Home Remedy Feline Urinary Tract Infection
I already knew D-Mannose worked in humans but it also worked very well for one of our kitties, curing his urinary tract infection. You can purchase this at most health food stores (i.e. Whole Foods will have it) in capsule or powder form.
We mixed half a teaspoon of the powder in a very small amount of milk twice a day and our kitty lapped it right up - it's sweet so they usually are interested (we all know how fun it is to give kitties meds so this is a plus!).
From what I understand, D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that when taken orally as the sugars move through the bladder any bad bacteria will adhere to the sugar and is peed out. So, it basically flushes the bacteria out of the body. I have sworn by it for my own family's use (we will never travel without it) but it's also effective for animals. Editor Comment Regarding Home Remedy Cat Urinary Tract D-Mannose
Mannose is monomer of sugar, and is classified as a member of the aldohexose series of carbohydrates. It is poorly metabolized in the gastrointestinal tract, thus it does not enter into a cats carbohydrate metabolism mechanism, thus it is excreted into feces and primarily in cat urine. Research shows that about 95 – 98% of it is excreted out and not absorbed or consumed by the body.
Mannose has been used for different purposes in veterinary medicine, such as being used as a method for detecting bacterial activity in the urinary system, for flushing toxins and bacterias and also to control some of the systemic diseases related to the metabolism and/or concentration of carbohydrates in the body.
So, it is true that Mannose can help to control
cat urinary tract problems, specifically bacterial infections. Bacteria has an affinity for carbohydrates, and thus are surely flushed out in urine, due to higher concentrations of Mannose, if it is administered orally.
Even though it is believed that Mannose has no side effects, since it is excreted out undigested, it is always better to use it in combination with other cat urinary therapies. In simple terms, if Mannose is supposed to be used as the primary active agent for controlling a bacterial population in the urinary tract, a corrector or counter agent should also be used as a precautionary measure.
For example, if the bacterial excretion is not handled properly by the body or if the urinary tract gets congested or blocked, the use of Mannose in cats could lead to a worsening of the condition by increasing the population of bacteria in the cat urinary tract. Thus, specific drugs such as antibiotics or antibacterials etc. should be administered to correct any problem that may exist.
Additionally, it should be noted that specific therapies, especially in systemic diseases, rarely succeed without a supportive therapy. Nutritional adjustments, supportive remedies, pain killers and care are some of the supportive measures in cases of cat urinary tract infections. Use of correctors and support is part of any classical prescription, which are necessary for effective and successful treatment.
We agree that Mannose can surely help in the management of feline urinary tract infections, but precautionary and supportive measures should be taken as well.
In addition to or instead of Mannose, a supportive therapy such as natural remedies can help to support cat urinary health as well. One product to consider for this purpose is UTI Free
Thank you for your suggestion on D-Mannose as a helpful home remedy for feline urinary tract health.