Psyllium seed powder offers a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can contribute to intestinal health by normalizing a cat's bowel habits and removing toxins. It is often used to combat constipation, as it increases the bulk and the amount of water in the stool. Psyllium is also used to combat some cases of diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and high cholesterol. You can make your own psyllium seed powder for cats using psyllium seed and a coffee grinder or other appliance capable of grinding seeds.
Making Psyllium Seed Powder
Assemble seeds, grinder and a bowl to catch seeds or pour them from grinder, along with spoon for gathering powder from grinder.
Fill the coffee grinder halfway with seeds, if using one, and grind until seeds become a fine powder. If using an open-top grinder, pour seeds slowly into grinder, to prevent motor overload or burnout; grind until seeds become a fine powder.
Spoon the powder into bowl.
Wipe inside of grinder down with paper towel to remove powder residue.
Transfer powder to plastic bag or container for storage.
- Store powder in fridge or freezer for long-term use.
- Psyllium seed powder must be mixed with water. As psyllium enters the body, it forms a gel which must be diluted with water, otherwise it can cause choking or a blockage in the system. Add eight ounces of water to each teaspoon of psyllium.
- Psyllium may interfere with the absorption of some drugs, so make sure to keep your vet apprised of psyllium seed powder use.
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