One thing that humans have in common with our pets is that our bodies can make some really embarrassing and even disconcerting noises sometimes. For instance, have you ever heard your cat’s stomach growling or grumbling? That sound is called borborygmus, a fancy medical term for the gurgle noise gas makes as it’s produced by and travels your cat’s digestive tract from the mouth to the litter box.
Most of the time, a small or moderate amount of gurgling is a normal part of digestion. It can mean that your cat is hungry or they recently ate, but in some cases it can be a sign they’re experiencing digestive difficulties or of other health concerns. So if the gurgling noises are accompanied by other signs, such as gastrointestinal upset, a reduced appetite or weight loss, then a visit to your vet is in order.
If you’re interested in finding out more, join us as we explore the topic in closer detail below.
Some Possible Reasons Your Cat’s Stomach is Gurgling
1. Irregular or upset diet
Cats that stray from their diet to scavenge or hunt are more at risk of suffering upset, gurgly stomachs.
2. Food allergies and intolerances
An important one to avoid is dairy, which most adult cats can’t process without gastric disaster due to lactose intolerance. Cats can experience food allergies in particular to animal protein sources such as chicken.
3. Internal parasites
Worms such as tapeworms can affect your cat’s gastrointestinal tract and cause upset stomachs and more gas.
4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Better known as IBD, this syndrome is characterized by long term inflammation of the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract.
Ordinary pent-up stress from events like moving can upset a kitty’s tummy and make it rumbly, just like it can make a person’s stomach gurgle with anxiety.
Other Possible Reasons Your Cat’s Stomach Is Gurgling
If your cat’s rumbly stomach is so persistent that you’re starting to wonder or worry, that’s only natural. We can assure you that most of the time it is normal gurgling, but there are some notable exceptions you should be aware of so you can have your bases covered, so to speak.
When to Be Worried About Your Cat’s Gurgling Stomach
If your cat’s stomach is gurgling but they are otherwise their normal selves, it is likely nothing to worry about and due to their normal digestive process. However, as there are some dangerous ailments that can present with super bubbly stomachs, if the excess noises are accompanied by other signs, then you should take your cat to your veterinarian. Check out some of those problem signs just below.
How to Help Your Cat’s Stomach
If your cat has a mildly upset stomach but is otherwise well you may be able to try some short term dietary changes to help settle it. If your cat is very young or old, or has other medical issues then you should contact your vet for advice sooner.
In the end, your cat’s stomach will always gurgle to some extent, and it even signals that they have healthy digestive systems. Too much gas or bubbling accompanied by painful signs, however, may call for a visit to your vet to get to the bottom of the issue.