Do Cats Have Gas? And Does It Smell?
9 February, 2018
We have all been there. You’re sitting at home with your family and suddenly the room smells. And, of course, we all blame it on the dog. But, cats can have gas too! Cats do and can have gas when food stays in their digestive tract too long, they eat too fast or something is upsetting their stomach.
A little gas in cats is part of the normal digestive process
A little gas is a natural part of the digestive process and usually passes quickly. Excessive gas, however, especially when it is foul-smelling and accompanied by other symptoms, usually means there is something wrong in your cat’s digestive system.
What causes gas in cats?
Some of the following are some common causes of gas cats:
Diets high in wheat, corn, soybeans or fiber, dairy products, spoiled food, overeating, food allergies, eating too fast, hairballs and/or intestinal parasites
How do you know if your cat has gas? (most of a cat’s gas is odorless)
Some gas you can smell, but most of a cat’s intestinal gas is odorless. The following additional signs can also inform you that your cat is having digestive issues: Rumbling in the gastrointestinal tract, excessive, vomiting, bloating stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If the gas is frequent and you see any of the following signs, take your cat to the vet:
Pain when you touch your cat’s belly, a bloated stomach, decreased appetite, diarrhea, excessive drooling, scooting across the floor, bloody bowel movements.
If your cat merely has gas and you don’t see any of the other issues, there are a few way to help diminish your cat’s gas:
If your cat eats a high-fiber diet, gradually make the change to a low-fiber, more easily digestible food. It may be a good idea to talk with your vet so the transition is a smooth one.
Don’t give your cat any dairy products. A feline digestive tract isn’t designed to process it properly. Water, water, water — is always the best form of hydration for cats.
Feed your cat smaller, more frequent meals. This could keep your cat from voraciously wolfing down and then having gas.
Make sure your kitchen trash bins have tight-fitting lids to restrict your cat’s access to garbage or old food that could be spoiled.
Give your cat plenty of opportunities to exercise to keep things moving along (same as in humans!). Having multiple cats increases the likelihood of active play, but it’s also important to engage your cat with fun toys like feathered wands for gas and weight control.
There you have it. It is perfectly healthy for cats to pass gas, but it’s important to pay attention if your cat’s gas is excessive or happens with any of the accompanying symptoms.
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