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.