD. We slowly transitioned to the new food and he really enjoyed it and we did see some positive changes. By August, though, he'd quit eating that food altogether.

We tried some non-prescription food that I picked up at the grocery store and he started eating that and after almost a month of not eating at all, I was thrilled he was eating again. Then he started vomiting after that, too. (Of course, it was after I'd ordered two cases of different flavors on Chewy--thankfully, Chewy is the best and they refunded me for the food and told me to donate it!). 

I made the decision to go back to his old diet. I ordered his old prescription dry food (he never did like the wet food) and we went back to the Purina Pro Plan pate foods he'd been eating for years with that prescription food. I also bought some Purina FortiFlora, which my sister gives her older dog when he has tummy troubles. Soth's been getting a package of that sprinkled on his food every day. I am happy to report that we have gone 12 days without vomit! 

Soth's still peeing outside of his box, but he's also going inside his box and producing much larger amounts of urine at once. Before, I could hardly scoop the litter box because the clumps were so small that they'd just slip through the scoop, but that's not the case now. There's also still blood in his urine, but it's not the bright red that it had been, so there's less blood every day.

After my last update, he started hiding more and while he wouldn't get up and leave if I sat down and pet him, he was not spending any time out with the rest of us. He also wasn't grooming himself and I kept finding crunchy clumps of hair by his tail--which grossed me out and broke my heart at the same time.

I spent one weekend thinking and was going to call the vet to see if we could schedule the bladder flushing surgery, but by Monday, he'd had so much improvement that I didn't make the call. 

Soth has resumed grooming himself and no longer has weird crunchy spots. He's eating a scoop of dry food and two cans of food a day (plus his FortiFlora probiotic). 

He's spending time snuggled up in the bed with me when I'm reading. He's started sleeping in the bed again at night (and of course, snuggling with sweet potato Rye). He's even napping in sun puddles again.

Waking up and seeing this on either side of my feet warmed my heart.

Soth's face doesn't convey how good this book is. Go pick up a copy.

He'd lost about a pound since his early-August appointment, but for the last couple weeks, he's been maintaining his weight.

I still panicked when I saw how skinny he looked in this picture!

I'm still adding litter boxes in various places around the house to encourage him not use my carpets, but that's still a struggle every day. Other than that, I'm so happy with where we're at right now. We'd gotten to the point where I was afraid I was going to lose him or have to make a decision that I'm not ready to make. Those aren't thoughts that are on my mind anymore.

I don't regret changing Soth's diet in April. He had been having longer episodes than usual and we had already struck out with using other anti-stress remedies, so I was open to trying another one and for a little while, it did work for him. But I'd gotten my hopes up so much after reading reviews on Chewy and hearing our vet tech rave about the difference this food made. So, I had almost convinced myself that we'd switch to this food and one day we'd wake up and he'd be a totally normal cat with no urinary issues. This was a good reminder for me that sometimes we should just stick with what's working, though.