Although cats don’t fart as often and as loud as dogs, they do pass gas.
Yep, cats fart.
Why Do Cats Fart?
Cats fart for the same reasons that humans and dogs fart. Some cats have farts that are silent and sometimes odorless. There are also those that produce much louder and smellier farts. Just like with other pets, if cats have gas in their intestines, they expel the gas in the form of a fart.
The reasons behind the buildup of gas in cats vary. Usually, this has something to do with the fact that cats tend to eat very quickly. As a result, they end up ingesting lots of air.
Another reason why cats accumulate gas is when there are parasites on their system. Stomach disorders can also trigger the accumulation of gas among cats.
Diets that are high in fiber or eating too much fat may also upset the digestive system of a cat and could cause gas.
Eating food with strong spices or food with ingredients that are difficult for cats to digest, such as peas or beans, may also trigger this issue on cats. If your pet cat tends to eat a lot of dairy and is lactose intolerant, this can also lead to stomach upset and will make your pet release gas by farting.
How to Treat Cat Farts
If you’ve noticed that your cat is farting more than usual lately, this could be a sign that your pet is suffering from digestive issues. Treating cat farts will vary greatly, depending on the reason behind the gas.
Below are some of the recommended treatments.
Change Your Cat’s Diet
There are certain cats that will have less gas when following a diet that consists of either dry or wet food. Other cats can also do better when fed with a high protein diet.
Diets that are grain-free usually consist of foods that produce gas, such as cruciferous veggies, legumes, etc. This is one of the major reasons behind the flatulence on cats and dogs. Changing your cat’s diet may help minimize farting.
Kill Intestinal Parasites
If the reason behind your cat’s fart is the presence of intestinal parasites, then the treatment would require killing these parasites. Your cat’s vet should be able to prescribe the proper treatment to kill these parasites.
There are certain types of parasites that are much easier to kill than others. Most of the time, dewormers that can be bought over the counter would be the best remedy for this problem.
Treat Intestinal Diseases
In some cases, intestinal disorders may cause gas in cats.
Dysbiosis, a condition that’s a result of an imbalance of good bacteria in the gut, may also trigger gas. This can be treated with probiotics.
Some of the more serious conditions such as inflammatory issues and cancer may also play a part. Your pet’s vet can prescribe medications to address this issue and minimize farting in cats.
Preventing Cat Farts
Prevention is always better than a cure. But how do you prevent your cat from farting?
The best thing that you can do is to feed it with high-quality food. Administering probiotics is also necessary to encourage a healthier and well-balanced gastrointestinal tract on cats.
As much as possible, avoid feeding your pet with foods that contain lactose, such as milk. Above all, take your pet cat for regular check-ups with the vet.
If you believe that your pet cat is farting excessively, you should take him or her to the vet immediately. The vet will usually ask you to provide fecal samples to check the presence of parasites that may be the reason behind the excessive gas.
If the fecal sample you have provided is free from parasites, the next thing that the vet will do is to evaluate your cat’s diet. The vet will most likely ask you if you’ve made recent diet changes. You’ll also be asked what type of food you’re giving your cat, as this may be the reason why your pet is farting excessively.
If the vet hasn’t discovered any issues with your cat’s diet, then the reason may be intestinal problems. To check if your pet has an intestinal disease, the vet will get your cat to undergo a series of tests that may include X-ray, ultrasound, blood tests, biopsies, etc.
Will A Diet Change Help?
The most common reason behind a cat’s fart is poor diet. So, discuss with your cat’s vet the best foods to feed your cat in order to prevent the constant farting.
It may be best to feed your cat with a low fiber diet that consists of high-quality foods that are easy for your feline to digest.
Another way to treat your cat’s gas is by removing proteins from your cat’s diet. Some cats are allergic to a certain type of protein, which causes them to fart due to an upset stomach, so you may need to look for protein foods that will not trigger stomach upsets on your cat.
If you need to change the diet of your cat, make sure you do it gradually. A sudden dietary change could make your pet’s stomach get upset even more.
Start by feeding your pet 80% of its old food and the rest of the 20% will be the new food. Then slowly increase the amount of new food to feed your cat.
As a pet owner, it’s important that you closely observe your pet for any changes in behavior. If you notice that your cat is farting constantly, take it to the vet immediately.
Avoid treating the condition on your own even if you know the possible reasons behind it. It’s always best to consult with a vet since they are the only ones that can examine your pet and prescribe the proper treatment and medication.