How does brewers yeast work in controlling shedding in cats?FamilyPet
Anyone who’s ever owned a cat knows just how much they can shed. Besides the annoyance of having to constantly pick up the fur, it can cause problems for the cat—like hairballs and itchy skin.
Brewers yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins and the mineral,chromium. B vitamins play an essential role in the health of your cat’s skin, coat and eyes. They facilitate fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to keep the cat’s energy levels up, and support both her liver and nervous system. In fact, some studies suggest that consuming brewers yeast can accelerate healing time for cuts and similar injuries.
Some holistic veterinarians, including Dr. Richard Pitcairn, recommend daily supplementation with brewers yeast as a way to keep fleas from infesting the cat, although there are contradictory reports on its effectiveness.
Brewers yeast, available in health food stores and many feed stores, is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is available as a powder that can be mixed into food, or as a flavored tablet that can be fed as a treat.
So what it is exactly? Brewers yeast is a type of fungus known as Saccharomyces cervisiae. Along with other Saccharomyces species, brewers yeast is used to brew beer and bake some breads, but it can also be used as a nutritional supplement. You want to be sure you buy the all-natural one made from Saccharomyces cervisiae. What you don’t want is any brewers yeast made from beer by-products.
Just be sure you give your cat the inactive, nutritional supplement, form. Otherwise, the yeast will rise in her intestines and cause a lot of problems.You also must know that cats are often allergic to brewer’s yeast, so discontinue use at the first signs of itching, scratching or redness.