Miao Miao is finally better. MUCH better. If you've been struggling with your cat's UTI or cystisis and have tried everything, this is what I did to help mine.
Miao Miao rests peacefully in front of a heat lamp on a cold winter afternoon.
Please note that I am not a veterinarian and have no formal training nor education in pet nutrition. You should work with your vet to make sure that what you're doing is what's best for your cat.
Miao Miao had a urinary tract infection for three months. He was peeing everywhere and I thought he would never get better, so this is what I've been doing.
- I withheld all dry food.
- I gave him a break from chicken and fish and switched to beef (finely chopped cheap cuts). When he gets sick of beef, I give him whatever protein he is willing to eat until he'll accept the beef again. If I need him to eat the beef because I have nothing else, I will add a little powdered Parmesan cheese at a time to encourage him to eat.
- I rotated vegetables into the protein. Vegetables he likes are spinach, corn, peas, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, and lettuce. I steam/microwave all of these before giving them to him. Corn as a grain used for more than a few weeks at a time caused him to scratch and lick his stomach. Both cats actually had this problem and licked a hole in their stomachs at the same spot! They are brothers.
- I started giving him cooked egg whites and raw egg yolks mixed with tuna once a week. The cats won't eat eggs without the tuna.
- He gets 1/4 of a chicken heart and 1/2 of a chicken liver a few times a week. I don't give them hearts and liver at the same time because they will throw up.
- He gets a (affiliate link) multi-vitamin for cats with taurine and probiotics.
- I also give him 250mg of (affiliate link) glucosamine sulphate to help rebuild the bladder tissue. Not sure if it works or not.
- I also give him a (affiliate link) cranberry supplement for urine health + 10mg of vitamin C when adding vegetables to meals. (Vegetables often make his ph go up while strictly meat protein helps his ph to go down or stay within range). His ph gradually rises throughout the day, so this helps to prevent it from spiking to much. I think 20mg of vitamin C for an 11-pound cat is better, but it gives him diarrhea.
- The best medicine that I've found is 20mg/kg of Cefalexin (common antibiotic) combined with .25mg/kg of Prednisolone (anti-inflammatory).
- He got constipated when I switched his diet to cooked, but I've found that a teaspoon of rice, once a day, helps to make him more regular. I try to feed him raw when I have meat that has been frozen for over 7 days. Otherwise, I cook it to rare. I always cook pork to medium well.
- I also add 1/32 of a teaspoon of powdered egg shell for every ounce of boneless meat that I give him since his jaws are too weak to eat bones right now. It's easy to make eggshell powder yourself.
- I add at least 3 tablespoons of water to every meal. If I dilute the flavor too much, he will protest. :3
- Playtime is scheduled for fifteen minutes daily. This isn't always easy because he is lazy, but a little catnip helps to move the process along.
- I also try to make sure he has access to direct sunlight 10 minutes a day.
I hope this helps someone! Please share your stories with me in the comments below.
|My cat Teddy pulls the towel over his face to block out the light of the heat lamp.|