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Don't recommend it as a probiotic (but can't speak to other possile uses/remedies)
on February 4, 2015
As much as we are all searching for solutions to kitty problems, we still need to make intelligent choices.
Fortiflora has absolutely no benefit as a probiotic. Since it's heavily comprised of "animal digest" (the same schlocky slaughterhouse floor ingredient used to make otherwise inedible dry foods - like Meow Mix or Temptations treats - palatable for cats) it could serve as an appetite stimulant, but it's a terrible probiotic as it's just a single strain of bacteria and not a proper live culture. It's popular with vets for the same reason prescription foods are: it is very heavily promoted by traveling sales reps who know all the right ways to market their products for their core constituents, but for cats it's worthless. The problem here is not likely to be a bacterial imbalance, but if you are going to use probiotics for supportive purposes, use a better balanced product like Bene-bac, Jarrow's Petdophilus, Nexabiotic, or any high quality human probiotic with a combination of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, giving 5-20 billion CFU daily depending on weight (start small, move up with larger cats).