How to Relieve Cat Gas Problems

By Melodie Anne

Not much is more appalling than when your frisky pal curls up on your lap and lets out a toot. Passing a little gas here and there probably isn’t a big deal, but if it’s around-the-clock, your cat might have a bowel problem or parasites. Sometimes changes to your cat's diet and activities can relieve a gas problem, but take him to the vet for a checkup before making changes. Your vet can administer medications if need be.

Cut Out the People Food

You need 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 like 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.