Re: Royal Canin "Urinary SO" cat food
I'll bet with a bit of research you could find a more affordable replacement that would be healthier, ingredient wise, for your kitty. Our vet recommended that stuff for one of our boys when he had a UTI and he wouldn't touch it...but he wasn't on wet food at the time and is very picky, so that wasn't necessarily a reflection of the food. I did buy one bag of the dry RC urinary SO on the vet's recommendation and my boys ate it, but since it was almost $50 a bag I switched to Nutram urinary dry male food. They're now on a 99.9% wet diet so I'm not as worried about a particular diet for them.
I got off topic there...sorry! I don't know much about the RC SO brand but I wonder if there's a reason that vets suggest it (beyond profit) - does it have a particular acidity, ph balance, etc. I would call around to some different vets and make some inquiries. It's one thing for them to suggest that your cat be on a particular food, but to then charge you for an appointment and prescription as well...that seems shady, quite frankly, especially when I'm sure they're charging a premium for the food. I do know that RC doesn't have the quality ingredients of some of the premium foods out there (i.e. Natural Balance, Wellness, Innova) and while they aren't cheap, I do think they'd be more cost effective than an over priced vet brand. You might want to call some local pet stores, if you have them (not Petsmart type places) and see what they suggest as well - I've found the smaller stores around here tend to have more knowledgable employees who have made some valid suggestions for my boys in the past. Good luck!