How to reduce flatulence in cats?
We’ve mentioned before that our feline pals do fart and in stealth mode too! It takes place when their stomach or intestines expands with air, and the accretion is expelled from the body. (many times, followed with a pungent scent)
Although hilarious, it can be an unbearably stinky affair! So, how does one reduce the likelihood of flatulence in their cats?
In this article, we’ve curated a small list of methods where meowmies can do it yourselves at the comfort of your homes (Hooray). So, let’s get started!
Get your cat on her paws and moving! Exercise helps to hasten the digestive process in our cats and reduce the risk of them passing gas.
Consuming too much can be a common reason for flatulence. The extra amount of food brewing in your kitty’s stomach before it is digested causes the excessive gas. To prevent this, simply feed a smaller portion of meals for your kitty throughout the day instead of giving free feeding a huge meal.
If this is hard due to job commitments, you can always opt for an automatic feeder like the Rubeku Smart Automatic Feeder. Such smart feeders offer scheduled meals for up to four times a day for your little ones!
Decrease soy intake
Soy is a frequently used ingredient in cat food due to its high source of protein. But our feline pals can have a difficult time digesting it which causes the extra churning in the stomach and ultimately, excessive gas.
Consider getting cat food that contains lesser soy.
Skip the dairy
Most of our adult feline friends are lactose intolerant! Besides the extra gas, dairy products with lactose also results in a watery mess for them (diarrhoea).
To avoid the uncomfortable situation, offer lactose-free milk for your cats instead.
For multi-cat households, the environment during meal times can make a difference for them. Feed your cats in a quiet and secluded corner to reduce competition. This way, they will take in their food slower which results in lesser gas consumed (meaning lesser farts out)!
High-fiber diets can often cause farts due to the extra gas produced during the digestion of fiber. Consider feeding your cats a low fiber diet as it is easier for them to digest. Start with gradual transitions to reduce the chances of any diarrhoea or constipation episodes.
Hairball control paste
Flatulence in cats may sometimes be caused by hairball problems. If you suspect that your kitty’s gassy problems might be due to hairballs, you can use Francodex Hairball Control Paste to alleviate the situation! This hairball control paste helps to facilitate the elimination of hairballs easily. Designed to be palatable to cats, simply add the recommended amount on your kitty's paw and watch her lick them clean! It can also be added to your cat's meal.
If the situation doesn’t improve after exhausting all methods, consider making a trip to the vet’s to rule out any possibility of underlying health issues.
Good luck meowmies and cheers to lesser stinky cat farts!