Urinary & bladder support for cats
Naturally nurtures and cares for the whole of your cat’s urinary system
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is painful for humans and cats alike. The aching, urgent feeling of needing to go right now and then only dribbling out a tiny bit of urine can be incredibly uncomfortable and can lead to serious medical problems if left untreated.
maxxiUtract helps you to care for your cat’s urinary health. The carefully selected active ingredients support both the urinary tract and bladder function, allowing your cat to happily carry on with their vital basic needs.
Treating UTI is important
Urinary tract infections and urinary tract stones are unfortunately common in cats.
It is important to see a Vet if you suspect your cat may be having any urinary issues. The Vet will run the necessary tests and decide on a treatment, most likely antibiotics if the diagnosis is UTI (the current standard of care for uncomplicated UTI in cats).
Antibiotics tend to be an effective way of treating urinary tract infection. However, UTI frequently recurs. Because of the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it is very important to try to prevent the recurrence of UTI in cats. maxxiUtract can help you with exactly that.
Preventing recurrence of UTI is just as important
Cats with a predisposition to UTI require continued vigilance to prevent recurrence.
The carefully chosen natural ingredients in maxxiUtract nurture and support the urinary tract tissues and have a soothing effect on the urinary tract. They also have a diuretic effect and may help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infection in cats. Last but not least they are an effective natural way of preventing UTI recurrence.
maxxiUtract is also high in antioxidants which help to neutralise free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties that aid with existing urinary tract inflammation. While healthy urination helps with bladder control and incontinence.
Optimum support for your cat’s urinary tract and bladder health
Urinary health is about much more than just UTI. There are many problems that can affect a cat’s lower urinary system. Incontinence, bladder stones or crystals in the urine, bacterial infections, trauma or even obstruction of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside of the body, can occur (WebMD).
maxxiUtract cares for your cat’s urinary, bladder and kidney health by supporting and strengthening the whole of the urinary system. Which can help your cat to recover more quickly from many urinary and bladder health issues.
We have all been there, stopping every few minutes and waiting patiently while our cat goes on with the important business of “pee-mailing”. Sometimes we get impatient, but never did we imagine that the day might come that we would miss this ritual.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) makes urination painful for our cats and you want to do everything you can to prevent your cat getting it. maxxiUtract can help you with exactly that.
What is D-mannose?
D-mannose is a type of sugar that is related to glucose. Both are simple sugars (consist of just one molecule of sugar) and both occur naturally in the body but are also found in some plants in the form of starch.
How does D-mannose work for cats?
D-mannose has been used to treat and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI) in cats. Evidence though remains divided as to how effective it is in treating UTI versus preventing its recurrence.
UTI in cats is believed to be caused by the E. coli bacteria in the vast majority of cases. Once these bacteria enter the urinary tract, they latch on to cells, grow, and cause infection.
Research suggests that D-mannose can stop the bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls and stick to the sugar instead. This means the bacteria leaves the body through the urine. Fewer bacteria in the bladder lower the risk of a urinary tract infection.
This supports the theory that D-mannose may be effective in preventing UTI recurrence in cats.
The benefits of D-mannose for cats
- May reduce the risk of urinary tract infection in cats
- Can help prevent UTI recurrence
There are some studies on humans available that confirm that D-mannose supplementation can be beneficial for urinary tract health.
This study found that D-mannose may be useful for the prevention of recurrent UTI (Wiley Online Library).
While a pilot study concluded that the “results of this study suggest that D-mannose can be an effective aid in acute cystitis management and also a successful prophylactic agent in a selected population” (European Review).
So, whilst studies done so far have been promising, more research is needed to confirm the results.
What is cranberry berry extract?
Cranberry is a type of evergreen shrub and cranberry berry extract is produced from the berry fruit. Cranberry extract offers a host of antioxidants and nutrients that can help fight infections and boost overall health.
How does cranberry berry extract work for cats?
Cranberry is most commonly used for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections. However, cranberry extract may also help to boost immunity, lower blood sugar and support heart and gum health.
Cranberry berry extract is believed to work for UTI in a similar way to D-mannose by keeping bacteria from sticking to the cells that line the urinary tract where they can multiply. It though does not seem to have the ability to release bacteria which are already stuck to the cells. This may explain why cranberry is possibly effective in preventing urinary tract infections, but possibly ineffective in treating them (WebMD).
Some users have reported better results when combining cranberry extract and D-mannose (which maxxiUtract does).
The benefits of cranberry berry extract for cats
- May reduce the risk of UTI and help prevent recurrence
- High levels of antioxidants which help neutralise free radicals that are linked to many chronic health problems
- Offers various other potential health benefits, including better blood sugar control, healthier teeth and gums, improved immunity and reduced risk of heart problems
As with D-mannose, evidence remains split as to how effective cranberry extract is in treating UTI versus preventing its recurrence. It is generally agreed that it can help to prevent UTI, as this study suggests.
“Oral administration of cranberry extract prevented development of a UTI and prevented E. coli adherence to MDCK [canine kidney] cells, which may indicate it has benefit for preventing UTIs in cats”.
So cranberry extract appears to be as effective as or more effective than short-term antimicrobial treatment in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections in cats (and without the side effects).
It is currently not recommended to use cranberry products alone to treat UTI as they have not been proven to be statistically superior to antibiotics for treating UTI. They have though neither been proven to be statistically inferior to antibiotics for treating UTI.
Additionally, although E. coli is the most common type of bacteria that causes UTI in cats and cats, it is not the only type of bacteria that can cause urinary tract infection. So far scientific studies have shown the benefits of cranberries to be limited in preventing UTI caused by the e-coli bacteria. Which is why urine testing (for bacterial cultures) is recommended for pets suffering from chronic UTI.
There are then a number of studies that suggest that cranberry berry extract has various other health benefits (Healthline).
What is pumpkin extract?
Pumpkin is a pumpkin plant and its seed and oils have been used in traditional medicine to support urinary health. Pumpkin extract is made from the pumpkin seeds.
How does pumpkin extract work for cats?
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. They are believed to support urinary health and are often used for urinary incontinence.
“European literature cites pumpkin seeds as an effective treatment for urinary problems as far back as the 1500’s. Native American Indians used pumpkin seed for urinary disorders. Also, German health authorities have approved pumpkin seeds as a treatment for irritable bladder and urinary symptoms related to prostate enlargement” (Mark Stengler NMD).
Pumpkin seeds also contain cucurbitacin, a biochemical compound that is thought to have some activity against intestinal parasites, i.e. so may have a mild protective effect against gastrointestinal parasites.
The benefits of pumpkin extract for cats
- Can help with urinary incontinence
- Supports urinary health and has a diuretic effect
- Can help with keeping gastrointestinal parasites at bay
- High in antioxidants that help neutralise free radicals
Specific research on pumpkin extract’s usefulness for cats is lacking. However, anecdotal evidence and a few studies published in human medical literature support the use of pumpkin seed to help relieve some types of urinary incontinence.
What is silica?
Silica (a.k.a. silicon dioxide) is a mineral that is often overlooked (some call it the forgotten nutrient). Silica is a natural compound made of two of the earth’s most abundant materials: silicon and oxygen. Which means you find silica everywhere, in rocks, plants, food, medicine, cosmetics, and in the body.
Silica used in the food and beverage industry is safe to take orally. Silica that is consumed through the diet does not accumulate in the body, i.e. it is flushed out by the kidneys.
The benefits of silica for cats
- Supports urinary tract tissue health and strength
- Can have a soothing effect on the urinary tract
- Supports kidney health and function
How does silica work for cats?
The exact role of silica for health is still not fully understood yet compelling data suggest that silica is essential for health. It is now considered one of the top 12 elements necessary for life.
Silica improves tissue integrity and can help in strengthening the urinary tract tissues. It can have a soothing effect on the urinary tract and aids the body to utilize cooper which is anti-inflammatory.
Silica helps to metabolise calcium and can also prevent the formation of kidney stones and help dissolve them once they are formed. Silica is also good for bone health, skin, hair and nails amongst other things.
What is cornsilk?
Cornsilk is the long shiny fibres at the top of corn which contain proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Cornsilk also contains chemicals which works like water pills (diuretics), and it may alter blood sugar levels and help reduce inflammation (WebMD).
Cornsilk has traditionally been used in medicine for various health conditions, e.g. bladder infections, inflammation of the urinary system, leaky bladder, inflammation of the prostate and kidney stones.
The benefits of cornsilk for cats
- Supports urinary health by “coating” the urinary tract lining
- Potent diuretic agent (helps flush out excess water and waste from the body)
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
How does cornsilk work for cats?
The primary therapeutic use for corn silk in cats relates directly to the urinary tract as it is a natural diuretic which is effective in soothing inflammation and irritation in the bladder.
Cornsilk supports the urinary tract by strengthening the mucosal glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layers, i.e. the special layers that protect the bladder lining (epithelium). As a diuretic, cornsilk helps the body get rid of excessive fluids and therefore increase the excretion of urine. While the anti-inflammatory properties aid with the existing urinary tract inflammation.
There are a number of studies on humans available that support that cornsilk can be beneficial in supporting urinary tract health.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral and it is crucial to the body's function. Every cell in the body contains magnesium and needs it to function properly. Magnesium citrate is magnesium bound to citrate salt. This makes the magnesium more easily absorbed by the body and is therefore the preferred form of magnesium used in supplements.
How does magnesium work for cats?
Magnesium offers various health benefits for cats, e.g. it helps to keep blood pressure normal, bones strong and the heart rhythm steady (WebMD).
Magnesium also supports urinary tract health and can help improve occasional incontinence by reducing bladder muscle spasms and enabling the bladder to fully empty upon urination (NCBI 2014).
The benefits of magnesium for cats
- Supports healthy urination
- Can help with incontinence and bladder control
- Offers other additional health benefits
Various studies have supported additional health benefits of magnesium supplementation.
What is pyridoxine?
Pyridoxine (a.k.a. vitamin B6) is one of eight B vitamins. It is required for the proper function of sugars, fats, and proteins in the body. It is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy.
The benefits of pyridoxine for cats
- Supports the immune system and bladder function
How does pyridoxine work for cats?
Pyridoxine is used for various health issues, including to support the immune system and to help with bladder infections and kidney stones (WebMD).
What is riboflavin?
Riboflavin (a.k.a. vitamin B2) is required for the proper development of many things in the body including the skin, lining of the digestive tract, blood cells and brain function.
Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin that is flushed out of the body daily, meaning it must be restored each day.
The benefits of riboflavin for cats
- Reduces the risk of vitamin B2 deficiency
How does riboflavin work for cats?
If there is a vitamin that should never lack in your cat’s diet, it is riboflavin. It is readily found in most cat food / diets so normally cats get enough of this important vitamin.
Frequent urination however can deplete the amount of riboflavin in the body so cats with urinary health problems can benefit from riboflavin supplementation.