Cats with Gas

Pet owners often struggle when their pets have gas problems. Rest assured, pet flatulence is a problem that is fixable. The most common cause is food. Know what to watch for.

Some gas is normal. If the problem is noticeable then there is probably more to it. The first thing to check is that the cat is on good food. Many commercial cat foods contain a lot of filler and very little actual meat. The filler is hard on your cats digestive system. When a food contains a lot of filler, the cat must eat a lot more food to get is proper level of nutrition.

Fat in the cat’s food might also cause the cat to fart a lot.   Lower quality foods uses a bit of a trick. They use fat to add flavor and to give the cats a shiny coat, because most owners think a shiny coat = a healthy cat = good food. But the fat is hard on the kitties tummy. Coupled by the fact he or she has to eat more food, and eats more hard to digest filler (corn), and you have a problem.

A simple way of checking for filler is looking at the ingredient list on your food. If corn is the first ingredient, or anything other than an actual meat, then chances are that is your problem. Remember cats are carnivores. The first ingredient in a cat food should always be a meat source, Chicken meal, lamb meal, or turkey meal, being the best. If your cat food contains any By-Products you can be certain it is low quality food. By-Products are often the indigestible beaks, feet, and feathers. If you switch your cat slowly to a better quality food you should notice less of a problem, and you will have less mess in the litter box as a bonus too.

Look for the ingredient Yucca, which is a good ingredient for odor control.

Most pet foods purchased at grocery stores are not high quality foods. Your best place to look for better quality cat foods are specialty pet supply stores, online, groomers or even livestock feed stores. Some veterinarians sell good pet food, some sell overpriced pet food.  Read the ingredient list for yourself because all foods tell you they are good.

Feeding a cat a food that is too rich for it may also cause the cat to have gas.  Are feeding kitten food to an adult cat, or feeding too much people food to the cat? Milk can contribute to these problems as well, after all most cats are lactose intolerant. Cats should really never be given any dairy products.

It is a good idea to have a gassy cat wormed by a veterinarian. Parasites contribute to intestinal issues, and over the counter worming products do not kill all types of worms. Parasites are more of a problem in cats allowed outdoors to catch mice, or who are exposed to other kitties.

If you cannot find a problem with your pet’s diet you should have a vet check him or her. Some internal problems are quite serious and you should make sure this is not a symptom of a bigger health issue. As a final note I remember hearing of a cat with gas so bad his owners named him Chicago… The windy kitty.

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  1. Eunice Tan

    On August 25, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Informative!

  2. PR Mace

    On November 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Hey, what about dog gas. Now that is a problem. Do you ever wonder if animals think, oh no people gas.

  3. Bo Russo

    On October 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Kitty farts, oh no!!

  4. Melissa

    On October 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

    my cat was a stray that i took in. and my vet checked her out and dewormed her over a week ago and said she was healthy but omg, she stinks lol. its true cat farts are silent but oh so deadly.

  5. John Kelly

    On December 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    My kitty is four and a half months old. He just spent three days at the vet being neutered and declawed. For those who wonder about declawing, I can only say that Kitty is glad to be home and he is as playful and frisky as ever. The vet gave him a professional de-worming treatment and gave me a tube of the stuff to give him next week. Meanwhile, he has been passing gas and it is pretty bad! I don’t think he had this problem before. So, should I consider this a matter of the medication or should I look more closely into his diet?

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