Do Cats Fart? Darn Tootin' Right They Do!

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Do cats really fart? I know my dogs do! Hills Pet tells us that like other gastrointestinal functions, flatulence is a natural occurrence in animals. 

According to Catster, there is more good news! Most cat farts are normal, and almost all cat farts are odorless. They share that some common causes of cat farts are:

  • Diets that are high in fiber
  • Dairy ingestion
  • Eating too fast and swallowing excessive amounts of air
  • Consuming spoiled food or garbage
  • Hairballs
  • Dietary changes

Why do cats fart?

Hills Pet explains that flatulence typically results from a buildup of gas in the digestive system, which is released from the body. In most instances, cat flatulence occurs when your kitty swallows too much air, or it could be related to allergies or food.

Do cats fart when they're scared or stressed?

Your cat's health can be impacted if they're stressed out and passing gas may happen. A cat's digestive system could be a little off if their routine changes like moving into a new house. Always check with your vet if you think a life change may upset your cat's tummy. There may be some proactive recommendations to help boost your cat's health.

What about digestive issues?

Does food cause this?

Too much fiber can cause gas! Diets high in fiber can be problematic for your feline friends.

This goes for dogs too but when you transition your cat to a new kibble or canned diet you should always transition slowly over at least seven days. If you add a new topper to their meals this should also be added in very small amounts. An abrupt diet change can cause health issues and gas. Always take note if their tummy is rumbling.

TIP: Don't feed your cat people food.

Flatulence and health issues

According to Catster, there are some health problems that may be causing your cat to pass gas. All of these will need to be ruled out with your cat's vet:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal virus
  • Worms or other parasites
  • Pancreatic issues
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Intestinal obstruction

A cat's health can impact how gassy they are and there are many reasons for feline flatulence and excess gas.

Some of the reasons include a cat's diet, food allergies, intestinal parasites, issues with gut bacteria, hookworms or parasites, pet food transitioned too quickly, roundworms, and the type of food they're eating. Always talk to your vet about the cat food you're feeding and ask them about probiotics too.

Does your cat fart? Let us know in the comments. 

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