The objective of this study is to evaluate the growth kinetics of a strain of Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum (BP) on 4 oligo- or polysaccharides and the effect of feeding a selected probiotic-prebiotic combination on intestinal microbiota in cats.
Ten healthy adult cats were selected for testing. Growth kinetics of a strain of cat-origin BP (BP-B82) on fructo-oligosaccharides, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), lactitol or pectins was determined, and the combination of GOS and BP-B82 was selected. Cats received supplemental once-daily feeding of 1% GOS-BP-B82 for 15 days; fecal samples were collected for analysis the day before (day 0) and 1 and 10 days after the feeding period (days 16 and 25, respectively).
Compared with the prefeeding value, mean fecal ammonia concentration was significantly lower on days 16 and 25; fecal acetic acid concentration was higher on day 16. On day 16, fecal concentrations of lactic, n-valeric, and isovaleric acids were significantly lower than on days 0 and 25. A significant increase in fecal bifidobacteria content was observed on days 16 and 25, compared with the prefeeding value. Results suggested that feeding 1% GOS-BP-B82 combination had some positive effects on the intestinal microbiota in cats.
Source: G. Biagi et al., 2013. Effect of feeding a selected combination of galacto-oligosaccharides and a strain of Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum on the intestinal microbiota of cats. AJVR online January 2013. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.74.1.90
With the availability of quality ingredients declining, perhaps we need to explore this category
The lowly pea appears to be an effective ingredient for the next generation of dog and cat diets
What is this quiet, unassuming ingredient, and should it be there?
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