What are the best probiotics for cats, and do they really work? These are questions you may have asked at one time or another, especially if your kitty has suffered intestinal problems. In this post you’ll discover what probiotics are and why gut flora is so important for your kitty’s health. I’ll be reviewing some of the best probiotics for cats, giving you an informed choice.
All can easily be added to your cat’s diet and are very safe. Please be aware that dietary supplements aren’t a quick fix, either for ourselves or our pets. It can take weeks before you see any significant results. If you’re unsure about giving your cat probiotics ask your vet first.
Your cat’s gut health
Newborn kittens have a clean, healthy gut free from bad bacteria. Soon after birth, the mother passes healthy gut bacteria onto the newborns. This is done through breast feeding, and cleaning them. It doesn’t take long before bad bacteria start entering the gut, and there’s always a constant fight between good and bad.
A lot of things can upset gut flora including antibiotics, food additives, medications, and even stress. It’s not just us that suffer diseases caused by bad bacteria, but our pets as well. Taking control by providing them with a quality probiotic is the best way to ensure your cat or dog stays healthy. Many diseases begin in the gut such as long term inflammatory illnesses, and metabolic diseases.
Probiotics as a treatment for diarrhea in cats
If your kitty develops diarrhea it can be worrying. It’s not uncommon in cats, and there are many causes. Just as in people, a sudden change in diet may be the reason. Also, antibiotics, parasites, and inflammatory bowel disease could trigger diarrhea in your cat.
If bad bacteria overtakes the number of good bacteria in the gut, diarrhea can occur. Probiotics contain live bacteria which are the good guys. Introducing them into your cat’s diet can quickly help return a normal balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.
This can help stop diarrhea and reduce abdominal pain and discomfort. As I previously mentioned, it may not be a quick fix and could take a few days for symptoms to ease. If your cat develops chronic diarrhea you should see your vet as soon as possible.
Dehydration can set in very quickly, and loss of fluids can cause a deficiency in electrolytes. Let him or her know you’re giving your cat probiotics. Your vet will probably give your cat an electrolyte injection if it’s deemed necessary.
How probiotics can improve bowel health
Irritable bowel syndrome is very common in cats, and chances are your feline friend will develop it at some time or another in her life. It’s believed to be partly caused by commercial cat food. Many brands contain high levels of grain, as well as additives and preservatives.
It’s quite possible some of these ingredients could cause IBS. You can easily learn how to make your own cat food, which is healthier, and free from additives. Adding a probiotic to your cat’s diet can ensure her bowels keep healthy, saving you money in vet fees!
Your cat’s immune system
Your cat’s immune system is very similar to yours, and is mostly located in the gut. As previously mentioned, many diseases start within the gut. Ensuring your kitty’s gut stays healthy can lower the risk of conditions such as diarrhea, infection, IBS, and gastroenteritis.
Introducing probiotics into your kitty’s diet will certainly do no harm, and the benefits will be evident over time. You can get them either in capsule form or powder. The following are ones I recommend based on research and my own opinions. I can’t guarantee your cat will eat the probiotics, or show results advertised
PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Fortiflora Feline Supplement
Pro plan fortiflora supplement contains 30 sachets. Each one contains billions of friendly, live bacteria to support your cat’s immune system. It’s safe for cats of all ages including kittens. Dosage is one sachet per day
This probiotic supplement is palatable making it easy for your cat to take. Most buyers found their cats took to the probiotic with no problem. Many report seeing improvements to their cat’s stools within days.
A few buyers found the price expensive, but then, Purina is a trusted brand.
Average rating 4.2 out of 5
Price £22.42 for 30 sachets
Nutramax Proviable DC for Cats and Dogs
You get 80 capsules per pack. Each one contains multiple species of flora and billions of good bacteria to support intestinal health. It can be used either short or long term. It’s easy to give to your cat as you can simply break open the capsule and sprinkle on wet food.
Each pack should last just under three months making it very affordable. Be aware that if you buy this product during summer, when temperatures exceed 77 degrees there’s a small chance the live bacteria could die in transit if not packaged properly.
Average rating 4.6 out of 5
Hyperbiotics PRO-Pets a Probiotic for Dogs & Cats-Natural Beef Flavour
You get 60 tablets per tub, which are very small, making it easy to give to your cat. You could either try and pop it in her mouth, or hide it in her food. As these tablets have a natural beef flavour your kitty will probably enjoy the taste.
Hyperbiotic pro pets tablets contain over 3 billion live bacteria which is equivalent to 45 billion in a standard probiotic.
Live organisms are gradually released over a period of 8-10 hours. This is great as time delay increases survival rate
Non GMO, dairy and gluten free makes this even safer for your cat. These probiotics are also free from additives, sugar, and artificial colouring, giving you added peace of mind.
Pro-pets probiotics don’t need refrigeration and have an extended shelf life. This is good news as you don’t need to worry about live bacteria dying before you’ve finished the tub.
We all want the best for our pets as they’re part of our family. Choosing the best probiotics for cats you can afford not only improves gut health, but helps prolong life as well.
Average rating 4.6 out of 5
Nusentia Probiotics for Dogs and cats (360 servings)
Nusentia Probiotic miracle dog has 360 doses per jar, with over 360 billion live bacteria. It’s also non GMO, non dairy, and has no artificial flavourings, fillers, or additives. This is great as you’re not exposing your pet to any harmful ingredients
It’s recommended you use this product within 8-12 months of purchase, giving a long shelf life. You also get a 60 day guarantee
DigestiAid Plus, Probiotics for Cats
Digestiaid plus probiotics contains 90 sprinkle capsules per tub.
This supplement contains both prebiotics and probiotics, as well as beneficial fibre, fats, and proteins. This is great as it helps boost your cat’s intestinal health and immune system.
The capsule casing is perfectly safe for your cat to eat, but you also have the easier option of breaking them open, and sprinkling on food.
Average rating 3.8 out of 5
Pet Ultimates Probiotics for Cats – 20 Species
Pet Ultimates probiotics comes in powder form and easily added to your cat’s food. Each scoop contains 5 billion bacteria, with 20 different species. Dosage is one eighth of a teaspoon scoop daily.
This product is advertised as supporting colon health as well as skin and reduce shedding. It also claims to reduce litter box odour within days. As Ultimates probiotics is made in small batches, it retains its freshness.
You’re given a 14 day guarantee with full refund if you’re not satisfied. This is great as it gives you enough time to try the probiotics and see any noticeable results.
Average rating 4.4 out of 5
Choosing the best probiotic for your cat
Hopefully, you found my reviews useful and helped you decide on the best supplement for your kitty. As with all health products both for human and pets, results vary. What may work well for one my not work so well for another. Also, cats are notoriously fussy, and some crafty kitty’s seem to know when you’ve carefully hidden tablets in their food!
Most of these probiotics are in powder or break open capsule form. If your cat refuses to eat food spiked with probiotics, you may have to resort to giving it by mouth. If the idea of giving your cat tablets scares you, read my post on how to get your cat to take a pill and not get attacked!
We’ve also looked at your cat’s gut health and using probiotics as a treatment for diarrhea. Most vets will recommend them for bouts of diarrhea and upset tummies. Though you’ll probably only be prescribed a short term course, you can give probiotics to your cat or dog long term. It’s very rare to get any complications, and the benefits to your pet’s overall health are many.
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