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CAT WITH HARD BELLY
My 3 year old cat Baby Girl was fixed about 2 mos ago. Everything seemed to be fine. Within the last week or so her belly looks really big and its kind of hard. We figured its just that way now that shes fixed, she wont be able to stay so small. But shes eating and drinking but she does act a bit weird some days. What if anything could this be??
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228686 tn?1211558307
You should get her checked a.s.a.p.

It could be just a parasite, but it could also be early signs of F.I.P. (infectious peritonitis, wet form).

Frankly, there's a few things it could be, right up to her being impacted (how's her toilet?).

Regardless, it's not something to wait on if you can avoid it.
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372328 tn?1214780027
Oh wow. I dont know if shes going to the bathroom or not, i mean i have 4 cats so i know someone is going...you dont think it could be from our young kitten suckling her do you? My bf thought that but i dont think that would make her belly hard. and whats the infectious peritonitis wet form?!
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228686 tn?1211558307
You see, I didn't give descriptions because I didn't want to scare you. :)

FIP wet form is where the body cavities begin to fill up with fluid (hence the had abdomen). Here's a link if you want a more detailed accounting. (It's a viral affliction which doesn't show symptoms in the early stages of infection...but a hard belly is one of the first when it does).

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/fip.html

It's more likely to be a case of impaction (hopefully) which would require your vet to strap on the ol' rubber gloves and make kitty VERY unhappy for about 2 minutes. A diet change would be needed for prevention. But not treated it's serious and can kill.

No, I doubt the kitten suckling has anything to do with it. That's not uncommon, even with a non milk giving cat. I'd check for chapping though, which can cause discomfort.
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372328 tn?1214780027
Thanks for the advice! we took her and he said her belly felt fine. I said this isnt normal. He reassured me again. He did say she had ear mites though and gave her some meds for that and for my other cats. I still dont see why he thinks its normal but i guess unless she gets worse i cant do much about it!
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228686 tn?1211558307
Well that's a relief. It may be you have what we call a "pot bellied pig-cat". They're pigs that were unhappy as pigs and thus decided to get species change operations. The pot bellied stomach is a left over from before. :)
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