Did you know that there are some over the counter supplements that you may take that are also suitable for your cats? Lysine is an amino acid that helps to treat certain chronic conditions. Lysine for cats is given at different dosages than it would be given to us humans, but it is often used to treat similar conditions. If your veterinarian uses all natural remedies for certain conditions, then Lysine may be something that you are already familiar with. Let’s take a look at the various different ailments that Lysine is used to treat in cats.
Most find it to be an effective solution to many health conditions, and an added bonus is that it has very few side effects.
Lysine is most often used to treat feline herpes. The feline herpes virus is often present in cats, but many of them may never show symptoms. The problem is, when cats are in a situation that weakens their immune systems, the virus may decide to flare up. This results in eye conditions and respiratory conditions. By adding lysine to your cat’s food on a daily basis, you can help to keep the feline herpes virus at bay. Choose from pills, powders or liquids, depending on what best suits your furry friend.
Treatment of Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis in humans is often referred to as ‘pink eye’, and it doesn’t just affect us humans. It can also affect cats. If your cat’s conjunctiva becomes inflamed, lysine supplements may be very helpful. Often times, the conjunctivitis is a result of the feline herpes virus. The lysine, in this situation, can really help to keep the condition from spreading. It can also ease up the eye discharge and help your kitty’s eyes get back to normal.
Just remember, if your cat’s eye discharge is green or yellow, it is probably a sign of infection- and is typically not a sign of conjunctivitis. Take your cat to the vet right away if you notice that the discharge has a color to it, because they may need an antibiotic.
Treatment of Upper Respiratory Infections
Upper respiratory infections don’t occur often in cats, but when they do it is very contagious. It can spread from one cat to another rather quickly. Most of the time, this is a condition that you see often in animal shelters. Cats in shelters are usually under added stress, which weakens their immunity and allows certain diseases to spread quickly. Typically, upper respiratory infections in cats are a result of direct exposure to calicivirus or feline herpes virus.
Usually, an upper respiratory infection will just run its course and be gone in a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still contagious. Lysine can help to lessen the symptoms of this ailment, and they may also help when it comes to healing mouth sores that are also often caused by calicivirus.
Where to Find Lysine for Cats
Lysine is not only found in pill form, but it is also available in liquids and powders. These are sometimes easier to add to your cat’s food without them putting up too much of a fuss. Trying to get a cat to take a pill can really be challenging (Trust me on this one!). You may also want to take a look at some of the different cat treats on the market, because many of them include Lysine in the ingredients. Lysine is an amino acid, and it is essential to a cat’s health.
The problem is that the body doesn’t actually produce this amino acid itself, meaning that your cat must get it from their food. Check your cat’s favorite treat label and see if it has Lysine. If not, it might be time to switch to a different treat that is fortified in this essential amino acid. Lysine will not only help with certain medical ailments, but it also helps to keep their hair and skin in good health.
What to Be Aware Of
If your veterinarian hasn’t prescribed a specific supplement designed for felines and recommends you to just get something over the counter, you have to be careful. Don’t just pick up a bottle of Lysine without reading the label. Sometimes, these supplements contain propylene glycol, which is a common preservative used in supplements.
This preservative can be harmful to cats, and it is also really not too good for humans either. Just be careful when choosing a supplement for your cat. It is always best to get your vet’s recommendation.
Typically, it is recommended for cats to have 400-500mg of lysine each day, especially when trying to treat ailments. Most cat owners have noticed that their cat has a better experience with it if they split it up into two separate 250mg doses each day. Talk to your veterinarian and see what they recommend for dosage for your cat. Some cats may require more than others, and it is best to leave that up to the professionals.
Side Effects of Lysine in Cats
The good news is that side effects from Lysine in cats are very rare. Since it is just an amino acid that their bodies require anyway, it doesn’t leave much room for adverse reaction. This is great news, but you definitely want to make sure that you are giving it in a proper dose because an overdose is definitely possible.
As you can see, Lysine for cats is definitely something to consider. Many people give it to their cats on a daily basis to avoid any health issues down the road, while others just keep it on hand when health concerns arise. Whether you choose to give your cat a treat fortified with lysine, or you put a powder supplement into their food as needed, know that you are doing your cat a huge favor. Making sure that your cat gets the recommended amount of nutrients that their system requires is really important.