Re: [FH] cranberry and urinary tract infections?
- Hi Tanya,
In a message dated 11/2/05 10:44:49 PM, elderta_2001@... writes:
<< I'm in the process of
changing Zanzibar's food from MaxCat to something better, like
PetGuard or Wellness. >>
Excellent. Good for you for taking nutrition seriously.
<< But I read earlier that Welness has cranberries
in it and that can lead to urinary tract infections if a cat is prone
to them? Did I understand that correctly? >>
No, you did not. It's just the opposite. Cranberry (along with blueberry and
other members of the Vaccinium genus) contains compounds that help prevent and
inhibit bacterial infections in the urinary tract. They work by inhibiting
the bacteria's ability to adhere to the urinary tract lining's walls.
The problem referred to in the earlier post was the cranberry may (repeat:
may) acidify the urine, which, along with concentrated urine, is a risk factor
for calcium oxalate crystals in some cats (which is a separate issue from
bacterial infection). But that is a complicated issue. Whether cranberry will lower
the urinary pH is individual (in cats and humans)...and depends in part on
the concentration of certain compounds in the plant (which depends on how the
plant was raised and processed), the amt of cranberry ingested, the cat's diet,
and interaction between the compounds, the diet, and the cat. It's also
important to consider how much cranberry is in the product when evaluating its
nutritional profile. In Wellness flavors, cranberry is around ingredient #12...and
in Nature's Variety, it's around ingredient #20.
<< Zanzi's had two infections
in her lifetime, both pretty painful. Should I not feed her food with
Bacterial infections? (As opposed to struvite or cal oxalate crystals, or
sterile cystitis.) If the cat ever has another bacterial infection, cranberry
extract is an option for reducing the bacterial load.
<< She hates the vitamin paste >>
What vitamin paste?
<< She's been constipated, so I gave her some psyllium husks tonight
until I can go and buy something else. >>
Some other options incl adding a small amt of soluble plant fiber to the
canned food, something like 1/4-1/2 tsp pure pumpkin or grated zucchini or winter
squash. Another is to add about 5-10 drops as needed of pure aloe vera
inner-leaf juice (no sodium benzoate, no aloin, no emodin; see
www.lilyofthedesert.com). // Rosemary
Cranberry helps to heal urinary tract infections since it's a natural
antibiotic. It's a good thing!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tanya Elder" <elderta_2001@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:44 PM
Subject: [FH] cranberry and urinary tract infections?
> Hi folks,
> I just wanted to clarify something I read today. I'm in the process of
> changing Zanzibar's food from MaxCat to something better, like
> PetGuard or Wellness. But I read earlier that Welness has cranberries
> in it and that can lead to urinary tract infections if a cat is prone
> to them? Did I understand that correctly? Zanzi's had two infections
> in her lifetime, both pretty painful. Should I not feed her food with
> As an update, she's doing a bit better, up and walking around, jumping
> on the windowsill occasionally. I spoke to the vet and he said that he
> saw a small quantity of fluid on her lungs, but didn't want to put her
> on Lasik yet, in case it cleared up. I am going to try and take her
> for a checkup when I get paid again next week. What should I look for
> in regards to trouble when it comes to her breathing? I think might
> have already asked this question, but maybe not.
> I'm giving her fish oil in the mornings, and l-car and cq10 in the
> evenings. She hates the vitamin paste, so I've had to ixnay that.
> She's been constipated, so I gave her some psyllium husks tonight
> until I can go and buy something else. No signs of poo yet! She tried
> this morning, rather unsuccessfully, poor thing!
> Anyway, here's to well wishes for all of you and your kitties, have a
> great night, and thanks.