What Are the Causes and Treatment of Cat Flatulence?
Do cats fart? Ha-ha just like humans and animals that experience flatulence they are no exception. Clearly, it is not the best topic to be discussed when having a sumptuous meal. Firstly flatulence can also be referred to as passing wind or having gas and farting.
Cat fart is not as noisy or smelly as dogs or human beings and sometimes it goes unnoticed. Even so, if you pet your cat and feel a bloated stomach it may be a sign of excessive gas in the digestive tract.
Causes of Flatulence?
It is a normal process and can occur when a pet does the following:
- Swallows air while eating or drinking that goes to the digestive system.
- Occurrence of gases during digestion of food in the digestive system, for instance, hydrogen, carbon dioxide.
- Has allergies.
No need to be alarmed as it is a normal process unless you notice your cat is in pain or has discomfort. Some pets pass more gas than others if they have excess gas in their digestive system.
Cats fart may not be as loud as humans’ but they still pass gas when it builds up in their digestive system.
Swallowing Excessive Air while Feeding
Swallowing a lot of air can lead to excessive farting for your pet. Alongside this gapping excess air during drinking can be due to fast eating and eating food that increases gas in the stomach.
To curb this, try to give small portions and have a feeding schedule where your cat will eat the right portions and still get the necessary nutrients.
In addition check on what dry, wet food, treats you give to your cat, and if you decide to do homemade food avoid foods that give gas.
Importantly, food intolerance and allergies can lead to excessive gas in a cat’s digestive system. Hence be considerate of what you put in their food or water bowls. Avoid food with high fiber contents as it can give gas and fizzled drinks. Sometimes we are tempted to share our pies, full of spices and soft drinks but don’t as it may turn out to be dangerous for your cat.
As a kitten grows into an adult cat, choosing the right food and portions is important to facilitate healthy growth. Consider the age, activity level, and size on preparing their feeding schedule.
Besides this, give high-quality food that contains, minerals, and vitamins. Avoid serving human food to your feline companion as it may be toxic, stick to a food formulated for cats that are well balanced.
Notably, if your cat consumes food that leads to vomiting, diarrhea (smelly), causes flatulence, and is deteriorating in health consult your vet immediately for quick treatment.
Some food takes a long time to digest and can cause bloating and excessive gas in your cat’s stomach, for example, legumes.
Look at the food that you are giving to your cat, does it take long to digest. Also substitute it with food easy to digest, rich in fibers.
When buying food check the food package labels for ingredients and discuss with your vet which foods are good for your cat.
Give small portions during feeding for the cats to easily digest, then large amounts of food that can be difficult to digest.
Exercise your cat daily if possible. Exercises help in digestion and can prevent flatulence. A walk in the park is ideal or get a cat wheel or other exercise toys that your cat can use indoors.
Importantly, note even medical conditions can cause flatulence like Dysbiosis, which is an intestinal disorder that causes gas. Diseases such as constipation, diabetes. See a vet to advise on different options. Depending on the cause of the flatulence a cat owner can decide on the way forward.
Probiotics can be used to treat Dysbiosis and improve the health of the internal tract and digestive system.
Supplementation or over-the-counter medicine can give relief. It may not be a permanent solution that is why it is advisable to seek guidance from a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Moreover, for cats that have obesity and are experiencing constipation, I would recommend a dietary chart and change of diet, exercise while liaising with your vet. Do not go for a crash program as it may negatively affect your cat or be fatal.
If the excessive fart is produced due to internal parasites infestation medication from your vet will treat this. Deworming and oral medication can be given by the vet.
Different foods can cause allergies even if your cat was once used to eating it. Check on food labels for ingredients when purchasing different brands as some may be causing gas to your cat.
A cat suffering from allergies may get skin problems, diarrhea alongside vomiting. Consult your vet when changing the cats’ diet.
Gradually change the diet and eliminate ingredients that you think are causing the allergies and flatulence. Avoid allergy triggers like pollens, if your cat is affected by pollens from flowers fence your garden and keep him away from that environment.
If the flatulence is an allergic reaction to houseplants of any kind remove them from his/her surroundings.
Food allergies can be easy to treat, ask your vet for the right food to give if any other medical condition has been ruled out as a cause of the flatulence.
Keep your home safe for your cats. For garbage can and trash try to have a sealed dustbin so that your cat does not go through it and eat human food that can be toxic and cause flatulence.
Subsequently, be a better cat owner and monitor her/his gastrointestinal functions and consult your vet when you see anything abnormal with your cat.
Check your cat stool in the litter box to see if it is watery, has blood, or is smelly it could be a sign of bad bowel health. If this is the case take the cat to the vet.
Farting will occur mostly if your cat has a built-up of gases in the digestive tract. Lastly, excessive flatulence in a cat is a sign of a problem.
Lastly, if it’s normal gas, no need to worry as it will exit the body through the rectum as a fart.