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Ferris the future footstool

post #1 of 17
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Yep. He's starting to look like he's going to become a walking footstool.

A couple months ago, I found a mass on his tummy that I thought was a swollen abdomen. Rushed him to the vet only to find out it was just fatty tissue - Ferris was developing a "spay sway."

Well, it has gotten worse, and he has such short little legs, especially in front, that his long belly hairs are now dragging on the floor. I gave his whole underneath a good feel last night while he was eating supper (since that is the only time I can touch his belly without risk of getting clawed or bitten.) That little mass that I could once cup in one hand is now two handfuls big.

He doesn't seem to be gaining much weight (or fat) on his ribcage, but he is definintely a big boy. I only feed him 1/3 cup dry and 3 oz of wet (with water added) per day, yet he must have a VERY slow metabolism, because he is an extremely active boy, and still this fat gain is steadily occuring.

I'm not quite sure what to do at this point - he does not appear to be overeating, has long since stopped gobbling his food like there is no tomorrow, now that he knows he will never be hungry or have to forage for food again. I guess maybe he is predisposed to be a fatty?

He is just about 1 year old - the vet had guestimated May 31st as his birthday.

I've just switched the kits over to a grain-free dry mix that is high in protein. Ginger gained weight on kitten food when Ferris was still a baby, but lost it again when I switched it over to adult food. So I don't think that it is the food so much as it is Ferris' individual make-up.

Hmmmm...well, he will make a really CUTE footstool...
post #2 of 17
Poor baby - my little RB Sugie had the little pooch that dragged the floor - we called it her Buddha Belly. It is lucky to rub a Buddha Belly - try it with Ferris!
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Poor baby - my little RB Sugie had the little pooch that dragged the floor - we called it her Buddha Belly. It is lucky to rub a Buddha Belly - try it with Ferris!
LOL...YOU try it with Ferris...I value my skin too much! (He HATES having his belly touched, and I don't like being bitten!)

I'll settle for giving him head scritches.
post #4 of 17
That is so funny...I always call Sev a walking footstool because he's so compact and wide
post #5 of 17
Maybe when Penny arrives he'll lose the pudge. Bengals are supposed to be very energetic.
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Maybe when Penny arrives he'll lose the pudge. Bengals are supposed to be very energetic.
Poor Ferris, everyone is making fun of him....maybe they make kittie corsets?
I think William Shatner wears one on Boston Legal!
Speaking of Penny, you must be in countdown mode, right?
post #7 of 17
Aaaaw poor little tub-of-fluff! I'm sure he'll make an excellent footstool!!
post #8 of 17
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Poor Ferris, everyone is making fun of him....maybe they make kittie corsets?
I think William Shatner wears one on Boston Legal!
Speaking of Penny, you must be in countdown mode, right?
A semi feral in a kittie corset. Yaaaaaa, NO.

And YES! I fly to NC in TWO WEEKS!!!!
post #9 of 17
North Carolina? Where? If you go to Cape Hatteras, take some pictures for me pleeeeeease? I was there on a family vacation when I was 13, and oh, I loved it... my dream home is a bungalow on stilts on the ocean side of the island...
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North Carolina? Where? If you go to Cape Hatteras, take some pictures for me pleeeeeease? I was there on a family vacation when I was 13, and oh, I loved it... my dream home is a bungalow on stilts on the ocean side of the island...
I think that's on the north coast, and I'll be landing on the south coast - too far away.

I've been to one of the beaches up near Jacksonville once...it was very nice there.
post #11 of 17
Is he still growing?

When we got Mojo she had a bad spay sway. It literally swayed when she ran - she kinda looked like a cow from behind. But she's actually grown into her tummy. Maybe Ferris' tummy just grew before the rest of him?
post #12 of 17
Awww I think he'd make a very cute footstool!!

And I agree that with a new diet, and a new energetic kitty, he'll probably grow into his belly.

Smudge looks "fatter" than the other girls, but her coat is quite thick and she'd almost be considered medium haired, and is probably similar to Ferris in that respect, so I think having a thicker coat does nothing to their figure
post #13 of 17
hmm really dumb question but err, do they do kitty tummy tucks?
post #14 of 17
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Is he still growing?

When we got Mojo she had a bad spay sway. It literally swayed when she ran - she kinda looked like a cow from behind. But she's actually grown into her tummy. Maybe Ferris' tummy just grew before the rest of him?
He recently went through another growth spurt, and I am making the very large assumption that based upon his coat and appearance that he may have some growing yet to do.

He is HEAVY but very solid, except for that big belly pouch. He doesn't LOOK fat, except for where the pouch is.

I home I'm not going to have obesity issues with him!
post #15 of 17
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Smudge looks "fatter" than the other girls, but her coat is quite thick and she'd almost be considered medium haired, and is probably similar to Ferris in that respect, so I think having a thicker coat does nothing to their figure
That's for sure. Ferris is SO fluffy and his fur is SO long that where his belly pouch sticks out on the sides, he almost looks like he has fur wings growing!
post #16 of 17
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hmm really dumb question but err, do they do kitty tummy tucks?
I think he'd be a better candidate for Liposuction.
post #17 of 17
Liposuction - now there's a thought.

Bijou is exactly the same as Ferris. He is very muscular and heavy but he has that "lovely" spay sway. He's not thrilled with having it touched but he won't shred my hands if I gently feel it. He gets lots of exercise, doesn't overeat, so I don't know where it comes from.
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