How to Deal With Farting Cats

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Cats' digestive systems are extremely similar to those of humans and dogs, hence passing gas is not uncommon in cats. However, if a cat is farting more frequently than you may consider typical, it could be a sign that something else is going on within its body. You may be a better pet owner and anticipate your cat's potential need for veterinary care by regularly monitoring your cat's typical gastrointestinal processes.

Why Do Cats Fart?

When a cat eats food it travels through the digestive tract so that it can be broken down, have nutrients be absorbed, and then what isn't absorbed is eliminated from the body.

Food enters the mouth, passes via the esophagus and into the stomach, then moves through the small intestine and large intestine before leaving the body as feces. Excess gas in the digestive tract might result from consuming specific foods that make gas, illnesses, or parasite infections. As the gas builds up, it finally leaves the body as a fart. Belching or farting can also result from air swallowed. When a cat doesn't eliminate the gas, the pressure in the intestines hurts.

Treatment of Cat Farts

If your cat is farting more than you feel is normal, it may have a digestive issue. Depending on the underlying reason for the gas, treatments will vary.

  • Eradicate intestinal parasites: If your cat has intestinal parasites then medication to kill the invaders will be prescribed by your veterinarian. Some parasites are easier to eradicate than others. Over the counter dewormers are available but since no medication kills all parasites, it's difficult to know if you are choosing the right one.
  • Assess your cat's diet: Some cats have less gas on wet or dry food or do better with different ingredients than others. Diets that contain large amounts of common gas-producing foods, such as legumes, or cruciferous vegetables, may also be contributing reasons for a cat farting too much. Switching may help decrease farting in cats.
  • Treat intestinal diseases: Many different intestinal disorders can cause gas. Dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the bacteria in the gut, is a common cause that is often corrected with probiotics. More serious diseases include cancers and inflammatory issues. , vomiting, and/or weight loss is usually evident alongside the flatulence in these cases, at least as the disease progresses. Medications may be prescribed to combat the disease and its symptoms, surgery may be recommended, and special diets may be discussed to improve the health of the intestinal tract.

Diagnosing the Problem

Make an appointment with your veterinarian as one of your first moves if you suspect your cat has too much gas. To get a sample of your feces examined for parasites, bring it with you. The fecal examination will search for parasites that may be the source of the increased gas, including coccidia, roundworms, and hookworms. This is a quick and easy test that you may perform annually, especially if your cat spends time outside.

Your cat may have an intestinal ailment if frequent farting is the result of anything other than parasites, especially if other symptoms are also present. Your veterinarian will feel the intestines as part of a thorough physical examination to check for any abnormalities. There may be a need for X-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests, biopsies, and other diagnostic procedures. When all other diagnostic options have failed, exploratory surgery may be the only option left to get the necessary samples and see the intestinal tract.

If your cat is in perfect health, you should investigate its food. Do you remember making a recent dietary mistake or change? Did you alter the food or treats you give your cat? Did your cat consume something it wasn't supposed to? Any of these factors might be the source of the gas buildup. If your cat regularly eats a variety of foods, you might want to keep a food journal to monitor the connection between diet and your cat's flatulence.

How to Prevent Cat Farts

The easiest strategy to decrease your cat's farts is to offer your cat high-quality cat food that your cat enjoys and to make as few dietary changes as possible. Regular probiotic treatment may also be beneficial. Avoid giving your cat dairy products like milk, and take them in for routine checkups with your veterinarian to identify any digestive issues early. In certain situations, it is also advised to regularly provide preventatives against intestinal parasites.

  • Why is my pregnant cat farting so much?

    Although it's common for pregnant cats to fart a little bit more than their non-pregnant counterparts, your cat may also have worms as it probably left the house to get pregnant and may have contracted any variety of diseases. Call your veterinarian to talk; a stool sample may hold the key to the solution.

  • Why is my cat farting when it's afraid?

    Cats tend to fart when they're anxious or frightened. It's normal, albeit smelly, behavior.

  • What kind of food is good for a farting cat?

    Farting cats do best with wet food that's meat-based; Often, grain-based foods can cause gassiness.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.


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