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What is Bloating?

Cats are masters at hiding illness until their condition is so severe that veterinary intervention may be too late. When the cat begins to show symptoms such as pain, unexpected weakness, attempting to belch or vomit, or difficulty breathing, it should be taken to the vet immediately.

Bloating in cats is a condition that is potentially deadly. Bloating can develop if the cat has overeaten or had too much water to drink, or may develop as the result of one of several underlying medical causes. If the condition isn’t detected early, it can be fatal because the cat’s organs are being compressed, making it difficult for the animal’s body to function normally. If the bloated stomach gets large enough, the cat may have difficulty breathing. 

Symptoms of Bloating in Cats

Cats usually develop several symptoms that will tip the pet owner off to a major problem. Until the vet knows just what has caused the bloated stomach, knowing the cat’s symptoms helps the pet owner fill the vet in more accurately:

  • Repeated attempts to vomit or belch
  • Swollen abdomen and stomach
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Pale gums
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sudden weakness or collapse

If the cat has developed gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), its symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Signs of pain
  • Shock

Causes of Bloating in Cats

Kittens and cats develop bloated stomachs because of several different reasons:

  • Intestinal parasites (roundworm, hookworm, protozoal parasites)
  • Retaining too much fluid (develops from liver or kidney failure)
  • Overeating (If this is chronic, an underlying disease may be the cause)
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Swallowing too much air while eating
  • Blocked valve at the end of the stomach
  • Gastric dilation and volvulus (stomach twists, then swells)
  • Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

In kittens, bloating can develop from one of these causes:

  • Infection in mother cat’s mammary glands or uterus lead to toxic milk syndrome
  • Improperly mixed milk replacement formulas
  • Spoiled replacement milk or abnormal cat’s milk
  • Too many carbohydrates in kitten food (dry)
  • Congenital defects
  • Viral infections (enteric corona viral diarrhea, panleukopenia)
  • Insufficient good intestinal bacteria
  • Intestinal inflammatory illness combined with beneficial intestinal bacteria

Diagnosis of Bloating in Cats

The vet conducts a full physical exam of a cat with abdominal bloating and makes note of every symptom. To help the diagnostic process, the vet also takes X-rays, and if the cat is able to use the litter box, the vet takes stool samples and a urinalysis, which help to rule out other illnesses. The stool sample can tell the vet if the cat has intestinal worms or parasites. A complete blood count (CBC) allows the vet to determine whether the cat is suffering from a different illness.

If the vet begins to suspect that an underlying illness has set off the bloating, they will conduct even more testing on the cat to confirm or rule out these conditions, including liver or kidney disease. Even constipation can tip the vet off to other, more serious illnesses, such as an intestinal occlusion (blockage) or tumors.

Treatment of Bloating in Cats

Treatment of a bloated stomach should begin just as soon as the vet has a solid diagnosis. If the cat simply has too much air or fluid in their abdomen, the vet can decompress the stomach, helping to release the pressure from the gas within. This process also relieves pressure from too much fluid. To decompress the stomach, the vet inserts a needle into the abdomen or places a tube into the esophagus. Relief of symptoms and pain soon follows.

If the cat has gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), the only cure for this condition is emergency surgery. The surgeon physically straightens the stomach out. During surgery, the surgeon should closely inspect the stomach to make sure no other injuries have taken place. Once the cat has suffered GDV, it is vulnerable to repeat incidences. For this reason, the vet may attach the stomach to the wall of the abdomen, reducing the risk of a future twisting event.

Bloating that develops as a result of intestinal parasites can be treated with the right deworming medication. If the cat or kitten has protozoal parasites, it will need a different medication to eradicate this infestation.

Panleukopenia and diarrhea caused by the enteric coronavirus can be treated, though the prognosis for a cat or kitten with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is not as positive.

Recovery of Bloating in Cats

When a cat’s bloated stomach is the result of overeating, intestinal worms or parasites, the cat should recover well and resume living a normal, happy life. Cats with worms or parasites may need to receive preventive treatments to avoid a new infestation that could cause future episodes of bloating.

The cat’s owner should change some daily routines and keep a close eye on the cat as well. Overeating can make the cat’s stomach larger, which allows them to pack in more food than it needs. This makes a future bloating episode more likely. Knowing this, the pet owner should provide the cat with several smaller meals throughout the day instead of giving only two or three larger meals.

Physical activity after meals should also be limited. Allowing the cat time to digest its meal reduces the chance of more bloating or even an incidence of GDV. Running around and chasing a companion dog or cat means the cat’s full stomach swings like a pendulum inside the abdomen, which increases the chances of it twisting.

If cats are allowed to roam outside, they may scavenge food from other sources, such as garbage cans. The new food may cause intestinal symptoms, gas and bloating. If the cat’s owner knows the cat has a tendency to do this, the cat should be retrained to live indoors. 

Bloating Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chickis
American Shorthair
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat have a bloating belly for 2 weeks I took it to veterinary last Saturday they did ex-rays and blood test for (fip)
It was negative and other test.was negative to they can't see anything in the ex-ray becouse the liquid in his belly they send him home with medicine to drain him but nothing happen and antibiotics and sleeps and eats and pee and poop every day but nothing have change exep that I spend $350 dollars on him and still sad and he,have another appointment on Saturday morning but I'm running out of money can you help please ,thank you .

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
If medication (diuretics) haven’t worked to remove fluid from the abdomen, then it may need to be drained to reduce fluid volume so that a better x-ray image may be taken and the fluid can be tested to determine its consistency which may help indicate a cause. Heart disease, liver disease, tumours, low blood albumin among other causes may lead to fluid accumulation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scruffy
I don't know
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

My cat pukes up about once a day or once every other day. They put him on a temporary drug for the puking and we've exhausted that drug. He will need to get blood work done next. You can feel every vertibra in his back, but just tonight I noticed his belly is extremely bloated and hard. From standing above him he looked like a ball.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
The enlarged abdomen is most likely caused by gas from the gastrointestinal upset or from fluid accumulation in the abdomen (but you would be able to determine it is fluid due to increase in weight even though losing weight). It is important to determine an underlying cause and blood tests are a crucial step in the diagnostic process to check organ function; x-rays and ultrasound may also be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

*couldn't tell without doing tests.

It was fluid in his abdomen. I can't remember what the fluid was called, but it was a clear orangish look to it. It happened fast. He said he could drain most of it, but not all of it because it would put him into shock. Plus, the fluid would come back twice as fast. To find the underlying condition and treatment (not hospitalization) was going to cost $1,200-$1,400. He said he could tell without doing tests what it actually was. It could be liver, bowel, or cancer. He said that his condition is guarded, but it doesn't look good for as long as he suspected he had this condition before the fluid built up. Even with treatment, there was no guarantee he would survive at his age. He was skin and bones but did gain 1-1/2 pounds since his last appointment. I suspect that was the fluid. The vet said he had a liter of fluid in his abdomen. I decided to put him down instead of letting him suffer treatments, which seemed like he would have a grave end anyways. :( Sorry - thank you.

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Cleo
Siamese
10 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bloating, tenderness when touched

My cat had a broken pelvis and needed to her bladder to be emptied by hand now she pees on her own but her stomach has become very bloated what could he the cause of this?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Cleo's problem may be with her bladder, or fluid buildup in her abdomen, or an intestinal problem. It would be best to have her checked out by her veterinarian, as they can assess her, determine what might be going on, and recommend the best treatment for her.

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Stitch
Sphynx
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Flatulence
Bloated tummy
Bloated tummy , loose stools

My Sphynx cat (4years old) has had a slightly bloated tummy for over a week, I have noticed last week his stools were loose, they have formed up this week but his stomach is still slightly bloated and he’s been quite windy today (which is unlike him).

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Causes for what you describe might be parasites, dietary indiscretion or intolerance, or intestinal infections. If things don't improve for him, it would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian to make sure that Stitch is okay and that more treatment may not be necessary. I hope that everything goes well for him.

This happened to my cat. She became lethargic to the point of not moving at all. I took her to the vet and she was severely de-hydrated. They wound up doing an injection of fluids under her arm which would release slowly into her body over several hours. It looked like a little fatty dumpling in her armpit region. They also gave me a nausea medication to administer daily to help her eat. After that, she perked up and starting eating and drinking like normal, and was no longer lethargic. She still has a bloated belly so I am concerned about that still. I would take your kitty to the vet for fluids bc dehydration can be life threatening. Hope your cat gets better!

My cat has a bloated tummy was checked over but can’t poop as of yet does not poo eat and hardly drinks water was given a stool softener about nine hrs ago still no results what can I do?

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Treacle Tart
tortishell
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Bloating
bad breath
over eating

I recently adopted an adult cat from the local humane shelter where they assured me she was in good health and up to date on all her shots. Within the past 2 weeks I've noticed her eating a lot (and even trying to eat human food though we don't let her) she acts like she's starving despite the amount she eats. Her stomach is bloated, has lots of stool which is normally borderline diarrhea bad breath, but no visible worms.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Treacle Tart, I'm not sure what might be causing her appetite and bloating, but she should probably be seen by a veterinarian to be examined and determine if she needs any treatment. I hope that she is okay!

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Angel cakes
Black cat not sure
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sick
Bloated

Medication Used

Antibiotics injection

My cats stomach is bloated a rock hard she was retching and a little food came up it nothing wks I thought she was trying to bring up a fur ball but then I noticed her stomach was sticking out both sides so I felt her stomach and she has a large hard lump on either side , is this gas or something more serious? She seems fine on her self tho .

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Angel Cakes, I unfortunately cannot comment on what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian so they can determine why her abdomen might be so distended and what treatment can be given. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Sugar
American short hair calico
21 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated

My cat is 21 years old. Noticed her stomach very much bloated. Took to vet, x-rays taken. Not constipated, colon looks good. Not eating or drinking water. stomach full of fluid. Vet drew some of the fluid out. given Lasix for her but not taking them. Starting to crush the Lasix and putting in a dropper with water to squirt in her mouth. Now has foul breath. not eating or using the litter box. I wanted the vet to drain the fluid from her stomach but the vet suggested an ultrasound which is between $350 and $450. That I do not have. When she makes a sound, it is a weird sound. Stomach is still bloated. Sits or lays around. Occasionally wants to look out the door. Oh, by the way, she was fixed years ago. She is American short haired calico. I don't want to lose her. Any suggestion or ideas you might have will be extremely appreciated. By the way the vet bill for the two x-rays and office visit was $101.00 and I still don't know what is wrong with my cat. The vet only charged me for one x-ray because I was short on money. This is an affordable vet clinic. However everything is still very expensive.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I wish that I could offer suggestions for you, but unfortunately, without seeing her, I don't have any way of knowing what might be going on with her. Draining fluid from her abdomen doesn't tend to work very well, as there is a reason that it was there, and if the underlying problem isn't resolved, it happens again. Most clinics do accept CareCredit as a form of payment for unexpected expenses, and you may be able to use that to have the ultrasound done, as that does sound like the best way to find our why her belly is filling up with fluid. I hope that Sugar is okay.

I do appreciate taking the time to send me an e-mail about sugar's condition. She is still doing the same thing. I hope I will be able to find a solution for her. If and when I do I will contact you again to tell you of the results. Thank you again very much.

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Impala and Nebula
American Shorthair
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Swollen Abdomen

Have 2 5 month old kittens who have had swollen bellies and diarrhea for 2 months. Have run fecal tests, disease tests, ultrasounds. No answers. Tried panacur, mitrizal (sp?) Antibiotics and just switched to hills easy to digest dry food. Her diarreah is getting better but stomach still bloated, his diarreah is still as bad but stomach bloating is down. I'm thoroughly confused by all this and vet has no idea. Should I do the antibiotics and other meds again or try Proviable forte instead of fortiflora again. Given lysine drops also, why I have no idea. Any help would be appreciated. I've spent over a thousand already and not getting far. They still eat, drink and play like crazy.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Typically in young kittens worms or other parasites are a usual cause of bloating and diarrhoea but if there is no sign of any parasites on a faecal test, we need to explore other possibilities. Infections (bacterial and viral) are common causes and may not respond to commonly used antibiotics so culture and sensitivity may be useful. Another common cause may be dietary intolerance but it is unusual for two cats to be affected at the same time. If there is no improvement, I would suggest getting another in person opinion with another Veterinarian or visit a Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yosha
Persian
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

constipation, bloating and farts

MY Kitten is a half Persian half Manx cat, she ate from her mothers dry food. since them it has been 2 days now she has constipation, bloating and farts. she has no apatite and sleepy. we don't have doctors in our area, what can I do to help her .

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Yosha, I can't diagnose her or recommend any treatment for her, but common things that affect kittens are parasites, and infectious disease. If you are able to deworm her, that might help, but if she is suffering from an infectious disease or other condition, she may need to see a veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Mischief
American Wirehair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Vomiting
Urinating Outside Litterbox

My cat has been very bloated for about a week now, he has also thrown up a few times, and has been pooping/urinating outside of his litter box. He also has been having behavior issues, he normally sleeps in my room on my bed or on the window sil, lately he just lays in the kitchen on the floor all day (where his food dish is) He also has been eating a lot, he will eat a full bowl of food in about a day and a half/two days. I looked it up online and the best thing I found to match the symptoms was Stasis, one of the sites suggested to adjust his diet. Thoughts? Thank you.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Mischief, I can't comment on why he may be having these problems. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian and examined to determine what might be happening, as they can see him and examine him. Stasis doesn't really fit with what he is doing, it may be that he is simply eating too much, he may have a thyroid problem, parasites, or another intestinal issue. I am sure that your veterinarian will be able to shed some light on his condition. I hope everything goes well for him.

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Shelby
domestic short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

When my cat was a kitten she bloated and farted every time she was picked up we put it down to wet food and she started eating dry food and was fine ever since, recently (she will be 3 in april) she has started to do the same and at first I thought she had put on weight but she is full of air you can tell and she gets uncomfortable when you pick her up and she is drooling more than necessary with farting more again. I'm wanderi g if I need to change her dry food again or something, I can't imagine it being serious because of her stomach as a kitten. Natasha

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Shelby may be suffering from parasites, or a food intolerance, or another GI disease. WIthout examining her, I can't comment on whether is is a serious problem or not, but your veterinarian will be able to do a thorough exam on her, make sure that she is okay, and make suggestions on what might be going on. I hope that Shelby does well.

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Loca
Unknown
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We've stumped our local vets. Cat 9 months old. Started scooting her butt on floor. All physical exam normal but found to have fever. Blood work (CBC and CMP) normal. Anal glands enlarged and depressed. Having liquid stools. Took back for xray and showed no obstruction but belly full of air. On antibiotic now. Still liquid stools. Eats/drinks. Not visibly in pain except irritated bottom from frequent liquid stools. Abdomen still distended. Dewormed as kitten and completely indoor cat. Thoughts?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
At this point I would be looking at Loca’s diet, moving over to a bland restricted ingredient diet to see if with time (a week or two) there is any improvement in symptoms; it may be that Loca is having some sensitivity to an ingredient in her food so cutting back to the bare minimum of ingredients may help. Also, a sample of faeces should be sent to look for any antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria or anything else which may explain these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Donnie
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lower Abdomen Lump
Diarrhea,
Vomitting

My cat is usually very healthy,He eats dry cat food.
He is an indoor cat, does not go outside. He has recently started vomiting. I also noticed that his stomach is very hard in his lower abdomen, it almost feels like a lump. Today, he has now started having diarrhea.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining him, I have a hard time commenting on what might be causing the vomiting, and the diarrhea, and the mass. He is a young cat, so hopefully it is nothing serious, but a visit to a veterinarian would be a good idea sooner rather than later, as it seems that his signs are progressing. I hope that everything goes well for Donnie.

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Pokey
unknown, short-hair, white with black patches
19 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Our male cat is 19-20 years old, in declining health, but still sweet-tempered and responsive to us. He does not purr anymore, does not want to be held. He stopped eating his Science Diet kibbles 4 months ago, but now will eat bacon & kibbles mixed together, & cream cheese. His back legs have become increasingly stiff and he has been bloated for 6 weeks or more. Physical exertion makes him breath through his mouth. He drinks a lot of water and has for a number of years. Is there anything we can do to make him more comfortable? We are not looking for a cure, but to make his last days or weeks as pleasant as possible.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I appreciate that you want Pokey to be comfortable. It sounds like he needs a good physical exam - there may be pain medications, or different foods that might help him to be more comfrotable. Your veterinarian will want to provide the best options for him, and will be able to assess his general health and what might be done to improve his life. I hope that he does well, you seem to taken great care of him.

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Bibo
Norwegian Forest
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Bloated stomach, cant move his back legs, always tired and sleepy.. cant stand to use the litter box, he pees on himself..he had a really good appetite and it suddlenly stopped i took him to 3 doctors and they just tell me to give him a medicine to let him pass gas, it still doesnt work also his breath sounds are rlly weird as if he’s tired and out of breath and also everytime someone holds him he yells

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Without examining Bibo I cannot say with certainty what the underlying cause is; however parasites, food intolerance, poisoning, infections among other causes may be attributable. You should make sure that Bibo is wormed with an effective anthelmintic and try moving him across to a different restricted ingredient diet which may help with the bloating. If you are still having issues, you should try getting a second opinion from another Veterinarian in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sweet
feral cat with long fur
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cat is lethargic but still eating

My cat has some form of lesions on his lower feet and I applied bacitracin ointment and hydrocortisone cream as well as DMSO. He might have licked it after application. Now I notice his belly is bloated. Is the bloating caused by liver damage? What remedy can I give him before I see a vet. Woul Milk Thistle work?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to see your veterinarian before giving him more medications without knowing what is actually wrong with him. Without knowing what was wrong with hi feet, or why his belly is bloating, a good exam and possible lab tests are necessary to determine if the two are related, or related to the medication that you used, or unrelated to any of it.

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Lucky
Normal house cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Hard time breathing

My cat just randomly started bloating about 3 days ago. She does not seem to be in any pain or anything, is eating, and using the bathroom fine. But is in a lot of discomfort. Is there a way to releave her bloating at home ? I'm short on money but don't want to loose my cat. Please help.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. Without examining her, I'm not sure what is causing the discomfort that she is experiencing. She may need to be seen by her veterinarian and have some x-rays taken to determine the cause and how best to treat it. If it is related to a food intolerance, you may be able to resolve it with a bland diet of boiled chicken breast and rice, but without examining her, I am not sure the best course of action for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Muffin
DOMESTIC
1 Day
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat muffin is about a year old.now since she was a kitten she has always had a swollen belly the vet gave her de worming to see if it would help she had no worms but her tummy is usually bloated alot more after eating. She has no signs of pain or discomfort she uses the bathroom regularly nothing in her stool. She eats sleeps plays cuddles.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Bloating may be caused by an accumulation of either gas or fluid; in cases of gas it may be due to nutrition or bacteria whereas with fluid accumulation the cause can be more sinister. Sometimes a cat may be bloated due to consumption of air whilst eating or fermentation of food; it is very difficult to say what the cause may be. If your Veterinarian has ruled out worms and Muffin is wormed regularly that wouldn’t be the cause; it may be worth trying a different food to see if there is any improvement in bloating after eating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Butters (one that’s spraying & bloated) ,Rocco( bloated) , Fred ( 14 year old) & MooMoo(baby)
Not sure
Not sure
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Gas
Lazy

I have 4 cats , they get wet food once a day , they barely eat their dry food that’s always available, anyways 2/4 cats are very bloated , and have horrible gas . Also why would my male cat who’s nurtured,( also my other three are nurtured) start randomly marking ? I have a 14 year old cat,& a kitten who got neutered, & 2 middle aged cats

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
There are various causes for bloating which may include parasites, poor food quality, spoiled food, infections among other causes; I am not sure why Butters is spraying but I would ensure that all your cats receive an anthelmintic and try offering them a different food for them to eat. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement after a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Not sure
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cats tummy is very bloated and almost everytime she eats she vomits. She's also become quite distant and is constantly licking herself and others, the licking is something she's always done. It's difficult for me to take her to the vet because of finance issues and I'm really stressing out as to whats wrong with her. Please help, thank you.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
If you have some financial difficulty, there are many charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help; you just need to search for them. There are various issues which may be affecting Nala and without an examination and some tests we cannot narrow down the underlying cause; parasites, intestinal obstruction (foreign objects), infections, tumours, inflammation, hormonal conditions, gastroenteritis, colitis among other causes may all cause the symptoms you’re describing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Tort
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Daisy is 8 and has a bloated stomach which makes odd noises. She did have a bruise on her stomach this summer but that was months ago. As a young cat this happened and she was diagnosed with FIP. Two years later Another vet said she didn't have that. I can tell it's pressure on her as she acts uncomfortable. She had a lot of her teeth out last spring and seemed to really gulp food after that. Her appetite is fine but her eyes say pain. Any ideas? I really can't afford a $500 vet bill, I'm still paying off her teeth. I wish I knew what to do to help her. She also is making only small poops, sometimes with fresh bright blood on top but not always. Her gums are good in color.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
If Daisy is gulping her food when she eats, most likely she is swallowing a lot of air which in turn is causing bloating and abdominal discomfort; you could try using a special bowl which helps to control how fast an animal eats. You should also review her food in case there is an ingredient there which may be making her gassy, a gastrointestinal diet could be tried to see if there is any improvement especially if there is blood in the faeces. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Russian Blue
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat is roughly around 14 to possibly 15 years of age and lately he's very skinny I can feel his spine and bones but his stomach is very bloated I don't know what to do please help? I lost one of my cats from old age this year and I don't wish to lose another

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
There are many different problems which may be affecting Leo causing a bloating of the abdomen and a loss of body condition which may include liver disease, kidney disease, parasites, infections, malabsorption disorders among other conditions. Given Leo’s age, I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and at minimum blood tests to check blood counts as well as liver and kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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fluffy
Himalayan
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

my 5 year old cat has gases that smell really bad he has not been eating for 4 days i took him to the vet he gave him something for gases (i didnt know its name) but he still hasnt eaten how long will it take my cat to eat again

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
There are a few different causes of gas in cats which may include food intolerance, infections, fermentation of food stuff, poor food quality among other issues; any medication given should take a day or two to have an effect, I would also recommend to try and feed a restricted ingredients diet to see if this helps with gas. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
American Shorthair
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

Hi,

We have a kitten, about 10 weeks old. We just finished deworming him (2 different types of demormer) and he was still having diarrhea. I had read somewhere that maybe too much protein in each meal was causing that. So I started mixing his wet canned food with 50% boiled white rice (until super mushy). His poop looks better but he looks bloated now. Could it be the rice, or overeating? Other than that, he seems very healthy and playful.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
If Lucky looks otherwise OK, keep an eye on him and see how the adjusted diet goes for him; bloating can be due to parasites which you’ve already addressed, gulping air whilst eating, some infections, food sensitivity among other issues. See how Lucky goes over the next few days and if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
domestic medium hair
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

not active
Depression
Vomiting

My cat is bloated and ever since he was a baby he has had gas. He recently became depressed and he started to vomit and won’t eat only a little bit of water. What is wrong with him?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Bloating and gas may be attributable to parasites, especially if you haven’t given him a worming tablet since you had him; worms in the gastrointestinal tract can cause obstructions among other issues. Also infections, foreign objects, food sensitivity among other conditions may also cause these symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Echo
Cat
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite
Coughing

I cant decide what the problem is. She doesnt play as much and whereas she used to meow all the time now it comes out raspy and quiet. She sleeps all the time, and her belly is bloated all the time. She also has eye boogers all the time and a crust around her nose. We've also noticed a small scab that appears to be painful on top of her head

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Bloating in kittens is usually attributable to worms and you should have Echo on a regular parasite control program (worms, fleas, ticks), if she hasn’t been wormed you should do so; the wound on the head should be cleaned with a dilute antiseptic and clip the hair around it if it helps. Given Echo’s age, you should be thinking about visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and vaccinations to prevent against contagious diseases; your Veterinarian can also check these issues at the same time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jersey (moo)
Mix
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Bloating
Weight Loss
Bloating, weight loss, less active

What is wrong with my kitten? Could he have worms? Or do you think it is more of just stomach issues? I just recently switched their food to kitten chow, could that have anything to do with it?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Sudden changes in diet can cause a stomach upset for a cat, any food changes should be gradual; also an ingredient in the new food may disagree with Jersey (Moo) causing bloating. Worms are another possible cause, any cat (dog, horse etc…) should be wormed on a regular basis; worms are a common cause of bloating. Change back to the previous food and give an anthelmintic to see if there is any improvement, if not you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morticia
domestic medium hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

Is this bloating normal? My cat got into some spam and cheese last night and now she has a bloated tummy. Its a little hard and taut but she doesn't seem to be in pain She still eats, drinks, and runs around the house. She hasn't gone bathroom since I've been home for about an hour and a half but she is on a urine acidifier and has wet food once a day.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Cheese can cause some bloating in cats due to the lactose, you should keep an eye on her and try to give a little plain canned pumpkin to encourage a bowel movement as it would probably help move things along. If she is still bloated tomorrow or start displaying signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Opal
tabby
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I don’t know what’s wrong with my cat? Or if she needs to go to a vet. We’ve just noticed that her bellies been getting big and bloated and she’s super bony everywhere else and she’s not moving much. She’s an inside cat.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
There are a few different causes of bloating in cats including parasites (common in young cats), gas, abdominal fluid, hormonal issues among other conditions. I am concerned with her being bony and you should visit your Veterinarian for a general check up as it is unlikely that this is something which can be treated over the counter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiko
Domestic blue point
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My male cat has an extended stomach, been to the vet twice, ran all the blood, we did x-ray.took a stool and urine sample.they all came back showing that every organ is working,no worms,no viruses, he's eating and drinking,but now can't hardly move. Nobody can tell me what's wrong with my 13 year old buddy.need help!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
It is difficult to say what the cause of the bloating is; the usual suspects would have been ruled out by your Veterinarian but the cause would either be due to fluid, gas, fat or organ enlargement and following the diagnostic path on one of those causes should help. If your Veterinarian is having difficulty finding a cause, it may be worth consulting with another Veterinarian in your area to get their opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
DOMESTIC
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Bloating
Diarrhoea

Medication Used

Levofloxacin

My 3 week old kitten, who was found abandoned two weeks ago, isn't gaining much weight. He hasn't been feeding much either. He proably weighs around 200 grams, but drinks only about 25-30 cc per day, and that too after force feeding.
Four days ago, he fell sick because of hypothermia, and had diarrhoea too. He was given medications as per the vet, and he got better as soon as we started him on RL subcutaneously. For the past 2 days, however, his feeding has still not improved (since the time he was sick) and has in fact, gotten worse.
Also, his stomach looks bloated, and he has difficulty passing stool, or that's what I feel so.
I tried belly massaging him a little firmly, and he passed a little gas.
So is it safe if I gave him gelusil tablets crushed in water, or should I not do that?
And what should I do about the disinterest in feeding? He's still dehydrated I know because of those skin folds.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Bloating may be due to gas or fluid, a common cause of bloating may be parasites; make sure that Simba has received an effective anthelmintic and will continue to be treated regularly for worms, fleas and ticks. A loss of appetite and bloating may be due to infections, parasites (already mentioned), foreign objects, food intolerance and other issues; if the abdomen is distended with fluid then liver disease and low protein are possible causes. I would suggest returning to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mingay
Filipino
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

She can't carry her stomch

Why is that after i dewormed my cat after a week shes getting bloated belly.and shes hard to carry it until she die 2 weeks later from her deworming... her stomach is still bloat like water filled inside.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
It may be that the anthelmintic you are using isn’t as effective as required or that there is another condition going on in the background. If it feels like there is fluid filling the abdomen (ascites) this may be due to infection (FIP), liver disease, low blood protein among other conditions; you should consult with a local Veterinarian about Mingay’s condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sandwich
house cat
6 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Thirst
Hunger
Bloating tummy

Medication Used

Canigest

My little kitten has a bloated tummy. He is about 6 weeks old now. He was found at roughly 2 weeks old in a dump with rats bites all over his little more and paws. I took him in and started him on a bottle. I feed him the royal cannon kitten milk as his milk replacement as suggested by my vet. He does also eat Epol kitten kibble and helps himself to our other cats food when He walks by her bowl. My vet also recommended that I give him a spoon of kitten moose once daily which he gobbles up. He has had a runny tummy from day 1 and has been on several antibiotics and probiotics. He was also dewormed by my vet and she also did several stool tests. She couldn't find the cause of the runny tummy. However the last 3 days his poops are looking better but I noticed last night that his tummy is bloated. What could cause a bloated tummy so fast. He is also suddenly drinking his bottle like he hasn't been fed in days. I now only give him 2 bottles a day as per the instructions on the box and from my vet. But he has access to kibble all day and night. And water too.

Please can you give me some advise. Should I take him to vet or is this more likely a cause of him over eating and swallowing too much air when he eats?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
A bloated abdomen may be caused by air gulping especially during bottle feeding when a kitten is enthusiastic; other causes may be due to worms, fluid, low blood protein, gas among other causes. If the bloating is only from yesterday, I would keep a close eye for another day to see if it will pass; if not visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Ragdoll
2 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

So our cat used to be very skinny and all of a sudden her stomach has got big it feels like a balloon, don’t know wheather to take her to the vet or if she has just gotten bigger

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
If her abdomen has gotten bloated all of a sudden with no apparent weight gain elsewhere on the body I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination as an enlarged abdomen may be a sign of fluid, gas or pregnancy. Fluid may be caused by liver disease, viral infections, low protein among other causes; gas may be caused by dietary issues, infections, air gulping and other causes. A visit to your Veterinarian would be advised just to check Coco over and to make sure that there isn’t anything to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Inah
DOMESTIC
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

My cat has a bloated stomach. And just today I noticed a bump on her side right down her ribs. I'm worried because her brother died with that kind of stomach too and swollen feet.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Reading your description I would be concerned mainly with worms or feline infectious peritonitis (wet); giving an anthelmintic (for worms) should be done on a regular basis but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to determine the cause of the abdominal swelling especially if her brother died with similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/coronavirus

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Missy
British Longhair
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat has always been fit and healthy, she has 6 months check up where she has blood test and also all her injections.. but she looks like she is pregnant. She is still eating and drinking normally and using her litter tray. Her last bloods were July and it all came back fine

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Bloating could be due to gas or to fluid, without examining Missy I cannot say which is the cause; gas may be caused by bacterial infection, gulping of air and digestion issues; fluid may be caused by heart failure, liver disease, hypoalbuminemia among other causes. I would return to your Veterinarian as many things can change in three months since her last check up and would be best to repeat blood tests and physical examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilo
Ragdoll
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Always hungry
not playing
Bloated hard belly

Hello my ragdoll male is very bloated around the belly but eats and drinks but is always now hungry. He doesn't show interest in playing anymore but doesn't seem to be in any pain

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for bloat and it it needs to be determined whether the bloating is caused by fluid or gas; normally cats Lilo’s age have gas bloating which may be caused by parasites, infections, foreign objects, poisoning, food sensitivity, gulping air among other causes. Give Lilo an anthelmintic (wormer) to see if this helps; if there is still no joy try giving a restricted diet or visit your Veterinarian for a checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leon
Domestic longhair
18 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

My 18 week old kitten has a hard stomach. He seems in no pain whatsoever, allows me to gently press it and rub it. It doesn't look swollen when looking at it but it feels round and hard. He has been treated for possible worms (as a precaution), is on dry food for kittens with plenty of water available. He is otherwise a happy and playful kitten. Just feeling slightly concerned.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations
Worms are a possibility, make sure you are using an effective anthelmintic as some over the counter products are not so effective. A hard abdomen may be due to some stomach upset; if Leon is still eating, drinking and defecating I would keep an eye on him for a day or two. Most likely a check in with your Veterinarian would be required to give a once over as foreign bodies, infections and other causes may also be to blame. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Maine Coon
8-9 years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

very bloated, wobbled due to fluid in abdominal ca

Ruby has been suffering bloating for over a year. We took her to the vet, who treated her for worms, but also diagnosed her with malfunctioning kidneys, which he said cats sometimes suffer, and there is no effective treatment. She is otherwise quite active. Appetite is good, and she is very active. I know she is uncomfortable, and due to he girth has trouble with grooming. The vet seemed very pessimistic about her prognosis, and rather than see her suffer recommends euthanizing her, when her suffering is too great. She is a great cat. Still wants to be queen of her territory, loves affection, and eats regularly. Only about 8 years old, I don't want to accept that his "diagnosis" is necessarily the fact.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1971 Recommendations

In cases like Rubys, it is difficult to comment as I haven’t examined her. I would suggest getting a second opinion regarding Ruby’s condition, especially if you’re having doubts and your Veterinarian is recommending euthanasia. Bloating and kidney disease can go hand in hand. In these cases, if a cat isn’t exhibiting pain and is carrying out normal functions, I would be reluctant to recommend euthanasia. But, as I mentioned, I didn’t examine Ruby so I cannot fully comment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rufus
Persian
9 Years
Critical
Has Symptoms
Abdominal Distension
It was suggested I put my cat to sleep. He was 9 y/o and had bloat when he was 4y/0. Two weeks prior to his death he became bloated and took him to the Vet Hospital where the relived the air in his stomach. The next morning he was bloated again and other exray were taken. He was impacted. They cleared him out and put him on Miralax, Cisipride to increase his motility, and Ratidine. His did have two bowel movements and then continued to bloat. With vomiting. So they then added Prednisone and Remeron to help with his appetite. The day and night before his death he was kneading aggressively , hunching and wagging his tail. That next morning he was straining so hard his penis extruded. I took him immediately in to the Vet. They suspected a tumor or a neuron problem. Suggested I could get an Ultrasound and if it was a tumor he would need surgery and chemo and the outcome would be the same. Rather than see him suffer any more I allowed Euthanasia. I feel like I failed him and wondered if he was misdiagnosed. I think the food he was eating Royal Canin SO caused the impaction. When attempting to hydrate it to offer him soft food it took 20 minutes to break down. I am so filled with guilt about allowing him to be put to sleep. I am sick with grief. Please share your thoughts. Jenny Bagen In Memory of my Precious Rufus. Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/cat/condition/bloating