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Cat has bloating: causes, diagnosis and treatment


Flatulence in cats is something that doesn't suit the graceful and pretty animals. You should get to the bottom of the problem and have the flatulence treated, as these can sometimes be very uncomfortable for the cat. In most cases, cat fluences are caused by the wrong food - Shutterstock / aleg baranau

If your cat has flatulence, it rarely means something bad. It is quite normal for a meal not to be tolerated and one or two pups to escape - in most cases it is food that is to blame.

However, if it happens more often or lasts a long time, you should visit the vet - in rare cases, flatulence in cats can indicate an illness.

Cat has bloating: possible causes

In most cases, it is the diet that ensures that too many gases form in the intestine, which then escape and stink. If certain parts of the food are not properly used by the body, the insufficiently digested food pulp in the rectum is decomposed by bacteria, which leads to foul odors.

As far as cat food is concerned, both the composition of the food and the quality of the individual ingredients can lead to severe flatulence in cats. For example, muscle proteins are more digestible than connective tissue proteins. Inferior cat food uses plant parts or cereals as fillers that cats can neither use nor digest.

However, an individual intolerance to the cat food can also be responsible for the cat not getting it. Cats also usually suffer from lactose intolerance and are not actually allowed to drink cow's milk. If they do, it can cause flatulence or lead to other digestive problems such as diarrhea.

Here is an overview of possible causes of flatulence in cats:

  • wrong or inferior cat nutrition
  • too many dairy products, spices, beans, starch from cereals etc.
  • sudden change of food
  • a certain diet
  • Feed intolerance or feed allergy
  • spoiled feed (often the case with free-range animals)
  • Too little movement
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • too fast eating or loops
  • declining metabolism in old age
  • worm infestation

Severe flatulence: the vet makes the diagnosis

If your velvet paw suffers from bloating, you should investigate the cause. Reconstruct what your kitty has been eating recently and whether there has been a change in diet and check whether there are any other symptoms besides the escaping bowel winds. For example, if the flatulence is accompanied by diarrhea or vomiting, your velvet paw is probably sick.

In any case, you should go to the vet with your cat if there is persistent flatulence, who can then examine your house tiger. Depending on the case, the doctor may order a large blood test, examine urine and stool samples or even perform an X-ray examination of the abdomen.

In any case, a thorough medical history will take place, where the vet would like to work with you to find out what it looks like when it comes to cat nutrition in your home.

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How to treat flatulence in cats

Permanent flatulence in cats can be very uncomfortable, as they are often accompanied by abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fatigue and other symptoms. Together with the veterinarian, you can start the right therapy after the cause of the flatulence has been clarified and the diagnosis has been made.

A certain change in diet - for example in the event of food intolerance or improper nutrition - helps in most cases. If the causes are seen in cat food, there is initially alternative, mild food that can be experimented with a little. In general, light food or cat food without additives and without sugar is advisable.

While our house tigers can usually easily digest a mouse or a bird, digestion often reaches its limits with chemical admixtures, such as in industrial feed, so that the result is bloating. Therefore, always pay attention to the good quality of the food - read more on the topic in the guide: "High quality cat food: what does it matter?"

Flatulence in cats: are worms behind it?

Diet is not the only cause that can cause flatulence in cats. An infestation with worms is also conceivable. This is a topic that primarily affects freelancers. They tend to catch them quickly.

Once a cat is infected with worms, it can cause flatulence. Other symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and a bloated, big belly. The latter is caused by the parasites that are in the area and expand the abdominal wall.

Flatulence as a result of a worm infestation is well controlled with a worming regimen. The procedure has to be repeated regularly to completely kill the nasty parasites.