[YEA] Urinary Tract Infections - Cats
I don't know if this can be used for dogs as some sweeteners are poisonous to them. A health food store employee told me to use D- mannose for UT infections for cats at 1/8 teaspoon divided into twice a day. This has worked wonders with 10 cats. It flushes the bacteria out of their urinary tract. Big money saver.
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Anncosp59 (Colorado Springs, Co) on 02/14/2015
[YEA] My 8 year old cat kept getting recurring urinary tract infections every 2 months or so for the past year. The vet suggested testing for kidney stones and possibility surgery. Before I submitted her to the testing, I tried another approach. In the end, I found that her food was the problem.
I had been mixing her (hard cat food) Friskies with (hard cat food) Science Diet kitten food ever since she was born. I thought she loved the "richness" of the mix.
Before I submitted her to the testing and surgery, I removed the Science Diet kitten food entirely from her diet and wha-la! It's been 6 months and she has not had any more urinary tract infections! Her weight has normalized and she's as happy and healthy as ever.
So...if your cat has been getting recurring urinary tract infections...look to the food as the culprit!Replied by Theresa
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Kathy (Waterbury, Ct) on 10/04/2010
[YEA] I would like to tell of my experience so that it may help other cat owners. Mine starts with human cystitis. I suffered for 12 years with tons of doctor visits and medications, one operation and ONE CURE! Apple cider vinegar was suggested to me by my sister inlaw who is a chiropractor. But it ended up giving me heartburn after the first day. So when I called her to let her know she said that a lot of her patients tried cranberry pills, the juice usually has too much sugar. That was it for me, I tried them and have been using them since. One pill when I feel it coming on is all it has taken. I have not had to go to the doctor for cystitis in years.
I was very concerned when my big male kitty that we addopted came with the same problem as me. After spending over a thousand dollars in vet bills and special food diets from the vet's office, I decided to research what was in the foods myself. I was shocked to find that they sell cat food with cranberry in it. We switched my "pudgey" to a food that not only had cranberry but also had more meat in it. We stuck with the dry because we were concerned with his teeth being healthy. What a difference! This last food change worked. No more having to buy food at the vet. Almost all of the one's the vet suggested didn't have cranberry, so I can only assume that's what helped. Pudgey is going on 14 years now and is very healthy without cystitis any more. I worry about the ACV that people may be giving to the cats. The cat may be getting heart burn and may not be able to convey that to the owner. It is much easier to try a food with cranberry to see if it works than to syringe ACV into kitty. Thanks.Replied by Juls
08/27/2013Posted by Amy (Austin Tx) on 07/07/2013
My beloved Dante we have an unusual relationship he is capable of love he is so smart. You can imagine my concern when he started going to the litter box with little to no results. I read about cystitis in cats especially male neureured cats. Most of the stories about going to the vet seemed to the owners expensive and unsuccessful. I took my baby Dante anyway. No blood seemingly no pain but a diagnoses of cysistitis and special food and an emergecy number for when he finally does get blocked. I cried for days I can't afford thousands and like humans it's too late for insurance. Finally found this site - success!!!!! Thank You all for posting about this site. Please people post the long term effects but thank god for modern tech we are able to communicate and network broadband. I'm not discrediting vets they have as bad a rep as dentist and I love mine he is good but I got the feeling he didn't know anything else besides A low ash diet and less stress. First of all I assure you my Dante did not get cystitis from stress. He has his own bed eats from led free crystal bowl has a thousand square ft to roam. Watches TV three times a day while I slave to spoil his 17 1/2 lbs with 600 thread count sheets and down pillows he lives more luxurious than I do. So again Thank You.
EC: Hi Amy, please let us know the name of the remedy you used to treat your cat's cystitis. Thank you!Posted by Charlotte (Middx, Uk ) on 02/20/2012
My cat Beau is now suffering from cystitis again (endless jumping in and out of the box, scratching at the sides, passing small amounts of urine) and I am so upset - thanks to the tax man taking £600 off of my wages, I can't take her to the vets until next month as I can't afford to get there, the bill and then to get back. Beau is already on two forms of medication which I thought where working but sadly not. I am wondering if it may be the food that she is eating that is the issue such as supermarket brand.
This whole thing as I have said is distressing to me, I love her and I hate to think of her being ill, and I start to wonder if I have caused it. I am going to try switching her back to brand food (Whiskers, Felix) and mixing a little water in with the food. Sadly due to the tax man I can't afford anything this month beyond my train ticket and Beau's medication, the milk we have in the house is Soya as my boyfriend is a diabetic, so I was hoping that someone could suggest something else that might help.Replied by Lidia
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Susan (San Antonio , Texas ) on 03/24/2014
[YEA] I have 6 cats. One of my Males and one of my Females can not tolerate any grains in their diet. Cats are carnivores; they are meat and water animals. Some cats can do okay on minimal grain. Brown rice and barley, NO CORN, NO WHEAT, NO SOY. If these two eat any grains they urinate blood. I put them on a grain free wet food and add more water (spring water or at least filtered) to make it mashed potato consistency. They cleared up within 12 hours of changing their diet and I have not had any urinary tract problems since. The food is more expensive but a lot cheaper than the vet, my babies are very happy and I am back to sanity.