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Do Cats Fart When They Are Scared? (Or Not?)

If you have noticed your cat fart when it was frightened you may be wondering if this is just a coincidence or maybe this is normal.

Do cats fart when they are scared?

Cats do sometimes fart when they are scared. If a cat is surprised or startled, it might result in the cat passing gas. Although being scared might cause a cat to fart, cats will also pass gas when they are not scared. Farting is a natural bodily function, so you might smell a foul odor coming from your cat even though they weren’t scared by anything.

So, now you know. But, what causes a cat to fart normally? How can you stop excessive farting? What cat foods should you avoid to control this? Keep reading for these answers, and so much more.


What causes a cat to fart?

Do cats fart when they are scared?

Cat looking scared.

There are many reasons why cats may fart or pass gas. When gas gets trapped in a cat’s intestines, it has to be released, resulting in a fart. A little bit of gas is completely normal. If your cat becomes especially smelly, there might be a more serious, underlying issue that would require a trip to the veterinarian.


There are many common reasons why cats pass gas. Diet plays a huge part. Foods containing corn, soybeans, wheat, or fiber may cause a cat to fart more often. Food allergies or eating dairy or spoiled foods may also cause gas.

Eating too fast

Sometimes how a cat eats its food can contribute to a buildup of gas. Eating too quickly and swallowing air may cause farting in cats (what about being picked up? click here). Overeating can also be a cause of flatulence in cats.

Most of these can be resolved by simply changing the cat’s diet and the amount of food that you give them. There are also special bowls that you can use to feed your cat that is meant to slow down the rate at which your cat eats.

Could these farts be a deeper issue?

Farting more than normal can be an indication of more serious intestinal issues. Intestinal parasites and diseases are usually accompanied by additional symptoms besides farting. If you notice excessive weight loss, diarrhea, or vomiting,  along with flatulence, this indicates a more serious problem and your cat will need to be seen by a vet.

Do all cat farts make noise?

Most of the time you may smell your cat’s fart, but you won’t hear a sound. Yes, cat farts can be silent but deadly, but most cat farts don’t even carry much of an odor. Most vets will tell you that they’ve never actually heard a cat fart. But, like humans, cats do sometimes need to pass gas and it’s normal for them to do so.

Is it normal for a cat to keep farting excessively?

Excessive cat farting might be completely normal, but it could also be indicative of underlying health issues. There are many reasons why your cat might fart excessively and most are not life-threatening.

Allergies and inadequate diet

Most of the time excessive farting in cats can be linked to food allergies or an inadequate diet. Food sensitivities may cause your cat to fart a lot. Switching food brands or eliminating certain foods from the cat’s diet might resolve the issue. Also, feeding the cat according to its weight and size might help with flatulence.

Too much fiber

Too much fiber in the diet can also cause excessive farting in cats. Some wet cat foods are very high in fiber, which is difficult for cats to digest. Revamping the cat’s diet might be a necessary way to end the cat’s frequent farting. Bowls of milk might also cause problems. Cats don’t do well with dairy, so you should not give your cat milk.

How can you stop excessive farting?

There are many things you can do to stop excessive farting in cats. Taking a closer look at your cat’s diet and eliminating foods that cause excessive gas might just do the trick. Switching foods may also help to decrease farting in your cat. If you’ve ruled out food as a cause, there may be other underlying issues.

A stool test & dewormer

Your cat may have an intestinal parasite. A simple stool test at the vet can rule out intestinal parasites. If your cat test’s positive for parasites, it will be put on medication which will eliminate the parasites as well as the excessive farting. Although over-the-counter dewormers are available, it’s best to take your cat to the vet to be sure.


Intestinal diseases can also cause excessive farting in cats. Giving your cat probiotics will balance out the bacteria in your cat’s gut and should decrease the gas. More serious issues such as cancer and inflammatory disease will require treatment through medication or even surgery.

When can cat farts be a concern?

Although excessive farting isn’t usually a cause for concern, it is best to rule out any more serious issues. There are certain symptoms that, when also present, indicate a possible red flag. Tummy rumbling and abdominal bloating, especially when accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea could indicate a more serious health issue.

If you notice a decrease in your cat’s appetite, excessive weight loss, or blood in your cat’s stool, you should call your veterinarian immediately. Excessive drooling and scooting along the floor might also be cause for concern. All of these can indicate more serious health issues and so your cat will need to be seen by a vet.

What health issues can cause this farting?

There are many health issues that cats face that can cause excessive farting. Most of these have to do with intestinal issues. Some health issues that cause flatulence in cats are inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal parasites, intestinal viruses or obstruction, malabsorption of food, and gastrointestinal cancer.

Does your cat’s diet affect their flatulence?

Your cat’s diet might be the number one cause of their frequent flatulence. It is important to find the right cat food for your cat. Your cat’s food should have the right amount of vitamins and minerals appropriate for its age, size, and level of activity.

Although fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for a cat. Too much fiber can cause excessive gas. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate diet for your cat, including prescription food specifically formulated for proper digestion.

Lower-cost cat foods often contain a lot of fillers, such as soybeans, peas, corn, and other carbohydrates. It might be better for your cat to look at some more quality cat food that will improve your cat’s digestive health, even though it will be a bit more expensive.

What cat foods should you avoid to control flatulence?

You should avoid buying cat foods that are high in fiber, soybeans, wheat, and corn. These types of foods are hard for cats to ingest and will likely result in excessive flatulence. Cats should also not have any dairy products. Milk and cheese are not cat-friendly foods, as they tend to cause digestive issues.

Can cat allergies cause this flatulence problem?

Allergies can cause excessive farting in cats. If your cat has an allergy to the food it’s eating, it could result in bloating and a build-up of gas, which will cause farting. Cats can also be allergic to pests, such as fleas and ticks, which can disrupt the digestive system. It’s important to put your cat on a monthly flea and tick preventive regimen.

Cats can also get seasonal allergies, which can cause digestive distress, vomiting, diarrhea, and flatulence. They may be allergic to dust or pollen in the air. Your veterinarian can also suggest how to treat this type of allergy.

Lindsey Browlingdon