Protect Your Cats with D-mannose
Resolve and prevent urinary disorders with this powerful supplement
April 25, 2013
Urinary tract issues are common in cats. Some disorders may be related to diet; cats who are given poor quality food or large amounts of dry kibble are more likely to develop painful and potentially dangerous crystals in the bladder. Other problems are the result of infection, or any of the conditions collectively known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).
Whatever the underlying cause, urinary problems can be serious. Affected cats experience pain, may have bloody urine and may attempt to urinate frequently without success. Male cats may develop a urinary blockage - a small plug of mucus, crystals and tiny bladder stones that clump together in the narrow urethra, cutting off urine flow. Without immediate treatment the condition is fatal.
Any cat can develop a urinary disorder but for ferals the risks are especially high because when cats are sick they hide, making it impossible to seek medical help. For feral cats, prevention is key! It may not always be possible or practical to adjust a colony's diet - many caretakers must rely on dry food because of cost, convenience, weather conditions or other concerns - but fortunately, an excellent preventative does exist - D-mannose.
As described by Dr. Michael Dym, VMD, a leading homeopathic and holistic veterinarian, "Adding D-mannose to a colony's food may offer preventative benefits for cats with underlying urinary tract issues, and may help protect males at risk for urinary tract blockages. This natural glyconutrient, which is naturally found in cranberries, binds to sites in the urinary tract where E coli bacteria attach, and therefore clears the lining of the bladder and urethra of these types of bacteria, as well as harmful substances including kidney and bladder crystals."
D-mannose can be administered preventatively for any cats who may be predisposed to urinary tract disease. It can also be used acutely, during flare-ups of urinary tract symptoms. In acute situations D-mannose can be given in dosages as high as one level teaspoon (2 grams) every hour for up to four doses. It can be easily dissolved in water or added to food. In more chronic situations dose at 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (250 to 500 mg) daily. It can be safely added to the long-term diet at this dose and is even safe to use in pregnant or nursing cats. Because it is not digested or metabolized in the cat's body, problems with toxicity associated with the use of D-mannose have not been observed.
At Neighborhood Cats we have administered D-mannose to cats with acute Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (the most common form of FLUTD) and the results have been excellent, with quick relief of all symptoms. Adding the supplement to a colony's food on a regular basis can help maintain good urinary tract health, and may prevent serious problems from developing in the first place. D-mannose is readily available at any health food store. It is relatively expensive but even dosing once a week or during times of heavy reliance on dry food will be a big help in maintaining the cats' health.
Information about D-mannose provided by Dr. Michael Dym, VMD