Factors contributing to the variation in feline urinary oxalate excretion

J.C. Dijcker, E.A. Hagen-Plantinga, H. Everts, Y. Queau, V.C. Biourge, W.H. Hendriks

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This study aimed to identify factors (season, animal, and diet) contributing to the variation in urinary oxalate (Uox) excretion rate, Uox concentration, and urine volume in healthy adult cats. A data set (1,940 observations) containing information on Uox excretion rate of 65 cats fed 252 diets (i.e., each diet was fed to a group of 6 to 8 cats), with known dietary oxalate concentrations, collected over a 6 yr period at a feline nutrition facility, were retrospectively analyzed. Data related to season, animal (i.e., age, gender, body weight, and breed), and diet (i.e., nutrient content) characteristics were subjected to stepwise multivariate regression analysis to identify factors significantly correlated to Uox excretion rate (µmol/(kg BW0.67·d)) and concentration (mmol/L) as well as urine volume (mL/(kg BW0.67·d)). Independent factors significantly (P <0.05) associated with lower Uox concentration (mmol/L) included greater ash, Ca, and Na intake and lower nitrogen-free extract, total dietary fiber, P, and oxalate intake, and a body weight
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1036
JournalJournal of Animal Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • glycolate excretion
  • dietary-protein
  • ascorbic-acid
  • calcium
  • cats
  • hydroxyproline
  • vitamin-b-6
  • fructose
  • requirement
  • absorption


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