The Pros and Cons of Cat Probiotics for Constipation

The Pros and Cons of Cat Probiotics for Constipation

Cat constipation is a common issue that can cause discomfort and health problems in our feline friends.

While there are various remedies available, including dietary changes and medications, one option gaining popularity is the use of cat probiotics for constipation. 

In this blog, we'll explore the signs of constipation in cats and the potential benefits and drawbacks of using probiotics to address the issue.

Causes & Symptoms of Constipation in Cats

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, some of the most common causes of constipation in cats include: 

  • Hairballs that cause blockages
  • Foreign objects, such as bones
  • Injuries impacting the pelvic area
  • Lack of exercise

Symptoms of constipation include:

  • Struggling to defecate
  • Excessive meows and cries of pain
  • Hard and dry feces
  • Struggling to eat
  • Vomiting

In general, it’s important to keep an eye on your kitty. Vigilance is the best and easiest way to address constipation issues before they become serious. 

Watch for any changes in your cat’s normal eating, grooming, or bathroom habits. Clean the litter box daily so you can note how often they’re going and changes in consistency. 

The Pros of Cat Probiotics for Constipation

Research has shown for decades that many common health concerns, including constipation, can stem from a misalignment in the gut. Since probiotics have been shown to help support gut health and overall health, it only makes sense that they can have a positive impact on cats experiencing constipation. 

Improved Gut Health

Probiotics are known for their ability to support and maintain a healthy gut in humans and animals. By introducing beneficial bacteria into your cat's digestive system, you can help restore balance and promote smoother digestion.

This can be particularly helpful for cats with constipation, as it may aid in the movement of stool through the intestines.

Enhanced Digestive Function

Good bacteria in your gut can help your cat break down food and absorb nutrients more efficiently. When your cat's digestive system functions optimally, it can reduce the likelihood of constipation by preventing the stool from becoming too dry or hard.

Reduced Inflammation

Probiotics have been shown to help reduce gut inflammation, a common issue in cats suffering from chronic constipation. By decreasing inflammation, probiotics may lessen the severity of constipation and improve overall gut health. 

The Cons of Cat Probiotics for Constipation

Keep in mind that not all probiotics are created equal. It can take time to see how the probiotics work and impact various cats differently. 

Ineffectiveness for All Cats

Probiotics are not a one-size-fits-all solution. While they may work well for some cats, they might not have the same effect on others.

The effectiveness of probiotics can vary based on the individual cat's health, diet, and the specific strains used.

Delayed Results

Probiotics are not a quick-fix solution. It may take some time for the beneficial bacteria to establish themselves in your cat's gut and produce noticeable improvements. 

Potential Side Effects

In some rare cases, probiotics can cause adverse effects such as diarrhea, gas, or an upset stomach. Side effects generally happen when you opt for a supplement with multiple additives, flavorings, etc.

It's essential to read ingredients carefully and monitor your cat when introducing probiotics.

Choosing the Right Probiotic

If your cat is dealing with constipation or other gut health issues, choosing the right probiotic is key. Maya Pet goes beyond a typical probiotic to provide a well-rounded, effective solution for your feline friend. 


The right strains are key for probiotic effectiveness. Maya Pet has 10 Smart Strains™ of good bacteria. These strains are specifically chosen to improve your pet’s immune system, digestive system, and overall health. 

We break our strains into four categories:

  • Enhancers: These strains boost your cat’s microbiome
  • Managers: These strains convert gut acid into usable energy 
  • Inhibitors: These strains block unwanted pathogens 
  • Communicators: These strains improve the connection between your cat’s brain, gut, and nervous system. 

  • No Additives & Artificial Ingredients

    Many pet probiotics add things in an attempt to improve flavor, texture, or look. A lot of times, these additives can make symptoms worse or cause unnecessary side effects. 

    When choosing the right gut health supplement for your pet, it’s important to look at ingredients carefully. Fewer additives and a more natural approach is generally better. 

    Maya Pet has minimal additives and is non-GMO, dairy-free, nut-free, dye-free, and egg-free. Keeping things as simple as possible makes it safer and minimizes issues for most pets — even those with sensitivities. 

    Easy to Give to Your Pet

    There’s no doubt that some cats are picky, and getting them to take medication can be a struggle. Finding a supplement that your cat will easily eat is essential. 

    While some pet probiotics come in pills that cats may spit out or not want to take, Maya Pet comes in an easy powder form. Simply sprinkle it on their normal food or mix it in some wet food. The flavor is minimal so it just blends right in. 

    Try Maya Pet Today

    If you’re looking for relief from constipation for your cat or just taking a preventative approach, Maya Pet can help.

    Snag a bottle and put our targeted Smart Strains to work for your pet. 

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