Do Cats Fart?

I’ve never had cats, so I don’t really know the answer to this question. I KNOW my dogs do – Jack is particularly adept at this bodily function. But cats seem so proper and refined, maybe they don’t?
 
Do cats fart
 
Cats have the physiology that would allow them to fart – a GI tract, an anus and certainly they may ingest something that disagrees with them, but there is only anecdotal evidence supporting the event.
 
Farts, or flatulence is created when the body expels excess gas from the abdominal tract. The odor comes from bacteria created in the stomach and expelled with the excess air. While there will be odor when a cat farts, the fart itself may be inaudible. This is likely due to a cats smaller size.
 
What causes a cat to fart and should you be alarmed?
 
The answer is no, farting is a natural occurrence. You should only be alarmed if it is continual or loud – that might be evidence of an internal problem. Farting can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Cat food: your cat’s food may be creating the problem, especially if it contains lots of ‘filler’ type ingredients.
  • Food allergy: Your cat may have developed an allergy to one or more of the ingredients in their food.
  • Swallowing air: it has to have someplace to go and may be expelled as gas.
  • Hairballs
  • Parasites

There are other potential causes as well, so if your cat is farting excessively, it’s probably a good idea to visit your vet for a thorough checkup.
 

Additional Readings:

Cat Farting (Flatulence) – Causes & Treatment
Flatulence
Do Cats Fart
Do Cats Fart? Everything You Wanted to Know About Feline Flatulence

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  1. I do have cats. They don’t fart often, but when they do it’ll clear the room!
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    • Yikes…that sounds like my 80lb Lab!
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  2. Mom has had cats since she was seven and never noticed them farting. They are such proper creatures, I would guess they do that privately and would be appalled the topic is even being mentioned!
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    • I don’t know…with all the food Bert eats, he never farts?
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  3. I had a cat who farted a lot and the smell was quite unbearable 🙂
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    • Sounds like my dog…
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  4. Hell (pardon my French) yes, they do. :/
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    • Better or worse than the Cardis?
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  5. Worse, only in that Bobby Flay farts when he’s picked up (not every time he’s picked up, but ONLY when picked up), thus putting the fumes full-blast in one’s line of smell. O_o ☺
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    • Guess he doesn’t like to be picked up?
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  6. OMC How kuld you? Just how kuld yous tell da world ’bout us kitties duin’ such a fing. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi
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    • Well, certainly not you Dezi 😉
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  7. We cats don’t fart….and if we did, we would blame the dog…and we don’t even have a dog. 😉
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    • Smart kitty.
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