6 common causes of flatulence in cats

What is flatulence?

Flatulence is simply defined as excess gas in the stomach and intestines. It is normal for your cat to have a small amount of gas in its intestine. But when they pass out excessive gas having a foul smell or accompanied by other symptoms like loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss, it is something of great concern.

What are the causes of flatulence in cats?

An excessive amount of gas in the stomach and intestine of cats can be caused by different factors, including:

Swallowing Air

When your cat feels like they are competing with other cats for food, they tend to eat too quickly, and this causes them to swallow a lot of air, leading to flatulence.

Eating too much

Also, when they eat too much, it could cause excessive gas in the stomach. Overeating may cause your cat to consume too much protein, which results in more sulfur gas in the body.


Malabsorption can also cause flatulence in cats. This is an illness that originates from your cat’s digestive canal and it results in the inability to break down food properly.

Allergies to food ingredients

Some cats find it challenging to digest the ingredients in certain foods and this can be problematic to their intestine.

Intestinal parasites

Some parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and other intestinal parasites may cause inflammation in the digestive tract of cats. This often results in an abnormal buildup of gas.

Other health issues

Diseases in cats, either in their digestive tract or anywhere else in their body can cause flatulence.

How to handle Flatulence in cats

Looking at the common causes discussed above, the next question that comes to mind is “what do I do if my cat is farting too much?” Continue reading to learn the right steps to take.


Farting may not be life-threatening, but it is a clear indication that your cat’s body is not functioning optimally. This excessive gas in felines can be caused by several factors like swallowing air, eating too fast or too much, allergies to food ingredients, malabsorption, intestinal parasites, and other health issues.

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