Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your cat – a potential easy fix

While we are not veterinarians and never pretend to be, we’d like to share something that one of our veterinarians told us about for this rather common problem known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Our dear cat Madeline was flip flopping between the two conditions. Her digestion was never good, possibly from having been an abused young cat before she found us. When she was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome our vet told us about Psyllium Husk Powder which has been a miracle. Whatever the cause of your cat’s pooping woes Organic Psyllium Husk Powder may help your cat as it did for our Madeline.

About Psylliium Husk Powder and why it works so well for that flip flop between Constipation and Diarrhea (and yes, for you too!)

Psyllium husk powder is a form of fiber which comes from the Plantago ovata plant. It is actually the husk from the plant’s seed. Interestingly it’s a bulk-forming laxative so it can correct or stabilize both conditions. As a soluble fiber it helps soak up water in the gut to improve regularity and make bowel movements easier, faster, and much more gentle. Many cats with IBS or any other digestive disorders are often seen straining in the litter box. For constipation episodes your cat might “scoot” their butt across the floor to remove a stuck piece.

Giving a cat a small amount of psyllium husk powder on a twice daily basis, mixed into canned or homemade cat food, can help improve overall digestion. Our veterinarian recommended we start Madeline with ¼ teaspoon twice a day and build up to ½ teaspoon twice a day. This took about 2 weeks.

For fun and to satisfy a curious science-y brain put a ½ teaspoon of Organic Psyllium Husk Powder in a bowl and add a few drops of water and watch the gel-magic appear right before your eyes! The liquid from canned or homemade cat food will create this healing gel.

The Great Benefits of Psyllium Husk Powder

Promotes easy regularity because it relieves both constipation and diarrhea so your cat can eliminate daily without discomfort. It improves digestion so that nutrients are properly absorbed and therefore your cat’s health and fur condition will dramatically improve. If your cat is pooping outside of the box, the cause could be IBS or discomfort while pooping and correcting the problem should stop these incidents.

Lipid levels improve for cats who might be prone to Diabetes or have it already. Check with your veterinarian first.

Weight loss because psyllium absorbs liquid in your gut, it can help give your cat (or you) the feeling of being full. This can help control the amount of food one wants to eat which can aid in weight loss.

Taste is quite bland. Your cat probably won’t notice it or may even like it.

Easily available in bulk at your local independent health organic food store. We also like the brand NOW which comes in a recyclable jar.

 
 
 
 

Longevity (create it) and Boredom (fix it) and your cat.

I’ve been feeling like a housecat all these months since March with a shrinking territory! Being housebound makes me wonder if our housecats are ever bored. Every day before I arise, I think of how during the day I will alleviate my boredom and anxiety which is important for robust health. I ask myself “What am I looking forward to today.” Then I think about new, enriching, and interesting acts of love for myself, my husband, my cats and bunnies, and for Cat Faeries. I think of how I can create beauty, excitement and happiness. All these ideas and daily plans circle back to me which give me plenty to do allaying any boredom and which benefits others, including our 4 cats. By thinking about and planning thoughtful gestures I elevate good health and longevity for all of us!

Let me be your Feline Party Planner with easy and cheap things to do for boredom and to keep it interesting for them and for you.

Shut doors for a few hours then open them. Could there be a Surprise? Something new to explore and chin-mark?
Having your cat spirited away in a room with the door shut for a few hours peeks a cat’s curiosity. They wonder: “What’s going on beyond the door!” When you finally open the door, the cat will likely race out to see what wonderful things there are to explore or what might be new and different. Even if you didn’t change one thing, the cat will be curious and will check it out. An adventure!

Is your cat’s curiosity on over drive? Is your cat the first to check out a new piece of furniture? Don’t shop, just move something!
Not all cats like fresh and new and in fact bringing in a new piece of furniture or rearranging what you have can be stressful to a minority of cats. But if your cat is one who’s curiosity is off the charts then start moving stuff around to create the feeling and flow of new and different. It can be the most simple thing like moving a chair or two. And you will bask in the refreshing newness yourself. Just like bringing in a fresh bouquet of flowers which I also highly recommend for YOU!

Bring the outdoors in
This is so simple, and it will have major sensory and entertaining impact for cats of all ages! Just a branch from a tree or a bush placed on the floor with a towel or mat under it can give your cat something new to sniff, chin mark and explore. You cat might even take a snooze under it or near (like they often do with a Christmas tree). This entertainment powerhouse didn’t cost you a penny. Keep it there until the cat becomes bored with it or it sheds leaves. Thank it for its service and in the compost or your city’s green bin.

An edible treasure hunt
Our prey animal friends love to forage and to a good hunt. Put a treat or a snack in a dish and hide it. Good choices are things that smell strong to lure your cat to find the smelly treasure. It could be the water from a can of tuna fish (a rare treat ONLY), a small piece of boneless cooked chicken or other meat, a spoonful of pumpkin/squash, or chicken baby food, bonito fish flakes.

Let’s take the edible treasure hunt further
Measure your cat’s allotted meal portion and divide it up into several dishes, then hide them in easy to find places! Let the cat prowl, hunt, and eat like a cat in the wild! A sprinkle of bonita fish flakes or nutritional yeast helps boost the scent. You can also spray our Catnip Meow Mist on the food for the ultimate in feline aromatherapy. And it’s good for their digestion and immunity!

Hide a toy or a few toys which you sprayed with our Catnip Meow Mist
Another great hunting expedition is when you cat sniffs out a fresh blast of their favorite scent – catnip. Any favorite toy sprayed with our Catnip Meow Mist hydrosol and hidden behind a chair or in a corner will entire kitty to find it and play with it.

Create an art gallery for your cats
Affix photos of birds, mice, and your cat’s baby pictures placed at feline eye level on the wall at the food bowl area!