Do Cats Fart? These Signs & Symptoms Mean Your Flatulent Feline May Need A New Diet

It's time to finally answer the question that has plagued mankind since cats started hanging out around us thousands of years ago: do cats fart?

Yes. As any cat owner will tell you, cats fart. They fart and fart, and they love every minute of it.

Are cat farts normal?

Yes! In fact, almost all mammals fart. For these mammals (and a ton of other species across the animal kingdom) farting is a normal part of life. We eat, therefore we fart. (Except sloths, who don't fart at all!)

What causes cat farts? (digestive issues, types of food, stress? etc ... )

For cats, just like for humans, farts are a normal result of digestion. The microbes in our guts break down food, which produces gas as a byproduct. The same is true of cats. It's stinky, but it's a fact of life.

There are many reasons both environmental and dietary that commonly cause flatulence in cats. A change in diet, food allergies, or food that is too rich in fiber or fat could cause digestive issues. Even swallowing too much air or eating to quickly can cause kitties to develop gas.

  • Food allergies
  • Change in diet
  • High-fat and high-fiber foods
  • Dairy products
  • Soybeans
  • Peas
  • Hairballs
  • Spoiled food

Environmental factors like new soaps or carpet cleaners can also surface allergies in felines that presents as flatulence or digestive issues.

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Are cat farts a sign of illness?

A moderate amount of farting is to be expected with cats. However, if your cat suddenly starts farting excessively, or if the smell becomes extra foul, it's best to take them to the vet. Excessive or excessively smelly farts could potentially be a sign of illness.

  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • intestinal virus
  • parasite

This is especially true if excessive flatulence is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, a bloated abdomen, or any other changes in your cat's bowel movements or appetite.

How to prevent cat farts

Unfortunately, as you've probably figured out by now, you're not going to be able to prevent all cat farts. However, you might be able to prevent excess gas, and excessively stinky gas (provided you make sure your cat isn't sick first). There are a few ways to do this:

  • Make sure your cat exercises regularly.
  • Keep your cat away from all "people food" including dairy.
  • Ask your vet about changing your cat's food.
  • If you do change your cat's food, make the transition slowly, mixing in a small amount of the new food every day and gradually increasing the amount.
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Do cats fart on purpose?

As far as we know, cats do not fart on purpose, although some cat owners are convinced they do. It may seem like your cat only farts in certain situations, but consider that there may be times when they fart and you aren't around, or don't realize it. Does the cat only fart when you're holding them, or is that just when you're most apt to realize it?

Why are cat farts silent?

Exciting scientific news: there is some debate over whether cat farts are actually silent. Many people, including veterinarians, say they have never heard a cat fart. However, that doesn't mean it never happens, as vets and scientists are quick to point out. If a tree farts in the forest, does it make a sound?

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Why do cat farts smell so bad?

Any cat owner will tell you that cat farts are not especially pleasant. That's probably because cats, as true carnivores, eat a lot of meat.

In their book Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence, authors Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti explain that meat-based diets can produce some pretty gross-smelling farts because of sulfur and other smelly compounds in meat. Ew.

To be fair, animals that eat plant-based diets, like cows and horses, still end up producing smelly farts. So we can't single out cats for being stinky. (But we can still quietly resent them for it.)

We hope you have enjoyed this illuminating discussion about cats and their farting habits. May your heart be light and happy, and your cats' farts be mild.