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post #1 of 19
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I have a new kitten and she is absolutly adorable but she has a slight tendancy to pass gas. She's about 2 and a half months old. We have had her for about 2 weeks.
She tends to drink from the filter on the fish tank when no one is looking, may this be the source of her gas? Any suggestions to help prevent the gas and maybe stop the drinking from the fish tank filter?
Any help would be very appreciated!
post #2 of 19
Have you switched her cat food lately? Kitties have such small little tummies.... maybe it's the brand of food that she is eating. I'm sure someone else will come along and give you better advice then me. But if your still worried about it, get it checked out with the vet to make sure nothings wrong with him! Good luck!
post #3 of 19
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Yes, she recently switched from kitten food and of course milk. This may have caused the gas but the previous owner said she had been off kitten food for a couple of weeks before we got her.
post #4 of 19
Do you mean you're giving her milk? Cuz unless it's special milk from the vet or a pet store just for kittens, don't give her just plain old milk. That can cause gas and a lot of other problems too, like diarehea.

Switching pet foods can also do it. Just keep an eye on her, try switching the foods gradually instead of all at once, and she should be ok. Most kittens do get a little gas from time to time (just like babies) but definately don't give her cow's milk, that could be causing it.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by LoveMyKitten View Post
Yes, she recently switched from kitten food and of course milk. This may have caused the gas but the previous owner said she had been off kitten food for a couple of weeks before we got her.
She really needs to be on kitten food right now, and will need to continue eating kitten food until she's nearly a year old or stops growing.
It could be the food, it could just be because she's a stinky kitty I know I'm not the only one that has a kitten with lethal gas. When you take her to the vet have her checked to make sure she doesn't have worms, that can make kitties gassy. Mention it too your vet too, they may be able to help determine if it's possibly a particular ingredient in the food.

What food are you feeding her right now? Are you feeding just dry, just wet, or both?
post #6 of 19
It could be the food, but more likely the fish water I would think. Although Alley who is now 7 months old is our "little stinkbomb". We have switched foods and everything and she is still gassier than our other 7 kitties. The problem with Alley is she will wait till she has to crack one off untill she is completely in our face and aimed our direction before she lets it go. I have no idea why she does this but she mostly waits to do it for me and not my husband. I would suggest also running a fecal sample to make sure there are no parasites-those too can cause excessive gas. Good luck and here's hoping some fresh air comes your way soon!
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks all!
No, she has not been on cow milk but I was reffering to nursing because the kitten is still young. We just got her and switched her food to adult cat formula because we have an adult cat; though tonight I went out and got a special kitten formula dry food.
We have checked for worms and all is clear. I talked to some other people and what not and everyone said it's probably because of the switch in food. Hopefully that's it because the gas here is lethal! Haha...
Well, I'll switch her food tonight and wait a little while. I'll let you guys know how it all goes!
post #8 of 19
Hopefully her stomach will settle down on the kitten food.
If you can, the next time you're at a pet store, see if you can find some canned kitten food. Wet is very good for kitties to have and kittens love it. Since she's not nursing anymore you want to make sure she still gets plenty of water to drink and from her food.
Just be mindful of the recalls lately, no foods containing wheat gluten and you should be ok.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks.
I know, all these pet food recalls have me terrified. I spent almost 45 minutes today reading the back of the cat food bags!
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by LoveMyKitten View Post
Thanks.
I know, all these pet food recalls have me terrified. I spent almost 45 minutes today reading the back of the cat food bags!
I've been checking everything too, just to be sure.
If you'd rather not stand in the store you can use sites like petco's site and petfooddirect.com to look at the ingredient lists.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok, thank you.
post #12 of 19
My male cat used to have this problem when he was a kitten. When he scared himself we could usually expect that to be followed by a giant stinky.
Now that he is an adult that has stopped.

I also switched both my cats to a dry kibble made for sensitive stomachs. That seems to be helping with my other cat's tendency toward bulimia.

Definitely read the labels. Could be your kitty has an allergic reaction to some of the grains used in the foods.

Donny and Chade's mom
post #13 of 19
If she hasn't been dewormed then it could be worms too. You said you checked for them, but unless you had a vet do a fecal, she may still have them. You won't always see them unless they are really bad. You might want to deworm her anyways.
post #14 of 19
When I got my new kitten 2 months ago he was very gassy. I wonder if it is nerves adjusting to a new home. My kitten is 6 months old now he does not pass gas like he did 2 months ago.
post #15 of 19
My little kitty stood in the lounge and his tail wiggled and then he looked surprised and wandered off. A few seconds later myself and bf were left in the stinking aftermath of his gas Has only happened once, thank goodness, little stinker!
post #16 of 19
When my cats were kittens, they were stinky! I brought them to the vet and they were full of worms. Food changes can do it too... but nothing like the worms.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm terrified of my kitten getting worms! My adult cat had them and it took us forever to totaly deworm him. I sure hope it isn't worms; will have to get her checked!
I do think that it may be her being scared. Today the dog growled at her, because she was eating his food, and she passed gas. So, maybe it's the new food and adjusting to the new home.
Hopefully she gets over it soon though!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by kittycorner View Post
It could be the food, but more likely the fish water I would think. Although Alley who is now 7 months old is our "little stinkbomb". We have switched foods and everything and she is still gassier than our other 7 kitties. The problem with Alley is she will wait till she has to crack one off untill she is completely in our face and aimed our direction before she lets it go. I have no idea why she does this but she mostly waits to do it for me and not my husband. I would suggest also running a fecal sample to make sure there are no parasites-those too can cause excessive gas. Good luck and here's hoping some fresh air comes your way soon!
Our cat does it once in a while too. I disagree with people who say cats never have gas if they're healthy. I've had dogs who let the occasional fart go, and i've seen cats do it too. people do it, and i think it's fairly normal. Some cats/people are more gaseous than others. I believe Poe is the way he is because he has a nervous stomach. (anytime he gets really stressed out, he gets the runs).
post #19 of 19
Try foods at www.Naturapet.com
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