There aren’t many things that are more frustrating than a cat who is fussy about her food. Getting finicky cats to eat can try even the most loving cat parent’s patience. There are a lot of different things you can do to entice a finicky eater. Nutritional yeast is one of the least known, yet potentially most successful weapons in your fight against finickiness (I’m not sure whether that’s a real word, but it should be!)

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is grown on sugarcane or beet molasses. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It has a strong nutty or cheesy flavor, which is why it is used as a cheese substitute in many vegetarian or vegan recipes. It also tastes great sprinkled over popcorn. Nutritional yeast is great source of B vitamins, a good source of potassium, and is nearly 50% protein. It isย  naturally low in fat, sodium and it is sugar and dairy free.

The difference between nutritional yeast and brewer’s yeast

Nutritional yeast is different from brewer’s yeast, which is a by-product of the beer brewing process. Brewers yeast also contains many vital nutrients, but has a more bitter taste. Some cats seem to like it. If you want to try brewer’s yeast, make sure to read labels: some manufacturers will add garlic, which is toxic to cats.

Nutritional yeast for cats

Not every cat will like the taste of nutritional yeast, but most cats love it. I use it with both Allegra and Ruby. Ruby can be a bit fussy about her food, and sprinkling a little bit of nutritional yeast over her meal will get her eating every single time. Allegra goes absolutely crazy for the stuff and starts dancing around my legs as soon as I get the jar out of the refrigerator.

You can’t really overdose a cat on nutritional yeast. I give between 1/4 to 1 teaspoon a day, depending on how much is needed to get Ms. Fussy to eat.

Concerns about phosphorus in nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast does contain phosphorus, which can be a concern for cats in renal failure. “The typical dose of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon would only add about 14 mg of Phosphorus,” says homeopathic feline veterinarian Andrea Tasi of Just Cats Naturally. “This would only matter if a cat is in advanced renal failure, or if the diet is otherwise high in phosphorus.” Dr. Tasi’s cat Fifi, who had chronic renal disease, loved nutritional yeast and got some on her raw food every day.

As far as flavor enhancers go, they don’t get any healthier or more effective than nutritional yeast.

Have you tried nutritional yeast for your finicky eater?

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100 Comments on Nutritional Yeast: A Secret Weapon to Get Finicky Cats to Eat

  1. I have a shy, skinny little foster kitten who I couldn’t get to eat. Luckily I have nutritional yeast on hand because it’s so common in vegan cooking. She’s eating great now and packing on the grams, but now I have to feed her apart from the other kittens! They ALL want a taste.

  2. Really? I didn’t know about this my cat is somewhat like this, and my dog as well, by the way, is this nutritional yeast is it good for the dog too? If yes, how much per serving do I need to give for my canine, is it daily, alternately or if it’s required only? I was reading about the nutritional yeast for humans here it is (link has been removed by the editors) and then I landed to your article that caught my interest especially I have pets, I hope I could get a feedback from you, thanks

  3. Dear Ingrid, Thank you for your prompt reply to my message and the advice contained in it, as you say EGC is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, as my vet just want’s to keep giving Duffy steroid injections, it’s a nightmare scenario.I have decided to try giving her the Nutritional yeast as I feel it may help her stamina. I am based in the UK and I am struggling to find an Holistic vet within reasonable travelling distance. Once again thank you for you help and advice.

  4. Hi there, Can you advise me I am sick with worry over my lovely cat Duffy she’s 5 years old, she has been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex, over the last 4 weeks she has had a 4 steroid shots , the last of these shots really upset her as it was a shot that was supposed to last a month and her skin and paws just erupted worse than ever. I am not letting her have any more steroid shots as I really don’t think that they are doing her any good at all in fact the opposite, she has developed thinning patches on her coat, she used to have a thick dense coat I am so upset for her. In your opinion would these nutritional flakes help her? although her illness hasn’t affected her appetite, she is on a raw diet, I am at my wits end, and have no faith in the vet who just wants to pump her full of chemicals.Any advice would be very much appreciated, Thank you

    • I have not heard of nutritional yeast specifically helping with eosinophilic granuloma, Diane. Unfortunately, as you already know, this condition can be difficult to diagnose properly and to treat. I would recommend getting a referral to a veterinary dermatologist, or, if you prefer to avoid drugs, working with a holistic vet. You can find one near you here:

  5. Good morning Ingrid, my 15 year old cat has been hospitalized since Saturday & had his gallbladder removed yesterday & was diagnosed with Triad disease. Could you point me in the right direction for anymore information on this? I want to be as prepared as possible for when he comes home. I’m sure the vet will push whatever prescription food they have there, but I want to give him the best, even if I have to cook it myself. Thank you in advance! I’m freaking out! Lindsey H.

    • I’m sorry about your kitty, Lindsey! You’re going to want to feed a diet that reduces inflammation as much as possible, but the most important thing is that your kitty eats, and since these conditions often affect the appetite, that can be tricky. I would go with a good quality grain-free raw, home-cooked or canned diet. Most of the diets on my list of recommended brands would probably work, as long as your kitty will eat them!

      • Thank you so much. I’m currently feeding Primal and Nomnomnow (although I recently froze my account due to not knowing if he could eat it). It seemed as though they couldn’t digest the veggies, so I was picking them out. He is picky, though, so I will definitely have some of those other foods on hand when he comes home. Thank you again!

        • I have a suggestion, if your pet canโ€™t digest the veggies, what I do is put food in my magic bullet to blend well enough so itโ€™s easily digestible, my Furbabies do not like chunks in their food, they prefer the soft food

  6. Hello, I have two 15 year old rescues, both with IBD (and probable lymphoma). My male, Lewis, was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism August 2017, but was cured with radioactive iodine. They are both very picky eaters, so I’ve been using nutritional yeast on top of their can food and they love it! Lewis cries for his food to be sprinkled again once he’s eaten it all. I usually give him more. For the past month, he’s been acting like a hyperthyroid kitty again (waking me up every morning between 3 & 4 am to be fed fresh food, wanting to play a lot, crying in the kitchen for food, & it seems like he’s lost weight since his gain from his thyroid getting fixed). He had a couple of bouts of loose stool, but seems back to normal. Labs show normal thyroid levels, but elevated liver enzymes. Could I be hurting his liver with the yeast? Does it ferment like regular yeast? I’m just trying to figure out what the cause is, so I can fix it (if it’s something I have control over). I couldn’t find any info on this. He got a shot of Convenia (which worries me after reading about it) & goes back for labs in 2 weeks. If anyone has any advice, I’m all ears! Thank you!

    • My understanding is that nutritional yeast is heated during the manufacturing process and is therefore not active yeast. Therefore, it has no effect on candida and the body treats it just like any other food. Since the yeast is deactivated, all that’s left in the finished product is just an assortment of vitamins and minerals, plus small amounts of protein, carbs and a little fat.

      • Thank you! I had read only about the protein and B vitamins in the nutritional yeast and how it is different from Brewer’s yeast. I was really hoping it wasn’t the culprit because that’s the only way they’ll eat! Thanks again.

        • Our 3 years old finnicky queen cat Bezu (pronounced ‘bee zoo’), loves nutritional yeast. She stuck her head in the jar I keep it in, very interested indeed, so I tentatively gave her a 1/4 teaspoon and she gobbled it up. So she showed me ! Glad she did, and very glad her instincts are spot on.

        • Good morning, Dawn. I have tried some herbal supplements & am waiting for milk thistle to come in. I transitioned them to Primal nuggets (turkey & rabbit) & Nomnomnow, which they love! I don’t even have to use the yeast anymore. His liver enzymes came back considerably lower & we go back in 1 month for a recheck. The vet prescribed Denamarin. Of the 3 doses I gave him, he threw them up over 8 hours later with a hairball (no food, just clump of hair & tablet). The tablets are enteric coated, so they should be passing through the stomach, but I guess it never makes it out (?). I stopped the med, but will give milk thistle. On the new diet, he no longer wakes me up at 3am….. But she does…ugh!

    • Lindsey,
      Perhaps your cat’s early morning hunger is from the IBD? Not absorbing enough nutrients?

      • AnnMarie, I think it was the Triad disease, or at least his gallbladder. He ended up getting it removed in January, and he’s been fine since then. He is still eating NomNomNow, Wellness canned food, and occasionally, Primal freeze dried nuggets. He hasn’t cried in the morning in months. My female, on the other hand, wakes me up at 4am. There’s always a little food left. I think she just wants me to go to the sofa or table. Then, she sits next to me and passes out. They’re definitely spoiled and have me trained!

  7. for those saying their cats didn’t like the nutritional yeast, you can crush the flakes into a powder and/or mist it once it’s on the food.

  8. Not much working for my kitty. She is 17.5 yr old on thyroid meds. Usually weights 5.5# but due to her loss of appetite for 4 days or so she is now at 4.5#. Just walks away from any of the canned foods she usually likes and just wants to drink water. I bought some additive in a package from Petmart which is tomato based but made her stomach upset. The nutritional yeast she won’t touch. I finally got about a tbsp of raw chicken into her last night and again today. Also some chicken broth. I tried a jar of baby ham which she did not care for either. Vet can’t see her for 3 weeks but did find another one who can see her in 2 days. I am just out of any other ideas right now.

    • I have a cat rescue (45years, saving lives). What I keep on hand is Nutri-cal. I use an oral syringe dose. Warning,……It is Very ,very messy. High calories and vitamins.

      • The first two ingredients in Nutrical are corn and soy. It’s high in sugar (molasses), contains a chemical preservative and virtually no protein, so at best this is a very short term solution.

    • When one of our cats is experiencing any types of digestive problems, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, or lack of appetite, we break open a capsule of slippery elm(we use NOW foods) and mix it in their wet food. Sometimes the strong smell of it puts the cats off. In that case, we mix it with honey to form a paste and finger feed it to them. They struggle and protest, but this remedy has not failed us a single time for the last two years that we’ve been doing this. Normally, it begins to work within a day or two at most. We always carry the slippery elm capsules along with powdered lysine and colloidal silver in our medicine cabinet. All three ingredients are useful for various cat as well as human conditions. Please try the slippery elm before placing your cat on medication. Even if his/her illness is in a stage that medication is the only option, it will only provide an added benefit.

    • Hello Sindi, I’m a cat minder in Australia with many years experience, these are the things that I’ve tried with cats that would not eat: Try heating the wet cat food for a several seconds in the microwave, this increases the smell and makes it more enticing to some cats. OR: try a Feliway Cat Pheromone plug in infuser, I’ve found that it works wonders on about 70% of cats, they have gone from not eating anything to eating everything thing sight!
      OR: try 1/4 or 1/2 tablet of Periactin, it’s an over the counter human medication that some vets recommend to stimulate appetite. But PLEASE check with your vet first. I’ve had to use it twice when 2 cats would not eat anything and it works very well within an hour or so.
      Good luck. Let us know here how you got on.

  9. This post just showed up in my FB feed as I’m stressing with my finicky cat. He has been on the Iams low ph for urinary tract crystals. But Iams discontinued their prescription formulas, so I decided if I had to get new food, now was the time to go raw. I had been feeding him the Primal Turkey dehydrated because I could add extra water to it. He’s been eating it for several weeks and all of a sudden a few days ago, he stopped. I sprinkle freeze dried chicken on top, add some greenie treats, he’ll only nibble. Yesterday, I gave in and went and got some cans of Wevura, he ate a little last night but is turning up his nose this morning. I’m noticing a lot of hair in his stool and I’m wondering if that’s related. I would take him to the vet, but this cat goes crazy. They have to sedate him (put him in the box) to even get a look at him and that increases the price of the vet visit too much. I’m going to get some of the nutritional yeast today. Would love to hear any other ideas you have too. Thanks!

    • Update: Just got home from the store with nutritional yeast and it WORKED! thanks so much for posting this info.

      • I realize this is way after the fact but you may want to ask your vet about giving you some Gabapentin to give to your kitty before your office visit. It is a pain killer but acts as a relaxant on kitties like yours. Makes most unhandleable kitties docile enough for a full exam. Iโ€™ve been a vet tech for 25 years. This really is the way to go.

  10. My cat is resisting the change from dry to canned cat food. I am worried sick that he is not eating enough. I read your article about nutritional yeast and bought some Bragg’s at the health food store yesterday. It had a very positive effect. He ate more than usual but still not enough. He loves it but tends to lick it off of the food and eats only a little of the actual food. I am thinking of ordering fortiflora from Amazon but you have to buy a case so I have hesitated. My question is, can you use both the yeast and fortiflora? I don’t mean together, I just mean one or the other at mealtime on the same day. I am desperate. He won’t eat pate at all and it is hard to find multiple brands that offer chunks. Help! I am about ready to jump off a bridge.

    • I do not recommend Fortiflora – it contains animal digest. If you decide to use it anyway, you can use it with nutritional yeast.

    • My cat had stopped eating when i. roughy a second cat into the home. my vet put him on FortiFlora which was great, but very expensive. Nutritional yeast is a fraction of the cost, and i think he likes it better.

      as for licking the goodies off the top, i just pick up the dish and attach more yeast. it helps with all kinds of things 1 sensitive stomach.fleas… i don’t know what else.

  11. Hi there!
    I just stumbled across your website when I was looking for information about cats and yeast tablets.
    This is wonderful news you have here, my 18-yr-old cat is very finicky about his food and the nutritional yeast, “nooch”, really got his attention!
    He snarfed down the small amount of wet food on one dish and went after my other cat’s dish when I sprinkled some on to the food in the second dish.
    This is just what I need to get my skinny senior cat to eat a little more.
    Thanks so much!

  12. Our 13.5 yr old cat was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. Our vet prescribed Hills Y-D Thyroid Formula. At 6.6 lbs, it would be great if the cat could gain 2lbs by increasing its appetite. We`re thinking Nutritional Yeast would help but worry that it may contain iodine which came up in a google search. The question is how much. If it were only 5-10 mcg in 1 oz, I would consider that insignificant, but 100 mcg in 1oz might cause problems for cats on a iodine restricted diet. I could try Mirtazapine but would rather use a nutritional supplement if possible. Any help or ideas greatly appreciated

  13. I’m considering getting some of the nutritional yeast for Mia. She does not eat any one food for very long and then I have to scramble to find something she will eat. My concern is. if I get the yeast in the bulk food section of my store, how can I be sure it doesn’t contain garlic?

    • I just added some Bragg nutritional yeast from a sample I had…I had read about adding it to wet food from another site a few days ago so just came across your information. Thank I feel relieved. All of a sudden kitty (very healthy at 18 years) was barely touching her wet food, which I switch out often. She usually loves it. After throwing out food and getting new cans …I gave up. I even changed the dishes/plates. Crazy. Am going to buy a jar today.

      • It did and it does THANK she’s back (typical cat) to eating her wet food as normal (after about 3 weeks of adding the yeast) but I add it now and then just for appeal. So glad I read your advice…! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I switched my cats to a grain free food and my very picky eater wouldn’t touch it. In fact he would smell it and gag. I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on the food and holy finicky feline it worked !!!! I’m really happy he’s eating thanks so much for the suggestions!

  14. I have 3 cats aged 10 (Mocha), 9 (Simba), and 8 (Shiloh). I got them all as kittens and I have been giving them kibble all their lives. Recently, I learned that kibble is junk food for cats, and I want to switch them over to raw food eventually. I tried giving them raw chicken, but two didn’t eat much of it, and Shiloh wouldn’t touch it. The two that did eat it vomited it. So I partially cook the chicken in some bacon fat, and Mocha and Simba like that. But again, Shiloh is so picky, she won’t even touch that. I also give them beef or chicken liver, partially cooked. Shiloh will only eat canned food (it’s grain free), but she will eat only about 2 tsp each meal (3 times a day). I’m worried that she’s not getting enough food. She’s rebelling probably because she’s not getting the kibble anymore, which I really feel that she’s addicted to. I hope soon, that she will increase her food intake so that she can get enough nutrition. She has lost weight since not having the kibble (about 1 month now). I just don’t want her to lose more weight. Then there’s the issue of taurine. I am hoping that they are getting enough taurine. The other two cats eat only twice a day. All of them like to eat a tiny bit of my homemade plain yogurt. I also add a little bit of hard boiled egg to their food. Probably raw egg is better, right? If you could reply, and give your feedback on how I feed my cats, or any other advice, that would be appreciated, since I’m new at switching them over to better food. Thanks so much!

    • Good for you for no longer feeding dry food to your cats, Rosslyn. Cooked chicken or beef on its own is not a complete diet for cats, you’ll need to add appropriate supplements to ensure they get enough taurine and other vitamins and minerals. Please read this article for more information on properly formulated home cooked food for your cats: You may also find this article helpful to help your cats transition to a healthier diet: I hope this helps!

      • Here’s an update on Mocha, Simba, and Shiloh. They all eat grain-free canned food. Mocha and Simba do not get kibble at all anymore. I feed those two cats raw chicken with chopped bones and partially cooked liver mixed in with the canned food. Shiloh still will not eat raw chicken or liver, but I sneak in some chopped bones in the canned food, and she likes that. But because she’s a little kitty, she still does not eat a lot at one sitting, so I still feed her a bit of kibble a few times a day, on my schedule. I cannot leave it out because the other cats will eat it all. I realized that I cannot feed the other two cats too much food twice a day because they will vomit it, so I feed them 3 times a day smaller portions, and they are happy with that. The reason that I want to feed canned food, is that it has the vitamins and nutrients already added, and it’s more affordable for me than to buy supplements. It’s more convenient as well. They are healthy and content with their new way of eating.

  15. I have one cat that begs for nutritional yeast, and another that eats his raw food a little less reluctantly because the n.y. is sprinkled on the top. Just adopted a third cat, 7 years old that must have been kibble fed his entire life because he turned up his nose at canned food for his 3 plus months at the shelter. I figured he would be a real challenge to transition to a raw food diet but now, about 2.5 months later, he eats mostly raw food with a very few grain free kibble pieces on the top. He really seems to like all the ‘extras’ though. Nutritional yeast, Dr. Schulze’s superfood powder, enzymes and probiotics.

    • Good for you for getting your new kitty transitioned to raw, Pattie. Just goes to show that with a little patience and creativity, most, if not all cats, can be transitioned.

  16. WOW!!! I just read today’s post “by” Allegra on her visit to the dentist and the comment about nutritional yeast caught my attention, so I dug further and found this post and want to say “THANK YOU!!!!!”. I can’t wait to try this with my Henry. He just HATES the carrier and I’ve been desperate to have a good way to entice him into it without having to cause trauma for either of us. Can’t wait to try this!

      • Well, Henry does indeed like nutritional yeast, but he’s a crafty guy and, after a year as a feral cat, he’s not stupid. So, putting the ny in the cat carrier didn’t fool him one bit and he refused to go into it….sigh! So Max went to the vet and Henry stayed home. The vert (and also friends) have recommended that I get a hard carrier and keep it in the main living space and feed him in it, so he gets accustomed to it (and can maybe be tricked into it for a vet visit). My fingers are crossed!

  17. I have quite a funny and a bit gross story about my cat eating n.y. The first time i discovered she GOES FREAKIN’ NUTS about n.y. is when I first opened a fresh bag and took out a spoonful of the wonder flakes. Shnarfie went absolutely crazy, almost begging me to give her a bit :)) So I sprinkled some flakes over her moist food she hadn’t finished and she dug in like it was manna from Heaven. One minute later she puked everything out and ate it again because it still smelled good. I think I should give her a pig’s name :))

  18. I’ve got a 13 yo Maine Coon who’s recently decided he doesn’t want to touch his food. He’ll eat bit initially but then turn his nose up to it. I don’t think it’s a illness of any sort as I’ve caught him getting into my dogs food and attempting to eat that, so I know he’s hungry. I feed him strictly wet food per my vet about 3 years ago. Every once an awhile he would turn his nose up to the food I feed him but then I’d change the flavor and he’d be fine. But, this past month he’s not having any of it. I do free feed both my cats. Should I try setting certain feeding times? I saw this article and considered the nutritional yeast, but I’m at a loss? I haven’t spoken to my vet yet but I’ve been switching our different food flavors in the hopes that we’ll find one he fancy’s. Any info would be great!!

  19. I adopted a 10-year old male cat from the SPCA a couple of weeks ago. When I brought him home he ate everything, meowed for more food. He had a hit of an itchy skin, so I fed him Royal Kanin Skin dry food and Fancy Feast. He had his first check up with the vet and his teeth were terribly coated with gunk with red gums, and one tooth that looked like it may be in need of extraction. He had a full blood work and urinalysis done, and was proclaimed a very healthy kitty for his age, actually as healthy as half his age. Prior to the dental the vet asked me to give him an injection of Convenia antibiotic, which I did 3 days before the dental. The dental procedure went very smoothly, as it turned out he did not need any extraxtions, just a lot of scaling and cleaning.
    Right after he came home he was not eating very well. I thought it was due to the anesthesia, but the next day was the same, and now a week later there is no improvement. He eats like a little bird, mostly Fancy Feast, which he only will eat out of my hand. He doesn’t want any kibbles, except a treat or two. In a day he eats only about 2/3 of a Fancy Feast can and about a tablespoon of tuna or salmon broth. I am sick with worry (and stopped eating myself out of anxnniety). He lost about 4oz, and he is a small, 8 lbs. cat, that can’t afford to lose more weight. What to do to get him to eat? (p.s. I suspect the Convenia played a large role in this).

      • The vet is aware of it. I didn’t want to start giving him an appetite stimulant, as I was worried about further adverse effects he may have to drugs. I am trying to manage him with hand-feeding, treats and liquids. I just went out and bought the nutritional yeast, but he hates it. Out of desperation I bought several foods and he likes the only “junk” one out of the lot, and he ate about a tablespoon. Better junk food than no food wt all. I need to stimulate his appetite somehow naturally before going the drug route. Thank for the link re Convenia. I am sure this is the result of it. I had several cats in the past that got Convenia injections without any effect on their appetite, but this cat is different, maybe because he so small.

        • My 10 year-old male just had dental surgery two weeks ago and went through the same thing – Convenia injection and refusing to eat. I did do the appetite stimulant and it worked very well. He was prescribed one dose every 48 hours, and it only took two doses until he was eating on his own again. My other cats have never had an adverse reaction to Convenia, so this was a surprise to me, too. I’m glad I did the stimulant, I was pleased with how quickly it worked for him. Good luck with your boy!

          • Got the appetite stimulant and he is doing better, eating and drinking now. Sleeping more than usual. Thank you everyone.

  20. My little girl got sick at her stomach so I guess it won’t work for her. She has not been eating well and really am looking for something to help.

  21. Thank you so much for this reminder, Ingrid! My kitty appetite enticers have been FortiFlora, parmesan cheese, bonito flakes — tiny sprinklings just to get the smell ‘out there’. I had totally forgotten the nutritional yeast in my cupboard, which had expired over a year ago! Whole Foods carries Braggs Nutritional Yeast Seasoning in a 4.5 oz. plastic bottle and Dr. Oz recommends it over microwaved popcorn in a brown paper bag — makes everybody happy!!! MEOW!

  22. I love nutritional yeast, but I never thought to share with my picky girl. I can not believe how quickly she tucked into her food with the yeast added! Thank you so much for this great tip.

  23. Do you use the yeast flakes or is it a powder? Is there a brand you can recommend? I see that they have it at Whole Foods. Thanks.

    • I get mine at Whole Foods – the consistency is somewhere between flaky and powdery. You can find it in the bulk bins, and they also sell it in a pre-packaged tin.

  24. if my cat is on a single protein diet (duck only), can it be used? It does have protein in it…I eat it all the time so it is readily available around my home!

    • I ran your question by Dr. Tasi, Cindy. Her answer is that it’s probably okay, but not ideal if you’re in the initial elimination trial phase. Once a cat is under control on a single protein diet, it could be judiciously introduced with very careful observation to see if there are any changes.

  25. I had no idea! This is a great tip for my diabetic kitty that can be a little finicky but needs to eat with her insulin. Thanks!

  26. I found Colostrum to be great, my cat just about knocks me over to get to it. I started off with chewable tablets and then switched to powder. It costs more than yeast, but I consider it as insurance for good health since it’s an immune system boost, and supports GI tract health.. I take it too. There are many brands and quality varies. I like Symbiotics. Don’t tell your cat, but it’s good for dogs too.

  27. I use nutritional yeast all the time. We bond with it. The cats lick it off my fingers and so we both love it. I have added bone meal to the stuff I buy in bulk at the health-food store, as I have heard that would be an important balancing agent. Did not know about the garlic concern, though, so thank you VERY much for that.

  28. Interesting! I wonder if this would help cats in shelters to eat if they are stressed or sick. Also, could this be given to dogs?

    • Yes, it can be given to dogs, too. I think it would be a great product to use for shelter cats, not just to get them to eat, but because of the nutritional properties.

      • I work at an animal shelter and will run it by my supervisor because this seems like a great addition to the diets we provide.

        • I was wondering if Steve Howard or anyone above had found out what the vet said about Brewer’s Yeast as opposed to Nutritional Yeast? Im so confused because I was told the Nutritional one had garlic and I was told garlic IS NOT good for dogs. I went everywhere to find the brewers yeast today to make dog treats but not even the heath food store here carries it. Help

          • Nutritional yeast does not contain garlic, unless the brand you have added garlic in. Dogs are not my area of expertise, but garlic is toxic to cats.

  29. Oops! I got ahead of myself. I just realized that it’s the stuff I put on my popcorn that my cats love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I cannot believe that I hadn’t heard of these products before. Where can I find them? Pet store, grocery store, online? I have so many nutrition questions.

    • and many other places online. Some vets and pet stores carry the products too.
      Yes cats and dogs can use these products. Fortiflora has a separate version for dogs and the yeast can be given to either or. Read up on the products by googling them.

  31. My secret weapon for my cats was FortiFlora from Purina. It’s a nutritional supplement that got them off dry food and on to canned and raw foods. They loved the taste! My cats were not easy to transition until I found out about this product. Great article!

    • Fortiflora is essentially kitty crack. ๐Ÿ™‚ The reason cats love it so much is that its first ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is used as a flavor enhancer in dry food manufacturing, and itโ€™s the reason why so many cats are addicted to dry food. Fortiflora is a probiotic supplement, and can be a good choice to get cats eating again, but I don’t recommend it as a long term choice, because of the addiction factor.

      My go to probiotic product is Dr. Goodpet’s Feline Digestive Enzymes, a combination of probiotics and enzymes without fillers or additives This is not a flavor enhancer, so it won’t help with enticing cats to eat, but I recommend it as a daily supplement for all cats. The powder has no flavor and can easily be mixed in with food.

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