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Natural Cystitis Remedies for Cats

Last Modified on Mar 23, 2015

Cranberry Juice, Lemon   3  0   

Posted by Kimi (Alpine, Ca, Usa) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  Cat Cystitis:

Hi! A sure-fire remedy for cat cystitis is unsweetened cranberry juice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice & water. 1 cup cranberry (unsweetened!!), 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice & one third cup water. I administered 1tsp. doses by syringe every half hour and Daisy-Mae was cured within 6 hours after battling cystitis for months!!! YEAH! She would allow the syringe "feedings" because she knew it was giving her almost instant relief. I had tried everything... ACV, antibiotics, etc. This recipe worked like a charm and it is all natural! Love it.


Replied by Panda's Humans
Seattle, Washington, Usa
[YEA]   We are so thankful for this website and for Kimi's post! On Saturday, 04 September, we noticed that our 2 year old cat, Panda was struggling to urinate. It was after hours, so we called an emergency clinic to ask for suggestions. All they told us was to bring her in. The following Sunday morning, I had my daughter go on-line to seek out natural remedies. She came across this site and Kimi's post. We made a mixture of water, lemon juice and cranberry powder from capsules. We administered 1 teaspoon every half hour for six hours. Oh my goodness, within hours, Panda was looking better, by the end of the six hours, she had urinated with zero struggle and was playing like her usual self. Thank you so much!
Replied by Miss Moo
Cookeville, Tennessee U.s.a
[YEA]   My cat, Miss Moo (a 12 year-old Rumpy Cymric Manx), had been peeing blood and not using her litter box... And was using my kitchen floor as a new "pee spot. " When she urinated, she strained and there was very little urine. I tried the ACV with no luck in her, but ACV did help my male cat with gastrointestinal problems.

I used the fresh lemon juice and sugarless cranberry juice recipe you posted. I dosed kitty every 30 minutes for six entire hours. She was NOT happy about getting this. After 3 hours, she seemed stronger as she started to fight the doses. It's always been very hard to give her a pill or anything oral because she spits it out the sides of her mouth.

Anyhow, I placed some newspaper with a white paper towel on it in her pee spot so I could see the color of her urine. I woke this morning to see a LOT of urine. It was completely CLEAR! After trying antibiotic after antibiotic, ACV, and going CRAZY cleaning up pee and trying to help her as we couldn't afford to go to a vet because I live on a fixed income. This INDEED worked!!! I am VERY thankful to you for this recipe and posting the information on here! Bless you!

I placed a small litter box with her usual litter in her pee spot and am hoping that she will use that. This morning, after placing the small litter box there, she went to her usual litter box and peed. A blood-free, clear and a healthy amount came out with no straining or pain.

Again, thank you SO much! If ACV doesn't work for some... Please try this!!!

Replied by Brittany
Just wondering if it has to be fresh lemon juice and if the bottled one is ok. Also wondering if the cranberry pills are ok?
Replied by Gena
Pasadena, California
From what I have been reading on this site, Apple Cider Vinegar is the best remedy for cats with cystitis. You can dilute it and add it to the scruff on their necks and let them absorb it that way. I don't know about the other remedies you mention for cats, sorry.
Replied by Ellen
, Glennville, Ga,
Can anyone send me the recipe for cystitus in cats (cranberry juice & lemon)?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Ellen!

The remedy posted to EC is this one:

1 cup cranberry juice (unsweetened!! )

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

one third cup water

The original poster administered 1tsp. doses by syringe every half hour for 6 hours and her cat's issued was resolved.

See the original post here:

D-Mannose   1  0   

Posted by Julie (Crystal River, Fl) on 09/07/2010

[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.

Replied by Tina
Tx/united States
Did you mix in food or with water?

Dietary Changes   1  0   

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
Mpls., Mn
Hey Anncosp59!

Thank you for posting this! I looked at the ingredients of the diet you mentioned - this is what I found: "Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Wheat Gluten, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, ...."

I got a puppy at 9 weeks who was fed a similar grain based/corn diet and she too had a UTI. I changed the diet to one without grains and no problems since.

Grain based diets are no good for our pets! So glad your instinct to cut out the grain diet proved the right move to make your kitty healthy!


Food With Cranberry   1  0   

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
Chelsea, Mi
What food was it?
Replied by Heather
It's better if you mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with the drinking water. It's also good for chickens.

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Posted 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
Dallas, Texas
Increase water, diet can or raw food , can food contains 70 % water, dry food 10%. When my cat would developed cystistis, I found that friskies cat food (salmon or white fish which contain low in magnesium cure her. Try to give her purified water it flush out the bacteria thru the urine and help purify the cats inside.

Try herbal remedies according to the Natural pet urniary Health website. The herbs (cantharis) and the herb Staphysagris) can bring relief from the infection. Available in supplements and other herbal concoction in health food stores.

No dry food for now. Good luck , my cat lived 24 years.

Grain-Free Diet   1  0   

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.


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