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Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)

 
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Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
I first noticed my cat using the literbox on a frequent basis about a month ago. I took her to a vet about 3 days after that and the vet gave an antibiotic shot and said that usually gets it fixed. Problem remained 4 days later so I bought a 14 day regime of antibiotic pills. Cat seemed to eat the pill parts with little resistance. Problem returned 5 days later with a similar intensity as before. Vet said the next thing he can do is take her overnight to get ultrasound scanned for kidney stones and treated for them with an IV and a catheter. The starting price is $400. I didn't want to spend that much money and subject my cat to a procedure that might not even work leaving me with a lot less money and a dead friend.

I did a couple days of research and some local shopping when I found some answers. I figure she was getting reinfected with her litter box so I provided a new one and fresh litter. I tried a new liter called pine which is made of hammer mill pressed pine sawdust. Never seen such a quick disgust reaction from the cat. Had my hopes up but the next morning I tossed it and put regular clumping liter in it. At the same time I replaced her water with distilled over my tap as my tap water has a ph of 8.5 right out of the faucet.

I wanted to try a cranberry extract medicine for the cat as it is purported to be safe and I got over a UTI once with cranberry juice. I was fortunate enough to find cranberry extract chews for cats at my local Meijer for a reasonable cost. My liked the smell and taste but would not chew it up and eat it. I tried breaking it up in pieces and shoving it down her snout like I had to do with the antibiotics. But that failed. So I took a couple of the chews and crushed them with a meat tenderizer and mixed with some new dry food that is marketed for urinary tract maintenance. I noticed that the wet cat food isle was nearly completely empty at both Kroger and Meijer.

So it was:
litter
chews
water
food

that finally broke the FLUTD

The cure cost $35

I paid $121 in vet fees. I cannot be sure my success will last or if it is endangering my cat in anyway. So do your own research. But I think there is hope for cat UTIs that are financially out of reach for cat owners like myself.

I'll be back here to update if FLUTD returns to my cat or she dies from her new food and distilled water.

Last Edited by Cornfox on 09/22/2021 05:03 PM
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
I first noticed my cat using the literbox on a frequent basis about a month ago. I took her to a vet about 3 days after that and the vet gave an antibiotic shot and said that usually gets it fixed. Problem remained 4 days later so I bought a 14 day regime of antibiotic pills. Cat seemed to eat the pill parts with little resistance. Problem returned 5 days later with a similar intensity as before. Vet said the next thing he can do is take her overnight to get ultrasound scanned for kidney stones and treated for them with an IV and a catheter. The starting price is $400. I didn't want to spend that much money and subject my cat to a procedure that might not even work leaving me with a lot less money and a dead friend.

I did a couple days of research and some local shopping when I found some answers. I figure she was getting reinfected with her litter box so I provided a new one and fresh litter. I tried a new liter called pine which is made of hammer mill pressed pine sawdust. Never seen such a quick disgust reaction from the cat. Had my hopes up but the next morning I tossed it and put regular clumping liter in it. At the same time I replaced her water with distilled over my tap as my tap water has a ph of 8.5 right out of the faucet.

I wanted to try a cranberry extract medicine for the cat as it is purported to be safe and I got over a UTI once with cranberry juice. I was fortunate enough to find cranberry extract chews for cats at my local Meijer for a reasonable cost. My liked the smell and taste but would not chew it up and eat it. I tried breaking it up in pieces and shoving it down her snout like I had to do with the antibiotics. But that failed. So I took a couple of the chews and crushed them with a meat tenderizer and mixed with some new dry food that is marketed for urinary tract maintenance. I noticed that the wet cat food isle was nearly completely empty at both Kroger and Meijer.

So it was:
litter
chews
water
food

that finally broke the FLUTD

The cure cost $35

I paid $121 in vet fees. I cannot be sure my success will last or if it is endangering my cat in anyway. So do your own research. But I think there is hope for cat UTIs that are financially out of reach for cat owners like myself.

I'll be back here to update if FLUTD returns to my cat or she dies from her new food and distilled water.
 Quoting: Cornfox



There is UTI wet food for cats that combined with the cranberry chews saved my cat’s life. It was all she would eat for years. Dry UTI good too to alternate. Good luck with your kitty!!
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
There truly is something GOOD in cranberries.

UTI's and also mouth ulcers.
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
Kitty has really fully recovered. cool2
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
Often lysine works.

There's a non digestible sugar in cranberries that keeps bacteria from sticking. D- mannose

I don't know if cats can take the purified form or not though.
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
Often lysine works.

There's a non digestible sugar in cranberries that keeps bacteria from sticking. D- mannose

I don't know if cats can take the purified form or not though.
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D-mannose and Cranberys are both listed ingredients in DIY cat UTI remedies I've seen online. Good to know about D-mannose. Thank you.
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Yup. Give your kitty d-mannose.
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Often lysine works.
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I looked at the label of the cranberry chews I got from Meijer for cats and one of the ingredients was L-Lysine.
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
wormwood is also good if you mix a little in the food
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that's good info, very helpful, op. happy your cat is cured. thanks for sharing with others.
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that's good info, very helpful, op. happy your cat is cured. thanks for sharing with others.
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hf
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Re: Curing my cat of a FLUTD (UTI urinary tract infection)
D-Mannose must be very powerful because cranberries are only 0.04% D-Mannose per dry weight. I think D-Mannose is a little like acetylsalicylic acid found in willow bark. The willow bark (cranberries) has no real affect on relieving pain it is only the active acetylsalicylic acid (D-Mannose) in it that makes it work.

There seems to be a lot of recent interest in it as an alternative to antibiotics. It does seem to be very powerful for that.

It is also considerably more expensive than other kinds of purified sugars.





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