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, 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. While it varies depending on underlying health conditions, positive results—such as better formed stool, improved appetite, and less itching—are often seen within a few weeks.
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).
Standard veterinary tests are performed to confirm that the donated fecal material contains no parasites or ova (parasite eggs). Donor stool samples are also submitted for pathogen screening (both DNA testing and culturing) to the Idexx Reference Laboratories, which has more than 15 years of genetic testing experience, stringent quality control guidelines, and well-validated standard operating procedures.
All cat donor material is regularly screened for the following:
- intestinal ova and parasites using a fecal float.
- presence of hookworms, roundworms and whipworms by ELISA
- Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (CPE) gene, Cryptosporidium spp., feline coronavirus (FeCoV), feline panleukopenia virus, Giardia spp., Salmonella spp., Toxoplasma gondii, Tritrichomonas blagburni (formerly foetus) by Idexx Reference Laboratories.
Is the supplement right for my cat?
An extremely wide range of cats have benefited from the Gut Restore Supplement, ranging in age from <1 month to 19 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, unable to eat or drink voluntarily, and/or requires frequent hospitalization, we do not recommend this supplement. A fecal transplant via enema may be more appropriate for medically unstable cats. Talk to your vet to see if this is right for your cat.
Two of my special needs cats have had microbiome transplants and their quality of life is immeasurably better.
My older tomcat has IBD and used to have horrible vomiting bouts that required trips to the vet for rehydration. He has had two rounds of microbiome treatment in the last three years and he is in perfect health, according to his vet. There's no more vomiting, stomach upset, lethargy, or other IBD symptoms.
My younger cat came to me with an eosinophilic inflammatory skin diseases and suspected allergies to nearly every food on the planet. One round of microbiome treatment and his condition is GONE. His vet was astounded by how supple and healthy his skin and coat are. He still has a sensitivity to salmon so as long as we avoid that he's in perfect health.
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The above seemed to slow down the daily fecal leakage but not completely. Her stool continues to be runny. I added
the maintenance supplement and within days the daily fecal leakage ceased, but her stools are still runny.
What is your advise? Do I need to reorder another 30day supply of the Gut Health? Is there anything more that can be done about normalizing her stool. Her BM's can be very explosive. Any advise is appreciated.