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- When should I use Cystophan?
- What is in Cystophan?
- What is N-acetyl D-glucosamine?
- What is hyaluronic acid?
- What is L-tryptophan?
- Are there any medications that cannot be given alongside Cystophan?
- How should I administer Cystophan?
Cystophan is designed to support feline urinary health. Cats with feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) are known to have deficiencies in the protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer that lines the inside of the bladder. FIC may also lead to Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). They also process stress in a different way to other cats.
Cystophan contains N-acetyl D-glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, L-tryptophan and an artificial chicken flavouring. See the Cystophan product page for further information.
N-acetyl D-glucosamine is a precursor for the GAG layer that lines the inside of the bladder. Supplementing N-acetyl D-glucosamine aims to replenish the defective GAG layer.
Hyaluronic acid forms the framework of the GAG layer and it provides a structure for the N-acetyl D-glucosamine building blocks to attach to.
L-tryptophan is an amino acid, usually found in the diet, that can be converted into serotonin. Serotonin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that can reduce stress and anxiety in cats. Cats with FIC are known to process stress differently and potential stressful experiences can act as a trigger for bouts of cystitis.
There are several drugs available that can also increase serotonin levels and these include fluoxetine (Prozac), clomipramine (Clomicalm), selegiline (Selgian) and amitriptyline. Care should be taken when using Cystophan alongside these drugs. If in doubt please contact your veterinary surgeon.
The capsules can be given whole but, to reduce the potential for causing stress, it may be better to open the capsule(s) and sprinkle the contents onto the food.
The oil content of most dry pet food normally allows the powder to coat the biscuits/kibble, but if not then a small amount of water can be added to encourage the powder to stick.