Do cats burp? It is a controversial subject. Some vets would swear that cats can’t burp. Cats owners from the other side have heard and seen their cats burping. Therefore what is the real answer to this question?

Normally a cat can burp because of an excessive amount of air in their stomach. The excessive air will be expelled through the mouth in the form of a burp. Cats can accumulate excessive air because they could eat too fast while breathing and thus swallowing air, or they may have allergies to cause the air in their stomach. Sometimes burps in cats can be traced back to a medical condition. They may be the effect of gastrointestinal issues; in this case, they need veterinarian attention.

Let’s figure this out.

Do cats burp?


The burping in cats is a controversial subject; vets have been asked about it and deny that cats can do it. Humans and cats are different, and therefore cats are not made to burp.

From the other side, cat owners in forums worldwide report that they have seen and heard their cats burping. They have even received air eruptions in their face with bad consequences for their nose due to the bad smell.

Normally cats who are eating really fast swallow air as well. This comes back up through the esophagus in the form of a burp or air coming out of their mouth. In most cases, those burps do not make sounds; that is why so many people would say that cats do not burp.

Air is accumulating for various reasons into cats’ stomachs; instead of going out as flatulence, it goes out the other side.

Gastrointestinal problems can cause cats to burp. For example, food ferments in the digestive tract, a disorder of the stomach, small intestine, or colon, or indigestion. It can be a stomach upset due to the ingestion of spoiled food or food she’s allergic to. Parasites, hairballs, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal obstruction, or gastrointestinal cancer can cause burping.

More serious medical conditions aren’t common. If a cat burp from time to time, it is not a serious problem. However, if a cat is doing it really often, it may require a veterinarian visit.

You may be more familiar with kittens burping; being too small and eating very fast, they easily accumulate gas in their stomach. In fact, after eating, it is not uncommon to hear a sound coming out of their mouse. It is even possible to cause burping in kittens.

Like you would do with a small baby, patting the kitten on the back to make him burp, or patting him on the stomach until you hear the gas leaving with a belch.


I would say that cats do burp. I have 2 cats, and they have done it from time to time, releasing the famous bad-smelling ball of air. I am not sure why cats’ breath has to smell so bad; however, I love them anyway!

After reading all that there is to read on the web on this subject, combined with my own experience, I can say that cats have a different way of burping. It is not the classic human burp. If you really look at it, humans burp, release air, and make a lot of noises, cats may do it silently, and we may never notice it.

Maybe cats have a bit better behaved in the business of burping, humans would say they have good manners, and they are very polite. Obviously, cats do not care.

This is my two cents on cats burping. What do you think about it? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.


Now that we have seen why cats burp, it is normal to ask what a burp sounds like? Maybe we heard this sound before, but we did not connect it with a burp. Try to imagine air going out to your cat’s mouth while he makes a weird sound, almost like a hiccup.

To make it easy for you, here is a short video. Make sure to have the volume very high, actually, to hear the burp.

As you may have noticed, it sounds like a sort of hiccup. I do not have better words to describe it. Most probably, cats do it silently, or it is not that noisy to catch people’s attention.


Here some related questions to “Do cats burp?” and related answers:

  • Can cats burp or fart?

Despite the debate between those who said that cats do not burp or can’t burp and the one who says that cats do burp, I really think in the end that cats DO BURP IN THEIR OWN WAY.

Possibly we can’t compare a cat burp with a human burp. At the end of the story, it is always air that comes out of the cat’s mouth, makes a sound or not, or that the sound is the same as a human burp. It is beside the point. Technically it is a burp. I would say cats do ” Cats burps!”

  • Do kittens burp?

Yes, Kitten burp. It is even recommended to make kittens burp after they have eaten to avoid problems for them just a bit later. As you can see in the video above, the girl tries to burp the kitten with small taps on her back. You can also pat the kitten on the belly and get the same effect.

  • What happens if you don’t burp a kitten?

If you do not burp a kitten, the air that may have accumulated in the stomach can create stomach upsets. In a small kitten, we want to avoid any problem with their digestion. Kittens need to grow up and become strong. Therefore it is a good habit to burp a kitten after he has eaten.


Do cats burp? In the end, it is good that there are so many opinions about it. Cats owners may be the best witness to the situation, though. Living with cats all day long may give a better inside look at many aspects of cats. Let us know what you think. Leave it in the comments below.

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