You prefer taking natural supplements when possible, so it makes sense you'd like to treat your cat with a plant- or herb-based remedy. Just because certain natural ingredients are okay for humans doesn't mean it's good for cats. Find out the facts on bromelain before giving it to your kitty.
What Is Bromelain?
Bromelain comes from the juice and the stem of pineapples. It is an enzyme that has shown promise for the treatment of health issues.
Bromelain has been found to be helpful in treating hay fever and bowel conditions including digestion and constipation, in relaxing muscles, in preventing pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), and as an anti-inflammatory.
Is It Safe For Cats?
Bromelain is safe for felines if administered in recommended dosages. There are dietary supplements available for cats that contain bromelain and are intended as digestive aids and to enhance their overall nutrition.
Bromelain has been found to inhibit blood clotting and to increase the effects and side effects of certain antibiotics. Always consult with your cat's veterinarian when adding any supplement to your cat's diet to avoid interaction with medications she might be on and to ensure that there will be no adverse side effects due to an existing medical condition.
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.