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Gas in Cats

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Treatment

 

There are medications that can help if you feel that the problem is great enough to justify it. Carminative is one of the more popular natural gas relievers that can be prescribed for your cat. Following are some other possible solutions – but it is important to consult with your veterinarian before dispensing any medications to your cat, even natural herbal remedies, since breed, age, and weight need to be considered:

 

  • Zinc acetate
  • Yucca schidigera
  • Dry activated charcoal
  • Bismuth subsalicylate
  • Simethicone
  • Pancreatic enzyme supplements

 

Prevention

 

  • Encourage an active lifestyle
  • Feed smaller meals more frequently
  • Feed meals in a quiet, isolated, non-competitive environment
  • Make certain diet is highly digestible
  • Changing the source for protein and carbohydrates sometimes helps
  • Feed your cat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet

 

Finally, be cautious about where your cat has access to food. For example, put secure covers on garbage cans and do not let your cat roam into the neighbors’ yards or into garages where garbage might be stored. Also, be observant to whether your pet is eating feces. Animals will sometimes eat items like deer pellets because of their likeness to kibbles, or they may eat their own or other animal's feces because of something lacking nutritionally in their diets (a condition referred to as coprophagia). If these changes do not help, schedule a visit with your veterinarian so that an underlying disease may be ruled out as a cause for the excessive flatulence. 

 

 

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