Pet owners often struggle when their pets have gas problems. Rest assured,
pet flatulence is a problem that is fixable. The most common cause is
food. Know what to watch for.
Some gas is normal. If the problem is noticeable then there is probably
more to it. The first thing to check is that the cat is on good food.
Many commercial cat foods contain a lot of filler and very little actual
meat. The filler is hard on your cats digestive system. When a food contains
a lot of filler, the cat must eat a lot more food to get is proper level
of nutrition. Another problem is the fat content in the food. Lower quality
foods uses a bit of a trick. They use fat to give the cats a shiny coat,
because most owners think a shiny coat = a healthy cat = good food. But
the fat is hard on the kitties tummy. Coupled by the fact he or she has
to eat more food, and eats more hard to digest filler (corn), and you
have a problem.
A simple way of checking for filler is looking at the ingredient list
on your food. If corn is the first ingredient, or anything other than
an actual meat, then chances are that is your problem. Remember cats
are carnivores. The first ingredient in a cat food should always be a
meat source, Chicken meal, lamb meal, or turkey meal, being the best.
If your cat food contains any By-Products you can be certain it is low
quality food. By-Products are often the indigestible beaks, feet, and
feathers. If you switch your cat slowly to a better quality food you
should notice less of a problem, and you will have less mess in the litter
box as a bonus too.
Also look for the ingredient Yucca, which is an ingredient for odor control.
Typically foods purchased at grocery stores are not high quality foods.
Your best place to look for better quality foods are the independent
stores, groomers or even livestock feed stores. Read the ingredient list
for yourself because all foods tell you they are good.
Feeding a cat a food that is too rich for it may also be a problem. This
could be if you are feeding kitten food to an adult cat, or feeding too
much people food to the cat. Milk can contribute to these problems as
well, after all most cats are lactose intolerant. Cats should really
never be given any dairy products.
It is a good idea to have a gassy cat dewormed by a veterinarian. Parasites
contribute to intestinal issues, and over the counter worming products
do not kill all types of worms. Parasites are more of a problem in cats
allowed outdoors to catch mice, or who are exposed to other kitties.
If you cannot find a problem with your pets diet you
should have a vet check him or her. Some internal problems
are quite serious and you should
make sure this is not a symptom of a bigger health issue. As a final
note I remember hearing of a cat with gas so bad his owners named him
The windy kitty.