Frequently Asked Questions
What is a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT)?
A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), also called fecal transplant, is the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to the GI tract of a sick recipient. The stool from the donor contains a diverse, well-functioning community of bacteria that take up residence in the recipient’s gut. FMT is the best known approach for restoring a balanced gut microbiome and has proven to be an effective treatment in both humans and companion animals.
FMT has been used for hundreds of years in veterinary medicine and for over a thousand years in human medicine. Though modern regulatory entities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still determining how to classify it, FMT continues to demonstrate beneficial results for a growing list of human health conditions. For example, FMT is routinely used to treat Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infections. And it provides a promising solution for the low gut bacterial diversity associated with Crohn’s disease (a form of IBD).
What are Gut Restore/FMT capsules (poop pills)?
An FMT can be delivered via colonoscopy or enema, but for cats and dogs, those procedures generally require sedation. Our Gut Restore Supplement is an oral capsule that gives your cat the benefits of FMT without the need for surgery or sedation. Containing a proprietary mixture of carefully screened, cryoprotected, freeze-dried donor stool, the Gut Restore capsules (aka “poop pills”) offer a noninvasive, affordable, at-home alternative for pets suffering from digestive, skin, or immune system issues.
How can Gut Restore Supplements improve my cat’s health?
By seeding your cat’s microbiome with all the right bacteria in the right proportions, the capsules can help reestablish balance and resolve symptoms. When cats with digestive symptoms, skin issues, or immune system problems turn out to be missing certain important gut bacteria, we need to add those missing members to the microbiome and help the new populations grow and thrive.
The Gut Restore Supplement provides a whole community of healthy cat-specific microbes. The capsule’s enteric coating prevents it from dissolving until it reaches the intestines, where the contents “seed” your cat’s gut with a diverse array of healthy bacteria, restoring any missing groups.
Where do you get the material for Gut Restore Supplements?
Our Gut Restore Supplement for cats are derived from stool donated by healthy pet cats that live in homes and have been carefully screened for health, age, fecal consistency, behavior, and microbiome composition (based on DNA sequencing).
Donor stool samples are submitted for parasite and pathogen screening to the Idexx Reference Laboratories, the leading veterinary diagnostics company, which has stringent quality control guidelines and well-validated standard operating procedures.
All cat donor material is regularly screened for parasites and pathogens:
- Cats are screened for the following pathogens via PCR: Clostridium perfringens Enterotoxin Gene, Feline coronavirus, Tritrichomonas foetus, Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Feline panleukopenia virus, Clostridium perfringens Alpha Toxin, Cryptosporidium, Salmonella spp, Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia
- Cats are screened for the following parasites via ELISA: Giardia, Hookworms, Whipworms, Roundworms
- Cats are screened for ova and parasites using fecal flotation.
Is the supplement right for my cat?
An extremely wide range of cats have benefited from the Gut Restore Supplement, ranging in age from 2 months to 20 years. The vast majority of cats see improvement in their digestive issues, food allergies and intolerances, and/or skin issues.
While this supplement is natural and intended to gently repopulate the microbiome, it does contain high numbers of healthy bacteria that can be overwhelming to medically unstable cats. If your cat is severely underweight or requires frequent hospitalization, we recommend checking with your veterinarian to see if the supplement is right for your cat.
I had a 5 week old stray kitten infested with hookworms. After numerous trips to the vet for tests and treatment the hookworms were gone but the constant diarrhea remained to the point of the rectum beginning to prolapse. We tried everything! The vet said the only option left was to put the cat down and out of her misery. In a last ditch google search I found this product! The kitten is now surviving and thriving! Thank you Kitty Biome!!
My cat was initially diagnosed with pancreatitis in May of 2022 and after many weeks on antibiotics and steroids, was not improving and eventually needed to be seen on an emergency basis for support.
Two weeks prior I had submitted a stool sample to Kitty Biome and was awaiting the results. When I received them I was shocked to see that he had an overload of Clostridium. So much so that there were no other beneficial bacteria in his gut biome AT ALL. Which basically meant he had a toxic bowel. He had been passing teaspoon amounts of stool and large amounts of mucus.
He was taking an oral probiotic from the vet (Visbiome), but he continued to decline and each time he ate he immediately went to the litter box or refused the box entirely and went outside (even in the pouring rain) to have a bowel movement.
After I began the Gut Restore and the S. Boulardii along with some fiber (as recommended by the Kitty Biome report), he began to improve day by day.
After about two weeks he passed his first normal stool in over six months.
He is still on steroids, however his ultrasound revealed no signs of pancreatitis and very little thickening of the large colon. I am confident he will get to the point where he can slowly come off the steroids.
The report from his stool sample and the recommendations from the Kitty Biome team saved my cat from enduring more discomfort and possibly worse. He’s now feeling better, eating without running to the litter box and back to his cuddly self.
He has had more good days than ever since starting the S. Boulardii and the Gut Restore (2xd).
What made this even more interesting is that when my cat was diagnosed I requested a gut biome test from my vet and he told me it wasn’t going to be helpful and refused my request, insisting that this was low grade IBD.
Then I shared the report with him and he again dismissed it - offered more antibiotics and basically said it’s not “diagnostic”.
But I knew that since my cat had already been on the very antibiotics that should have cleared up the Clostridium, that I did the right thing by following “my gut” having his stool checked and following the recommendations from Kitty Biome along with the protocol from my vet (minus more antibiotics).
Thanks Kitty Biome - I’m telling you if it hadn’t been for the test, the advice and your supplements my cat might not have made it through that ordeal. He still has a bit of a road ahead of him, but I am so grateful that your service exists!
With much kindness,
Betsy and Blackie
Using KittyBiome has been a life saver for my cat. She has struggled with GI issues for quite some time with no long term relief. After being on a cycle of KittyBiome, she is back to her old self. Her GI issues are much improved and she enjoys eating, playing, and hardly any negative issues in the litter box.
My kitty had lost weight due to diarrhea from IBD. She had antibiotics, steroids, prescription foods, and nothing was helping. I got her microbiome tested after a round of Metronidazole and it said she had no flora. I knew it was time for the gut restore. I have given to her daily for about 1.5 months with a little pumpkin powder to add fiber. She has gained weight and now has normal poops about 70% of the time. She is definitely feeling better with more energy and affection. She still gets Prednisolone but I have reduced the dose and hope to wean her off entirely.
At our senior cat sanctuary we see a lot of cats with GI issues. One cat in particular had frequent large, soft, malodorous stools. An ultrasound revealed severe inflammation in his colon. Our internist recommended KittyBiome as part of his treatment plan. After 3 months we have seen tremendous improvement and his stools are now completely normal. Now we use KittyBiome as part of our treatment plan for any cats that have frequent diarrhea and dysbiosis. We are very happy with the results we have seen!