So I read many good reviews and experts raving about this little nifty product and how great it is for transiting pets to raw…and I just had to get my hands on it! Finally, after a long wait it arrived…
A little box! This is what it says on the website:
FortiFlora® is a nutritional supplement for cats and has been formulated to achieve the following characteristics:
- Contains a special strain of probiotic that has been proven to promote intestinal health and balance
- Contains a guaranteed amount of live active cultures
- Promotes a healthy immune system
- Contains high levels of antioxidant Vitamins A, E, and C
- Excellent palatability
How does FortiFlora work?
FortiFlora may help nutritionally manage cats with diarrhea in many situations, including:
- Stressful situations such as boarding or change in home environment
- Diet change or consumption of inappropriate foods
- Soft stool in kittens
- Antibiotic therapy
Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it?
With many tiny little packets inside. Single-serve, but you can use just a little bit to save the rest for later. Fortiflora is good for digestion and immune systems, BUT what I really want it for is…to tempt unwilling pets to try raw. So dog lovers, you can use this as well. And the great thing is, since you aren’t really using it for digestive purposes, you can still keep it past its expiry date. The date is simply for the viability of the good bacteria, but what you want is the taste. I may order the Purina Canine fortiflora later if enough people ask for it.
Reminds me of sugar packets.
This is what it looks like inside…
Some nutritional information:
Animal digest, Enterococcus faecium, L-ascorbyl- 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E supplement, beta-Carotene, zinc proteinate, taurine, salt, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite. C-4583
NOTE: SOME RELIGIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE USE OF ANIMAL DIGEST. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. I must thank one of my first reviewers and fellow raw-feeder Sri for this tip. Thank you Sri! ^^
Animal digest is not animal by-product. It is simply a cooked and powdered broth of any animal tissue (hence the warning I put above there!) and this is what makes kibble so yummy. Pet companies don’t tell you this, but the kibble is sprayed with the stuff. So even if you bought chicken kibble, it has animal digest.
I don’t advocate long-term use of animal digest because of its unknown source, but I am perfectly fine with using it as a transition tool for raw.
For this post, I used beef cubes because my cats hate beef the most and I thought it would be a fairer trial.
I sprinkle some on…
And…here are the cats’ reactions.
Family meal time!