On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 05:23:21 GMT, "johnnaoleary via CatKB.com"
>Catman 07 wrote:
>>I'm wondering if any has had any experience with cranberry juice as a
>>treatment for cystitis. If so, how do you get your cat to take it?
>>Will they just slurp it up?
>Hi Catman, I'm assuming that you've had your cat to the vet and are using the
>appropriate medical treatments (antibiotics, special diet etc.). Cranberry
>was one of many things I used to cope with my kitty's recurring UTI. Once we
>got it treated and the infection went away, I began to use cranberry extract
>as a preventative measure. I didn't give him juice though. There is actually
>very little of whatever makes cranberry good for the urinary tract in
The first ingredient on the BEST cranberry juice I could find is:
WATER. So how much actually cranberry is in it is unknown. Probably as
little as the manufacturer can get away with.
>Instead of the juice, I would use a cranberry extract. It
>can be bought in any pharmacy or health food store. If you get the capsules,
>they can be opened up and the powder inside can be mixed in the cat's food.
>This is obviously easier if you're feeding wet food, which you should be if
>your cat is prone to urinary tract problems.
I've switched to canned food, and I will be trying raw food. I find it
very regrettable that there are no WARNING labels on dry cat food, and
the vets endorsement on the dry food package is ridiculous, imho.
>My cat didn't even notice it in his food. Best of luck!!
Thanks for the headsup on cranberry extract, John(?).