Is D-Mannose the Answer – Maybe
Recently I wrote about the urinary problems of my older cat and we wondered if she could survive. The most we were hoping for was to keep her from intense pain. It was a touch and go situation for a number of weeks. Everyday that she was not in and out of the litter box was a victory. We gave her d-mannose in hopes that it would relieve her discomfort. Within 10 minutes of the first dosage she settled down. I use this myself from time to time and have found that it does wonders at the start of what feels like a bladder infection. I have also found out that d-mannose relieves very quickly. I took a chance and used it on my cat. I have since read about others using it in animals and recommended it over anti-biotics as a first line of treatment in horses.
I am pleased to update you on the condition of Maggie.
She ended up passing some kidney stones which resulted in some bleeding. Pretty scary for awhile and we watched as she started to loose weight rapidly. At 14 years old Maggie our lilac point Siamese was not looking very good. Her coat had become dull and we felt she would not be around much longer.
With a few days of improvement we again slowed down the dosage and again the symptoms returned.
Our final dosage using d-mannose is about one quarter scoop in 10cc of water given twice a day.
She has had no problem in 2 weeks and is putting on weight. She is happier and much stronger than before this all started. Her coat is shiny again.
Unfortunately, nothing has changed with her vision, so we still have a cat going blind. Most of her vision has been lost, but she is getting around just fine. Not banging into stuff with her nose as much, she has learned how to navigate the house with a bit more caution.
As always, check with your veterinarian before using any remedies.