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My Kitty is devloping an "udder"

post #1 of 14
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Hey this is my first time here and well you all seem pretty nice.......

one of my kitties ( Boots ) has devloped a flab of fat near her back paws.
My other cat Timbit is male yet has none......

any ideas I've heard it happens to some cats after they get fixed (witch they are)....................................

now that I think of it it looks like an utter

thanks

post #2 of 14
It's called spay sway.
Oddly, our female kitten has it, but not our two adult females, and one of our males has it.
post #3 of 14
It's a common but not universal side effect of spaying/neutering. Two of our girls have no pouch, one has a small one but our male has quite a potbelly!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by DaddyCat
It's a common but not universal side effect of spaying/neutering. Two of our girls have no pouch, one has a small one but our male has quite a potbelly!
Dax is not overweight but she has some *skin* hanging in that region. It was worse when she was younger, she seems to have grown into it a bit more - our vet assured us it was ok. We joke that she needs one of those ab machines!!
post #5 of 14
It's called a "fat sack" or "fat pad". My girl cat has a little bit of a one, and she's spayed. However, there was quite a bit of discussion about this some time ago on another board, and people who had both male cats and female cats reported this phenomenon, and some people who had spayed female cats said their cats didn't have it, so I'm not convinced it's due to being spayed. At the end of that discussion, the issue was unresolved. I asked my vet once to check Mellie's and she said it was normal, but at that time I didn't know enough about it to ask if it was due to being spayed.
post #6 of 14
Festus has a terrible sag in her tummy. She is spayed, and never had kits. She also has quite a round belly. But she is slim everywhere else. If I hadn't seen her born 4-7-04, I would think she was an old lady. Her sister Mattie died of FIP, so sometimes I wonder if it was caused by the same type of illness. But Festie has never lost weight, or acted ill. So she is just a beloved, fat-ish kitty. (I'm a little round in the middle, too!)

Most cats I've seen with the sag just have an extra flap of belly skin hanging down. And I guess I don't know too many unspayed females...thank goodness!
post #7 of 14
No one could convince me it is from being spayed, Spirit has had one since we got her at 5 weeks old. I think it is genetic, some cats have it and some don't.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Petnurse2265
No one could convince me it is from being spayed, Spirit has had one since we got her at 5 weeks old. I think it is genetic, some cats have it and some don't.


I tend to agree... I have vivid memories of young Dax before her spay trotting around, her belly skin jiggling with each stride. I remember thinking "wow, maybe we should ask the vet to do a tuck as well when she goes in for her spay..."
post #9 of 14
Miss Kitty has the same, but with her it's because we believe she has had many littlers of kitties. She is at a healthy weight, and her hips are narrow, but she does have excess skin in the tummy area.

Just more of her to love!

MKD
post #10 of 14
All of my kitties are spayed/neutered, and they all have the little fat pouch. My vet just said to try feeding them an "indoor" formula cat food... but other than the pouch, the rest of them looks pretty slim lol.

Apparently a lot of kitties have these .
post #11 of 14
Hehehe... I like to grab elliots little pouches and wiggle em back and forth, they swing like pendulums. He doesnt like it though xD. Ari doesnt have any but she hasnt been spayed yet so.....

I hope she doesnt get them though cuz they would just not suit her.. but it goes with elliot xD I love to squeeze them! I aam weird, I know!
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
thax I waz just checking just to make sure if I sould or sholdn't have a panick attack and rush her to the vet!! you guys are the best!

P.S. lil' baby Boots is fine otherwise and is allways playing wit Bitbit so I'm not going to worry about it anymore!!

P.S.S. I'm a first time kitty owner and proud of it!!!!
post #13 of 14
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Oh and she's slim everywhere else and real tiny........ this didn't happen to Timbit but he's a lean mean fly-eating machine!!!!!
post #14 of 14
Look at Big cats either on tv or at a zoo. They have it too. I am pretty sure lions in the savannah have not been fixed. It is just a line of extra skin that for some reason cats have. All tabby cats I have ever owned had this little extra skin on their bellies... I think its cute.
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