Originally Posted by Ducman69
Vomiting or dying? Not from regular acidophilus probiotics. An "overdose" would just make your cat very gassy temporarily, at least that's what the effect is on people. You really don't need to shop for cat probiotics. Human grade probiotics are just as good, and if anything better regulated, and are available fresh from most grocers refrigerated healthfood sections. Just get the lowest concentration acidophilus one (my grocer has ones labeled for kids), cut a capsule in half, hit it with the flat part of the knife, and voila you have a tasteless powder.
Before that we used Purina Fortiflora, and its just probiotic mixed with concentrated flavor. Its good for sick cats that won't eat, as its like kitty crack. It works. It tastes good. And the bit of flavoring in there is not a meal (the whole thing is probably 2 calories), so no worries.
Regarding how long to put it in the food, just use it until you feel you don't need it. At that point worse can scenario you're wasting money, but shouldn't be doing any harm.
Hummm...... IMHO I beg it differently. The bacterial flora in the gut differs from species to species, including from humans to cats, to dogs, to rabbits, etc. Acidophilus just happens to be one that is beneficial to both cats and humans. Fortiflora has one single strain - the rest is really not necessary. A little bit of flavoring? The very first ingredient is Animal Digest.... and that makes it the biggest in percentage.
Ingredients: Animal digest, Enterococcus faecium, L-ascorbyl- 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E supplement, beta-Carotene, zinc proteinate, taurine, salt, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite. C-4583
The advantage of a multi-strain probiotic, is that it is the kitty is getting maximum benefits, and all the strains are covered.
For how long to use it?
Depends too - if the kitty has a temporary issue, use during it until the kitty is well.... Always good to have it in hands.
For IBD cats, or kitties with other digestive issues, you want to give it for life.
There has been a study relating the use of Enterococcus faecium consumption by cats, and the increase of immunity/reduction of mortality. So..... It is not a bad thing if you can spend the money - probiotics is not a bad thing at all....
Where I agree with Ducman is this: If your cat has diarrhea, just get some probiotic - because that "some" will definitely be better for him then none..... (while you are researching and shopping around that is)..... They do help a lot with diarrhea....