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Swollen Belly?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
There is someone I talked to and her kitten which is 3-4 months old has a swollen belly.

Her belly has gotten very swollen. Her siblings are fine, no swollen belly - and she doesn't seem to feel sick. She runs around and plays like the rest.

Any ideas on what it could be?
post #2 of 9
Pregnancy? She may have had her first heat already. It could also be a heavy carb diet (dry food) that is left out all day.
I would take her to the vet if you're certain its neither of these. Especially if she reacts when you touch the swollen area.
post #3 of 9
I would take kitty to the vet for sure!, It could be alot of things...one thing it could be is worms?
post #4 of 9
The kitten needs a vet assessment asap..hopefully it is something like worms or a parasite that can be treated, but at the absolute worst, it could be the wet form of fip (and I do mean worst case scenario, not that I expect this it it.)
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've sent her the link to this topic.
post #6 of 9
According to my vet, kittens sometimes do develop a lot of fluid in the abdominal cavity, which may be benign or a symptom of FIP. The kitty in question should see a vet, which can take X-Rays or do an exam.

Also, if she likes to eat, it may just be a full belly! Our little one had that on Sunday!

I wish your friend luck on this one...you've done well to send her the thread.
post #7 of 9
My kitten had a large fleshy lump on her belly. It is an umbilical hernia. The vet said it was very common and can be surgically taken care of when I get my kitten fixed. I just have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't get hard or purple. Hope this helps!
post #8 of 9
Could be worms. She should take her in to the vet. There are a lot of kittens born with worms, and it just takes a simple medication, and her belly will go down again.
post #9 of 9
Your wise choice is definitely to get her into the Vet for an assessment.
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