Flatulence in cats: what causes, what solutions?


The intestinal gas can accumulate in the intestines of the cat. This is called flatulence. This sometimes causes abdominal pain as well as bloating or meteorism due to gas retention. It is important to identify the cause in order to remedy it. It is not that simple because the origins of flatulence in cats are numerous. In any case, it is necessary to find solutions on a case by case basis to relieve the animal. Let’s take stock and also see if it is possible to prevent flatulence in this pet.

Flatulence in cats: the different possible causes

In general, cats are quite discreet in terms of gas emission, both in terms of smell and sound, so that it goes unnoticed. A master can therefore be very surprised when his cat expels smelly gases (loud or not) and frequent because it is quite unusual. In any case, it is a sign that something is not quite right at the digestive level. The main causes of flatulence in cats are the following :

  • Food portions eaten too quickly,
  • Too large portions of food,
  • Consuming unsuitable foods like soybeans, white beans, grains, peas, lentils, and those that contain lactose, but also table scraps that are too fatty, too sweet or too salty for food. animal: these are food products that the cat’s digestive system is not able to assimilate,
  • Poor quality food which can be the case with cat food that can be found at low prices,
  • Foods that are not suitable for this particular cat, which can be the case with kibble or pâtés for adults that are given to a kitten for example,
  • A too rapid change in the cat’s diet, or simply the introduction of a new food,
  • Obesity which disrupts the intestinal transit of the small feline,
  • The ingestion of hairs which form a trichobezoar (hairball) in the gastrointestinal tract and which the animal cannot expel,
  • An excess of stress, and the reasons vary because the kitty is an animal particularly sensitive to stress. However, we can note that it is quite common in farms, catteries and in individuals who have several cats sharing the same bowl and eating at the same times.

So that flatulence stops as quickly as possible, it is essential to remedy these problems. Thus, depending on the case, we can:

  • Give your cat a labyrinth bowl or anti-glutton bowl which will force him, by its concept, to eat more slowly.
  • Reduce the amount of food eaten if the cat eats too much.
  • Eliminate the food responsible for flatulence from your diet or replace poor quality products with high-end kibble or pâté.
  • Stop giving him leftovers from family meals because a cat is not a table trash can!
  • Put your cat on a diet if he is overweight and at the same time encourage him to exercise more so that he loses weight.
  • Brush it very regularly to remove dead hairs. This will prevent him from swallowing them while washing with his raspy tongue. If the damage is done, we can only on the advice of the veterinarian give the animal an intestinal lubricant, a kind of laxative paste that facilitates the expulsion of hairballs.
  • Limit the causes of stress and, if you have several small felines, ensure that everyone has their own bowl but also ensure that they are eaten separately.

All these solutions are also excellent prevention methods flatulence in cats. No need to wait until he suffers from this discomfort to give him quality food, avoid stress, maintain his hair and do everything possible so that he does not become obese …

Anyway, in the event of gas, it is better not to improvise a homemade pseudo-treatment but to rely on the veterinarian so that he finds the solution that best suits the kitty.

Flatulence and associated symptoms: when to worry?

It is strongly recommended to consult the vet if the cat is experiencing gas and it is accompanied by one or more of the following:

  • Hardening of the abdominal area,
  • Stomach pain more or less violent,
  • Vomiting,
  • Rumbling, that is to say “gurgling” and other noises of gastric origin,
  • Constipation,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Abatement …

When flatulence is accompanied by change in the general condition of the cat, this can be due to a serious pathology such as:

  • TheHepatic insufficiency,
  • An intestinal parasitosis, giardiasis (also called giardiasis or giardiasis) caused by the flagellated protozoan Gardia intestinalis,
  • A IBD (Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease).

Excess gas in cats is therefore not always harmless …

Intestinal gas in cats: solutions to relieve the animal

In addition to eliminating the cause of flatulence, it is sometimes necessary to relieve the animal by means of drug products which are specifically adapted to it. But this should only be decided by the veterinarian, hence the interest in consulting him as soon as this intestinal problem appears.

The veterinarian begins by identifying the cause of the gas and can prescribe on a case-by-case basis:

  • Either probiotics, if he judges that the intestinal microbiota of the animal is unbalanced. This therefore helps promote the development of good bacteria.
  • Either charcoal, if the cat has difficulty expelling gas. This solution should not be abused, which can quickly lead to constipation.
  • Be a diet momentary based on therapeutic foods.
  • Either a diet for obese cats if this is the case so that the kitty can lose weight.

However, if the veterinarian suspects a serious problem that could be the cause of the flatulence, he can perform additional examinations that will allow him to refine his diagnosis and implement an appropriate treatment.

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