How helpful are probiotics for senior cats? Are they as useful for ‘oldsters’ as they are for young and adult cat family members?
I have been asked about probiotics for senior cats (and also for senior dogs) recently. It’s been a popular topic since our first review. So, for this brief post I want to look at how probiotics specifically benefit the older pet by focusing on Harvey (rescue senior).
For our multi pet and doggy friend households, it is worth remembering that the benefits are the same, it’s only the number of daily drops of Probonix that changes.
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Meet Mr Picky a Humarian Cat
Harvey should be called Mr Picky. He wasn’t always a fan of probiotics and like many cats he hates (most) powdered supplements on food. He would rather starve that eat anything that isn’t real food. He also turns up his nose at the expensive specialist renal food I have been able to find.
Do you have a Mr or a Miss Picky Cat?
At 14, a senior rescue cat and hoarder survivor, Harvey has been through some tough times, so I knew I had to find something to bolster his physical wellbeing as he got older.
Specifically as he is a cat with diagnosed kidney issues, I have to monitor his digestion and senior kidney function, so my hope was to find something gentle and supportive that I could trust to help without trying, and failing, with less effective supplements which might prove expensive!
I was on the look out for a palatable probiotic and I had a eureka moment on a visit to BlogPaws® USA. Here I met the folks at Humarian. I spoke to them at length and also read their helpful probiotic information.
- I can also contact Humarian if you have any questions about Probonix. So feel free to leave a comment if you do.
Bacteria Boost Senior Cat Gut Health
Cat senior health issues include things like runny poop or bad breath and these problems need to be fought at the most fundamental level for cat health, in your cat’s gut. Crazy as this sounds 70 to 90% of a cat’s immune system lives in one place, its gut. This is the essential point you as a cat parent need to remember.
To give a cat a chance of enjoying its senior years we need to ensure they get regular probiotics that work for them. As Mr Picky refuses most powdered supplements (except his New Zealand Pet Mussel). There are, I was reassured to read, no probiotics side effects.
- I knew Humarian Probonix was the way to go.
Let me give you a quick run down on why Probonix works for cats. Some of these are real benefits for all pet parents as well as your seniors:
- More bacteria make it to the gut thanks to the proprietary carrying formula of Probonix. A cat’s stomach can destroy bacteria before they even get to work in the gut, so this is important.
- The probiotics are in a liquid that is organic, non-GMO, and contains absolutely no sugar.
- It’s tasty and has a nice liver flavour. (Harvey wanted you to know this)
- A dose is only six drops a day for a cat. A bottle lasts 30 days. Dogs slightly more.
- You do not need to refrigerate the bottle of drops, even after opening. You can take a bottle with you when you travel without worrying about it spoiling.
How About Probiotic Wet Cat Food?
This comes up in chats with people too, so I am covering it for completeness. I have investigated wet probiotic food.
I read that the processing of wet cat food destroys many of the beneficial bacteria a senior cat might need. Supplements would have to be added later in the manufacturing process. Fair enough maybe, but I didn’t feel too confident the foods would have what Harvey needs.
Helping the immune system and digestion of an older cat can make their lives a lot more relaxed and happy, and, for all cats, Probonix drops enhances wellbeing and encourages a healthy gut.
Reassurance for Senior Cat Owners
If you feel you need extra confirmation about what probiotics are and what they can do, ask your veterinarian. Probonix is not medicine but a valuable boost to a cat’s health. I appreciate it for the gentle benefits it brings to Harvey’s health. You can also read a user friendly explanation about the science of probiotics here.
I knew that I had hit the jackpot with Humarian probiotics for Harvey. I also know that your senior cat can benefit too. Harvey eats the drops on his food, or dropped on to his daily portion of treats, so you have the endorsement from one enthusiastic and happy senior cat.
Harvey Button, Cat About Town says:
- “I am delighted to share with you a 20% off coupon code for your first Humarian order. Use the code DASHKITTEN and you can be a healthier senior, just like me. Go and try them now. This stuff is tasty!” – HARVEY
Check out Harvey’s special offer and let us know how you get on!
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