Do cats pass gas?

A pet that passes smelly air can be both annoying and embarrassing. You will certainly be annoyed if the pet that sleeps with you would suddenly detonate a smelly “bomb”. Pet owners would be embarrassed if the pet releases smelly gas while there are guests around. Passing gas is more common in dogs but cats are known to pass gas too.

Farting or flatulence refers to the passing of usually smelly intestinal gas through the anus. The term for the gas that is passed is flatus. Digestive process naturally produces little gas. Most of the gas produced is odorless. However, some conditions can cause excessive production of gas. What causes excessive production of gas? Why do cats pass gas? One of the most common reasons for passing gas is the diet and the way the cat eats. Flatulence is more common in dogs. Dogs swallow large amounts of air because of their habit of gulping down food. Not all cats are dainty eaters. In a multi-cat household where the pets are fed at the same time, some cats would eat very fast to get the most food. The kind of diet can also be the reason for the excessive production of gas. Cats are meat eaters but due to the owner’s habit of sharing human foods, the pet may have developed a liking for highly fermentable foods like milk, cabbage and other veggies. A diet that is high in carbohydrates and fiber can contribute to the production of gas. A dry kibble diet is high in carbohydrate content. Most cat owners prefer dry diet for the pet as aside from the convenience, dry food is a lot cheaper than wet food. However, the pet parent should not be surprised if the cat passes gas every now and then. Cats, even well fed ones still have the inclination to raid trash cans. Eating spoiled food is another reason why the cat passes smelly gas.

Excessive production of gas can be an indication that something is wrong with the cat’s digestive system. A cat having a digestive disorder would not only pass gas but have a distended abdomen too. Cat owners may notice rumbling sounds coming from the pet’s abdomen. The pet may either suffer from constipation or diarrhea. Passing gas that is associated with eating fast, overeating and ingestion of spoiled or highly fermentable foods are usually short lived. There is no cause for concern for this kind of flatulence. Recurring flatulence though is different as it can be an indication of a disease. A cat that has recurring flatulence may be suffering from malabsorptive disorder or maldigestive disorder. The cat is not absorbing the nutrients from ingested food or the malfunctioning of the digestive system results to poor digestion of food. Gas is produced because of bacterial fermentation. Infection of the intestines caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites, gastrointestinal cancer, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes the inflammation of the intestinal walls are other reasons why the cat recurrently pass gas. Cat owners must not ignore the cat’s condition if aside from passing gas the pet also shows other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, rumbling noise from the abdomen and abdominal cramps. Cat owners must seek medical attention for the pet. The vet will perform a physical exam and may require diagnostic tests.

No one would want to be continuously exposed to the bad air coming from the pet’s anus. Cat owners can do something to cure the cat’s tendency to pass gas. For a fast eater, offering the pet with smaller but more frequent meals can do the trick. The kind of diet must be considered as well. Changing the dry diet of the pet to a wet diet would not only stop the farting but would also ensure the cat’s optimum health.

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