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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Can any experienced cat owners out there - lm thinking Isa or Raven perhaps (well youre always off buying cat food!!) but as your cat gets older do they tend to start farting My cat is now 7 and she has recently started parping something awful and she is smelly (total smelly cat!) and she never was like that before! Any similar experiences!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Beerman says: "Don't squeeze her so tight and she won't fart."

Isa says: There are several things that can be the cause:

1) A change in her diet recently. (Have you changed her food?)
2) Wet food/dry food combination.
2) Gastro-intestinal intolerence to her food due to the aging process.
3) Intestinal parasites. (Does she go outside?)

If you have changed her food recently, that could be the cause. The new food may have a higher level of protein, which will cause more gas production in the gut. Though seven is not old for a cat, she is coming into her "middle-aged" years. Her digestion is slowing down and she may not be able to tolerate as much protein as before. This is not uncommon and nothing to worry about. Also, some food manufacturers add quite a bit of garlic to the food to make it tastier. Garlic will definitley cause problems.

Do you feed her wet (canned) food? Canned food is higher in fats and can cause problems also. Manufacturers have started adding more "fillers" to their products to keep the price reasonable. The increase in fillers can create a problem. If you feed a combination of foods, both dry and wet, remove the wet food from her diet. She doesn'rt need it. A good quality food (such as Purina products) are a complete diet - adding wet food just gives her a better chance of becoming overweight. As her metabolism slows with age, this may become a problem for you. Wean her off the wet food - don't make a drastic switch as this will probably cause diarrhea, which is worse than the gas. (Beerman says: A good plump budgie now and again will help. Funny guy!)

Gastro-intestinal intolerence comes with age, as mentioned above. But, it can be mitigated somewhat with diet. As much as I don't prescribe to the lines of "aging cat" foods, they are designed for the changes to a cats body as they grow older. Check the package content and compare with the regular dry food to make sure they aren't identical - then you are paying more for the same damn thing. (Beerman says: Have you tried those little pine tree shaped air fresheners that you hang in a car? Hang one on her tail, directly over her butt. Nice thing - they come with a string!)

Is your cat an indoor-outdoor cat? If she does get to visit the great outdoor, she may have picked up an intestinal parasite (worms). She may have eaten a mouse or budgie, or come in contact with other cats' poo. I'm sure, as you clean the litter box, that you look at the poo. If anything looks out of the ordinary, take a sample to the vet and have it tested. It takes about 15 minutes or so to do the test.

Those are the main problems. Age is the big factor here. Some people have given their dogs Beano to help with the problem. I don't know (off hand) if cats can take it safely. I'll check. ;)

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Wow. I haven't even got a cat but I read that through with genuine fascination!

When are we going to have a special "Ask Isa" forum?

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

Wow. I haven't even got a cat but I read that through with genuine fascination!

When are we going to have a special "Ask Isa" forum?

Probably as soon as I start my own website... But, thanks for the confidence booster!! ;)
And, I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson in cat guts! (Cats I know - I currently have 30 of them. But, my knowledge and experience is not limited to just cats. Got a baboon question? Not a problem. Mice? Piece of cake. Fish - yup, got those too.)

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Thanks Isa - she isnt too awful just parping now and again - l only give her dry food every so often usually just wet food so l will try introducing that to her diet, l dont think its a parasite shes an indoors cat - l live too close to a rail track and would only worry!!

As for Beermans suggestion about the pine tree car airfreshers EXCELLENT IDEA - except Yankee Candle do ones in a laundry fresh smell (clean cotton) and l prefer that!!

I know shes not old but l do see the signs of age creeping up on her - she needs to rest more often and isnt as mad as she once was - although she can still misbehave when she wants!

You have 30 cats - my lord you really are a true animal lover! Anyway lm taking her to the vets on Tuesday night for her jabs and l will try and ask him/her in as a polite a way as poss:

H: "Er Vet sir l must ask you one question."
V: "Yes"
H: "My cat Purdy (hence my user name!) she has had of late a bit of bother with the bottom burps - should l be concerned!!!"

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Purdy

H: "My cat Purdy (hence my user name!) she has had of late a bit of bother with the bottom burps - should l be concerned!!!"

Bottom burps!!!! I love that term - may I borrow it sometime???

You are welcome! Let me know what the vet says - I'm always interested in if I was close or not with my information. (Having never seen the cat in person to do an exam.)

We have 9 cats inside and 21 outside. The outside stay outside and the inside - well, they stay inside. All seem to be quite happy with the arrangements. Seven of the inside "kids" were bottle-babies. Either the mom abandoned them at birth or passed during the process. From the moment they were born, I became "mom". They range from 1 year to 13 years of age. They all get along very well but some days, the jealousy runs rampant....

  1. 1: "Hey Mom, pet me!"

  2. 2: "No way, pet me first or I will pee in your shoes."

  3. 3: "Forget them, I'm older and deserve your attention."

Then the war ensues and they chase each other all over the house. And all catterwalling as if they were being skinned alive. Every day is a new day...

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

LOL. A cat thread!!! Isa is great with cats and she's really been a big help to me with mine (my kitty's called Wafe). Maybe we should rename this thread to "Isa's Cat Thread"

Hope your kitty's okay, Purdy!

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

we used to have a 'smelly' problem with fred but it was down to diet, so now he gets two days a week with no tinned food and only dry biscuits, kind of like a detox day, he also doesn't get milk because it has terrible effects on him !! (admittedly though hes still spoiled and gets freshly cooked chicken every so often)

hope your cats feeling better / less smelly ,....etc.... let us know how you get one.....

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting raven

he also doesn't get milk because it has terrible effects on him !! (admittedly though hes still spoiled and gets freshly cooked chicken every so often)

Good point Nikki! One I forgot about when posting originally! (Bad Isa!)

Most kittens and cats are lactose intolerant. The intolerance usually begins at about 3 months of age for kittens, which allows them to nurse for that amount of time without problems. Though cows and cats have similar lactose levels (cows whole milk=3.7-5.1% / cats=4.8-4.9%), cat lose their ability to digest the lactose effectively about the age they start eating solid food. The results can range from flatulence to diarrhea. Even skim milk contains enough lactose to create problems for a lactose-intolerant cat. Milk is not part of a cat's normal diet so giving a tolerant cat milk should be done as a treat only.

Fred? Spoiled??? I hear they even have a special little wok just for cooking his chicken...

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Well we went to the vet who said she was totally fine and healthy and not to worry about the smelly issue! She said her coat was great! And she was very good and compliant when she got her jabs not a peep out of her!!

What l am going to do is follow Nikki's routine in that she will get dry food a couple of days a week!

I dont give her milk usually at all - although whiskas cat milk was on offer (2 for 1) in Tescos at the weekend so we did buy some but she has only had 50mls since Sunday as a wee treat, cos l knew l was taking her to the vets!

Although we found today that she had "stolen" the topping off a scone that Paul was saving for a cup of tea (made me laugh) but he wasnt amused!!