Do Cats Fart? Everything You Need to Know
If you have ever smelled something a bit funny and your partner has blamed it on the cat, they may not have been lying! The short answer to the question: ‘do cats fart’ is yes. As they have a similar digestive tract to our own, they can develop gassy buildups. In most situations, this is not anything to worry about, but it is still worth monitoring your cat’s gastrointestinal functioning so you know when everything is normal and when you may need to take further action.
Why Do Cats Fart?
When cats fart, it is usually for perfectly normal reasons that are often closely linked to their food and diet.
For example, eating a diet that is high in fiber is more likely to lead to farting. It could be that they have eaten something that they don’t digest well like dairy or spoiled food. Alternatively, it may be that your cat has eaten too fast or swallowed a lot of air. Overeating may also cause the issue as it may end up being too much for your cat to digest and it ends up fermenting in their digestive tract.
Sometimes, dietary changes that are too quick can lead to flatulence. Food allergies are another potential problem. In these situations, the flatulence is likely to be accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea. Even hairballs are a potential cause. These can become more of a problem as your cat gets older, they are grooming themselves excessively, or their diet is lacking in fiber.
To go a bit into the science of cat farts, food will travel down your kitty’s digestive tract to be broken down and have the nutrients absorbed. Anything else is eliminated from the body in the form of feces. In the gastrointestinal tract, gas can be produced for several reasons including eating gas-producing foods, parasite infections, swallowed air, or diseases. Your cat needs to get rid of the gas. Otherwise, the build-up of pressure can cause discomfort.
How Often Do Cats Fart?
As we have just mentioned, feline flatulence is often normal, but it doesn’t tend to happen with the same frequency as other pets like dogs. In many situations, you may not even notice that your cat has farted as it is often silent. Usually, it is down to excess gas fermenting in their digestive tract due to something that your cat has eaten or because they have eaten too quickly. While a small amount is normal, you should take action if it becomes excessive as there are underlying medical issues that can lead to cat farting.
Why Does My Cat Fart So Much? Diagnosing Any Problems
While most cat farts are nothing to worry about, if they are accompanied by other symptoms, this may be more of a cause for concern. A few things to watch out for include tummy rumbling, gas, abdominal bloating, or pain when you touch around your cat’s stomach area. Then there are the more obvious signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, or blood in your cat’s stool. Also watch out for excessive drooling, your cat scooting around on the floor, and a decreased appetite.
If you think that there is cause for concern, you should get in touch with your vet. They may ask you to get a fecal sample that will then be checked for parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and coccidia. These are more likely to be problems if your cat goes outdoors. If none of these are found, they may require a full physical evaluation, which can include x-rays, blood tests, and ultrasounds. If there are still no obvious causes for the issue, exploratory surgery may be the only way of identifying the problem.
There are a few possible causes of your cat’s flatulence including intestinal viruses, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, malabsorption, gastrointestinal cancer, and intestinal blockages.
If the veterinary checkup has not revealed any problems, it may be a change of diet that is required for your cat. Perhaps you have recently changed the brand of food that you give them, or you have offered up some different treats. Or maybe you have left something out that you shouldn’t have done, and your cat has managed to sneak some. If you are finding it hard to keep track, you may even want to keep a food journal that clearly shows what your cat has eaten and any adverse reactions.
Treatment of Cat Farts
Depending on what is causing the issue, there are a number of different treatment options. If your cat has internal parasites, medication may be needed, which will be prescribed by your veterinarian. While over the counter treatments are available, you should still consult with your vet to ensure that you are giving the right ones. Medical treatments will also be required in other situations. For example, the common bacterial imbalance dysbiosis can often be sorted out with probiotics. More serious conditions like cancer and inflammatory problems will be accompanied by other symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and/or a loss of weight. Treatment options from medicines and surgery to special diets, so follow the advice of a trained animal professional.
If the problem is not medical, it may be a simple change of diet that solves the issue. If our cat is on a high-fiber diet, the switch to a low-fiber one can make all the difference. You should speak to your vet about the ways that you can make this transition as smooth as possible. Too quick and it can end up causing digestive upset. Make sure that your cat has plenty of water to ease the digestive process but avoid offering any dairy products like milk. The classic image of a cat lapping up milk is actually a harmful one as cats are not built to process dairy in the same way as humans.
Some cats end to not be able to control their hunger, so whenever you put a big meal down for them, they may try and wolf it down all at once. You could try switching your cat a diet that consists of smaller, more frequent meals to aid their digestion. And if you have multiple felines in the house and you find that one is greedier than the rest, you may have to separate their feeding areas to prevent overeating. If you have a cat who tends to go for any food that is left out, you are going to have to be more careful keeping in closing cupboard doors and putting lids on containers. You may even have to get a more secure trashcan if you find that your cat is breaking into this.
If you suspect that it is the specific brand of cat food that is leading to your cat farting, you can try switching to a different one. However, you may want to make a special effort to make any changes gradual as a sudden change could lead to further digestive upset. Speak to your vet if you are looking for ways that you can smooth the transition period. If you think that allergies may be causing the issue, you may need to switch your cat onto a hypoallergenic diet.
We mentioned earlier that the issue may be being caused by hairballs, but you can help to deal with this problem by grooming your cat on a regular basis. Not only is this good for reducing hairballs, but it keeps your kitty’s skin and coat in tip top condition, helps to keep your house free of cat fur and is an excellent bonding experience between the two of you.
To help aid their digestion, you should provide plenty of opportunities for exercise to your feline. It is more likely that your cat will get physical stimulation if they go outdoors, so if you have an indoor kitty you need to make a special effort to play with them. Why not invest in some wand or mouse toys to keep your cat interested? Ultimately, this is going to be beneficial to their all-round health as well as their digestive health.
Cat or kitten farting is not something that you usually need to worry about, just as it isn’t for humans. But there are some situations when it is cause for concern, and you can often tell if your cat is suffering from other symptoms or they are in obvious pain. Often, you can solve the issue with a simple dietary adjustment, but your vet may need to intervene if there is something medically wrong with your feline. Ultimately, it is worthwhile bringing your cat to the vet if you suspect anything is the matter or you simply want some reassurance. The more information that you can provide about your cat’s regular behavior and any changes that have occurred, the better position your vet will be in to work out what is going on.