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Just wondering about flatulent cats.....

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phoenix Tue 07-May-19 20:50:54

As you do,

Both Oliver Sprout and Minnie have, in the last couple of days, been prone to breaking wind that is absolutely vile smelling (stench would be more appropriate, but I dont think that "stenching" is a word)

Now, I know of course that the cat food is no doubt the primary cause, let's face it it smells pretty bad going in, let alone coming out in whatever form confused

But it has got me pondering. When one of them does it, does the other think "bloody hell
Oliver Sprout/Minnie (as appropriate) that stinks!"

As I say, just wondering.

etheltbags1 Tue 07-May-19 20:55:31

My cat stinks too. Im down to one now and i used to wonder the same when the other one was here. She was on lots of medication and used to stink

seacliff Tue 07-May-19 20:58:19

Silent but deadly grin

Maybelle Tue 07-May-19 20:58:35

My cats have had this problem mainly, but not solely, when I have changed their food. I have never noticed the others even glancing at the offending party. Unlike dogs who, in my experience look around baffled even if their are the culprit.

phoenix Tue 07-May-19 21:01:47

ethel does you cat just sort of generally smell, or is it What Mr P refers to as "windy pops"?

(How a large chap of over 6ft can be so twee is another of the mysteries in my life, sigh,)

sodapop Tue 07-May-19 21:08:31

One of my dogs is the same Phoenix it's vile, we often have to open the window to air the room. Who would have pets ?

phoenix Tue 07-May-19 21:57:18

Maybelle we have friends with a dog who breaks wind quite loudly, and always seems quite shocked by it!

EllanVannin Tue 07-May-19 22:11:13

Try worm tablets or a change of food----or both. They could also be eating grass which is a gut " medicine " for them either as an emetic or to help the bowels get rid of fur balls. .
Only one of my 3 cats is windy and sometimes the whiff could strip paint. He spends most of his day outdoors probably scoffing grass.

phoenix Tue 07-May-19 22:28:35

The beloved late Maurice even as a small kitten could have (on occasions) Mr P and I engaged in an unseemly scramble to get out of the room!

These 2 aren't often windy, well of course they may well be, but thankfully we are not always around to witness it, but by god, when they are it's awful!

Fortunately, we are yet to experience synchronised cat farting, but if you ever read of a couple found dead in mysterious circumstances in North Devon, please refer the relevant authorities to this thread.

BradfordLass72 Wed 08-May-19 00:02:39

Activate Charcoal is available for both dogs and cats (and, incidentally, windy humans) so why not try that?

kittylester Wed 08-May-19 06:21:46

Our cats are never flatulent that I have noticed - DH on the other hand angry

sodapop Wed 08-May-19 08:28:01

Kitty grin

EllanVannin Wed 08-May-19 08:34:37

Giggled at that Kitty.

harrigran Wed 08-May-19 08:50:57

Well you live and learn, I never knew that cats did that. DD had two and she never complained but there again she is a bit like the Queen herself and has never been heard to do anything so unsavoury shock

jaylucy Wed 08-May-19 09:48:13

Like others have said, it depends on what food she has had if my cat has wind! As most of the time she sleeps on the back of my chair, I can usually get warning with the gurgling sound coming from her tummy!
Happens most of the time when I have been out, late returning home and she gulps down her dinner and when it does happen, she just slumbers on !

sazz1 Wed 08-May-19 09:51:03

Our last dog used to do this then get up and leave the room leaving the smell behind.

jenpax Wed 08-May-19 09:51:40

My cat was not windy but DD1 has a small dog that farts for England🤗

Bunch Wed 08-May-19 10:21:54

For one so small, our very mini, mini schnauzer, Frank, is able to release silent gliders so deadly even he is offended. Our last cat, Roger, didn’t suffer with wind but had the most awful halitosis. Actually, that was the least of his problems, to be frank he appeared to have some sort of personality disorder (he was extremely bad tempered) and so when he was called to cat heaven I’m ashamed to say few tears were shed.

LJP1 Wed 08-May-19 10:26:51

Tinned food often contains inulin which neither we, nor our pets, can digest but the bacteria in our colons can, do and produce the stench. It is the same as the Jerusalem artichokes do - because they store inulin.

Inulin is a carbohydrate so it is calorie rich and the bacteria love it - as they do baked bean starch.

If you look on the nutrient list it is usually mentioned - if not then add up the % carbohydrates and any unnamed is probably the inulin. We do need to keep our friendly bacteria healthy so it is useful!

grandtanteJE65 Wed 08-May-19 11:31:00

Mine pass wind if they have been hunting and eaten their prey. Birds seem to cause a greater problem when eaten than mice.

Like us, if they eat their food too fast they pass wind, unlike us they do tend to get worms if they hunt, so I second the idea of worming them, especially, as the problem seems to occur here if the cats need worming.

Annaram1 Wed 08-May-19 11:32:40

I am no cat lover so don't know about them. I had a dog who occasionally broke wind rather loudly. Once he did this while sitting down and he turned around and looked accusingly at the ground.
Slightly different track = was on a country walk with a male friend and we stopped to admire a beautiful horse grazing in a field. Suddenly it started galloping around the field, farting loudly all the time. So embarrassing for me, but my friend laughed....

Stella14 Wed 08-May-19 11:54:43

I only recently learned that a healthy cat doesn’t have flatulence. I have a six-month-old who started with the startlingly smelly farts a month ago. Having read that it should not be an issue in a cat, I took her to the Vet. She had a course of steroid and antibiotic treatment which reduced it dramatically, but didn’t deal with it completely. If it hadn’t reduced it, our Vet would have wanted to test for a couple of nasty viruses, but because it improved, she said it wouldn’t be one of those. The same treatment was repeated. So far so good.

Craftycat Wed 08-May-19 12:30:44

Well you called him Sprout!!
I have had cats all my life but never had a farting one.
Now dogs are a different matter- they certainly do let rip.
I remember a memorable evening when the local vicar -also Cub Scout leader- came round to see ( vet??) us before elder DS started cubs. Our adorable dog sat lovingly on his feet all evening & never stopped letting rip. To give the man his due he never mentioned it so we didn't either but we had hysterics when he left.
Luckily DS was a model cub scout so I'm sure all was forgiven.

gillyknits Wed 08-May-19 12:38:51

When we adopted our stray, Harry, he had terrible flatulence. The vet put him on a course of antibiotics because he said it can be caused by naughty bacteria in the gut. It worked wonders and cured it. Might be worth mentioning to your vet. at your next regular appointment.

CarlyD7 Wed 08-May-19 12:53:20

Have just asked my friend how her moggy is - whenever I visited her I swear he used to sit on my knee just to fart. He would then look around at me as if to say "was that you?" and stalk off!! She says she's changed his food - to one she buys mail order from Lily's Kitchen (just in case you're interested) and he's much better (I sincerely hope it's worked for my next visit).