Diarrhea is an issue all cats have to deal with from time to time. There are several reasons as to why a cat gets diarrhea, some of which can be remedied by giving your cat probiotics. In this article, we will go over the ways of “Using Probiotics To Treat Diarrhea”.

Probiotics Vs. Causes of Diarrhea

Gut Flora When Disrupted
Basically, probiotics are organism in the gut, that help to support the immune system, digestion and the production of specific essential vitamins. 

Probiotics also help to support normal bowel movements, but are sometimes interrupted when antibiotic medications are introduced into the system. The antibiotic medication can cause diarrhea, because they eliminate the gut microbes that were once there.

This allows bad microbes to dominate and cause diarrhea. It’s such a common occurrence, that it has been named antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Probiotics can help with the restoration of normal gut flora and remedy diarrhea in cats.

Bad Diet
Diet is also a major factor in the number of probiotics in the gut. Foods that have an abundance of probiotics and fiber, support probiotic growth. However, some cat food brands don’t have the proper amount of nutrients for probiotic growth. With a steady diet of foods like this, probiotic numbers can reduce and bowel movements can worsen to the point of diarrhea.

Diarrhea That’s Infectious
Sometimes diarrhea causing microbes(microorganisms) are introduced into the system and conflict with the probiotic population. When the resident probiotics are overwhelmed by bad microbes, it may be helpful to introduce more probiotics, so as to fight off the offenders.

Note: If the offending pathogens are particularly stubborn, you may need to incorporate the use of antibiotics. If you do use antibiotics, probiotics can be supplemented to offset antibiotic-associated diarrhea. As always, consult your veterinarian for the appropriate solution.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is when the bowels become sensitive/hypersposmodic. Nobody really knows what causes IBS, but it does develop when the gut is infected. 

There is a theory that the immune system resist normal gut bacteria, because of how it relates to the number infectious pathogens during the infection.

Probiotics might help by shifting the numbers from infectious pathogen, to normal gut flora and by reducing inflammation. Reportedly, probiotics have worked in reducing the symptoms of IBS.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Cats can also develop Inflammatory Bowel Diseases(IBD), like Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. IBDs can be a serious issue, in that the immune system responds against the gut lining. Clinical trials in humans have reportedly shown benefits, when probiotics are used. So, probiotics can potentially help and reduce inflammation.

Types of Diarrhea Probiotics Can’t Help
Below are a few causes of cat diarrhea, that probiotics may not be able to treat.

  • Diet changes 
  • Allergic reactions
  • Cancer of the digestive tract
  • Parasites & Pathogens

Treatment of these issues require professional attention. Typically, removal of the source of the problem is what is required. Always consult a veterinarian, before taking definitive action.

Types Of Probiotics To Consider
Probiotics for cats are available in a variety of forms. The more commonly used forms are infused probiotic treats, pills and powders. Whatever you choose, follow the dosage instructions on the package or adhere to the veterinarian recommendations.

Probiotics that have an enteric coating or stomach acid resistant coating, are more likely to be effective, because they are designed to be protected from stomach acid.

If your cat doesn’t like pills/capsules, then it might be best just to sprinkle some powder on their meal(s). It might be more convenient for you to use pre-dosed probiotic powders, as you can just mix a packet in with her food each day.

In Conclusion
Diarrhea is a nasty condition for anyone to experience. So, you don’t really have to wonder, what a cat is feeling when they’re going through it. Diarrhea can make her litter box routine a little unpleasant for both of you. In some cases, probiotics can help. The key is to try and understand the cause. Then you can have a better idea, of whether or not probiotics should be your treatment of choice. Thanks for reading “Using Probiotics to Treat Diarrhea”.