As a cat owner, you may have noticed that your furry friend doesn’t seem to fart like other animals. So, is it true? Do cats not fart? Let’s explore this common myth and why cats don’t pass gas as dogs or humans do.
How come cats don’t fart?
One of the most concerning questions for pet owners regards why cats don’t seem to fart.
It’s a perplexing and often humorous question, but the answer is relatively simple.
Unlike many other mammals that rely on bacterial fermentation of ingested food as digestive fuel, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diets consist almost solely of proteins from animal sources.
This means less gas accumulation in their gastrointestinal tracts due to fewer digestion-related carbohydrates.
Thus, less pressure builds up in their system, eventually leading to an expelled gas, otherwise known as flatulence.
Ultimately, cats may experience some form of abdominal discomfort regarding this process, yet at far lower levels than many other fellow mammals.
The Science Behind Farts
No matter what animal type, all living creatures produce methane as a byproduct of digestion.
In humans and most mammals, this gas passes through the digestive system and into the rectum, releasing it as flatulence.
But cats are different from other animals since their digestive system operates differently.
As many other animals do, cats get most of their energy from proteins instead of carbohydrates.
This means that their intestines produce very little methane gas during digestion.
Also, cats have shorter intestines than other animals, which helps to keep any excess gas moving quickly through their digestive system so that there’s less time for it to build up and be released as flatulence.
In short, cats don’t have enough methane in their digestive systems compared to other animals, and they don’t retain it long enough for it to be released as farts.
However, this doesn’t mean they can’t pass gas at all—just that they do it quietly. In some cases, cats may still pass small amounts of gas if they overeat or swallow air while eating or drinking.
So there you have it – cats don’t fart like other animals because their digestive systems operate differently. Although they may still release small amounts of gas on occasion, generally speaking, cats are much quieter when passing wind than most other species! And now you know – no more wondering why your cat never seems to let one rip.