My Cat Gas Flatulence Said Dr. kristina.karelina In most instances, cat flatulence occurs when your kitty swallows too much air, or it could be related to allergies or food. Allergies to dust, pollen, and pests such as ticks and fleas can also cause digestive distress, including vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.
How Can I Cure My Cat Gas Flatulence?
You may want to write down what your cat eats within a 24-hour period in order to see which foods might be causing his gas. The following are other suggestions that may help your cat:
- Feed cats in multi-cat households separately to avoid food competition.
- Gradually change the diet to a low-fiber, easily digestible food. Ask your vet for a recommendation.
- Offer smaller, more frequent meals.
- Keep your cat away from spoiled food, i.e. the garbage.
- Make sure your cat gets regular exercise.
Cat Gas Flatulence a Sign of Other Health Problems?
Excessive Gas Flatulence may be a sign that your cat is suffering from one of the following and needs to see a veterinarian:
- Pancreas problems
- Intestinal obstruction
- Dietary sensitivity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intestinal virus
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Worms or other parasites
Cut Out the People Food
You need the willpower to resist the purrs and mews of your fuzzy mate when you sit down to eat. He knows exactly how to work his magic to get a morsel or two of food from you. The food you eat really isn’t something you should be giving your kitty, though. Lactose from dairy products, for instance, causes a big stir in the feline belly. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant, which means they don’t produce enough of the enzyme that digests lactose. Additionally, things made with corn, a lot of spices, or lots of fat, are other foods that can make your fur friend gassy. Once you stop giving him table scraps, that stinky gas cloud should go away.
Minimize the Fiber
Too much fiber can be irritating for some cats, causing chronic spells of flatulence. Find out the fiber content of your little comrade’s food and compare it with other brands. Use your veterinarian for advice as well. When you find the perfect low-fiber food, change his kibble gradually — start with a blend of 3 parts of the old stuff and 1 part of the new low-fiber food. Feed this ratio for several days. For a few days after that, work him up to a half-and-half mixture. The point is to slowly phase out the gas-causing fibrous food over time. Changing his diet too quickly may make gas symptoms even worse.
Feed Him Frequently
If you have your cat’s meals planned out like clockwork, consider making some changes. He knows he gets a bowl of breakfast before you go to work, then another meal later on. Some kitties love their food so much, they devour the entire dish almost instantly. When they do, they swallow a lot of air. That air has to go somewhere — like out his rear end. If your pint-size pal eats in a hurry, split his meals into smaller portions and feed them more often. Rather than two meals a day, cut each of those meals in half, giving him four mini entrees, for instance. Smaller meals can help relieve gas issues.
Make Him Exercise
Cats don’t sweat as humans do, but if you’ll make him work out regularly, you’ll help keep his digestive tract moving, minimizing problems with flatulence. Exercise also helps him shed weight if he’s slightly plus-sized. Overweight kitties are more likely to have regular gas. So dig up that laser pointer, have a few feather toys handy, and make sure your house is littered with catnip-filled mice. Play with your furry buddy several times throughout the day. Hopefully, that horrendous odor from his backside will subside as his workouts become regular.