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Dear Christopher Cat

When I pass gas loudly, my 6-year-old indoor tabby cat runs to me. Does he come because my flatulence sounds like a cat distress call or a female in heat, or for some other reason?

Christopher Responds

When my dad belches loudly, I run away. So I can’t explain your cat’s behavior except to offer a theory.

I suspect that your cat is highly bonded to you, so the first time he heard the odd sound, he came to see if you were all right.

Or, because we cats are very inquisitive, your cat may have come simply to investigate the strange sound.
If your flatulence is high-pitched, it might sound like a cat in distress. If it’s low-pitched, it may sound like a moan.

If, the first few times your cat came to investigate the unusual sound, you picked him up and petted him, he may now associate your flatulence with affection.

So each time he hears you pass gas, he comes because he knows you’ll pet him.Whatever the reason, I suggest you celebrate this unique aspect of your relationship with your cat.

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