Among the various other odd questions we find ourselves asking Google at 2 AM, “do cats fart?” seems to be quite popular. I won’t lie, I once asked myself (& Google) this question. After owning 3 different cats, and caring for 7 others over the last 5 years, I have learned the answer to this question.
When we consider a human fart, yeah I know – GROSS! – We always think of the sound first. This is the reason so many people believe cats do not fart. Well, I have some news for you – ALL MAMMALS FART! The definition of “farting” is to omit gas from the anus. By definition, anything with an intestinal build up can release gas through the butt or mouth (burp). Even birds can fart, though it is not common because they have a very small (and fast) digestive tract. A bird farting is almost always associated with a sickness of some kind.
The common misconception of farting is that because there is no sound, there is no fart. Clearly, people who think this never owned a dog! Nine times out of ten, when it comes to cats (and dogs) you will not hear a sound or it will be a faint air releasing sound like deflating a pool float. The reason there isn’t much sound is because they have an open anus that is not protected by flaps of fat like we have. This is what causes the farting sounds. That is also why heavier people tend to have funnier sounding farts.
Now that we know cats can and do fart… Can we actually smell them? Well, yes! Most of the time this is how a cat owner knows their cat is farting. Common reasons that would cause a cat to fart are over eating, eating junk foods (human foods), poor quality cat food, parasites, stomach bug (or flu), lactose digestive issue, obesity/over weight, and pregnancy. Some cats may fart if they over-play right after eating. How common is it? Well, more common than you think! Most of the time, farting is seen (or rather smelled) most in felines 8 months and younger, and older than 14 years in age. That is not to say other aged cats don’t or won’t.