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What is Hernia?

Hernias are caused by a defect in the muscle that allows the internal organs to penetrate through it. Some cats are born with this condition, while others develop hernias later on in life. Certain hernias can be reduced, but the majority will require surgery to repair the defect. The good news is that hernias in cats are typically not serious when caught early on.

Cat owners must be on the lookout for anything that can adversely affect the health of their beloved pet. When playing with or petting your cat, take notice of any unusual lumps and bumps that appear as it may be a sign of a medical condition that requires treatment. While it is not common, cats can have hernias that can be serious if left untreated.

Symptoms of Hernia in Cats

The symptoms associated with hernias in cats vary depending on the type of defect. Here are some symptoms you may notice if your cat has a hernia:

  • Groin swelling
  • Protrusion in the abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody urine
  • Depression

Types

Three types of hernias most commonly affect cats. 

Inguinal Hernia

If your cat has an inguinal hernia, his intestines or other contents of the abdomen are pushing through the inguinal canal which is located in the groin. This condition can be classified as uncomplicated, which may not require corrective surgery. It is considered a complicated case if intestines or internal organs become trapped within the muscle wall, which is life-threatening. 

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when the muscle wall has an opening near the belly button. Intestines and organs may press through this opening, creating a bulge underneath the belly button. Like inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias can be complicated or uncomplicated. 

Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias are located at the diaphragm, where the stomach and esophagus meet. When this occurs, a portion of his stomach slips through the opening. Most hiatal hernias are congenital and appear before the kitten reaches one year of age. 

Causes of Hernia in Cats

The cause of hernias in cats depends on the type of hernia present. Below are some of the primary causes of this condition:

  • Congenital
  • Acquired due to traumatic injury
  • Weakness in the abdominal wall
  • Straining to defecate
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic bloating

Diagnosis of Hernia in Cats

Before examining your cat, your veterinarian will ask you a few questions about your cat's health. Be sure to include any unusual birth events, medications taken daily, traumatic injury and pre-existing medical conditions. After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat and feel his groin area or abdomen. Vital signs such as weight, heart rate, temperature, and respiration rate are taken and recorded at each visit. He will also take blood for a CBC or complete blood count and a chemical profile to determine your cat's level of health. He may also perform diagnostic X-rays to confirm his diagnosis.

Treatment of Hernia in Cats

Uncomplicated hernias may not require any corrective treatment. However, because hernias can create life-threatening situations if the intestines become strangulated, most veterinarians recommend surgery to repair the defect.When an intestine becomes trapped inside the abdominal wall, it dies and begins to release dangerous toxins that can kill your cat. If your cat has not been spayed or neutered, your doctor may recommend repairing the hernia during that surgery. During the surgery, your doctor will repair the hole in the abdominal wall and cover it with mesh to keep it strong.

Recovery of Hernia in Cats

The overall outlook for cats with hernias are very good after corrective surgery. You will need to keep your cat from being extremely active for several weeks following the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication that you will need to give your cat immediately after surgery. He will provide you with information so you can recognize any complications that may arise. In most cases, doctors schedule follow-up appointments within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. It is very important to attend this visit because any problems can be addressed before more time elapses. He will also need to remove any staples or stitches at that time, as well. 

If your cat had surgery to correct a hiatal hernia, there is an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia. The symptoms associated with this type of pneumonia include coughing, problems breathing, rapid heart rate, trouble exercising, vomiting and altered mood. This is a long-term complication that can occur in cats and you must learn to recognize it to avoid serious illness or death. Most cats do very well after surgery and go on to live full and normal lives. 

Hernia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Pandora
Long hair mix
7 Weeks
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Raptured hernia

We got Pandora less than a week ago and we noticed a soft bulge on her tummy. Tonight i saw what looks like intestines coming out of the bulge. I cleaned it and put a bandage around it and i know that should get her to tge vet asap, but no vet near us is open on weekends and ive been wondering non stop whether she will make it through the night, let alone the weekend. She eats and drinks and walks normally, but part of her intestines are literally hanging out. Ive been crying non sto I dont want her to die, how long can she survive like this without treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the hernia is contained under the skin and there is no sign of pain or discomfort, you should keep Pandora rested until your Veterinarian opens; if there is a defect at the umbilicus and the intestines or any other abdominal content is protruding from the umbilicus you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately regardless of cost or distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Venice
Mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

I brought my car to the vet for an exam after I adopted her. She’s just over two and had been fixed at the shelter. I noticed a lump on her stomach when holding her and the vet said it might st likely was a hernia and surgery shouldn’t be necessary as long as she doesn’t show discomfort. She never seems in pain and plays just fine, her appetite seems lesser than other cats but she still eats well. I found though that she consistently pees in the house but still uses her litter box. Can this be attributed to her hernia or is it most likely another issue?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Her urinating in the house is unlikely related to her hernia. She might have a urinary tract infection causing those problems, and your veterinarian will be able to look at a urine sample for her and let you know if infection or another urinary tract problem is the issue, or if it a behavioral problem. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Ghost
Tuxedo
9 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nauseous, lethargic

Hello
A few weeks ago I adopted a 6 week old stray kitten with an abdominal hernia. I took him to a local vet and they reccomended that we wait until he's 5 pounds to have the hernia surgically repaired. He didn't show any signs of discomfort or loss of appetite until recently. He will eat and drink a little, but he seems very nauseous after. I was wondering if abdominal hernias in kittens are life threatening and his recent change of behavior be cause for concern. Also what is the likelyhood of a 2 pound kitten recovering from an abdominal hernia repair surgery? Thank you for your help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether his hernia is going to cause problems depends on how big it is and where it is located. Your veterinarian would have assessed any danger to Ghost at the time of the exam, and if they think that you are safe to wait, that is probably true. We do do surgery on 2 pound kittens, but it is safer to wait until they are a little older if possible. The loss of appetite and nausea may be unrelated, and it might be a good idea to have him seen again, especially if he hasn't been dewormed.

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Marley
mixed
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat has a lump at the top of his ribs, he is eating and drinking well, and his behaviour is the same, it doesn’t seem to hurt or cause him discomfort. Should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Marley, I have a very hard time commenting on whether the lump that you feel is a problem or not, unfortunately. It would be best to have him examined if the lump is new and you haven't noticed it there before. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Jinxy
Siamese
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stood

My cat had umbilical hernia surgery a year ago but she still experiences bloody stool from time to time. When she drinks water she’ll drink a whole bowl at a time. She seems to have a decent appetite as well. The vet said she would lack vitamins from the hernia. What would cause this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing the details of her surgery, I am not sure that I can comment on the long term effects of it. If your veterinarian sugggested that she may need nutritional supplements, it would be a good idea to follow up with them, and find out what she might need in terms of long term care for her condition. I hope that she does well.

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Kaite
dsh
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Walking tenderly
not drinking
no interest in anything
Hesitating to sit
Sleeping (no movement) for 10-12 hr
Not Eating

Medication Used

none

We know our 5yo cat has a hernia. The vet said it wasn't a problem unless it became a problem. Said it was a problem when I could no longer "push the bulge back in." She's not in today and what I want to know is what does "intestinal strangulation" look like symptom-wise? How would she be acting if this were occurring? I can no longer feel the pea-sized lump and she's walking oddly, not eating or eliminating, sleeping way more than usual. I gave her some canned pumpkin, hoping she was just constipated but nothing so far. She has never liked her stomach palpated so it's impossible to know if the vocalizations during handling now are different than normal. Very concerned.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Kaite's signs are related to that hernia, although intestinal strangulation is typically a very painful problem. She may have something else going on, and an examination would be a good idea to see what is happening with her, whether it is related to the hernia or not.

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Ellie
tabby
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bulge on side

I am concerned about a small bulge on the side of my cat she doesn't have sensitivity to it and has no problem eating or gaining weight. I don't know if it could be a hernia or its just because she is overweight.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If there is an actual bulging area on Ellie's side, and it doesn't seem to be in line with the rest of her body, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to see if there is a problem or if it is normal for her, since I can't see her, unfortunately.

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Kay-sky
Kitten
6 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

How to treat a 6 week old kitten with a raised Hernia? My cat Giz just had her first litter and the only male kitten's's belly button didn't fully develop leaving him with a lump and I took the mother and the kittens in to the veterinarian for a checkup and he suggested surgery, but as I explained to him I could not afford $600. Is there any other medical information or advice that would be helpful.I

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst some hernias may resolve themselves, many cases require surgical correction; unfortunately there is no medical treatment available as it is an anatomical defect. Some hernias don’t cause any issues and a cat may live its whole life without an issue; while others have complications and require emergency surgery. Some charity clinics (like the one linked below) will offer low cost surgical correction of umbilical hernias, the example below is $255. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.helpinghandsvetva.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/HHV-1700-4-17-Price-Guide_nobleedcurrent-5-2018_aside-from-dates.pdf

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Baraka
Cat
24 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I just found what seems to be a small lumpish thing under my cats stomach. It’s soft to the touch and just feels like extra skin. He seems fine and in no pain when I touch it. He is eating normally and runs around outside. I thought it could be a hernia, but since it soft I was sure. Any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the lump, or examining it, I am not sure what it might be. Your veterinarian will be able to look at the lump, decide if it is a hernia, a lipoma, an abscess, or otherwise, and get treatment for him if needed. I hope that he does well.

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Millie
Short hair tabby
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Redness

My 6 month old, 5lb kitten was spayed on Monday (2/5). We took her back to the veterinarian at the animal shelter where we had the surgery on Thursday because we were worried about her lack of pooping and she kept licking the incision. The vet said that the incision looked fine and not to worry about the redness or swelling. She said Millie could resume normally activity. She prescribed Amoxcillian just to be on the safe side though. Today (Saturday 2/10) she has a swelled up lump the size of a marble at the incision mark and the incision appears to be redder. What should we do? The vet will not be back in till Monday. She doesn't seem to be in pain and she is eating normally. She has not been pooping regularly post operation, however she did poop yesterday. She's a really active indoor kitten. We have tried to lock her into one room but it is really difficult to prevent her from jumping and climbing.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It isn't abnormal to have small suture reactions after a spay surgery, especially if she is very active. If she is eating and drinking, and urinating and defecating normally, and bright and happy, you should be fine to have her rechecked on Monday, and do your best to keep her as quiet as possible in the meantime, although I know that is easier said than done! If she is depressed, lethargic, not eating or vomiting, she should be seen as soon as possible at your nearest 24 hour clinic.

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Ravager
Unknown
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing more often than usual

My cat has what I believe to be a hernia that she’s had since birth. For the first year and a half of her life it was small and at the bottom of her belly. In September she had kittens and how the hernia is about the size of a bouncy ball and has moved to the center of her belly. What do I do and how much will it cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon for a hernia to increase in severity when a cat has had kittens due to the increased intraabdominal pressure; if it is large it should be addressed. Price will vary depending on your location and the Veterinarian you visit; you should budget around $500 for a simple procedure but costs do vary so shop around and also speak with charity clinics as well which may be able to do this surgery at a good price. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yamcha
DOMESTIC
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

We noticed our cat moving slower a few days ago, we thought he'd hurt his back leg. He's off his food, is more inclined to have a stroke (he's normally very aloof and wont let our 2yo near him) checked him last night and he has a lump near his groin, checked him this morning and it seems to have moved more to his stomach!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since Yamcha seems to be acting quite abnormally and you have noticed this lump, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at him, determine what the lump might be and if it might be related to his not feeling well, and recommend any treatment that he may need.

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Mia
dsh
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My 5 yr old cat has a lump in her abdomen, firm to touch, and can be felt easily. It is approx 1.5cm wide or round, and 3cm long. It doesn't seem to be worrying her (appetite and toilet habits unchanged) . Does she need to be seen by vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any new lump should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine the origin of the lump (hernia, lipoma, tumour etc....), once your Veterinarian has examined the lump they will inform you whether or not it is something to be concerned about or not. If it is a simple hernia, a wait and see approach can be taken, although surgical correction to reduce the risks of complications is the best course of action. Visit your Veterinarian for a general check and to get some piece of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Dsb
8 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat princess got operated when she was 4 months and seemed to have a little bump but i though it was normal , but it never went away and the poder shegets the bigger it gets what could be wrong

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout seeing Princess, or the lump that you are worried about, I can't comment on what might be happening. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her, evaluate what it is going on, and determine what the best course of treatment might be. I hope that all goes well with her.

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Fargus
Med-hair domestic
4-6 weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

antibiotics

I rescued a 4wk old kitten, that was hiding in the "cat house" I keep on my porch for any cold cats in winter.
"Fargus" has a broken leg and a ping pong ball size hernia. The hernia is in the upper bend of the broken leg.
I've already taken him to my vet. We're basically waiting for his respiratory infection to clear before we have surgery on the hernia.
My question is; Is there anything I should be doing with/for the hernia?
The vet "pushed it back into place" for now.
Should I attempt to gently press it back in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I like the idea of the cat house. If the hernia is not causing any issues, I would just leave it as it is and give Fargus as much rest as possible whilst he recovers from the respiratory infection. Most times hernias are not a problem and just sit there doing nothing, but when they go wrong they go very wrong and should be corrected especially when combined with another surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy
domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bulge on abdomen

My 6 month old female was spayed 2 weeks ago. The wound site looks fine, no discharge or redness. She doesn't have a fever and has no other symptoms whatsoever. This morning I noticed that the slight swelling was finally gone, she has a small amount of puffiness since the surgery, but now I see she has what I assume is a hernia. It's about 3/4 inch long and half an inch wide and protrudes 1/4 inch. It's directly centered under the spay incision. Paying for the spay cost me an arm and a leg and was wondering if this could just be normal after-spay condition or if it's something to worry about.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a possibility that after spaying, there was some dehiscence leading to a hernia; it is an uncommon problem, but still may occur. Many hernias are benign and do nothing, some may become strangled which may become a medical emergency which requires immediate emergency care. It would be best to know whether it is a hernia or not, visiting your Veterinarian for another post surgery check should confirm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Persian
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

She isnt eating as much .drinking l

Medication Used

none

My cat has had a bulging hernia , it has disappeared and she hides a lot now , she also when not hiding wants to be right beside me .
She has a stage 4 to 5 murmur , and maybe cancer .
Where could the hernia have gone

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Charlie
short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My kitten had his umbilical hernia repaired a week ago. He now has a bigger lump in the same place which is hard not soft. What is this, should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that there has been some dehiscence of the sutures in the abdominal would leading to a recurrence of the hernia, another cause may be due to a seroma; you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific underlying cause (hernia or something else). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jupiter
Short hair tortoise shell
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seems to be sad at times
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

Is it normal for a kitten to lose her appetite and be vomiting on and off after being spayed? My kitten was fine before she was spayed and now she will eat and be fine for several weeks at a time then start vomiting and refusing to eat for a whole week and a few days. I can't feel any lumps in her abdomen and the vet says all blood work was normal and so are the x-rays but this has been going on since she was spayed in November when she was 6 months old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is not a normal finding and if all blood tests and x-rays have come back normal, it is difficult to think of a cause or a relationship between a possible cause and the vomiting. Try to look for other causes outside of the spaying like changes in the home or other factors which may have an effect; I really cannot think of another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Matty
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting salivia , listless,

My cat is not eating, walking without bending his hind legs... like he's stiff or something, constantly squats like he has to pee or poop but nothing happens. Also keeps licking his genitals and growls when I try to touch to look for lumps... What is wrong with him is it Hernia?Constipation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There could be many possible causes for the symptoms you are describing from constipation, foreign objects, urinary tract infections, tumours, spinal disorders among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination if you are unable to see anything yourself, without knowing the specific underlying cause I cannot recommend any specific treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Knot on stomach

My cat was born with a knot on his stomach area. He is a year old now an the knot has kind of grown with him. It has never bothered him he has always been playful and eats very good. But last night he came in and there was a open spot on it. He still was eating.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Gizmo, I don't know what this 'knot' might be, or why it suddenly has an open spot. It would be best to have him seen by his veterinarian, as they can see him, assess the area and determine if anything needs to be done about it.

I aint got the money to take him. I just been keeping it clean. An i put some of that purple spray on it.

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sonic
Tabby short hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

lump after a spay

Nearly a month ago my cat had spay surgery the incision is on her side, at her 2 day check she had a slight swelling we was advised she rested, at her 10 day check up the swelling was larger we was told to let her rest for another 4 days.
On day 14 i took her to the vets they said she had a hernia they squeezed her side a a liquid pink in colour came out so the next day she had another operation to repair the hernia as they said it wasnt seroma. within day 2 she had another swelling , then again on her 10 day check she had swelling they said she now needs and ultrasound as they believe its a hernis again.
she eats well and goes to the toilet fine her lump is small when she stands up but seems to sit over her leg bone as a bulge when she sits down.
can you please help my vets bills are hundreds of pounds and i have lost faith in the vets

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I unfortunately can't see Sonic or know more about her so can't really help with her situation, but If she has had two herniations at the site of her surgery, either she has something more complicated going on, or the surgeries are not being done properly. I'm not sure which without knowing more, unfortunately. It might be a good idea to discuss what is actually going on with your veterinarian and let them know that you are not happy, or to get a second opinion from another veterinarian to get their input on the situation. I'm sorry that that is happening to Sonic, and hope things get resolved soon.

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Rollo
Tortoishell
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

Hello I recently found a kitten and brought her to be dewormed they found a hernia but it wasn’t a full vet setup so they told me to make an appointment at a vet. Soonest is Saturday, i just want to know how serious a hernia can be. The kitten is no more than 6 weeks old ears good goes to bathroom normally ..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the hernia, but generally umbilical hernias are not something which should be treated as an emergency unless there is strangulation of intestine or anything else which may have passed through. Some cats live their whole lives with a hernia whilst other have complications, but I wouldn’t be worried about a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

It’s not an umbilical hernia, I took her to a vet at petsmart and she was feeling it and said it felt “weird” and that she needed an X-ray to get a better look....x Ray was over priced and i really didn’t have the money. I called another vet which is low cost he told me that an X-ray isn’t necessarily needed... idk who to listen to and she’s eating 100% normally and going to the bathroom fine. She plays and acts just as a kitten should....

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Freyja
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

reinjured hernia

Would it work to keep my very active cat in a dog/cat playpen following her third hernia surgery? After the last surgery we kept her in the bathroom but she jumped onto the toilet, and the vanity and re-injured herself almost immediately post-surgery. We'd like to prevent having to put her through another surgery if we could keep her safe and relatively inactive during the first 10 days following the procedure. What do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is always a risk of injury or undoing the work carried out by an operation especially when the cat or dog is hyperactive and is jumping around the house like the floor is made of larva. Restricting movement is important and placing Freyja in a playpen sound ideal, but bear in mind that keeping her confined for ten days may cause her to be frustrated, still move around excessively within a small space and may still hurt herself. I would try the playpen for night time and when you’re not home, at other times when you’re around try placing an Elizabeth collar on her to impede movement which should allow her to move around, just not jump. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peppy
Shorthaired domestic
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

I think my cat has a hernia. She starred out with a bulge near her abdomen and I believe she scratched it. now her insides are pertruding outside of her. She was bleeding but I believe this was a skid for her. She has no other symptoms. She seems better now that it's hanging out. Will she die? How much would it cost to get this fixed? My parents won't take her to the vet so I might be able to raise the money on my own. She is 13.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This would be a medical emergency and usually extremely painful if Peppy has broken the skin (as well as the fat layer etc…) and has viscera hanging out; also this puts her at a high risk of infection which most certainly will occur. The risk of death is a certainty without treatment. If the case is as you described, you have to visit your Veterinarian immediately. Cost will vary depending on the amount of trauma to the area, Peppy’s overall health and your location; but you would be looking at the $500 - $1,000 mark as a very general guide (mainly depending on your location). Visit your Veterinarian immediately and see if there are some payment terms you can arrange and this isn’t something to leave until another day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is 6 months and just got spayed and got her unbilical hernia removed, and shes active as can be. Like nothing even happened. Climbing running, the whole nine yards. Its hard to keep her not doing that. What do you suggest? Or is it okay to let her do her thing?

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Raven Rose
Black
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Small matter under rib cage.
Don't want to be touched
Suddenly very agitated

As I was picking up my son's year and a half year old female cat that has suddenly gone agitated with everything around her. I was feeling her tummy because she complains the most when you feel there. I don't understand there's a matter Under the Skin where her belly button cord was, it appears to be bulging a bit but there's also a matter around it that felt unordinary. She has had one litter of kittens 10 months ago. This is a very loving cat that has all the sudden became the bitchiest cat on earth. Can you help!??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Raven may have hormonal issues if she is not spayed, as cats can change personality when they are in heat. I'm not sure about the 'matter' that you are feeling, and that may be a bacterial infection, or a growth. Without seeing her, I don't have any way to see what is going on with her, but if you take her to see a veterinarian, they'll be able to examine her and determine what is happening and if she needs any treatment.

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Leona
mixed
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bulge on abdomen
no pain in bulge
Hernia

Good day, I just adopted an abandoned kitten 2 days ago, I don't know how old she is. But if I'll guess it, her age is more or less 1 month old. When I put her on my lap recently, I just noticed a bulge on her belly.(it is soft and can be pressed in). It doesn't seem to cause her pain or anything though. Is this a hernia? If it is, is there a way to lessen the bulge? Aside, from going to vet? She eats just fine though. And she always sleep on my lap.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Leona has an umbilical hernia, it will need to be repaired at some point. If it doesn't cause her pain or bother her, it shouldn't be an emergency. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian regardless, to assess her age, have vaccines if appropriate, and deworm her. They can let you know whether the spot that you found is a hernia, and what treatment might be required for her at that time.

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Tia
Tabby Cat
19 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

squishy lump in the groin area

Three weeks ago I found a squishy lump in the groin area of my cat, on taking her to the vet I was told it was an hernia, the vet said the only way to get it sorted would be Surgery but due to Tia's age and on going kidney problems it would be too dangerous to operate, they wanted me to consider putting her to sleep but I couldn't do at that moment I wanted to be able to have a few more days at least to say goodbye and let my grandchildren say there good byes, however as days went on she was eating better looking more herself and the lump was getting smaller and is now gone, is this still an hernia or was it something else?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tia did have a hernia, it may be something that she can live with - the dangers of a hernia are that intestines can become entrapped in the opening, and that is a terribly painful condition. That may or may not happen, however. I'm nor sure how big the hernia opening is, and you will want to discuss this with her veterinarian as I cannot examine her, but if she seems to be doing well otherwise, I'm not sure that you have to rush into any decisions. I hope that she is okay.

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Cooper
Persian
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cats is 4 days post hernia repair, now he is vomiting and looks very weak, and not eating. What seems to be the problem? Im so worried.. we do not know what to do..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what type of hernia Cooper was suffering from or more details about his health, I cannot comment on what might be happening now, but that is not normal post-op behavior, and it would be best for him to have a recheck with your veterinarian. They will be able to assess him, determine what might be going on, and treat him so that he returns to health.

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Socks
short haired female
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No pain no swelling
Eats and plays fine

My kitten is only 10 weeks old, can I wait to have the hernia repaired, until she is 5 months? It is an umbilical one. She eats fine and has no symptoms. The insides protrude but can be pushed back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally if there are no other symptoms related to an umbilical hernia, it is best practice to wait until spaying. If there are complications, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea or pain then earlier surgery would be an option. Just keep an eye on it, but if the colour changes or you notice any symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 1year 8 month old cat from the OSPCA and when we took her in for a free vet visit we were told she has a small hernia and I was wondering if picking her up or patting her stomach might cause any pain or discomfort for her because of it.

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Bellatrix
Cat
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on stomach

Our kitten Bella had an umbilical hernia when we found her. We took her to the vet right away and they operated the next week when we got her spayed. The hernia was still very swollen after two days so the vet performed another surgery to resew the internal stitches. Another 2 days later, the lump is still present and we take her in again. The vet says he thinks she is having a reaction to the internal stitches and he needs to go in again because the stitches are dissolving too quickly. So she has gone under surgery for the same procedure three times and we are praying this is the last. Does it sound like she was having a reaction? Any other advice for us, or a second opinion? Thank you!

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Gigi
Donskoy
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Localized swelling in abdomen

My cat fell on her tummy and now has a hernia according to the veterinarian. There is a localized swelling close to her limbs. She doesn't seem to be in pain and is eating well. There are no CT or surgical facilities available for pets in our town. Is it okay to just leave the condition that way?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some animals live their whole lives with a hernia with no issues whilst others will have a medical emergency within a day or two of the hernia presenting; it is difficult to say whether this hernia will cause an issue or not. You should get it corrected if possible to reduce the risk of complications, may be the next time you visit a large town or a city you can arrange to have it done then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Geordie
Norwegian Forest
3 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Abscess
Pain near lump
Golfball size lump on stomache

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My cat Geordie is about 3 years old we found him as a stray and took him in. I took him to the vet last week for an abscess on his paw,they did not drain the abscess only gave him antibiotics and they found a hernia on his stomach but did not do anything for it or even tell me until I got out the door. It hurts him when i pet his belly or even try and go near the lump. The vet said it was only a small hernia but when i felt it at home it is about a golf ball size. Should i get a second opinion.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If the hernia is not reducible, it may be a fat lump that is outside of his body, and nothing to be concerned about. If it is a reducible hernia, and there is a hole in his body wall, that should be surgically repaired. It would be worth a phone call to ask more about the hernia, since they saw him and know more about which kind it might be. If you aren't sure and it seems to bother him, it never hurts to get a second opinion. I hope that all goes well for Geordie!

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Poof
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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My cat Poor has been in my family for five years now. She started peeing on things when we took in another female car so we decided to get the pair fixed. I had to wait until tax time because I only have a minimum wage part time job and can barely afford my monthly bills. I'd called around and choose a more affordable vet about forty miles away. A few weeks after the spaying Poof had a small bulge in her belly where her incision was. I kept an eye on it and a within a few weeks it was pretty large. I saved for weeks to get her to a vet closer to home. This vet told me she has a hernia and some bad teeth that are causing pain and infection and that this needs to be taken care of. They gave me a quote of $1473.00. I told them there was no way I could afford this and they gave me a pamphlet for Care Credit. I applied for it but was denied. I am lost for answers. I've tried online fundraisers. I've written letters to pet stores asking for suggestions or donations. Nothing I can think of is working. My kids and I don't want to lose our pet. Would you happen to know if anything I haven't tried yet? Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Veterinary care can be cost prohibitive, but there are options; you didn’t tell me your location so I assume you’re in the United States. There are various charity clinics and nonprofits which may assist with the cost of veterinary care especially for low income earners; I’ve provided a few links below to websites where you may receive assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html https://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

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B
Tabby
7 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Hernia

Hi

I am thinking of adopting a 7 month-old cat who has a congenital hernia (type unspecified, to me). The shelter has told me that previous vets have determined that the hernia does not need to be operated on until he is older.

I would like the cat to be neutered before he comes to live in my apartment, and I understand that sometimes these procedures are done together, but the shelter does not indicate this as their plan. However, they will not allow a local vet to neuter the cat, as they want to wait for a specialist.

My question is: if they have already decided not to proceed with the hernia repair, are there any special considerations for when he is neutered? I am looking to understand why we are waiting for a specialist, if it has already been determined that the hernia operation will not be completed at the same time.

I of course want to support whichever approach is best, and appreciate your assistance and explanation!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best practice to correct hernias at the same time as neutering to reduce the number of anaesthetic cycles an animal goes through and since hernias like umbilical and inguinal are relatively straightforward repairs, they are done at the time of neutering (unless there is an emergency requiring earlier surgery). I am not sure why they would be waiting for a Specialist, only they can answer that question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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LILO
mixed
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Weakness
Low Temperature
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Buprenex
Flagyl

i adopted LILO at 4 weeks and last week I was playing with him on the grass where a street cat jumped over and attacked him. I didn't see any injuries or bites. I left on a trip for work and my neighbor called and said that LILO didn't look well and had a bulge on his side. Yesterday I took him to the Vet and they said he has a hernia. He gave me some meds and told me I had a few days to decide on the very expensive surgery. He gave me some pain meds and antibiotics. At the vet they gave him flea medication and his rabies shots cause they were due. Today my cat is weak and cold and doesn't want to eat. The vet said it's normal. I don't think my cat is well. I'm afraid he is dying and I really don't have the financial means to help him right now. He has drank some water and had a tiny bit of food. Should I continue with the meds? Or should I expect the worst?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to continue with the medication as secondary infections can be more serious than the original injury, especially from fighting injuries from street cats. If Lilo is feeling cold to the touch, it is the internal body temperature which is important (100.5-102.5°F). Make sure Lilo is warm and comfortable, but if you remain concerned return to your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fettuccine Alfredo
mane coon
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hernia

My cat is 3 years old she is a mane coon and she weighs just 6 pounds (the runt of her litter) she is scheduled for a surgery tomorrow morning to fix a hernia she received from a fall. The vet is URGENTLY recommending she be spayed as well due to the fact that they believe a future pregnancy would not be successful for her. I have ALWAYS wanted her to have babies someday and I need to know if her being spayed is ABSOLUTELY necessary or if i can avoid it and get the surgery and just look into a cat fertility specialist in the future?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If your veterinarian is recommending that Fettucini be spayed to prevent injury to herself in the future, it seems that that would be the best thing to do. Without knowing more about the location and severity of her hernia, I can't comment on the necessity of the surgery, but your veterinarian would not urgently recommend that for no reason.

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Stray
stray
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Abdomen bulge

A stray kitten that seems to have fallen from a height has hernia on both sides of his body. This was discovered through an xray. He has an appetite and bowel movements seem to be regular. The vet has recommended that he get a corrective surgery. It should also be noted that the kitten has a sacroiliac joint fracture. What do you recommend we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on the degree of herniation, surgery may be the only option for this kitten. Without seeing the x-rays, I have a hard time commenting on the degree of injury, but some types of herniations are not compatible with life, and this kitten may not survive with surgery. It would be best to discuss this with your veterinarian, as they can give you more details on risks and benefits. I hope that kitten is okay.

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Negrita
mixed
around 10 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat which I found last April in my backyard and I kept was spayed in September, afterward, I felt like liquid running underneath her belly but I thought it was part of the process, now she has a bulge in her stomach. Trying to find information on the Internet I am pretty sure she has a hernia. Recently I have to take my 8.6 years old dog to the emergency and because I don't have insurance I have to pay a pretty penny to take care of her anemia caused by her immune system going after her red blood cells. How much could an operation will cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause is a simple umbilical hernia or dischense of the sutures from the abdominal wall straight after the surgery, then the cost would be around $300 to $600; this price varies widely depending on your Veterinarian, your location (New York City versus Kansas) and the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.embracepetinsurance.com/health/hernia

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Feather
Mixed
3 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Bulge On Abdomen
My cat was recently diagnosed as having a large umbilical hernia. The vet diagnosed this by touch, however, and has not yet conducted an ultrasound. My cat doesn't seem to mind having the area touched, and it is not warm/hard. It moves easily. I've had this cat less than a year, and in that time she has had a bad bladder infection (1 week after I got her, probably undetected by the shelter) and several other eye/ear/nose infections. My vet suspects FIV as well, but she tested negative for that at the shelter also. I plan to have her retested this week at the vet. I have a hunch that somehow all these things are related, and perhaps she developed a hernia after her spay surgery at the shelter, since they did not detect a hernia at the time of surgery. I suspect it was made worse by, or caused, her subsequent bladder infection. Is this possible? I am planning to schedule surgery for the hernia in the next few weeks, but I want to know if it's possible that this is more complicated than a standard hernia before I get her ultrasound done. I also want to know if shelter might be somehow responsible for this hernia, if it occurred while she was recovering at the shelter. She is a Turkish Angora/Abyssinian mix.
Grizzy
Cat
12 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Skin Crust
Swollen Abdomen
My cat got ran over and has a hernia, but the vet doesn't feel that he can recover even if they do the surgery. He is walking and urinating, but not eating. He does drink water when I give it to him with a wet piece of clothe. My question is how long can I expect him to live?
Kitty
Mix
Mild
Has Symptoms
None
Hi, I recently found an abandoned kitten with a broken leg and hernia, and I have no idea how or when she got them. I don't know how old she is, either. The vet in my area said that surgery is very high-risk, so I'm hesitating. She eats and walks around just fine, and seems very energetic. Should I take the risk, or wait?