Cosequin For Cats is a product that confuses many people. Though it was first developed and continues to be marketed as a "joint health supplement," it is can also be used to promote bladder health.
What it Does
The low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate found in Cosequin encourages cartilage production and protects the integrity of existing cartilage. While the meaning of this for joint health is fairly obvious, the meaning for bladder health is less so.
How It Affects the Bladder
The inner layer of the bladder wall is protected by a second layer that prevents contamination and the development of abnormalities such as urinary blockages. As this second layer possesses many of the same properties as bone cartilage, Cosequin supports the secondary wall in a the same way it supports cartilage.
Unlike other products developed for dogs and later applied to cats, Cosequin is one of the few products on the market specifically developed for feline health. For this reason, it is considered safer than non-feline specific products, as the feline's body and bodily functions differ significantly from canines.
Cosequin is available is chicken- and tuna-flavored capsules. For cats under 10 lbs., sprinkle the contents of one capsule onto food daily. For cats over 10 lbs., sprinkle the contents of two capsules, either during a single meal or split between two meals.
In addition to sodium chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, Cosequin For Cats contains gelatin, natural chicken and tuna flavors, water, manganese ascorbate, mixed glycosaminoglycans, magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide.