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Why does my cat suddenly have alot of flatuance

Asked by Spargett (5343 points ) February 17th, 2008 from iPhone

There hasn’t been any change in his diet. No change in lifestyle or enviroment. And I don’t think I’ve ever noticed him pass gas before. The past few days it has been very noticable. His stool look totally normal.

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brownlemur's avatar

It is not the cat that passes gas, but your mind.

But seriously, is it an indoor only cat or does he go outside at all? Maybe he’s supplementing his diet with mice? Or maybe he’s grown so comfortable around you that he’s just now showing his true personality (felinality?) and has stopped keeping up with appearances.

Spargett's avatar

He’s an indoor cat only.

artemisdivine's avatar

i adore cats!!!!! i have only had 2 sadly but my gosh they are great. until they get sick. my last cat had kidney failure and lost tons of weight and looked like death. i miss him.

Flatulence is the distension of the stomach or intestines with gas or air. Flatus is the gas expelled from the body opening. The term flatulence is also used to refer to the release of intestinal gas through the anus Gas production or accumulation in the gastrointestinal tract is normal. Excessive production may not be indicative of any particular disease or disorder. However, in certain gastrointestinal diseases, the normal production of gas may be increased and excessive flatulence may result. Nearly all gastrointestinal gas comes from either swallowed air (aerophagia) or from air produced by bacterial fermentation and processing of ingested nutrients. Any condition that leads to increases in these gases can cause flatulence. Over 99 percent of gas is odorless, and less than 1 percent accounts for the odor we often associate with flatulence
http://www.petplace.com/cats/flatulence-in-cats/page1.aspx

Do you feel like passing out when your pet passes gas? Although the smell may be terrible, in most cases, flatulence is not indicative of a serious medical condition. Unless it’s coupled with diarrhea or vomiting, intestinal gas usually means that your animal companion has eaten something he can’t digest properly. The culprit most often tends to be excess carbohydrates, which contain sugar and starch that ferment in your pet’s intestine
http://www.animed.org/dogs_and_cats_flatulence_gas.htm

When your pet is unusually flatulent, however, or the smell is unusually foul, you can be pretty sure that something is putting his bowel out of balance.

“A gassy pet is often a worm-infested pet,” says John Brooks, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Fork, Maryland. Tapeworms and roundworms are often to blame because they irritate the lining of the intestine and interfere with proper digestion. White specks or spaghetti-like strands in the stool are common signs of worms, he explains.
http://home.ivillage.com/pets/symsolve/0,,j6ck,00.html

Though normal cats can have very low-grade rare to periodic flatulence, if it is excessive, underlying digestive disorders should always be ruled out by your veterinarian. Inflammatory, food sensitivity, allergic, or other conditions of the bowels that reduce digestion or absorption of food components may lead to abnormal food processing, and thus excessive gas production in the lower bowels. If disease is present, sometimes diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss will also be noted
http://www.animalhealthcare.ca/contents/content.asp?id=270&cat=cats

Does your sweet little kitty have a dark side? Is he really evil and windy? Can he knock a buzzard off a gut wagon? Although cat flatulence isn’t a serious health problem (unless it’s combined with diarrhea or vomiting), it can be a real nuisance. And it’s no fun for your cat either, since he’s probably suffering from abdominal pain and bloating, too. What causes cat gas, and more to the point, how can you stop it?
http://www.zimbio.com/Cool+Cat+Care+Stuff/articles/22/Farting+Cats

syz's avatar

My first guess would be that he got into something inappropriate. Perhaps he cleaned off a plate in the sink, pulled something out of the trash, or drank out of the toilet.

If all of those things are unlikely, then I would guess that there was some minor change in his food – many pet food companies will switch ingredients due to variations in cost and availability of materials.

If he seems otherwise normal, I’d just crack a window and tough it out.

Spargett's avatar

Looks like I’ll be cracking the window.

CMaz's avatar

My dad would always blame the dog.

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