Urine acidification

Freezing Point: Using Acidifiers in Cold Weather

When using acidifiers in cat food formulations, sufficient concentrations must be used to effectively lower urine pH. While actual urine pH testing is the only way to determine the exact amount of acidifier required in a given diet, general guidelines recommend an average addition rate of 0.8%, with ranges from 0.5 to 1.0% based on meat/grain levels. Two common acidifiers, SBS Pet™ and 85% phosphoric acid, can be substituted at the rate of 1 kg SBS Pet™ per 1 kg of 85% phosphoric acid. That is where the similarities between these two products ends One of several issues associated with… Read More


SBS Pet™ in Cat Food: How Much is Enough?

Sodium bisulfate is used in extruded cat food to lower the urine pH of a cat, which helps reduce the risk of urinary tract disease. To be effective, urine pH must reach levels of 6.0 to 6.5. How much SBS Pet™ is needed to reach those levels? It depends on the amount of grain in the pet food—higher grain percentage in the diet will lead to higher urine pH in the cat. The general recommended addition rate of SBS in a cat diet for urine acidification is 0.8%. If the formulation contains a higher-than-average concentration of meat, the addition rate… Read More


Inorganic Mineral Acids Aid in Fight Against Urinary Tract Disease

Leverage Inorganic Mineral Acids as Value-Added Ingredient to Address Feline Urinary Tract Disease In 2016, urinary tract-related conditions ranked as the most common illness among pet cats in the US, with more than 4,700 insurance claims at an average cost of $441 per cat according to a top pet insurance company. The popularity of pet food and treats with natural ingredients combined with a growing interest in preventative care is creating new opportunities for pet food manufacturers. Given that the percentage of US households with pets increased from 56 to 68 percent in the last 20 years, with more than… Read More


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