Sophie here! Today on the blog, I’ll be reviewing TummyWorks, a probiotic for cats – and also giving away one tub each to three lucky winners. But before all that fun, let me take you back, way back to when I first arrived at the Three Chatty Cats household…
Garbage Gut Woes
Let me set the scene. It was a cool evening in November 2014, and my future parental figures were off to see a movie at the theater. An adorable white kitten circling a security guard’s feet sidetracked Mama during a pre-movie bathroom pit stop. As any cat lover would do, she inquired and ended up taking the six-month-old kitten home before animal control arrived – yes, they had been called. (FYI – that kitten was me!)
Mama and Pops quickly realized that I was a special kitty. In more ways than one. For the first two weeks, they had me set up in the master bedroom of the house that they used as a den. I had my own litter box that they placed in a very roomy (cavernous!) shower stall with astounding acoustics.
So, the Mama and Pops are hanging out in the room one evening, and they hear a boom boom boom coming from the bathroom shower stall. Mama said it was like a fighter jet had broken the sound barrier and created a sonic boom – on repeat! (Do you get what those boom booms were? Um, the boom booms came from my bum bum.)
Visiting the Vet
So, off to the vet we went – several times, in fact! Tests were run, diseases and parasites ruled out, food sampled, etc. We finally found a diet that seemed to agree with my sensitive tummy, and it was determined that I had food allergies.
In addition to the boom booms, allergy flare-ups included a swollen lip or hot spots on my legs. And sometimes, a cone was involved.
I’m happy to report that I haven’t had the boom booms since those first few months of arriving at my forever home (or the toot toots that went along with them). However, I do occasionally manage to sneak a nibble of Olive’s food or even Eddie’s food (the resident woofie)! And the types of flare-ups I have now are ear infections. That means we have a ready supply of ear drops handy.
TummyWorks to the Rescue
When Mama was approached by Finest for Pets, the makers of TummyWorks, to try out their probiotic, she thought I might benefit from it. Turns out she was right! Since being on TummyWorks for about a month, I haven’t had to use the ear drops at all! And you can bet that I’ve snuck some of my siblings’ food a couple of times. I just wanted Mama to be sure that the TummyWorks was actually working.
Another thing Mama noticed is that Harley’s poo is less stinky! We’re all thankful for that! But Mama realized it when she saw Harley in the litter and thought he tinkled because she didn’t smell anything. She went over to scoop and was surprised to find a present for her (you know, his poo). Harley made me swear I wouldn’t talk about his stinky poo. But I’m not. I’m telling you how it’s not stinky now! That fella worries for no reason.
The results of TummyWorks are all great and grand, but what is a probiotic? I had to ask Mama because, you know, I’m just a cat. Here’s what I found out: probiotics are teeny-tiny, little microorganisms that live in your digestive tract – yours, mine, even Mama’s – and those little microorganisms help restore a healthy gut! Sometimes they’re referred to as good bacteria. Most healthy guts usually have that good bacteria already present, but sometimes your gut just needs a little help (like mine did), and that’s where adding probiotics can help.
In many cases, probiotics can help with:
- Diarrhea (the boom booms)
- Gas (the toot toots)
- Food or skin allergies (yep, I got those, too)
- Hot spots (been there, done that)
- Itching and scratching (my ears!)
- …and more! (I don’t want more)
Because of my sensitive tummy (i.e., food allergies), Mama asked our vet if the TummyWorks probiotic ingredients were okay for me to have because there are other brands of probiotics that I can’t have. But the answer for TummyWorks was yes – I could have it! Straight from their website, here’s more about TummyWorks:
TummyWorks contains an all natural, unique blend of 10 Probiotics, 6 Digestive Enzymes and a Prebiotic specially formulated for cats and dogs.
- Prebiotic: feeds “good bacteria” FOS (fructooligiosaccharide)
- Probiotics, 2 billion CFU’s per scoop: Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. Brevis, L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. reuteri, L. Fermentum, B. bifidum, B. longum, E. Faecium
- Digestive Enzymes: Protease, Cellulase, Amylase, Lipase, Beta-glucanase, Bromelain Other Ingredients Maltodextrin
- TummyWorks is a tasteless powder that mixes easily with food. It contains no additives or preservatives.
The probiotic, which is made in the USA, comes in a big tub with a measuring scoop. Mama has been using the probiotic with all five of us cats for about a month now. She can’t even tell that it’s made a dent yet! The tub will last us a long time.
Watch our video to see how easily TummyWorks mixes into our food. It’s also worth noting that there is a chew version of TummyWorks for our doggie friends!
Finest for Pets has been kind enough to offer our readers a 20% off discount code!
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20% off discount code: 3chattycats
Code expires on July 31, 2018 at 3pm Pacific
Ready for the giveaway? Finest for Pets is allowing us to give away one TummyWorks tub to three lucky winners! Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway.
The giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. Three winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. Each winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific.
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And there you have it! Because of TummyWorks, I’m one happy kitty. And Mama is happy she hasn’t had to torture me with ear drops. (And everyone is happy that Harley’s poo is, you know, less stinky.)
A note from the Mama
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, nor do I have any medical background. If you think your cat has stomach issues, you should check with your veterinarian. Before beginning any new treatment or diet, including probiotics, you should also check with your veterinarian.