Dealing with cat vitamins and meds
Yesterday was National Cat Day. In my opinion, EVERY DAY should be National Cat Day. Our pets and in our case, our cats, are often the center of our worlds and they are as much a part of our family as any human. With that in mind, I’m posting some info on meds and vitamins for cat people.
Our Mhysa is having issues because of a bad spay. The vet evidently left some ovarian material in her, and we’re waiting for her to have another big heat so we can do a blood draw to see what her estrogen level is. The vet who did this wants that as ‘proof’ he screwed up. Um, as if it’s difficult to see when a female cat is in heat! And if the cat goes into heat AFTER she’s been spayed? It’s a no-brainer. However, I guess I’d rather know for sure myself before this guy who obviously makes mistakes, hacks away on my little sweetheart.
There is another side effect, though. It seems because of whatever problem that occurred during her procedure, she has some urinary issues caused, I believe, by scarring in the area. Mhysa had some problems with incontinence for a while, where she’d have to immediately stop what she was doing to pee, wherever she was. At first I assumed it was a UTI and we went with (UGH!) antibiotics, which I HATE. The symptoms stopped during the 7 day treatment and for a week thereafter, but then came back.
That’s when it dawned on me: Antibiotics cause humans to get yeast infections and the ‘feel’ of a yeast infection in women is very similar to the ‘feel’ of a UTI, creating an uncomfortable urgency. I did some research and found that this was indeed a common occurrence with kitties, so I then looked for some more natural treatments. This site had some good information: Colloidal Silver treatment for cats and for dogs
I started Mhysa on a 10 day course of Colloidal Silver, based on her weight. I have used this product for us and for our pets in the past. I have found it to be helpful if I have an issue with a tooth when I have been grinding my teeth in my sleep and make my gums sore. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. I have also used this on cuts and scrapes and burns and it heals them a lot faster than without.
Mhysa is such a great little trooper when it comes to meds, but maybe that’s because our sweet girl has had to deal with it since right after the botched surgery. I just used a syringe with the recommended amount and put in her mouth. 1cc/ml syringe In this case, she got 1/16 tsp which equates to 0.25 on the syringe. She knows I’m trying to help because she rarely fights me and handles it all very well. I don’t squirt down her throat because that causes them to choke and also, with the colloidal silver, it can be absorbed through the gums and sides of the mouth, so the benefit is a bit better if it lingers in her mouth a few seconds.
In talking with our Animal Communicator (or Cat Whisperer, if you will), Dr. Liz, she verified that we were on the right path. After about 7 days, Mhysa stopped the urgent peeing behavior and so we stopped after 10 days. In talking with Dr. Liz this week, we want to try to help her urinary tract to heal, and she recommended we mix it up to keep Mhysa’s body on the mend. We don’t want her body to become complacent and start to ignore any efforts we’re making.
So now we have started on 10 days of Crandophilous. This has cranberry for urinary tract health plus probiotics so we can re-populate her intestinal flora that was ruined by the antibiotics. After 10 days of that, we will go to a combination of Trophy Prozyme Powder for Pets and Cranactin . (The links are to Amazon. If you can find them locally, that would be great too.)
So, the trick is to get our girl to eat it. While they all recommend just sprinkling it on the food, and assume all pets will eat anything on their food, ‘they’ don’t know MY girls. They would do without food for weeks rather than eat anything on their food. So it dawned on me that I could administer the Crandolphilous in the same manner as the Colloidal Silver. AND it works and works well!
Here’s what I do: I open one capsule and empty it into a very small sauce dish. Since I feed them dehydrated raw food, I warm about half a cup of water in the microwave for 18 seconds to hydrate their food. So I first fill the entire syringe (as above) with warmed water. Then I add to the powder in the sauce dish and mix well. Let it sit for maybe 2 minutes, to allow it to become more ‘clear’ than cloudy. Then draw the mixture into the syringe and give it to Mhysa. She takes it rather well. I plan to do the same thing at the end of 10 days, with the Prozyme powder and Cranactin.
There is one more supplement I use for my girls and I’ll write more about that tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s yet another picture of my Mhysa, sitting with me when I was in the bathtub today. She loves the bathroom and like most all cats, they refuse to give any of us our privacy. After all, our lives belong to them!