Cat Gas: What Can You Do About It?

Why Does Your Feline Friend Get Cat Gas?

Pewww! Your innocent looking little cat can't make a stink like that can she?

Of course she can and she sometimes does.

Just like humans, pets can pass gas. Cat flatulence is often noiseless, but the smell is often powerful and even overpowering.

Silent but violent.

The occasional passing of gas by your feline friend is likely nothing to worry about.

It can be unpleasant and embarrassing, but not usually a symptom of anything serious.

Frequent bouts of cat gas however could be a sign that something is not right.

The cure can be as simple as changing your cat's diet, or you may need to take your cat to the veterinarian.

What Your Cat Eats . . .

What your cat eats could be the cause of the feline gas problem.

Cats are meat eaters (carnivores.) In the wild, meat is all that cats eat, except for a small amount of grain left in the stomachs of their prey.

Commercial cat food contains a lot of grain (corn, wheat, barley, etc.)

The cheaper brands tend to contain the most grain, in fact some have a very low meat content.

two cats eatingTry feeding her somewhere on her own, she will gradually learn that she has no need to gulp down her food through fear of another cat eating it.
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Cats cannot digest grain very well and although cat food manufacturers process the grain so that it is easier to digest, it can still cause a cat problems.

Undigested grain produces bacteria, hence the cat gas.

Check out the label for the contents of your cat's food. If it is high in grain then switching to a brand with a higher meat content may solve the flatulence problem. Dry cat food (kibble) is likely to be very high in grain content.

Cats generally don't take to a sudden change of diet, so make the switch gradually.

Food should not be left out too long. Cats usually turn their noses up at spoiled food, but will sometimes eat food that is past its best if hungry enough.

Eating spoiled food could result in feline flatulence, and worse.

According to the ASPCA food allergies can be another cause of flatulence in cats.

. . . And How She Eats It.

A cat eating too quickly is likely to swallow too much air, the result – cat gas.

What can you do? Try changing the location that you leave her food.

Maybe the area is too busy and your cat does not feel comfortable there. Yes, that may be where she has always been fed but then it may be why she has always eaten too fast.

 cat didn't do it
Who me? No I did not make that awful smell. Don't accuse me of passing gas.

Your cat may eat at a more relaxed pace at a quieter spot.

Try feeding smaller portions more frequently. Don't however give her the next portion as soon as she finishes, this would only encourage her to eat quickly to get the next helping.

Do you have several cats? Do you feed them all at the same time?

This could be the reason that your gassy cat is wolfing down her/his food. Kitty may be eating too fast to stop your other cats from eating her share, or gulping it down to give herself time to swipe your other cats food.

Try feeding this cat alone. Kitty probably will not stop eating too fast straight away, it's become a habit, but once she realizes there is no completion for her food she'll likely slow down.

Being overweight can cause a cat to pass gas, ensure that your cat is not overeating and that she gets sufficient exercise.

Milk And Cat Gas

It's a popular image, a cat or kitten lapping up a dish of milk. But cats do not need cow's milk and in fact many cats are lactose intolerant, which means that milk gives them problems, cat gas being one.

Yes, of course kittens need their mom's milk when they are nursing, but after the age of around three months they don't need it. Cats that are lactose intolerant have trouble digesting the milk and so pass gas, or have bouts of diarrhea or other gastric upsets.

The solution is easy, stop giving kitty the milk. Okay, your cat is accustomed to her milk and threatens to attack you if you don't give it to her.

You can get specially formulated milk for cats that is lactose free, your cat can enjoy it with none of the flatulence, but she does not need it.

Same thing with cheese, which is made from milk of course. Some cats will jump through hoops for a piece of cheese but it is not recommended for cats. Stop giving it to her and see if that ends the cat gas.

Food meant for humans is not good for cats at all. It can have all kinds of bad effects not just cat flatulence. Even too much canned tuna meant for humans is not good for cats.

When you give your pet a treat give her a healthy treat formulated for cats.

Intestinal Parasites

Cat Worms ( intestinal parasites) can be a cause of your cat's gas. Cats that are allowed outdoors are more at risk of picking up intestinal parasites than a cat that is kept indoors. If your cat has worms, flatulence is not likely to be the only symptom.

There are many types of intestinal worm that can find its way into your cat's stomach. Not many of them can be seen in the stools with the naked eye.

If you suspect worms, contact your veterinarian. You may be asked to bring in a sample of your cat's stools or bring your cat in for examination.

Sometimes cat gas can be a symptom of a serious condition, particularly if it is persistent.

Flatulence is unlikely to be the only symptom, diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the stools, a swollen belly and weight loss are some of the signs indicating illness. A visit to the veterinarian is advised.

Usually though, occasional cat gas, unpleasant smelling as it may be, is not a cause for concern. Often a slight change in diet does the trick.

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