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Gas passing kitty, is it her diet or something else?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26829points) April 20th, 2011

My new kitty seems to let loose some wicked silent but deadlies and I can’t figure why? None of the other cats done that when they were kittens. Since it only took 36 hours to housebreak her I knew it was too good to be true. Sometimes it happens when she is sleeping and other times during her romping around or climbing my leg like a tree trunk. Her food is dry because that is what her mama taught her to eat when she got them off the teat, so I stuck with that, or should I try wet food?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

If she’s a kitten, I would give her kitten food, and moisten it just a little. It could be that she’s not ready to digest adult cat food quite yet.

Buttonstc's avatar

Unless a vet discovers some type of medical issue causing it, her diet is the problem. Take her for a vet checkup and mention this specific problem. Most likely the vet will tell you to change what you’re feeding her.

You can also try switching to another brand of food to a higher quality one.

Many of the dry foods contain such huge amounts of corn and other grains (which cats, designed to be obligate carnivores) would not eat in the wild, that’s likely to cause gassiness. Cats are not designed by nature to digest grains in large amounts. The only vegetarian content that they ever eat in their natural state would be the very small amounts found in the stomach contents of their prey. That’s it and it’s only a very small percentage of their total meat consumption.

The pet food companies do this because grains are much cheaper than meat. And just because cats can survive on it doesn’t mean it’s what’s best for them.

Dogs are omnivores but cats aren’t (unless forced to be in domestic situations).

Seelix's avatar

This often happens when kitties move to a new home. It’s most likely due to a change in food. You could try to find out what brand of food she used to eat, and (if it’s a good enough brand) go back to feeding that.

It could also be an issue with kitten v. adult food, or that the food you’re giving her is of low quality. Check the ingredients of the kitten foods at the pet store, and, like @Buttonstc said, make sure it includes more meat products than grains.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m with Buttonstc. Check the label on the food and see what ingredients are in it. I had to add, It was the kitty, it wasn’t me. The dog gets a pass this time.

jlelandg's avatar

GQ for “SBD’s”

SpatzieLover's avatar

One of our cats had tons of gas when he moved in. He still has more gas than the rest of our cats…but as he’s grown he’s an adult now most of this has subsided to pre/post poop digestion process.

@Buttonstc is 100% correct. This is most likely diet related.

Are you feeding a grain free diet? We only feed as close to what cats in the wild would eat. For us, that’s Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free. When this particular cat moved in we were still serving Halo…since the switch, all of our animals have been healthier, have shiner coats, and have much better digestion.

Don’t try wet if you don’t have to. There’s really no need. You can, but it does cost more. We do give them some, as a treat, not as their meal.

It could just be part of your kittens growing/adjusting process. I would mention it to the vet, but I would not buy my food from the vet.

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