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What is Painful Abdomen?

Pain located in the abdomen can result from conditions ranging from trauma to disease, so it is important to take your  cat to a veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible if it is suffering.

There are numerous reasons why your cat may be experiencing abdominal pain. Cats are not normally expressive creatures when it comes to pain, but there are ways to detect if something is wrong in the abdominal region. Since the abdomen lies between the pelvis and the chest, a number of organs can be the culprit behind their pain.

Symptoms of Painful Abdomen in Cats

Your cat may not always show signs to indicate it is experiencing abdominal pain. Also, pain can, unfortunately, be referred to another area of the body that isn't the real sources. It is important to pay close attention to your cat to discover if it is experiencing abdominal pain. The main symptoms to look out for are listed below:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood in feces
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Change in appearance or posture (e.g. hunched over)
  • Tenderness/pain when touched
  • Weight loss

Causes of Painful Abdomen in Cats

A number of conditions can bring about abdominal pain in your cat, including:

  • Pancreatitis (inflammation in pancreas)
  • Constipation
  • Cancer
  • Poisoning
  • Ruptured bladder
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Dietary intolerance
  • Kidney stones
  • Ascites (buildup of fluid within abdominal cavity)
  • Bacterial infection (e.g. pyometra, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis)
  • Parasites
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP, a fatal viral infection)

Diagnosis of Painful Abdomen in Cats

To diagnosis your cat's condition, the veterinarian will want a full medical history and will also conduct a thorough physical examination that may lead to further diagnostic testing. What you provide the vet can help immensely in narrowing down potential causes. Knowing if there has been any reaction to a specific type of food, exposure to dangerous substances or circumstances, and all of the other symptoms your cat has shown can aid in this process.

If the vet has determined further tests are required, there are a few common ones they will conduct. The common diagnostic testing includes a CBC (complete blood count), a urinalysis, and a biochemical profile. The three tests are generally used to check for signs of inflammation or infection, and to examine how well the organs are functioning. A fecal test may be conducted as well if parasites are suspected.

Your vet may also perform a biopsy or even a peritoneal fluid analysis, which checks the type of fluid in your cat's abdomen if fluid is detected. Lastly, an X-ray or ultrasound of the abdomen will be taken. These scans can discover any inflammation, tumors, kidney stones, or ruptures in the organs.

Treatment of Painful Abdomen in Cats

Since there is a range of causes for abdominal pain, treatment plans may vary.

Surgery

If cancer or tumors have been found, the vet will almost certainly recommend surgery to remove it. A surgical procedure is also sought in the case of a ruptured bladder.

Medication

In the event of a parasitic infestation or a bacterial infection, your vet will prescribe a round of antiparasitic or antibiotics. Although these medications may come with risks (e.g. side effects, developing a resistance), the benefits typically outweigh those concerns. It is important that they are given as prescribed so that your cat will reap all of the benefits.

Some medications may be given as supportive care. If your cat is suffering significantly, your vet may recommend the use of pain medication for relief. Anti-nausea medicine may be given to help stop vomiting, and in the event of seizures (mainly due to poisoning), your cat may be given anti-seizure medication. Additionally, drugs that suppress the immune system may be prescribed, typically in the case of IBD.

Poison Treatment

When poisoning is the cause behind your cat's suffering, your vet will begin treatment immediately upon knowing which toxin was ingested, if possible. If your cat only recently swallowed the poison, its stomach will be emptied and activated charcoal or fluid therapy may be administered to help curb any ill effects.

Additional treatment methods may vary based on the specific toxin. For example, in rat poisoning, the vet may administer vitamin K.

Diet

In the event of IBD or other dietary complications, a change in diet tends may be the recommended plan of treatment. Your vet may recommend a hypoallergenic diet or even an elimination diet. Both can help with IBD as well as determining if your cat has an allergy.

Supportive Care

Beyond pain and anti-nausea medication, supportive care may include the administration of fluids to treat dehydration. Also, if your cat has the misfortune of being afflicted with FIP, supportive care may be the primary form of treatment, as the viral infection has a high mortality rate.

Recovery of Painful Abdomen in Cats

It is important to follow the treatment plan laid out by your veterinarian, especially if medicine has been prescribed. Prognosis will vary with the cause of abdominal pain. Relapse can occur from some conditions, and some be be chronic. IBD, for example, cannot be cured and is managed, rather than resolved. Keep a watch on your cat's appetite as well as any other symptoms. If they return, be sure to take your cat into see the veterinarian.

Painful Abdomen Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Popoki
Siamese mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
Diarrhea
Pain
Shaking

Medication Used

Gabapentin

I came on here a few weeks ago about a kitten I had recently gotten who had somewhat similar symptoms. Happy to report he is back to being a kitten again.

My older cat (he’s a year) 2 weeks ago curled up to me and I noticed that he was shaking. I comforted him and didn’t think much of it after noting he had no fever.

Over the past two weeks he has been playing a lot less. Then over the weekend I noticed that he was mostly hiding, and not wanting to walk. When he does walk he does so hunched over, and seems to limp but I can’t identify an injured limb.

He will eat, but not as much as normal. He has had diarrhea on and off, and seems to be urinating fine. I just measured his temp at 102.

Limbs can be manipulated and are not painful. Abdomen does not seem painful either upon palpation. Spine seems intact, and neurological function is otherwise normal.

I have now taken him to the vet twice and they are stumped. We trialed an NSAID but saw no results. We are now trying gabapentin but thus far I see now improvement. When I brought him back we did blood work; he had a very slightly elevated globulin (5.7) and WBCs (20.5)(monocytes (1.68) and neutrophils (16.63) are slightly elevated). I asked them to do a manual differential and everything looked within normal limits, aside from the abnormalities described above.

I’m not sure where to go from here or what to think? One of the concerns with my kitten was FIP - now that’s on my radar with him. Is this suggestive of that, or anything else that you may be able to think of?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The signs that your cat is displaying aren't diagnostic for FIP, or for anything specific, unfortunately. If he has not had x-rays, that would be a good next step to see what is causing him so much discomfort, since his appetite seems to be down. We can hope that there is something on the x-rays that help to diagnose his problem, as it can be difficult to pinpoint generalized pain or discomfort to a cause. I hope that he is okay.

My cat will be 1 October 3rd. He’s primarily a house cat occasionally will go outside but not for extended periods of time. Today while petting him I went to scratch his belly. He immediately became uncomfortable and let out a few small “meows” He diet hasn’t changed and he’s current on shots. His stool is regular and I haven’t noticed any infrequent or irregular urination as he shares the litter box with another cat..🤷‍♀️ I’m so worried something is going to happen to him and can’t afford a vet bill until next payday

Thanks for the feedback Dr King. We did films today and everything looked fine. He’s still acting the same; right now he’s curled up next to me, shaking. I’m just not sure where to go next, if I should wait it out, or what it could be.

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Bill
Russian Blue mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Diarrhea
Pain

We thought that we had found the cause of Bill's diarrhea and pain until yesterday, when he started yelping in obvious pain. I've only caught him pooping once, and it was just flatulence with liquid spatter, no blood. When I touch his lower back, his skin ripples like he doesn't want it touched. We had switched him to grain free food months ago after a long bout of diarrhea and incontinence, and it stopped. He had somewhat loose stools, but that was the extent of it. I can't take him to the vet till Friday, and I'm worried about him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of diarrhoea and sometimes a specific underlying cause cannot be found but the diarrhoea may respond to antibiotics. It is important to get Bill to a Veterinarian for an examination, but if you are unable to go immediately you should ensure that he is at least keeping hydrated as a lot of fluid will be lost whilst defecating; without examining him I cannot recommend anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I found a stray crying loudly by some side walks and I went up to the cat she was very big and I was surprised she let me grab her , and after I took her to my ranch and noticed on the way home her belly was hanging really low she seemed to be skinny , I got home fed her gave her water but she ate so little and never likes to be touched by her back tail ONLY ON her head she seems to feel pain everything you touch her by her back stomach and tail she seems to be an adult and like to sleep all day and never like to do exercise or jump to high places . And vomites every once in a while after eating. Poops regularly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cats with no history it is difficult to say what the specific causes of some symptoms are; Lucky may be pregnant, have abdominal fluid (ascites), worms among other issues. I would recommend ensuring that she is at least wormed especially with you living on a ranch as well as feeding her a high quality nutritious cat food. A visit to your Veterinarian may be beneficial especially for vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tupac
Russian Blue
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach Pain

My cat seems to be having stomach issues. I just watched him pee and have a normal bowel movement. He is not throwing up. He has been walking, but keeps trying to hide in the corner of the closet. He seems to be breathing normally but he yells and hisses when any pressure is put on his lower stomach and even tries to bite. Right now he is sleeping but I can tell by how he is laying that something is wrong. What is going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tupac it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; trauma, infection, obstructions, foreign objects, tumours, hernias among other causes may lead to a pain response. If Tupac is exhibiting this level of pain you should have your Veterinarian examine him since he seems to be having normal urination and bowel movements so a more in depth examination is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Tenderness to touch abdomen

My cat growls anytime I lightly touch her stomach and she has thrown up a few times. She has gotten into my food a few times rather than eating her own food. I noticed some diarrhea a few days ago but she doesn't like being picked up right now and I can't afford to have a checkup on her right now, is here anything I can do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is there are many different causes for abdominal pain and unfortunately not everything can be treated at home with over the counter medications; abdominal pain may be caused by infections, parasites, foreign bodies, other obstructions, liver disease, back problems (due to spine articulating when picking up a cat) etc… Try to keep Nala rested and ensure that she is hydrated and is eating normally; if the trouble persists, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lennon
Domestic short
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

tender belly

My 1+ year old cat is fairly large, almost 13 pounds, and we don’t over feed her (about 1/2 - 1 cup a day). When we brought her home she was severely underweight and malnourished but has since made a great recovery. When she is picked up she meows like she is in pain and when we touch her belly, she meows and sometimes bites. She is eating and drinking, playing, peeing and pooping and nothing seems out of the ordinary but i’m concerned that she may just be hiding her other symptoms

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lennon is showing signs of pain when the abdomen is palpated or she is lifted from the abdomen you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause of the sensitivity; there are many organs and structures in the abdomen which may be the source of pain, also spinal pain may present as abdominal pain so that should be checked too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bessie
British Shorthair
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not interested in food or water
Lethargy
Painful abdomen

My cat has been fine but noticed today she seemed a little off her food (usually the complete opposite). She has peed and pooed today but after coming in from the garden late afternoon she seems to have developed a painful abdomen. Pain seems to be located as far back as there hind legs and under her belly. If I touch there she silently meows and I can tell it hurts her.
She is refusing food and water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lack of appetite and pain in the caudal abdomen are vague symptoms unfortunately and not specific for any single condition; the pain may be arising from the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive tract or may be an indicator of pain from elsewhere. You should take Bessie for for an examination by your Veterinarian to narrow in on a possible cause if there is no improvement by morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Calico / Siamese
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
lower abdominal pain

I have 2 cats a 1 year old and a 6 month old, both females. We just recently got the kitten and we’ve moved recently as well. Ever since, our oldest cat has been in heat for the past 2 or 3 weeks and she acts very aggressively towards our younger kitten whenever she tries to play. Just today, I was petting my oldest cat and I noticed on her right side, lower towards the back legs when she’s laying on her stomach, whenever I touch there she cries. I’m not sure if this is why her behavior has been different or what but I really hope she does not have an illness of any kind. Both cats are not fixed but have an appointment in about a week.

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Izzy
Tabby Cat
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growls

My cat going on three days had acted strange she squeezes her stomach like she's pushing and growls like in pain. Kinda discharge and she cleans herself constantly down there. She hasn't been fixed but she's an inside cat. She is 10 years old. What does she have??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Izzy may have a bladder infection, or a uterine infection if she has not been spayed, or a growth or tumor that is causing her discomfort. Since it does not seem to be getting better, and a uterine infection can quickly become a life threatening problem, it would be best to have her seen right away to try and determine the cause of what is going on with her. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, see what might be happening, and let you know any testing or treatments that she might need. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Winnie
Persian
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach pain, bloating

Hi. My cats stomach is bloated and every time i seem to touch it, she meows as if she is in pain. She hasn’t not had a deworm and she hasn’t used the bathroom all day. What could it be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are prone to many things, including parasites, intestinal blockages, and infectious diseases. Without examining Winnie, I cannot comment on what might be going on with her, but it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess her, determine what might be going on, and get her treatment so that she feels better. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Onyx
Bombay?
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Its night so Maybe lethargic notsur

Cat isn't eating. Looks like he hasnt been pooping either. I saw that he threw up a blob of about 3 hair ties and I dont know if he is just afraid to eat or what but after that he wont eat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Onyx is not eating, and threw up those hair ties, there is a possibility that he may have a blockage from any hair ties that he hasn't thrown up. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian today, as they can examine him, take x-rays if needed, and recommend the next best step for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Joy
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abdomen Pain
anorexia
Fever
Antisocial
Dehydration
Nausea

Medication Used

Buprenorphine
Baytril

I noticed her lack of activity and eating/drinking/general well-being last week, and when i noticed how she appeared to be in pain and felt hot, I took her to the vet. She had a 104 fever and an incredibley tender abdomen, and was given a dose of Baytril, an appetite stimulant, and some fluids under the skin. That enabled me to get a very small amount of food and water into her before she declined again. Blood was drawn, and nothing was shown to be out of the ordinary in her blood work other than that she hadn’t been eating. I took her in the next day for antibiotics and more fluids under the skin. Saturday midday I was at my wits end and took her to an Emergency Clinic and ended up admitting her to try and rehydrate her and maybe get her to want to eat again. This evening, Sunday, I brought her home because she was hydrated, but scared and miserable. I am still struggling to get her to eat, she’s shaky and weak and it’s killing me that I can’t help her. She’s only 2 years old, she should have a long life left. What more can I do? An ultrasound was done at the emergency clinic and all they saw in her abdomen were inflamed liver and spleen. I’m giving her another dose of antibiotics tonight, but she’s been hiding away from me after she tumbled off the bed and got dazed. I have another kitten whi’s not sick at all, and they eat the same food, drink the same water, and it’s really the kitten I have to watch for with trying to eat everything and anything that’s around the apartment. Do you have any advice or possibly anything I should have my vet look/test for to possibly help get her on the road to recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Allison, thank you for contacting us about Joy - I'm sorry she is feeling so poorly, it is hard to watch our pets be sick. It sounds like you have done everything that they have suggested for her to try and find out what is going on. The only things that you haven't mentioned are whether they did a FeLV/FIV test, and whether she is spayed. If the kitten was recently introduced into the house, he may have introduced a viral infection, and she may be having that level of fever from that, in which case she could benefit from some anti-inflammatories to bring her fever down, although I'm not sure if she still has a fever or not. Other than that, just make sure that your vet knows that she isn't doing well, as they can't help if they don't know. I hope she feels better soon.

She and the kitten have both tested negative for both FeLV and FIV, and they’ve been in the apartment together for about 2+ months. Since I’ve brought her home yesterday, she seems more interested in trying to drink water, although she’s attempted to lick at some salmon shreds. She seems to be acting like eating is physically difficult, because she has shown some interest in food, and has attempted to eat or lick at food a few times. She’s showing more of her friendly and cuddly/sweet personality, but she’s getting weaker, and is having difficulty getting up into the bed and even staying steady while drinking or attempting to drink.

Both she and the kitten are spayed as well. As of yesterday, she did not have a fever, but she’s very weak and seems to be passing out

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Missy
domestic short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach Pain
Bloating
Weight gain

We rescued a cat recently, she had just had a litter of kittens. She was spayed immediately after. When we got her, her mammory glands were hard for about a week, I assumed because they took her kittens away. That cleared up and she lost weight. However, even though they said she was sprayed, I was almost certain she was pregnant, because of her distended tummy. She resembles a bowling ball on toothpicks. She is about a year old, active, eats, and drinks Normally. She does the typical running around like a crazy cat at night. She pees and poops regularly with no strain. She's very affectionate. She doesn't meow or leave, if you touch her stomach but she does kind of push you away.

Coming from a shelter/rescue I would have thought they would have done the necessary test and warming.

I have had to keep her in my master bedroom and bath which is about 400square ft because one of my other cats was bullying her, but now the door is open, she just chooses not to leave.

I was wondering if you think there could be something wrong with her or if she is just fat. My other 3 cats are normal weight.

Thank you for your help,
Confused

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The surgery for spaying a cat is fairly straightforward, and if the shelter said she is spayed, unless there was a mix-up, she probably is. Without seeing her, I can't tell if she is overweight, or pregnant, but it should be fairly easy to tell - having an x-ray taken by a veterinarian will be able to determine whether she has kittens after about 45 days of pregnancy, and if she was spayed, she should have a tattoo of some type on he abdomen - the shelter may be able to help you look for that as well.

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Moca
Calico Cat
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Walking hunched over

Medication Used

none

My cat seems to be in pain. She’s a 4 year old calico. She’s walking kind of hunched over like her stomach hurts. She seems to be eating and drinking fine. She peed in her litter box within the hour but I’m not sure when she last pooped as we have multiple cats. Not sure what to do. She seems miserable. Her stomach doesn’t seem bloated. We’ve pressed on it and she doesn’t complain other than her normal she hates people touching her stomach complaining. We’ve touched her back and legs and she doesn’t seem to be in pain. Any advice would be great.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing Moca, I can't diagnose anything or suggest anything to help her. She may be having back pain or she may be constipated - your veterinarian will be able to examine her, do any testing that needs to be done, and figure out what is wrong with her and how to treat it so that she feels better. I hope that she is okay.

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Gracyn
American Shorthair
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sore belly
Excessive meowing

My cat is eating just fine, but this morning she started meowing for no reason out of the blue. I thought maybe she had not had enough breakfast and wanted more. So, I gave her a few treats. She still continued to meow. It was a quieter meowing than her normal I'm hungry meow. It was more of I want attention or something is wrong. So I let her for a while and then felt around on her. When I tried to squeeze her abdomen, she yowled at me and hissed! So I knew it was her tummy. She had gone potty already as usual and her poop looked normal. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Gracyn, I don't have any way to know what might be going on. If she continues to display this behavior, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian to have an examination and see what is happening. I hope that she is okay.

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Candy
Ocicat
Five Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lose of appetite
Weight Loss
Lose of appetite. Weight lose.
Painful Urination
Pain When Lifted

Medication Used

Vitamins
Dewormer

For four days now my kitten has not been eating well. In fact it was only today I managed to force feet it something. It was dewormed yesterday and also given some vitamins by the vet. Today she seems worse. She seems too weak to walk. I noticed however that a few minutes after I fed it,it started to cry. Anytime I touch or pick it up,it cries also. I don't know what to do. The other kittens and cat was given rabies vaccination so I understand that a side effect of that may be lose of appetite buy she wasn't because she hadn't been eating before then. I also noticed all the kittens had fluid coming out from their ears but the vet told me it was ear infection. He advised that I clean them with disinfectant and I did.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Candy isn't doing well. If your veterinarian did not do a Feline Leukemia test, you should ask them to do that. If she doesn't seem to be doing better after the deworming and the vitamin supplementation, she should have a recheck with them. Kittens can get dehydrated quickly, and I worry that there is something else going on, as that is not normal kitten behavior. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Winter
Siamese cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting
Sharp pains on stomach/lower body,

My cat seems to be having sharp pains whenever he moves his lower body.. His stomach clenches hard and he moans..
He's a former streetcat so i don't know he's med history and actual age..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for abdominal pain which can be difficult to narrow in on since there are multiple organs in the abdomen which may be affected and foreign objects, poisoning, trauma and other issues may lead to severe pain too. You should have Winter checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rico
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trying to pee in strange areas
Wont eat or drink
Vomiting a little
Tough time peeing

I think my cat has kindey stones but idk for sure, hes kinda freaking me out because he just laid on his back and started to twitch like he was having a stroke, and then he seemed okay and laid back down on his stomach then got up and his leg was like completely straight but he was trying to walk to the liter box then just fell over and started to do it again..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not sure what exactly is going on there with Rico, since there are a few possible causes; but I would advise that you visit your Veterinarian as soon as you can to have a thorough examination so that the cause may be narrowed down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pixel
Tabby/ Domestic Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Anxiety, gingivitis
Anxiety, gingivitis

Medication Used

Alprazolam

My cat is in general good health but had 2 teeth removed 5 days ago. He has been recovering fine but tonight flinched and cried when I petted him. He seems tender on the left side, between his spine and lower belly. He is neutered, has all shots, uses the litter box fine and has no swelling or obvious injury.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pixel it is hard to know what the specific cause of the abdominal pain is, abdominal pain may be caused by a variety of different causes and may be as simple as some trapped gas or as serious as an obstruction by a foreign object. You should keep an eye on Pixel and allow him to rest, but if this pain continues you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Polly
moggy
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Hostility

Medication Used

none

Me and my partner recently adopted a young kitten, initially told she was a boy until we took her into the vet over dispute between us. She seems to growl and hiss whenever you go anywhere near her abdomen or stomach area which then causes her to scatter.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Polly or knowing more about her, I have a hard time commenting on whether she has a behavior that causes that, or if she has a problem. She is at the age where she will be coming into heat, and that can cause some strange behaviors. Since I can't see her, it would be a good idea to discuss your concerns with your veterinarian, as they can examine her and see if anything is wrong.

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Kit
Domestic Short haired
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Firm tummy, sore right back leg/hip
Firm tummy

My cat is meowing a lot more than usual, especially when I oi2ck her up or pat her right back leg/hip area. She also has a firm tummy. What could be wrong with her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Kit, I can't say for sure what might be going on with her, but from your description, she does sound like she needs to see a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at her, see what might be causing her distress and her problem with her belly, and see what treatment she might need.

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Monkey
Bengal
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abdomen tender
Aggression
Abdomen tenderness

My 2 year old male Bengal is having severe tenderness lower abdomen. He has become aggressive to the other Bengal in the house.
He has been having bloody stool.
He has been eating the dog food brand: Royal Canine
His food is Hills Science Diet, he eats soft and hard.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for abdominal tenderness which may include gastrointestinal disorders, urinary/reproductive tract disorders, trauma among other causes; the aggression may be a response to the pain so it is difficult to say for certain but if a cause cannot be determined you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ms.Kitty
mixed
20 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
No Appetite,

This morning, my cat vomited white foam. Then she tried to eat and drink but immediately threw it up. I waited a couple hours and she drank and kept it down. But now she shows no intrest in eating. And shes really tired. She just keeps sleeping and seems weak. I tried giving her different food but she seems really uninterested. Does she just have a stomach ache? Does she need a vet? What can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ms. Kitty it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; infections, parasites, foreign objects, other obstructions, poisoning, liver disease among many other causes may lead to vomiting and a loss of appetite. Keep her hydrated for the time being and offer some small chunks of boiled chicken to see if she will keep them down or not; if there is no improvement or she continues vomiting visit your Veterinarian before they close for the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobbi
Long haired
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not using bathroom much
Pain
Swollen Abdomen
Shaking as if he hurts

My cat has swollen belly and seems to be painful to him .... hes inside cat but does go outside an hes been fixed for years. I just noticed it today... he tensed up and his tail was spasming kind of and seems like he is hurting

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a swollen abdomen, but it is important to know if it is swollen due to gas, fluid or fat; without examining Bobbi I cannot start to narrow in on a diagnosis. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination especially if Bobi isn’t using the bathroom to help determine a cause for these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kissi
traditional persian
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a cat, it’s female 10 years old. I think she has a swallow belly, but she looks just fine, i mean i can tell she isn’t sick because She eats alot and drinks water, urinates normally. But iam worried because i havent seen her belly like this before. Is she just fat or should i check her with a doctor?
And she can’t be pregnant because she Is sterilized.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kissi I cannot say what the specific cause is; abdominal distention may be related to gas, fluid or fat. Worms are a common cause of abdominal bloating/swelling, but if Kissi is wormed regularly I wouldn’t be too concerned; keep an eye on her over the weekend if she is otherwise in good spirits and visit a Veterinarian if there is no improvement or the distension gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
mixed
Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pushing stomach and meowing

Hello My cat is 2 years old and right now he keep letting me touch his stomach to rub it and he keeps pushing his stomach like he has to poop but I’m not sure what that mean

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Kitty is constipated and is wanting a stomach massage to help pass stool, if he hasn’t defecated for a day or more I would recommend mixing his food with a little plain canned pumpkin to add fibre to the diet to help ease defecation. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as there may be another cause like an obstruction or foreign object. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BEBO
Persian
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not eating well
Excessive meowing

My 10 months old kitten has sudden behaviour changes. She is not eating well. And she meows all the time for no reason (she used to be very quiet). She eats hardly 10 kibbles per day abd she's getting weaker day by day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Bebo, I can't determine what might be going on with her, but kittens are prone to parasites, intestinal infections and blockages, and infectious diseases. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as they will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and recommend any needed testing or treatment.

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Trixie
Siamese
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, slow walking

I found my cat in a fight shortly ago, she was in a tree. I open my backdoor and she's in the v crotch of the tree, I'm not sure if she fell to the "v" crotch or not. She is very tender on her sides, particularly the left, and growls low when lightly touched there. Extremely slow to walk. Breathing looks good and normal. She ate her dinner about 15 minutes after the ordeal but I had to elevate her bowl so she could eat while sitting. Taking a hind leg to scratch with looks painful. She's sleeping good at this moment. Breathing not shallow. I'm hoping it's nothing more than bruised ribs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Trixie may have bruised her ribs, and if she is resting comfortably, that may be the best thing for her. If she is still sore in the morning, it may be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian to assess for any more significant damage and see if she needs treatment.

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Willow
Oriental Shorthair
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Urinating Outsi
Urinating Outside Litterbo
Meowing
Lethargy
Urinating Outside Litterbox

My 10 week old kitten has a swollen abdomen and has suddenly started utinating around the house. She is very bloated and uncomfortable looking. What could be causing this? Can UTIs cause bloating?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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UTI's can cause bloating and discomfort, but are quite uncommon in a 10 week old kitten. Based on the signs that you are describing, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, analyze a urine sample, and see what might be going on with her.

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Princess
Long haired black cat
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble pooping
Hunched over
aggressive
Growling
Soft poop

Hello! I have a 12 year old inside/outside diabetic cat.
The other night I woke up to her growling and hunched over, she had pooped all over herself and when I tried to clean her she was very angry and acted like it hurt her when I touched her butt almost. I took her inside and gave her a bath and after that she acted normal.
Today I noticed she was doing the same hunched over growling thing, almost like she’s trying to poop but she can’t, so I checked her butt and she was a little poopy (she has a hard time cleaning herself I figure because of old age and being a bigger cat with long fur) so I take a wet cloth and try to clean her and she screams when I touch her butt like it hurts! But then a couple minutes later she’s acting completely normal.
I’m really at a loss and it’s scaring me when she’s hunched over and growling and crawling around like that.

I have recently changed food I ran out of what I normally have but I have 3 other cats who arnt acting strange at all.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From what you are describing, it would be best to have Princess seen by a veterinarian to see what is causing this hunching and painful behavior. Cats can become constipated, or she may have gotten into something while she was outside that is causing her GI upset. Since I can't see her, it would be best to have her examined, as diabetic cats are more prone to some problems and this issue could upset her diabetes.

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Naiylah
N/a
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

no energy
Loss of Appetite
Won’t move
Nealing
Sleepiness
Weight Loss

I just got a new kitten but we aren’t sure where she came from or how old she is. We’ve had for about 3 weeks now and she’s always been a hyper kitten, until yesterday. Since yesterday she’s been really down and hiding. She’s meowing and we originally thought because we gave her cat food instead of kitten food that it might be her stomach but after googling every possible out come we have learned that it could be a whole lot more than just consultation possibly. I just don’t know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are prone to parasites, intestinal blockages, and infectious diseases. Since I cannot examine her, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, get an idea as to what might be going on, and give you any recommendations for treatment.

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Lilly
dsh
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stool (but not rrunny)
Limping
Sleeping all day
Eating and drinking normally
General discomfort
Hunched over when she sleeps

Good day

I have a kitten, about 5 1/2 months old, she had her spay 12 days ago and they also operated on her umbilical hernia. This past Monday (7 days after the opp), I took her back to the vet as she was vomiting and sleeping all weekend, when she slept however she was hunched over with her butt in the air which was concerning, they tested her for feline aids and leukemia (negative), gave her an anti-inflammatory injection as well as antibiotics and something for nausea, she showed great improvement since then but still had diarrhea which I assumed was a consequence of the antibiotics, she then had her stitches removed yesterday (11 days), she seemed fine but today she is limping and back to sleeping where she would normally be playing outside all day, she also moans when you touch her lower body. My question is , is this her wound acting up, or is this something else much simpler, for instance having played too rough and hurting herself? My concern is,if this was an infection, the meds the vet gave will have helped for this. I am very frustrated as we are taking her in on a weekly basis and this is getting very costly (actually beyond what we can afford). She was 100% fine with none of the above issues before the opp.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lilly I cannot say what the underlying cause of the abdominal pain is, she may have been a little bit over active during recovery leading to abdominal pain now; you should allow Lilly to rest as much as possible even placing her in a crate or carrier to restrict movement. However, if she starts to show fever, discolouration of surgical site, recurrence of hernia or anything concerning you should revisit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wesley
Common
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sensitive belly Fever

My one year old Cat was fine yesterday, but this morning was sensitive in the sides behind his front legs. He also feels warm and is not moving much, just laying in his bed. He is an outside cat and the only thing that I can think of that is unusual is that he has caught a few crawdads lately and brought them home as a gifts as cats will do. It has been very rainy here. Any thoughts?

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scooter
Shorthair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Less trips to litter box
Eating less
Trouble breathing.
Irritable

Medication Used

Constipation

My older male cat was recently seen for constipation and is showing signs again. But, he now has a bump along the left side of his stomach (about 3" long, .5" wide).Could this be stool build up again? I have been giving him medication I was given last time, but doesn't seem to be helping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that that bump is impacted stool, if Scooter is having the same signs and isn't passing normal stool. Older cats can become quite constipated, and he may need further care to help clear that impaction, if that is what is going on. It would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian, as that can be very uncomfortable for him. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Conrad
Grey longhair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach spasm
Weird breathing (strange sounds)
Sensitive/Painful Abdomen

I just adopted a new cat two days ago. He is adjusting quite well, I’ve kept him in one room to get used to that for now and although he hid under my bed for awhile, he’s now beginning to explore and be more social. However, today I noticed that he keeps making these odd sounds, like he’s trying to cough up a hairball but isn’t. It sometimes sound a like a ducks quack. This isn’t happening continuously but every so often it will and it’s been going on since this morning. When it happens, I can see his stomach spasm. Along with this, I think his abdomen is sensitive to the touch— I was petting him and as my hand got to his stomach he meowed, I didn’t think much of that until later on when I touched the same area and he hissed at me (this is very unusual because he is a sweet boy). I wasn’t sure if he just has the hiccups or if this is a bigger issue. Do you think this is cause for concern?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that having an examination for Conrad would be a good idea, since you just got him. His coughing may be nothing to worry about, but cats can have asthma or heartworm disease that can cause those types of signs. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Nala
Bengal
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My Bengal Cat what is 10 months old female cry’s everitme we touch her tummy
She eats normal and drinks water
She jumps and walks normal .
Only timer she cry’s is when we touch her

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Mickey
Cat
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sickness

My cat (male) has developed a saggy belly towards the back of his legs and has been sick on a few occasions. He has been more needy than usual but is out for most of the day so hard to tell if there are any other issues

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mickey it is difficult to say what may be going on, if anything; if you’re noticing changes, especially in behaviour you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Your Veterinarian will perform a physical examination and may recommend blood tests to get an idea of internal health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cinnabon
American Shorthair
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Abdomen Pain

My male cat (turns 1 on October 3rd) is experiencing some issues with his abdomin. While I was petting him earlier today I went to scratch his stomach. He immediately showed signs of discomfort and became to let out smal cries. He is an generally an iside cat but occasionally will go outside but not for extended periods of time. I haven’t noticed any changes in his urination but he shares a little box with 1 other cat. He’s stool is regular. He hasn’t really been as active as he usually is (he likes to mimic Tom cruise in risky business on our wood floors) He eyes look kinda sappy .. like he just looks like he doesn’t feel well. Nose is wet and appetite is the same with no recent changes. I can’t afford a vet visit until next payday but this guy is very special to me. He Has also been nurtured and current on shots.

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Pippin
domestic short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tenderness to touch
Abdomen Pain

I'm concerned about my cat. I was cuddling with him as I normally do and I noticed he growled when I touched a certain spot. He's not normally that sensitive and almost never growls or hisses. I did some gentle prodding on his right side, just past the last rib, near his spine, and he cried and hissed at me. I tried his other side and I didn't get that reaction. It felt mostly normal to me. I'm scared because I already lost one cat to an incurable virus and this was my first cat since her. He is 2-3 years of age, but he's eating and drinking normally. He has escaped into the back yard once or twice recently, but he isn't showing any other signs of distress.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pippin I cannot say what the origin of the discomfort is; spinal issues or liver issues are the two main points which jump to mind. I understand you’re concerned about visiting your Veterinarian but I am unable to give you any information without examining Pippin first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Short haired domestic
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Sickness, Diarrhea, Listlessness

Medication Used

Pain killers, Blood thinners

My cat, Simba (2 years old) has a suspected blood clot that is causing bacterial fluids to build up in his abdomen. This caused diarrhea, vomiting and listlessness. He has a high temperature and fever. It happened suddenly with no prior symptoms.
Vet has done blood works and scans and can not 100% diagnose - apparently this is extremely rare in cats (only seen in dogs). We are hoping the blood thinner medication will remove the clot.
They have advised that if not there is an option of surgery, do a biopsy of the kidney. However they say this is expensive & high risk. We have currently spent $4000 USD - I am unsure whether to go ahead (with no guarantees) or not put Simba through the trauma and let nature take its course.
What is your advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a decision that you need to make, it is easy for me to recommend to proceed with tests etc… when I am not the one paying and I haven’t examined Simba myself, sounds horrible but it is the reality especially when the diagnosis isn’t 100% certain. Further testing is required, but again this all comes down to cost; you need to discuss with your Veterinarian Simba’s condition and progress on the blood thinners. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting and diarrhea

My cat is losing fur and getting sick a lot. She hasn’t been really eating just drinking a lot of water and she licks herself raw. What could this be and how can I help her. She is 3 years old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons that that might be happening to Gizmo, including parasites, allergies, systemic disease or a bacterial infection. Since I can't see her, it is hard for me to say what might be going on or what will help. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and determine what might be happening, and get treatment for her.

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Stellar
Ragdoll
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

Cat wont really let us near her but when we pick her up she hisses and attacks us. She is making a sort of moaning noise a lot. She is eating and drinking water but she is very sore around her middle. She is about 10 months old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Stellar, I am not sure what might be going on with her that is making her so painful - it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, assess what might be going on, and get any treatment that she may need.

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Indi
short hair
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, hunched back, discomfort

Medication Used

Prednicare every other day.

Since my cat has had radiotherapy for a nasal tumour he has stopped eating and drinking ( we feed and hydrate him with a syringe ) we were told that apart from sores , ( which we were given cream for ) he wouldn’t experience any other side effects. After we feed him he will hide so he is obviously experiencing discomfort after he eats and he vomits often after he eats. He is also hunched over slightly. He did have some constipation which we have treated and we thought that the problem would be resolved but it has not. He has had chemotherapy before the radio therapy but after the rumour in his lymph node returned we opted for radiotherapy as we were told he wouldn’t experience side effects other than blistering. He has lost weight and is slightly unsteady on his feet at times ( not often ) he has had blood tests which have come back normal. No obvious signs of cancer returning. Constipation seems resolved. He has the want to eat but we think he can’t smell which stops him committing to eating , that and him feeling unwell after he eats. When we feed him with a syringe he eats but not with any great commitmen. he is 11 years old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Radiotherapy is generally minimal with side effects compared with chemotherapy or other treatments; however there are many causes for a lack of appetite and thirst which may include pain, enlarged lymph node in the throat, nausea, medication side effects (prednisolone normally causes an increase in thirst and appetite) among many other conditions. Without examining Indi I cannot pinpoint a specific cause for the symptoms but you should return to your Veterinarian to determine the cause and monitor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazy
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Antisocial
Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

I have a cat that is 1.5 years old (she had a check up at 1 when she was fixed). She is generally playful, gets in everything, and has been compared to a dog by friends. Her attitude took a 180 and she had one case of liquid stool. I cleaned the litter box, comforted her, gave her a little to eat and made water available in as many places as I could. She stays hunched up in "bread box" mode (all huddled in), and is eating very little. She shows no signs of dehydration (I checked her gums and the elasticity of her skin), but she is just sleeping or still much more than usual.

I'm concerned because there's been one roommate moving out and one moving in within the past two weeks, so I'm unaware if this is stress related or not. There is no blood in her stool, no vomiting, and no swelling. I've been watching her for the last twelve hours, and she has yet to defecate again, but has urinated. I'm not sure if I should raise the alarm bells or not and go to a vet. Any advice would be extremely helpful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loss of appetite, lethargy and diarrhoea are vague symptoms which are common with many different conditions; whilst it may be stress related other causes may include infections, parasites, poisoning, foreign objects, other obstructions among other causes. The bread box hunch may be an indicator of pain and would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination today before they close for the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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kitten
Ocicat
5 Weeks
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not eating ,not playing ,sleeeps alot

Medication Used

vidalyin

i have a kitten she stop eating drink water but little.she sleeps alot not playing and doing anything ..not weight loose please do something she was fine yestrday i tried variety of food but she dont agree to eat

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of loss of appetite in kittens, the treatment would be dependant on the underlying cause; foreign bodies, infection, parasites and congenital anomalies may all cause loss of appetite. If there is no improvement you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a car she is over 14yrs old. She initially had loss of appetite, which lead to weight loss. She is eating wet food slowly but have not pooped. I rubbed her belly and she started panting when I touched her left side of the tummy.

We have a cat that is 16. He started with diarrhea, so we tried some medication and food, he is loosing so much wt, he eats very little and drinks. But i noticed when i touch his left tummy it hurts. I cant afford a big vet bill but I want him better and willing to do payment plans. I am in the houston Hobby Airport area. Can someone please help. He is our Son!

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