Bloating in cats is something that does not go well with the graceful and pretty animals. You should get to the bottom of the problem and treat the flatulence, as they can be very unpleasant, especially for the cat.
Once your cat has flatulence, it rarely means bad. It is quite normal that sometimes a meal was not tolerated and escapes one or the other pups - in general, the diet is guilty in most cases. However, if it happens more often or lasts for a long time, you should seek the veterinarian - in rare cases, flatulence in cats can point to a disease.
Possible causes of flatulence in cats
In most cases, it is the diet that causes too many gases to form in the intestines, which then escape and cause stench. If certain components of the food are not properly utilized by the body, the insufficiently digested dietary pulp in the rectum is decomposed by bacteria, resulting in foul odors.
As far as the cat food is concerned, among other things, both the composition of the feed and the quality of the individual ingredients can lead to flatulence in cats. For example, muscle proteins are more digestible than connective tissue proteins. In low-quality cat food, plant parts or grains are used as fillers that cats can neither use nor digest.
However, it can also be an individual intolerance of the cat food responsible for ensuring that it does not get the cat. Cats also usually suffer from lactose intolerance and are not allowed to drink cow's milk. If they do, it can cause flatulence or 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, corn starch and Co.
• Sudden change of diet
• A specific diet
• Food intolerance or food allergy
• spoiled food (common for free-fallers)
• Too little movement
• Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
• Too fast eating or slinging
• Declining metabolism in old age
Flatulence: Veterinarian makes the diagnosis
If your velvet paw suffers from bloating, you should get to the bottom of it. Reconstruct what your girl has been eating lately, if she has had a diet change, and see if there are any other symptoms besides the escaping bowel worms. For example, if the bloating is accompanied by diarrhea or vomiting, your velvet paw is likely to be ill.
In any case, you should go with persistent flatulence with your cat to the vet, who can then examine your baby tiger. Depending on the case, he can order a large blood test, examine urine and stool samples, or even perform an abdominal X-ray examination. In any case, a thorough medical history will take place where the vet will work with you to find out what your cat food diet looks like at home.
How to treat flatulence in cats
Persistent flatulence in cats can be very uncomfortable, as they are often associated with 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 made.
Thus, a certain change in diet - such as a food intolerance or a non-species-appropriate diet - in most cases. If the causes are seen in the cat food, there is initially alternative, mild food, with which a little experimentation can be. In general, cat food is recommended without additives and without sugar.
While our tiger tigers can digest a mouse or a bird without any problems, digestion in chemical admixtures, such as in industrial feed, often reaches its limits, resulting in flatulence. Therefore, always pay attention to good quality of the feed - read more on the topic in the guidebook: "High-quality cat food: What does it matter?"