Cranberries in dog and cat food: any direct benefit
my cat was hungry this morning and all day in fact. I have stopped putting the cranberry juice in an eye dropper and inserting it in her mouth, but I am now putting the eye dropper full on the raw chicken and liver she eats. Give her a little at a time so I can get more juice into her. today she has had at least 2 teaspoons full of cranberry juice on her food. I have continued to put the magnesium oil on the inside of her ears. Three times today.
Thank you so very, very much for this educational, eye opening article! I have been buying an expensive food from Natural Grocers called Pinnacle Holistic Feline Nutrition (sounds so healthy!). It contains a number of food items in its ingredients that this article lists as ones to avoid such as Vit K3 and cranberries. Please give this article to the Cheyenne Edition for publication when they post your Cat of the Week.
Cranberry extract is beneficial for many animals, especially dogs, who tend to have actual infections of the bladder. Cranberry is thought to prevent the attachment of the E. coli bacteria to the bladder wall. Because bacteria are not present in most cases of LUTS, it may be less beneficial for cats. However, cats being cats, cranberry may still be helpful, even without any evidence of bacteria. Cranberry capsules are available at the health food store (typically in 250 mg strength which is a good once-a-day dose for cats), and are very safe to give long-term.How to Use
If you discuss the treatment with your veterinarian he or she can suggest a method that best fits your cat. A good tip is mix the pure cranberry juice into their food so the taste is disguised by tasty cat food.It’s no surprise that cats love the freshness of NOW FRESH™ dry cat food. It’s so fresh, it’s like eating off the kitchen counter (down, girl). We pack NOW FRESH™ grain free cat food full of nutritious ingredients like 100% market-fresh turkey, salmon and duck. 100% fresh Omega 3 and 6 oils from coconuts and canola. Wholesome berries, fruits and veggies such as peas, spinach, cranberries, pumpkin, blackberries, alfalfa sprouts, kelp, lentils and carrots. Yum!Yes, they are! While many beneficial people foods can be fed directly to your pet (in moderation), Cranberries don’t fall into that category. After reading about the health benefits of Cranberries for your pet, head to the following section to learn more about how to feed them to your pet.Can I give my cat Cranberry Pills?
Cranberry pills can be given to cats, although it should ideally be discussed with a veterinarian beforehand. The advantage of the pills is that do not contain as much sugar as the readily available commercial cranberry juices and they definitely contain cranberries. Pills can be crushed and fed with their meals. They work best as preventative measure for cats that have frequent urinary tract infections. Cranberry extract is also available in a powder form that is easy to mix into cat food. Both the pills and the powder extract are available in most drugstores and pharmacies.Purina Beyond Superfood Blend Barley, Egg & Cranberry Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance of adult cats.