Originally Posted by mschauer
I think what you are saying is that your cat is lacking what is naturally occuring in the digestive tracts of most cats. If that is the case then of course I agree with using probitics to treat such a condition. That is analagous to a human who is lactose intolerant using probiotics so that they can consume dairy. I can't say I know for sure but I suspect that most people who are lactose intolerant simply don't consume dairy products.
What I am trying to point out is that I would think the vast majority of cats would have normal, healthy digestive tracts and that if they were fed foods containing ingredients appropriate for the species that the addition of probiotics should be unnecessary.
To clarify: I am NOT attacking your choice of foods for your cat. I fully understand that every cat is an individual and that some may have special needs.
I'm not feeling attacked at all, but I appreciate the thought.
I find your comparison to lactose intolerance in humans actually quite appropriate for the simply reason that cats in general
are very digestion sensitive and most are, in fact, lactose intolerant.
Giving cats, any cat of any breed or situation, probitiocs is only going to be helpful, not harmful. It is not an unnecessary ingredient if you are thinking about what is best for your cat from a "whole health" perspective.
I've learned a lot here on TCS in the 14 months that I've been a member, and feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful place to learn and grow from.
I owened a bird for 17 years, and have had cats for less than three - just about everything I know about taking really good care of these furbabies came from things I picked up here on this site and additionally researched on my own.
Lots of us see things different ways, but we all love our cats to pieces. I needed to find the right food for Ferris, and that turned out to be Nature's Variety Raw Instinct and Serengeti. It gets Royal Canin mixed into it at about 50% because Penny the Bengal is our newest family member, and that's what she ate all her life at Kai Bengals'.
The grain free kibbles have a very high protein content, which Bengals require, so Ferris' diet needs have worked out really well for all three cats. Ginger's coat hasn't been this shiny and soft since she was eating Nutro kitten kibble. Nutro adult sure as heck didn't do anything good for her coat.
It is a good thing that you ask these questions - this is how we all learn things. I'm sure there are plenty of other people lurking out there who were thinking the same question but never came out to ask it.
I'm a bit brusque by nature, so I'm sorry if I get a little abrasive on occasion - it's never personal, I'm just a very direct person. Someone asks a question, I answer straight. And I'm always just a PM away if you want to discuss something off the main forums.