Humarian have created probiotics for cats especially. Let me tell you what probiotics are and the benefits they can bring to your cat. I will also dig a deeper into a little user friendly science behind these microscopic miracles.
Dash Kitten’s Probonix was supplied to us by Humarian free of charge. We only share news and products that are relevant to our readers. The opinions here are 100% our own and we are responsible for the researched content of this post. We are not vets and this does not constitute medical advice. If you would like to try probiotics, especially if due to a medical condition of your cat, please check with your vet. Our cats are loving their probiotics!
Are Probiotics OK My Cat? What are They?
Probiotics is a relatively new development in cat wellness. The benefits are being taken seriously and probiotics for pets are here to stay and will improve the general pet health of cats and dogs.
- There is also a worldwide special offer for you to try first Humarian probiotics, so read on for the special code.
What is a Probiotic?
A probiotic is a micro-organism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities. Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your cat’s health, especially the digestive system. It is worth remembering, as you read, that the information here applies to humans as well as animals. The difference will lie in the dosage of a probiotic.
*We use a few technical terms in this post and have included definitions at the bottom.
Bacteria? Aren’t They Bad for Us?
How many of you look on bacteria as bad things that cause problems? Do you remember seeing ads on television about evil germs and bacteria that you need to keep at bay in your nice clean home?
Bacteria are the Good Guys too!
Science is getting more sophisticated, research is getting deeper and more complex, and probiotics for cats is trending in a big way. Bacteria can be the ‘good guys’ as well as the bad guys. They can be the cat’s gastrointestinal (GI) tracts best friends strengthening the cat’s immune system as they work.
Words like probiotics, healthy yoghurt and a balanced digestive system used to be viewed as ‘new-agey’ and unfocused but there are major changes happening in feline medicine. What once was called alternative medicine is now seriously mainstream and under the research microscope as science develops newer and more sophisticated methods of evaluating feline medicine.
What do Probiotics do?
Cats harbour complex communities of bacteria in their bodies, almost from the day a kitten is born. You never see them, but the difference these virtually invisible bacteria make to a healthy kitten or young cat as it grows to adulthood is immense.
“Bacteria are not simply random squatters, but organised communities that evolve with us and are passed down from generation to generation”
It is worth remembering that, unlike more standard medicines, giving a cat probiotics as a general maintenance will not show instant transformative results. There are deeper effects on the cats general wellbeing however.
Probiotics and the Healthy Feline
A pet parent will see health benefits in the form of improved digestion and nutrient absorption. These are areas where kittens and seniors need extra help and where an adult benefits from the extra general digestive protection.
Probiotics regulate the GI and help restore the health of your cat through:
- Preventing the formation of pathogens (see definition below) in the intestines
- Providing easily absorbed energy
- Maintain the balance of the microflora in the intestines
- Stimulating a cat’s immune system
- Regulate intestinal motility (see definition below)
What Do Probiotics Not Do?
Probiotics are vital for feline health but they are not a miracle cure-all for health issues.
They are weapons on our cat’s armoury of good health but they will not address the circumstances that created a health problem. For that you need veterinary care.
“There are no reports of any danger in using probiotics, and many veterinarians (myself included) and pet owners report anecdotal benefits of probiotics, especially in reducing stress-related diarrhoea and in decreasing the time until resolution of clinical signs.” — Arnold Plotnick, DVM, DACVM
The Digestive Nitty Gritty
This is where the action is. What is often called the gastrointestinal tract or GI for short. This community of organisms, a mini eco-system, keeps the entire feline digestive system in balance. It affects the functions of the body is ways that research is only just beginning to uncover.
There is a growing consensus amongst scientists that the relationship between us (and our cats) and our microbes is a two way street….. Bacteria, though tiny are very powerful chemical factories that fundamental affect how the body functions. This is something you need to think about as it relates to cat health.
The impact on your cat’s health needs a more holistic approach. This may mean using a probiotic like Humarian’s Probonix as well as looking at the food your cat eats.
Do I Need to Feed my Cat Human Probiotics?
Those who are experienced in the field used to recommend human grade probiotics because of the quality of the beneficial elements in those mixtures. This was before Humarian developed their own specific mixture for cat (and dogs). Top quality, well researched pet probiotics like Humarian Probonix means using human specific probiotics is no longer necessary.
- Check the ingredient list for Humarian’s top Probonix for cats here.
Even if you are on a limited budget, some research online will help you find the best nourishment to feed your cat. It will also help you avoid some the bad things in the way of additives, or unwanted preservatives.
Probiotics and the Sick Cat
It is important for you, as a pet parent, to understand that you need to refer to a veterinarian before making any decisions about probiotics and a sick cat.
If your vet isn’t into holistic medicine yet, ask to be referred to someone who can advise on probiotics. You can also ask locally and online for recommendations. Getting a second option might help clarify your thoughts and allow you to consider probiotics should you wish to do so.
Research and testing in developing areas of medicine is becoming more sophisticated as new techniques develop. This research is ongoing by veterinary colleges and private companies, and while probiotics are not a cure all for sick cat, they are slowly becoming part of treatment protocols for issues like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).
Science is discovering that the symbiosis between a cat host and its bacteria is so complex and interdependent that bacteria can affect a cat in different ways:
- How a cat digests food
- A cat’s weight
- A cat’s immune system and how it functions
- Oral health and cat breath
Research and Cat Health
The concept of balance, or lack of it, comes into its own with a sick cat. The cat microbiome (the host bacteria of a cat) is now thought to be so critical to our felines it should be considered another organ like the heart or kidneys.
As such, research into this potentially important area of cat health to clarify and enhance our current knowledge should be looked forward to by all of us as pet parents.
There are no definite answers right now, but veterinarians will be the first to admit that it is early days for probiotics and the associated research. It is becoming clearer, however, that bacteria are increasingly critical to both feline and human health. So I believe that we can say ‘watch this cat health space‘ over the coming two years, because there are exciting times ahead.
Probiotics used with Antibiotics
“Many doctors (and some veterinarians) administer probiotics to prevent antibiotic-associated side effects, i.e. diarrhoea, vomiting or poor appetite.
This is a common problem in people, and most veterinarians have experienced this problem when prescribing oral clindamycin and amoxicillin to their patients.” Dr A Plotnik DVM, DACVM Tufts
A veterinarian may prescribe probiotics to help a cat recover by improving its chances of increasing its store of positive bacteria. Probiotics fighting for the cat from the inside out.
Vets call the evidence for probiotics prescribed so far as anecdotal. This is because it does not have scientific evidence to support it at the moment. With research proceeding rapidly on so many fronts in both the medical and holistic spheres, evidence may arrive sooner than we expect. Then probiotics will take their place in the veterinary armoury to encourage our cats’ wellbeing and general good health.
The Humarian Probiotics Difference
Having met the people who ‘are’ Humarian personally in April 2018, I want to pass on the impression I got about them.
The attitude is one of totally professional commitment to pet health. Humarian didn’t just pass the kitty buck and say ‘Oh sure you can use a human grade probiotic’ and disregard pet parents and their concerns.
Humarian cares enough to invest considerable time, energy and money in developing and testing the best pet grade probiotic on the market today. No-one has tested as extensively or as well as Humarian.
Humarian know that pets, just like people, get digestive issues, allergies, yeast infections, constipation diarrhoea. So they thought, our human product is the best, let us make sure pets get the best as well.
From My Point of View as a Pet Parent
My probiotic research for this post revealed a lot of interesting facts we didn’t know before. These helped us write what we hope is an informative post. For instance, did you know that not all probiotics are created equal?
A cat probiotic that encourages you to give three or four times the Probonix recommend dosage of 6 drops per cat per day has to be a stronger probiotic? Surely, the more probiotics in a dose, the better I make my cat feel? Not necessarily. This really is a case of ‘quality over quantity’.
Why Probonix can be considered the best feline probiotic
To get to where they do maximum good for a cat’s gut, probiotic bacteria need to get through the stomach. As food is digested here, this is a pretty powerful part of the cat’s, or human’s body.
This means that the survival rate of the beneficial bacteria needs to be very high for it to do good with the gut itself. This is where Probonix hits the ball out of the pet park.
Humarian has developed a proprietary carrier to ensure their probiotics get through through to the cats GI tract in much larger numbers than lesser brands.
The Probonix proprietary acid carrier coats the healthy bacteria and helps them adapt to the stomach’s acidity as they pass through to the GI, the area where a cat needs them most.
What Makes Humarian The Best Probiotic for Us
This is a breakthrough technology ensures that a much higher percentage survive the harsh stomach environment. Bottom line? Many probiotics may promise more probiotics per dose, but Probonix gets them where they need to be to do their work. I am not sure about you, but this makes a difference to me as a pet parent aiming for a healthy cat.
Probiotics Didn’t Work on My Cat
Some people try a probiotic and get frustrated. ‘It didn’t work’ a cat parent might say. Nothing happened. Let’s look at what might not go right with probiotics.
So, what is the best probiotic for cats? We know the answer! But, let’s go through this one step at a time!
There are a couple of reasons why probiotics might not work. The right strain might not have been used; or the probitic might not have enough colony forming units(CFU’s). These colony forming units are very important. They are part of the balance in a cat’s gut. In the cat’s gastrointestinal tract colonies form to benefit the cat and to increase the good bacteria. The right bacteria, the right strain, the ones that can help.
There are a variety of probiotics and they have some pretty fancy names. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic bacillus, along with others it contains strains of Bacillus, Enterococcus, Bifidobacteria and Streptoccus. Now, if you are like me, you will be sat there like a rabbit staring at a headlight. What the heck is all complicated scientific name stuff? Help! I need someone I trust to make this easy for me to understand and use.
- This is where Humarian, its investment in research and its products, and our trust in its probiotics steps into the spotlight. These are people I have talked to. People I know both you and I can trust.
Probiotic Information That Works for Cats and Dogs
Probonix for cats (and the dog one too) is a specially formulated liquid probiotic. It contains 45 billion of the CFU’s we mentioned earlier. Those colony forming units remember? There are also eight strains of probiotic bacteria most suitable for a pet. Best of all it tastes nice, I know because our Harvey (senior cat) tells me so.
Need a real example?
Our Harvey is Mr Picky when it comes to additives to his food. It’s sometimes tough getting him to eat his renal formula, but he loves his Probonix drops and takes them daily. The liquid is a tasty liver flavoured and non-GMO liquid. In other words it has not been genetically modified or changed in any way, because I swear Harvey would know. I bet your cat is the same, right?
I don’t have to sneak the probiotics into his food, or hide it inside a treat. I don’t have to resort to desperate measure to encourage him to eat it every day. Both Harvey, and Jack (my other probiotic tester) accept and enjoy the Probonix drops..
- Six drops each morning and a cat is all set for the day. No stress for me as a pet parent, and I bet you know I am relieved about that!
I hope I have given you a good idea about the benefits probiotics can bring and about the positive effects they can have on your cat. A well cat will feel benefit is a host of small ways and we just know that the Humarian people are the right choice.
Answers about Probionix
What does Probonix for Pets do overall?
- Provides essential prebiotics and probiotics for optimal health
- Supports general gut health
- Aides in proper digestion
- Helps support a healthy immune system
- Balances the bacteria in your pet’s gut
- Humarian ship their pet and human probiotics worldwide.
Make the Humarian Choice For Your Cat and your Dog too!
We have a worldwide special offer for you to see for yourself how good Probonix are for your pet, or for you. We believe you will be impressed at the general increase in wellbeing of your fur family, just as I am with Harvey and Jack.
- Use our affiliate link as Humarian Ambassadors and receive a substantial 20% off your first order using the code – DASHKITTEN. Shipping is fast and an order for cat Probionix reached us in New Zealand in 5 days!
If you have any questions, or anything probiotic is a puzzle, drop us a note in the comments, we will do our best to answer.
*Probiotic References and Definitions:
Pathogens; bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.
Motility: Gut motility is the term given to the stretching and contractions of the muscles in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A lack of motility means a cat has digestive issues.
Proprietary: Something that is used, produced, or marketed under exclusive legal right of the inventor or maker. Specifically: a drug (such as a patent medicine) that is protected by secrecy, patent, or copyright against free competition as to name, product, composition, or process of manufacture.
Cummings School of Vet. Surgery Probiotics Report