Swollen feline stomach
November 14, 2005 6:23 PM Subscribe
Cat with a swollen stomach. Vets, cat owners and helpful people welcome inside..
posted by fire&wings to Pets & Animals (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One of my cats now has a grotesquely swollen stomach. Back story: my cats spent some time in a cattery while we were on holiday. One came back with a virus which gave him ulcers on his tongue which lead in turn to a reluctance to eat, grinding teeth, etc. A course of antibiotics cleared up the problem but he lost considerable weight due to the eating difficulties.
Now...The vet prescribed him Hills Prescription cat food (a/d) to bulk him back up to normal weight. We fed him this but after a week he started to become very swollen around the stomach, while not gaining weight anywhere else. This became so distressing (giant stomach while his spine and shoulder blades protrude) that we took him back to the vet. The vet took blood and everything was normal. He didn't know what it was, but from prodding him thought it was liquid in his stomach and was confident it would go down and disappear within 3 weeks (when he is due to go back to the vet.)
Fast foward to now, a week later, and he is still getting bigger. He is now so big that it's painful to look at him. All other signs say he his fine. I know a fair bit about cats and he is really showing no signs of being distressed, but his stomach is unbelieveably big. I wonder how it cannot be affecting his other organs. The vet told us to persist with the Hill's bulking up food, but this suggestion (the food and the swelling coincided) coupled with the vet's puzzlement over the whole thing prompted me to post here, see if anyone can shed light on this. Googling the Hills food didn't show up anything notable, and FWIW, I have never had a problem with this vet before. Could this swelling be similar to emaciated farm animals that become massive around the stomach? Is that a protein deficiency? If anyone has any ideas about this, please do post. He will probably be back at the vets in a few days anyway, but I am dreading being sent away and told to be patient again.