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4 month old kitten with bloated belly - Alert but would rather lay down for most of the day

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Hi everyone, first time poster. Hopefully you can help with some tips, advice, or similar stories of your own.

I have a 4 month old Female - Brown Tabby. I adopted her about four weeks ago. She has a bit of a bloated belly, and has had it for about 3 weeks now. She has been spayed, is up to date on all of her vaccines, has been de-wormed (another dose of de-worming medicine is to be administered to her in 3 weeks as per her Vet), and is currently being given 5 drops in each ear twice a day for 10 days, the final day for her drops is today. The drops are being given to her because there were early signs of a possible ear infection.

Here are the details of the vet visits we’ve had thus far along with changes in her behavior:

 

First weeks of having her: Perfectly healthy, loved to play, loved to jump high, explore, etc… Her belly was a bit bloated but looked like a regular bloated kitten belly.

 

Scheduled vaccinations with vet, had loose stools at this time a few days prior to vet visit.

 

First visit to vet about two weeks ago: Last booster shot and first rabies vaccine, first dose of de-worming medicine, and started the ear drops. Fecal Test came back negative. Healthy weight, temperature was normal, signs of an early ear infection.

 

She became lethargic two days after the vet visit, noticed her belly was still slightly bloated. Did not want to play, wanted to rest all day, would follow me around the house but would “flop” and lay on the floor as much as she could. Continued to eat, drink water, use the litter box, use scratching posts, etc…

 

Wednesday of last week: Took her in to be examined by Vet because she was still not being herself. Vet said her temperature was fine, checked her abdomen – said it did not feel liquidly which may rule out the possibility of FIP, said she was alert and curious and the fact that she was eating and drinking water was a good sign. Temperature was fine but she did lose a couple of ounces.

 

Continued to be a bit lethargic after visit, would sometimes play, but would not jump like she used to (she used to love jumping on the dining room chairs – a favorite spot of hers) and has stopped since. She also continued to flop on the floor and sleep was much as she could.

 

Took her to Vet once again this Saturday: Gained the weight back, Vet said she looks fine, and this new personality could just be the fact that she is comfortable where she is. Said we could do some bloodwork but that the fact that she is still eating and drinking water and alert makes him feel that there is nothing really wrong with her.


Anyone ever experienced this or have any idea what else can be going on with her? Sorry for the long post. I am just concerned because the personality change was from one day to the next. She did not eat much last night but ate her food with out a problem this morning and is still using her litter box without any issues. She was also playing for a bit, chasing a little laser light, but would not jump at it like she used to. It concerns me that she doesn’t want to jump high while playing like before :(

 

Any tips and/or advice will be greatly appreciated. I might be a little extra paranoid/emotional due to the fact that we lost our family dog in November due to masses in his tummy. Just want to make sure she is okay...


Thank you!

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Some lethargy, etc., is pretty common after the rabies vaccination.  However, that usually clears up after a couple of days.  I can't tell you what the problem might be, but I would watch carefully, since young cats can crash very suddenly.

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Some lethargy, etc., is pretty common after the rabies vaccination.  However, that usually clears up after a couple of days.  I can't tell you what the problem might be, but I would watch carefully, since young cats can crash very suddenly.

 

Thanks for your reply! Good news is that she was playing with one of her toys for about 30 minutes last night, chasing after it, etc... and was really quite alert compared to the days before. She was jumping back and forth slightly to "capture" her toy and this morning she was doing the very same thing. Compared to her behavior before I would say it is a major improvement. Still watching her carefully though, she still hasn't jumped high like she used to so hopefully that will change soon.

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OK, the one thing I would worry about is an intestinal obstruction, so be sure she is pooping normally.  Check out other threads here for what to watch for and what to do. 

 

Glad she looks like she's feeling better.  I have to say that I've seen a lot of cats scare their owners (including me) after they get a rabies shot.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I'll make sure to check out other threads as well :) Pooping is back to normal - Solid stool once/twice daily so we're happy about that. Scared is right, I would say the vet was a bit surprised to see me take her twice in one week. Didn't think vaccines could be so tough on kittens, it's tough to see them so down. I'll keep you posted and thanks again!
 

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Good to hear that your kitten is feeling better and pooping!!! Yeah, vaccines are real tough on little kittens. It is still good to deworm kittens even if the stool check comes back negative. Bloated bellies could mean parasites so good that she is getting dewormed and three weeks apart. Then wait about two weeks and run a stool check just to make sure. Best of luck to you and your new kitten. Welcome to TCS!!! wavey.gif
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Thank you! wavey.gif I am hoping the second dose of de-worming medicine will attack any of the parasites that are left, if any. Hopefully that will make her belly less bloated and will make her more comfortable.
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