Frequently Asked Questions
What if my cat’s sample contains litter?
It is okay if you are not able to collect a sample that is completely free of litter particles, but cleaner samples can be processed more quickly. Just try your best!
What harmful bacteria (pathogens) does the Gut Health Test detect?
The KittyBiome Gut Health Test report will measure the relative abundance of each of these types of harmful bacteria found in your cat’s sample:
- Clostridium perfringens
- Escherichia coli
- Campylobacter upsaliensis
- Clostridioides difficile
- Salmonella enterica
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Staphylococcus intermedius
- Campylobacter jejuni
- Clostridium piliforme
What beneficial bacteria does the Gut Health Test screen for and what makes them ‘beneficial’?
The KittyBiome Gut Health Test can detect:
- Clostridium hiranonis (Peptacetobacter hiranonis)
- Turicibacter sanguinis
- Faecalibacterium spp.
- Blautia spp.
- Fusobacterium spp.
- Subdoligranulum spp.
- Megasphaera spp.
- Bifidobacterium spp.
- Bacteroides spp.
Scientific research has identified these types of bacteria as beneficial for both gut health and host health in cats. All gut bacteria fulfill different roles; beneficial ones can help with reducing inflammation, producing important molecules, improving immune system function, aiding in digestion and metabolism, and other important aspects of host health.
Will this test show me if my cat has a parasitic infection?
The Gut Health Test looks specifically at the bacterial microbiome, which does not include parasites like Giardia, hookworms, or roundworms.
Will this test tell me what foods my cat is allergic to?
The Gut Health Test looks at the bacteria present in the microbiome, which will not provide information on food allergies or intolerances.
What is fecal microbiome testing and what are the benefits?
Fecal microbiome testing is the process of sequencing bacterial DNA material from a small fecal sample. We can detect and identify the bacteria from your cat’s stool sample and then provide you with a comprehensive report.
Testing a cat’s microbiome provides insights into their health. Then imbalances in specific gut bacteria can be addressed to help alleviate such symptoms as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and itchy skin that may be associated with some chronic health conditions.
Will my sample be safe in the mail?
Yes, your sample is safe. The sample tubes contain a special liquid that keeps the bacteria perfectly preserved for analysis, across a very wide range of temperatures. Once inside the tube, the sample is safe for several months.
How long does it take to get my cat’s test results?
Reports are typically sent within two weeks from when the samples arrive at our laboratory.
This was an easy test to do, and got results very quickly. Really interesting information, and passed along to my vets. My IBD kitty has been suffering vomiting and diarrhea for over a year, and it was great to have this resource for her care.
I was thrilled to find AnimalBiome, Milton has made some progress but it has been slow. He is a feral rescue kitty so who knows what he was eating. Looking forward to a successful end to his issues.
My cat has had chronic digestive issues for a long time, and my vet recommended the Kitty Biome gut health test. It was so helpful to get detailed information about his gut biome!
Used this test to check the gut health of my IBD kitty. Will be interesting to see how it has changed after being on the KittyBiome capsules. Very interesting information.
Our cat is five years old and for the last three years has been an excessive groomer to the point of causing infection and significant hair loss on her belly. We'd tried special diets, allergy shots, and a number of other things. Last summer one of her vets recommended doing the KittyBiome test. At the time, it was a bit more expensive than our budget allowed. By December we were able to do it and also the Gut Restore. What we learned from the test helped us figure out what was out of whack with her. We've had to do a few rounds of the Gut Restore and seen more and more long lasting improvement with each round and are cautiously optimistic that we've finally solved this mystery. It was definitely worth the money.