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Floppy belly pouch, is this normal?

post #1 of 33
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Marcel is our 9 month old male who was neutered at 6 months. At that time the vet said he was a little bit overweight. Because he is still an indoor cat I switched to indoor food and have been really careful that he doesn't eat to much. I'm pretty sure he's lost a little weight and grown a bit longer so that's ok!

The thing is, in between his back legs he has a floppy little round mound, almost like a half empty water balloon. It definetly isn't a lump and it's not painful but i've never had a cat before who's had this sort of body! I have seen old cats who sort of have a pouch hanging down but with Marcel you can't see anything you can just feel when he's standing.

Did anybody else have a cat with a little beer belly like this?
post #2 of 33
It's commonly known as "spay sway". Yes, I know that your cat is male, but this is the term that's typically used.

I think the more technical term is "primordial pouch."

No matter what it's called, it's perfectly normal.
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by clairebear3 View Post
Marcel is our 9 month old male who was neutered at 6 months. At that time the vet said he was a little bit overweight. Because he is still an indoor cat I switched to indoor food and have been really careful that he doesn't eat to much. I'm pretty sure he's lost a little weight and grown a bit longer so that's ok!

The thing is, in between his back legs he has a floppy little round mound, almost like a half empty water balloon. It definetly isn't a lump and it's not painful but i've never had a cat before who's had this sort of body! I have seen old cats who sort of have a pouch hanging down but with Marcel you can't see anything you can just feel when he's standing.

Did anybody else have a cat with a little beer belly like this?
All my cats have what I affectionately call fat pockets! When my female had her first litter, the studs owner came to see them and laughed because they "had their father fat pockets" The mother has a little one, but my spayed female all but has one dragging on the ground.
But yes, after being altered it is normal for them to have that "spay sway" as another poster has put it
post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 
SPAY SWAY haaaaa thats so funny!

I can't believe i've never had a boy with this before though. I actually love his little jelly belly!

Thanks for your answers, i'm now going to search out ...primordial pouch!
post #5 of 33
Both Tailer and Forest have a beer belly, too, even though their weight is pretty much normal.
post #6 of 33
Both of mine are not quite a year old yet and they have "Spay Sway" My boy got his first, then my girl about a month later.
post #7 of 33
I think what is intresting about my cats is that all 3 of my boys have it (although Jordan's is getting smaller since he's lost weight), but my girl, who is spayed, does not have spay sway. Go figure.
post #8 of 33
BooBoo has it too! His is a couple inches from the ground, but at 13 lbs, you got to expect something like that! LOL I think when they lose weight it gets even worse because then its just skin hanging there with no fat!
post #9 of 33
It actually has nothing to do with being neutered or spayed. It's an extra flap of loose skin that makes it easier for the cat to stretch out completely when running and jumping and it's also extra protection if they're wrestling other cats (or prey) and get kicked or clawed in the belly. The loose skin can roll with it so there's less danger of a wound.

Nikita has had one for a long time now and she's never been overweight.
post #10 of 33
Mitten has one too. Has had it from the beginning. My Maine Coon in the States had one after she had been spayed. Glad to know it's normal, because Mitten isn't really fat. We call it his "woobilies".
post #11 of 33
My Cosmo has had one his entire life. He is a muscular 2 year old male and is not fat. If you look at large cats in the wild -like a cougar or a lion- they can have them as well.

I have always just called it his jungle pouch.
post #12 of 33
aw... and to think! I've been calling Bea "chubs" for years
post #13 of 33

Reviving an old thread just because I noticed Oliver's belly getting floppier, so I did a forum search. Google suggested it's common in Bengals and maybe not so much in other breeds. But it seems to be fairly common for all cats based on the above. Anyway, I love rubbing on it. It's so soft! 

post #14 of 33

I love all the nicknames for the floppy belly!

 

My Wee One has it too. Hers came from losing weight. When she was a kitten, I had an older cat that was sick. The vet said to leave food out for her all the time, making sure she would eat.

 

While the sick kitty ate some, Wee thought Christmas arrived early and chowed down!

 

She gained 6 POUNDS in a little over a month (no, I'm not kidding!)

 

The vet laughed and told me to try to keep Wee from free feeding so much. I did and as she grew, she became healthy and slim (we now call her "built for speed Wee."

 

But that extra skin had to go somewhere, so she has a floppy belly. when she sits down, it kinda looks like a pair of boobs right above her back feet. I love playing with it, making it swing back and forth and saying "blub, blub, blub!" while she purrs and flops over. :rub:

post #15 of 33

Haha! That's great.

 

Oliver has never been overweight. He just has this adorable, fluffy little floppy belly that seems to grow with him. As in he gets bigger and it drops lower. I told my BF that at this rate, it's going to be dragging the ground when he's fully grown!


Surely not, though. It's just so cute. But it does look like he just gave birth or lost a lot of weight.

post #16 of 33
Lol!! My cat has a jelly belly too. When he walks, he *almost* looks slim. But when he lays down, his body kinda...overflows. I hate to see it. When he first got the jelly roll, it bothered him, he'd lick at his tummy. Maybe they're like us and stretch marks itch? But now he's happily used to it. My sister says he looks like a fat little boy who plays x box too much lol. But it's normal. wink.gif
I wuv that jelly belly!
post #17 of 33

What a pretty kitty! By chance, are his eyes blue?

post #18 of 33

My vet calls it a jungle pouch. :-)

post #19 of 33

4 of my 5 kitties have floppy bellies. 

post #20 of 33

All hail the Floppy Belly!! worship.gif:woohoo:

post #21 of 33

My cat, Jake, is 15 months old and was neutered just before he was 6 months old.  He is a little over 10 pounds in weight and long.....a siamese mix.  He has that "panther pouch".....he's not fat, but healthy....I was wondering myself what exercises I could make him do to get rid of it.....but I hear it's normal.  He's an indoor cat.  In Texas and California it's not always safe to let a cat roam around outdoors.....coyotes, wildcats....he'd be a meal.

post #22 of 33

Now that Oliver is bigger, his pouch is huge! When he walks by me on the couch or my bed, I pull it to the side and make it swing. :lol3:

BF and I also poke and rub it probably far too much, but he does not seem annoyed by it, luckily. It's just too cute to resist!

post #23 of 33

I have always called it "The Dreaded Cat Bag."

post #24 of 33
mound, almost like a half empty water balloon. It definetly isn't a lump and it's not painful but i've never had a cat before who's had this sort of body! I have seen old cats who sort of have a pouch hanging down but with Marcel you can't see anything you can just feel when he's standing.


Did anybody else have a cat with a little beer belly like this?
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post #25 of 33
3 out my 4 cats have "fat sacks" as I call them...lol. my 13yrs old female Manx is tiny and slim. But my 4yr old male and my 13yr old female have fat sacks....and my one year old male has a big fat fully tummy. And he's been in adult food with the others since about 8 months old and I feed them small amounts 3x a day to equal the recommended daily amount...because with constant full dishes of food 2 of would just eat all day long, everytime they pass by the bowl. So maybe I should do what a few people have said on here, to reduce their daily food intake by 10%. Hopefully that will work out. And also they get fresh water 3 or 4 times a day and they all love their water, especially my little skinny one...we call her "the babysitter" because she hangs out by the water bowls so much and will definitely remind you to give them new water. Also call her "stalker" she is obsessed with water ans has been since she was a baby. And give them one wet food say twice a week... 3 of them just split one 3oz can...my one 3yr old cat doesn't like any kind of wet food at all...he's weird so he'll get dry treats which he likes. And also each get a few treats when I get home from work everyday....the ones that are good for their teeth
post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by Deswy View Post
 

My cat, Jake, is 15 months old and was neutered just before he was 6 months old.  He is a little over 10 pounds in weight and long.....a siamese mix.  He has that "panther pouch".....he's not fat, but healthy....I was wondering myself what exercises I could make him do to get rid of it.....but I hear it's normal.  He's an indoor cat.  In Texas and California it's not always safe to let a cat roam around outdoors.....coyotes, wildcats....he'd be a meal.


I don't think you can get rid of it, but encouraging exercise is always a good thing in a healthy cat.

post #27 of 33

I've noticed that as a cat gets older they get these, even the males. I've had people think my male is a nursing mom! SHHHH, don't tell him that!

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by Di and Bob View Post
 

I've noticed that as a cat gets older they get these, even the males. I've had people think my male is a nursing mom! SHHHH, don't tell him that!

:lol3:  Oh no. He would NOT appreciate that at all. 

post #29 of 33

My male cat has the same thing. I was so afraid that something was wrong because it does not look normal.  I feel better now that l know it is normal.

post #30 of 33

When Oliver trots, it sways from side to side. It never gets old to watch. And when he sits, it spreads across his back paws. I can't even. Ender has the tiniest little pouch. I was hoping it would get bigger, but I think he's done growing. 

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