Understanding the Benefits of Probiotics For Your Cat

Having a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is what helps keep you and your pets healthy. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help protect the GI tract from harmful bacteria and can nutritionally manage many of your pet's digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal parasites and infections, gastroenteritis, and stress-induced diarrhea.


There is no shortage of probiotics on the market. But not all probiotics are created equal. Solid science and research is the foundation for any good pet supplement. But to be great, it takes a deeper understanding and love of pets. Purina Veterinary Diets - Fortiflora is the result of years of dedicated research from a group of passionate scientists who really believed in what they were doing.


Probiotics aren't drugs or antibiotics. They are living microorganisms. Because of this, they need to be alive to be effective. What good is a highly researched probiotic if the beneficial bacteria aren't alive or your pet doesn't want to eat it? Purina developed a special strain of probiotic - Enterococcus Faecium SF68 found in Fortiflora. Using the technology of multiple microencapsulation layers and unique packaging, this probiotic remains alive from shipping to storage all the way to the GI tract.


Because one of the most common problems veterinarians see is recommended probiotic supplement for pets. Cats Meow Veterinary Hospital learned the value of this probiotic and highly recommends our clients feed it to their cats. It is very palatable and is often used as an appetite stimulate for a sick cat or a fussy eater. You simply open the pouch and sprinkle it on your cat's food. No pills!


Cats Meow Veterinary has found Purina Veterinary Diets - Fortiflora to be especially helpful in young kittens that may get loose stools when transitioning from mother's milk to food. It is also very beneficial for cats that get stress-induced diarrhea from situations such as boarding, being adopted, or a change in their situation at home - like a new addition to the family, whether it be human or animal. Any change in diet or an allergy to something in the food can also cause diarrhea. Regardless of the cause of the diarrhea, Fortiflora promotes your cats' intestinal health.


Purina Veterinary Diets - Fortiflora has also been shown to promote immune health because 70% of the body's immune cells are actually in the GI tract. This is true for humans as well as cats and dogs. Fortiflora contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E to promote a healthy immune system.


Feline Herpes Virus I (FHV-1) is a highly contagious disease among cats that can cause many vision and respiratory problems. Because the probiotic in Fortiflora stimulates the immune system, it can help alleviate symptoms cats suffer from chronic FHV-1. The fact that you can feed your cat Fortiflora and it goes into the GI tract and treats a viral upper respiratory problem like Herpes is amazing! It can also help kittens before and during immunizations, as well as older cats with weakened immune systems or cats that are weakened during an illness or treatment.


Purina Veterinary Diets - Fortiflora is only one of the many benefits Cats Meow Veterinary offers to keep your cat healthy and happy. Call today for an appointment for your new kitten or your senior feline friend and receive $5 off a Wellness Exam when you mention this article.


Kim Hurley, Owner/Vet Tech

Cat's Meow Veterinary Hospital