Lysine is an amino acid vital to your kitty's health and useful for treating a number of health issues. Although your cat needs lysine, her body doesn't produce it, so you might be tempted to just pick some up at the grocery store and start supplementing Snowball's diet.
The Health And Wellness Section
Some grocery stores carry lysine capsules but they're not the pet-specific preparations that you might expect like flavored paste or chews. You may have to do a little shopping around to find even the lysine supplements for humans, as many smaller neighborhood grocery stores don't carry them. Usually the stores that sell lysine are the larger supermarkets that have a health section that stocks vitamins and other supplements.
Lysine For Your Cat
Lysine will benefit your kitty's health through supporting her metabolism, aiding in her digestion and hormone production and will promote normal organ function. It also helps her produce healthy fur, skin and collagen cells. If your cat falls ill with a condition like feline herpes, feline viral rhinotracheitis or has inflammation in her eyes from conjuctivitis, lysine will effectively help treat these illnesses.
One form of lysine for cats that can be found in the grocery store are cat treats that contain lysine. Because it is such an important element for cats' health lysine is a common ingredient in many treats. If you want to make sure your kitty is getting some lysine in her diet, become a label reader. Find out if her usual treat contains lysine and, if not, look for one that does.
Always Consult The Vet
Whether you want to give your cat lysine as a supplement or to treat a medical condition, it's always best to consult your vet before doing so. She may be able to prescribe a cat-specific lysine product and tell you how much and how often to give it to your kitty. Even if you want to start giving your cat human-grade lysine a conference with your vet is still the best first step. Lysine for humans is essentially safe but your vet will be the best person to recommend dosage guidelines and bring up any concerns she has based on your cat's medical history. When buying human lysine to give to your cat, avoid the preparations that contain the solvent propylene glycol. It's routinely used in many pharmaceuticals but can cause anemia in your cat.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.