Yes, all animals fart, and that includes cats, although a cat fart is not as loud as a human or dogs fart.
This may not be the most popular topic for people to talk about at dinner, but cat owners should learn the importance of their cat’s fart. Farts happen to all animals, as it’s a gastrointestinal function. It may seem like a cat never farts because they don’t do it loudly, but they do fart.
Why is that, though?
3 Primary Reasons Cats Will Pass Gas
A fart happens because there is a plethora of gas sitting in the digestive system. The body releases this gas to relieve pressure. Cats tend to fart for three reasons:
- Excessive air consumption (swallowing too much air)
A cat’s digestive problems may be the result of allergies such as pollen, dust, or pests like fleas and ticks. It’s not just flatulence they may have, but also vomiting and diarrhea. Flea allergies are prevalent, but a veterinarian should see your feline friend before you begin any treatment.Food intolerances and allergies will also cause excessive gas. Food is regarded as the biggest culprit of cat farts. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, flatulence is an “altered gastrointestinal function” on its “Nutritional Screening Risk Factor” list. The assessment includes treats, snacks, table food, dietary supplements, and foods for medication purposes.
Simply put, it’s everything that a cat can eat that is listed on the assessment.
How Food Affects Your Cat’s Farts
Healthy cat food is a necessity to address your feline friend’s farting problem. Be sure the food you choose has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs and meets their age, size, and level of activity. Although fiber is good for the digestive system, too much of it will lead to excessive gas.
Go to your veterinarian if you need some recommendations. They may suggest a specially-formulated therapeutic cat food, designed for a cat’s digestion.
It’s not just cat farts that should keep you from feeding your feline people food. While some foods – certain fruits, for example – can safely be consumed in moderation. Think for a moment; however, how too much fiber affects you. Apply that thought to your cat. Do you want that for them?
While some cats can handle some people-food, you shouldn’t give it to them even if they beg. According to the AAFCO, people’s food can actually lead to a hormonal imbalance that pet foods do not cause. Some foods are lethal to animals.
Be sure to talk to your vet before giving your cat people food. You don’t want to feed them anything that could get them sick.
Does A Cat Passing Gas Mean There Is A Health Problem?
There are some rare instances in which a cat passing gas is not caused by food, allergies, or swallowing too much air. It may actually be the result of an intestinal parasite that causes Tritrichomonasfoetus. According to the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, this parasite can generate gassy feces.
If you notice other issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea, or they have strong-smelling gas, you need to take your feline friend immediately to the vet to find out if there is a health problem you’re not aware of.
What To Keep In Mind
A cat fart doesn’t always mean you should be worried. It’s true that don’t pass gas as much as humans or dogs do, but they will do it. It may take you by surprise when they do, but rest assured, they’re going to be surprised as well. Most cat farts are never smelt or heard, so you may never even know when they do it.
If you are concerned about the frequency of their farts or the smell the cat seems to leave behind, it’s best to reach out to your veterinarian to rule out anything serious. They may suggest you make changes to their diet to ensure better digestive