Does My Cat Have a Yeast Infection?
An overgrowth of yeast which leads to a cat yeast infection. Yeast infections are usually associated with the ear, but can also be found in the vagina, the anus, and areas of the skin (especially under the belly and legs. Yeast is really a symptom of what can be a variety of possible underlying conditions:
Causes of Yeast Infections in Cats:
- Bacterial infection
- Poor diet
- Poor digestion
- Gut imbalance
When it comes to cat yeast infections, if you look even deeper it is likely that whether there is an association with an underlying condition or not, yeast overgrowth likely comes from a poor diet, overuse of antibiotics or other substances which harm gut ecology.
Symptoms of Cat Yeast Infections
- Hair loss
- Waxy residue and scabbing around the opening of the ear
- Scabby, or reddened skin
How to Help
Taking your cat to the vet may be necessary in this case, but will most likely result in a prescription or antibiotics. In many cases this can be avoided and may be better for your cat's long term wellness to seek a more holistic route for yeast.
For avoiding yeast infetions, the answer is generally very simple. The balance of healthy bacteria needs to be established in your cat's body, in the gut.
Yeast is an overgrowth due to too much harmful bacteria. The answer is probiotics, probiotics, and more probiotics! Probiotics are very effective in preventing and addressing yeast infection problems in cats.
Beyond probiotics, certain enzymes, like beta-glucanase have been found to be effective at breaking up and eliminating yeast and fungus in the body. If the yeast is caused by poor digestion, the undigested food particles could be fermenting or creating yeast. Digestive enzymes are a great way to streamline your cat's digestion and avoid this problem.
Natural Supplements to for Cats with Yeast Infections
When your cat has a yeast infection, it is an opportunity to increase your cat's overall immune function. For cat yeast infections, we recommend the following supplements:
1. Probiotics have been found to improve immune function and help abate yeast infections in the body. Probiotic Miracle® is a high potency probiotic supplement that is designed specifically for pets and has been successful wtih helping many cat owners with combatting yeast issues.
1. Enzymes are a little known secret in pet health. Enzyme Miracle® is a great way to help break down yeast and fungus built up in your cat's body, as well as steamline your cat's digestive process to avoid toxin build up in the first place.