Probiotics for Cats

by Joe Gordon, Demand Media
    Probiotics provide the "friendly" bacteria your cat needs.

    Probiotics provide the "friendly" bacteria your cat needs.

    Even the coolest kitty cat on the block needs some extra help handling those occasional bouts with allergies, infections or nasty intestinal malfunctions. "Friendly," life-promoting bacteria, found in veterinarian-approved probiotic foods and concentrated supplements can help provide her the extra assistance she needs.

    Probiotics and Digestion

    Probiotics should be of special interest to those unfortunate felines out there that seem to have more than their fair share of diarrhea, vomiting or constipation. The aforementioned "friendly" bacteria found in probiotics work to promote a healthy gut by helping your cat pal digest key nutrients necessary for smooth, issue-free digestion.

    Probiotics and Antibiotics

    The use of probiotics can be essential if your cat is on antibiotics. Antibiotics are like carpet bombs to your pet's bacteria -- taking out both the bad and the good bacteria in the blast. Along with the virus cells many beneficial microorganisms are wasted, too. Probiotics, administered alongside the antibiotics, can help her system to regain a healthy bacteria balance.

    Probiotics and Allergies

    Feeding your cat probiotic foods or concentrated probiotic supplements can help her immune system maintain a healthy resistance to pesky food or airborne allergies including hay fever. The friendly bacteria at work in probiotics work hard to reduce the uncomfortable allergy symptoms and may even help to prevent diarrhea due to these allergies.

    Probiotic Sources

    Adding probiotics to your cat's regular diet is easy-breezy. Mixing a better brand of live cultured yogurt into her kibble is one way. However, many owners and breeders find it simpler and more effective to go with concentrated probiotic powder supplements that are available at most pet stores and online. Most of these supplements are nearly tasteless and easily accepted when hidden in with your kitty's favorite entree.

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    About the Author

    Joe Gordon is a writer who divides his time between Tampa Bay, Florida and Western North Carolina. Gordon has been published in local and regional newspapers and magazines, including VisitFlorida.org, "Oceanfront Magazine," "Sarasota Herald Tribune," "The Bradenton Herald," "Sarasota Scene Magazine," " Biz 941 Magazine" and "U Manatee Magazine." He studied journalism at Ohio University.

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