Do Cats Fart?: Feline Flatulence

Do cats fart? It is well known that the family dog gets the brunt of the fart jokes, but they aren’t the only animals we can pass the buck to. Feline flatulence is a problem for unhappy kitties who have conditions that cause digestive upset and gas. Passing gas is not something we associate with cats, but if your pet is suddenly creating a stink, it may be an underlying health issue.

Union Lake Pet Services is here to explain the causes behind cat flatulence and answer your plea of, “do cats fart?

What Causes Feline Flatulence?

Like most mammals, cats experience gas. If your cat is sounding off more than normal, or if the smell is foul, they could have a problem that is preventing proper digestion. There are any number of reasons why your furry loved one is experiencing gas.

Do Cats Fart?: Food Allergies

Cats can suffer from a wide range of allergies, whether it is environmental or seasonal, or food allergies. Food allergies that are not detected can create symptoms such as gassiness and flatulence.

Do Cats Fart?: Eating too Quickly

If your cat is prone to chowing down their meal, this gulping can cause them to swallow more air. In turn, they develop gas in the intestines and the resulting (unfortunate) flatulence. Look for cat food bowls that are designed to slow down eating.

Do Cats Fart?: Consider Their Diet

Some cats have sensitivities to different proteins and ingredients present in commercial diets. Additives, dyes, and preservatives, along with unidentifiable ingredients, can trigger gas in certain cats. Choose a more minimally processed, higher quality cat food with fewer ingredients. 

Other Digestive Disorders

Your cat may have IBS, gastritis, or a similar digestive disorder. A buildup of bacteria in the colon can result in the foul gas your cat is passing. If your furry one is having problems with excess flatulence or has signs of other digestive issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and so on, set up an appointment with your veterinarian.

Dealing with the Pee-yew

The occasional cat fart isn’t anything to worry about (well, aside from the stench). Making a few simple changes can help improve your cat’s good digestion, though, for a better smelling fur friend.

  • Choose higher quality cat diets that are free of excess additives
  • Avoid giving your cat people food, which can be the cause of stomach upset and gassiness
  • Switch to a slow feeder cat bowl
  • Talk to your veterinarian about probiotics and other supplements that may help

Do Cats Fart? Yes. Why Is My Cat Farting?

Do cats fart? Yes. If you have any questions about your cat’s digestion and nutrition, and why they are experiencing flatulence, please contact us. We may not be able to completely curb the flatulence, but our hospital can check your cat’s health and give you suggestions for keeping your cat’s digestion happy and healthy.