i just took my 5 year old male cat to the vet - i've had him for 4 months and don't know his medical history. anyway, he went to the vet because he peed on the carpet and had blood in his urine. the vet did a urinalysis in-house but is also going to send it out and said there was a lot of blood in his urine, the presence of bacteria (which he was surprised about) as well as signs of struvite crystals. my cat normally eats 1/4 of a can of wellness (usually chicken or turkey) wet food 2x a day and 1/4 cup of wellness core dry food 1x a day. he always has fresh water available. the vet has suggested that he go on purina u.r. and i took a couple of cans for the next few days but don't want him on it long-term as the ingredients make me cringe. i do trust the vet but like all vets i come across he doesn't seem very well versed in cat nutrition and i want to make my own decisions on that. nimbus has been sent home with antibiotics and pain killers in the meantime - the vet is not just suggesting a food change but is looking to treat the infection.
so here's the question. i'm already feeding the cat a high quality grain-free food in both wet and dry and he's already getting a good quantity of wet food. besides stopping feeding him the wellness core dry food (which i plan to at least while he's having these urinary issues), what else can i do nutritionally to help him? i just don't get it - he's not eating fish, he's not eating a bad choice of food and his water consumption through the wet food and drinking from his water bowl seems just fine. and stress? i know that it can cause issues like this but he is the least stressed out cat i know. even the vet commented on how un-stressed he is.
should i just stick with the wellness wet food, cut out the dry, and add some sort of supplement? i hear about cranberries and know that he already gets cranberries in his wet food (maybe not enough?) - i'm stumped!