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post #1 of 44
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When I first took Pouncer to the vet, she said that Pouncer's rounded tummy was a result of worms. It's been a week since she got the deworming medicine, but her tummy doesn't seem to be getting any smaller. Are kittens supposed to be a little plump like that? And how long does it take for the deworming meds to take effect, and will her tummy get smaller after?

Maybe I'm feeding her too much? She gets a quarter of a can of wet food per feeding, four times a day. She's 5 weeks old.
post #2 of 44
The kittens I've seen at our rescue did have rounded bellies...but if you are concerned that the dewormer isn't working, I would give your vet a quick call.

Katie
post #3 of 44
Bella had the most adorable little belly when she was 12 weeks, but she's grown out of it now. I just assumed that it was due to her being a well fed kitten, rather than her having worms. She was treated for them, though, continuing the treatment that they started at the Humane Society.

Rowan never had a belly, but he was a couple hours from starving to death when he found me, and he's never caught up to Bella. He's still a bit skinny, but he eats as much as he wants, so whatever.

I wouldn't think that worms could make a kitten's belly too big, though. That many worms would eat a kitten alive, not just eat its stomach contents.
post #4 of 44
It can take a month or so and 2 or 3 rounds of dewormer to get rid of all the worms. Within a few days of deworming, the killed worms should pass out of the cat in his/her stool.

Make sure that your kitten stays flea-free and take note of her stool. Ongoing diarrhea combined will a bloated belly could indicate something other than worms.

Generally, about 3 oz. of canned food per day for each 1 pound of body weight is fine for a kitten. At 5 weeks, your kitten should be about 1 pound or a little over, so a can a day sounds good for her.
post #5 of 44
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Originally Posted by nakoruru
When I first took Pouncer to the vet, she said that Pouncer's rounded tummy was a result of worms. It's been a week since she got the deworming medicine, but her tummy doesn't seem to be getting any smaller. Are kittens supposed to be a little plump like that? And how long does it take for the deworming meds to take effect, and will her tummy get smaller after?

Maybe I'm feeding her too much? She gets a quarter of a can of wet food per feeding, four times a day. She's 5 weeks old.

According to my vet, it's not uncommon for some kittens to have a bit of fluid in thier abdomens - this is very normal. However, it's good to have some follow up on the worms; one of my cats(adult) had a pot belly and it was because of roundworms. If she still does have them, you may see them in her stool. Contact your vet if you're still concerned.

Little kitties with healthy pot bellies are cute! My Butters has one - he is a little Buttersball!
post #6 of 44
Thread Starter 
well i called the vet today since i was concerned. she said that as long as the kitten was eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom regularly, there shouldn't be a problem. she added that if her tummy seemed to get any bigger, to bring her in for an examination.

i'm taking Pouncer for her first round of shots next weekend anyway. i think it would be a good time to have a checkup on that tummy.

about seeing worms in her stool- i'm only home on the weekends, so mum is the one who usually cleans out her litterbox. so far i haven't seen any worms... but they might have come out when i wasn't around. :x
post #7 of 44
At 5 weeks, if the kitten has been dewormed, having a bit of a rounded belly is normal, especially after eating. The amount you're feeding her sounds about right, she will stop eating when she's had enough so it's almost impossible to overfeed her at this age.
post #8 of 44
My kitttie has the exact same problem, she's five weeks old as well and has been dewormed.
I feed the cat about 2.5-3 oz of wet food mixed with cat mill each day. She's pretty skinny except for her belly , I can easily feel her spine, her skull and her rib cage. She seems healthy, eats a lot, climbs a lot and seems generally active. I pressed down on her bloated belly, and she had no reaction, indication it isn't painful. Any advice or concern here?
post #9 of 44
Kittens normally have a little round tummy. Takes a few days to get rid of worms. But what size can of food are you feeding her? If its the little 3 oz on, then 1/4 can is fine; if its the larger 6 oz can, then 1/4 of the is too much.

At 5 weeks old kittens really only eat about a teaspoon or so of canned food at a time. Where did you get her? 5 weeks is too young to be away from mom - they are still nursing at that age.
post #10 of 44
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Kittens normally have a little round tummy. Takes a few days to get rid of worms. But what size can of food are you feeding her? If its the little 3 oz on, then 1/4 can is fine; if its the larger 6 oz can, then 1/4 of the is too much.

At 5 weeks old kittens really only eat about a teaspoon or so of canned food at a time. Where did you get her? 5 weeks is too young to be away from mom - they are still nursing at that age.
My kitten is an rescue from an old farm. She probably has worms. Since both me and my wife works, we usually feed her twice a day, but leave the food out for her.
post #11 of 44
Ok I understand
post #12 of 44
I usually do two rounds of deworming, of course most of my kittens have been feral rescue and they tend to get them worse. Also, you might start giving more of the dry kitten chow (with a little milk if needed) and less of the canned. The dry gives them the fat and protein they need without all of the filler cans can have. Most of my kittens were on wet for less than a month and only as a step to dry. Just my opinion, but I have less dietary issues with them on dry than on a mix or wet only.
post #13 of 44
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Originally Posted by kat89447 View Post
I usually do two rounds of deworming, of course most of my kittens have been feral rescue and they tend to get them worse. Also, you might start giving more of the dry kitten chow (with a little milk if needed) and less of the canned. The dry gives them the fat and protein they need without all of the filler cans can have. Most of my kittens were on wet for less than a month and only as a step to dry. Just my opinion, but I have less dietary issues with them on dry than on a mix or wet only.
actually, if you read labels, you'll see that canned has less 'fillers' than most drys. plus, it has liquids.
post #14 of 44
Hi, I'm wondering how it worked out with your kittens (two posters with the same issue). I have the exact same concern right now with my 15 week old kitten. I gave him the first deworming tablet 4 days ago, with the next one due in 6 days. So far I'm not noticing any difference in his belly. It does seem to be bigger right after a meal, but it doesn't go away altogether. I've looked for worms in his poop, but no luck. My other kitten didn't have this big, firm belly.
post #15 of 44
Hey there,

My little 7 week old kitten has had a belly for the last 2 weeks, and was recently in to the vets office for an upper respiratory infection. While she was there we asked the vet to check her stomach to see if it was normal or worm infested and he said it was normal. Most kittens have a rounder belly, i think its so cute on her . I have to say though to stay AWAY from the dry food. It is actually horrible for your cat nutrition wise. It is why there are soo many cats with diabetes and other problems. If you ever read the ingredients on even the most "healthy" dry food you'll see by-products, grains, wheat gluten and not to mention tons and tons of carbs. It dehydrates cats (in the wild cats get almost 100% of their water from their raw meat), and it causes them to have problems staying thin. The veterinarian I volunteered with highly suggests the raw food diet, but at the very least the wet food. It is processed completely different than dry food and is much safer (toxin-wise). Actually if they didn't spray hard food with left over bacon grease from restaurants, most pets would never touch the stuff cause of the horrible taste!
post #16 of 44
I got 3 kittens about 3 weeks old.2 of them died. the third one has bloated tummy.i don't know what to do now.
post #17 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nadia Antibear View Post

I got 3 kittens about 3 weeks old.2 of them died. the third one has bloated tummy.i don't know what to do now.

 

Take him to the vet, it could be any number of things 

post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nadia Antibear View Post

I got 3 kittens about 3 weeks old.2 of them died. the third one has bloated tummy.i don't know what to do now.

 

He does need to be seen by a vet. Is there one where you live? If not, can you be more specific about what has been going on (diet, symptoms, ect)? With more facts people may be able to provide more advice. 

post #19 of 44
It is very likely to be caused by worms, but only a vet can really know and at that young age do not give the kitten any wormers not prescribed by your vet as many meds could kill her.
post #20 of 44

i went to the vet i knew here but it was closed cause it was holiday. anyway thanks for the advises.. those kittens were from my study area..I managed to find a female cat for them but the kittens don't want. the third one died today while i was in college..the same way.. suddenly their stomachs flattened and died..no diarrhea. i'll ask again if i get another one.. sorry for my bad english..i'm still learning..

post #21 of 44
I am sorry you lost the kittens, it is impossible to know what might have happened, but it is very difficult to save young orphans. When you say you found a female for them, do you mean you tried to find another mother cat for them? This is very difficult to do, even for an expert, and the mother cat must be one who has recently had kittens of her own. Let us know if you need more help.
post #22 of 44

thanks..i'll let you if i get another kitten.the mother cat that i found really like the kitten. i went around the blocks in my area and i found two mother cats. both of them wanted the kitten but the kitten refuse to accept them. i don't think its difficult to find a mother cat here. smile.gif

post #23 of 44
Please do not just go giving a kitten to a mother cat. It takes some time for them to accept each other, the kitten could easily starve or freeze to death. An adult cat just licking a kitten or looking at it does not guarantee she will care for it, or that the kitten willa ccept her. Cat adoptions like that should only be done where you can observe and help, and do not always succeed.
post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nadia Antibear View Post

i went to the vet i knew here but it was closed cause it was holiday. anyway thanks for the advises.. those kittens were from my study area..I managed to find a female cat for them but the kittens don't want. the third one died today while i was in college..the same way.. suddenly their stomachs flattened and died..no diarrhea. i'll ask again if i get another one.. sorry for my bad english..i'm still learning..

 

I'm sorry that you lost this little one. jennyranson is right that kittens that young without a Mom don't have high survival rates, even with our best efforts. You made a good effort by finding a Mom cat to try and use as a surrogate but I also agree that does not often work and should only be done under close supervision.

 

Hopefully you can find a kitten that has already been weaned by Mom to add to your family. 

post #25 of 44

i got cats at home but they are all male..laughing02.gif

post #26 of 44
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Originally Posted by Marebear14 View Post


I have to say though to stay AWAY from the dry food. It is actually horrible for your cat nutrition wise. It is why there are soo many cats with diabetes and other problems. If you ever read the ingredients on even the most "healthy" dry food you'll see by-products, grains, wheat gluten and not to mention tons and tons of carbs. It dehydrates cats (in the wild cats get almost 100% of their water from their raw meat), and it causes them to have problems staying thin. The veterinarian I volunteered with highly suggests the raw food diet, but at the very least the wet food. It is processed completely different than dry food and is much safer (toxin-wise). Actually if they didn't spray hard food with left over bacon grease from restaurants, most pets would never touch the stuff cause of the horrible taste!

I'd just like to point out that not EVERY dry cat food has nothing but by products and a crap ton of carbs. If you actually shop somewhere other than large box stores or grocery stores then the majority of food you come across isn't all that unhealthy. I feed both my cat and my dog Wellness Grain Free. No by products, no fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, etc. First few ingredients are real meat or meat meal.

I do agree that Raw feeding would be best, when fed right (which most don't know how to do), but not everyone has the budget for hundreds of dollars to spend on pet food each month.

A strictly wet food diet can actually end up causing kidney issues later in life. This is why a lot of cats eat a mix diet of dry and wet food.
post #27 of 44

Baby cats need to be bottle fed baby cat formula if they don't have their mom. It needs to be warm and  to be done every two hours then every three and so on until they can eat on their own and you have to help them go potty by rubbing their backside with a warm moist cloth until they poop and pee after, Those are the things mommies do for them. They are usually weaned starting at about 4-5 weeks old little by little by introducing a mushy canned food mixed with their formula and put on a flat dish. They may have died from lack of nutrition or not being able to go potty or were sick and needed vet care...

I am an animal lover and do everything I can for any animal that needs help. 

I have a baby cat now, 5 weeks old who has a rounded tummy and is skinny. I took her to the vet and she gave me worming meds and I started her on KMR baby cat formula again and she really took to it. I'm hoping we can see her through the tough times and have a beautiful healthy girl soon..: )

Good luck with learning english also. Glad to see another person who loves animals....

post #28 of 44

When we got Smoke just after Thanksgiving 2012 at 10 weeks, his tummy became bloated after a day or two.  I went online looking to see the possible cause and most posts/vets cited worms as the most likely cause.  This seemed unlikely since Smoke had been dewormed twice.  The other thing that was brought up on the internet was FIP, a fatal disease for cats.  I took Smoke to the vet ASAP, as I was going to do anyway, and the vet seemed somewhat concerned about the tummy but not alarmed.  She said it might be worms, and then brought up FIP again, although she did say the belly didn't feel like FIP, but more like gas.  We were sent home with another dewormer, which produced no worms in the poop, as expected.  (I am not clear as to whether a dewormer "should" make "spaghetti strands" come out in the poop---the vet says yes, the rescue lady says she has never seen it happen.)  We were told to come back in a week; sooner if the tummy got any worse.  For the next few days I was terribly worried the kitten was going to die, but I was somewhat encouraged to learn that, if a cat has a bloated tummy from FIP, he will show many more symptoms and will go down fast, dying within 2 weeks.  So after about 4 days with Smoke seeming perfectly healthy, I began to relax.  I also began to think it was really unnecessary for the vet to bring up FIP when the cat had no other symptoms that would suggest it.  I think she caused unnecessary worry on my part.  Smoke is now 4.5 months old and is growing into his tummy.  You can barely see it anymore.  So yes, it can be normal for a kitten to have a round belly.  You should certainly take the cat to the vet but don't worry yourself to death---it's probably nothing. :-)

post #29 of 44

Hi I was glad to read your post. We were given an abandoned kitten 3 weeks ago she was very skinny and dehydrated I rang the RSPCA and they gave me some advice on what to feed her and I also took her to the vets for a checkup the day after she came to us (a Monday) but after a week of her being with us she had a very bloated tummy she eats fine but wasn't drinking very much I took her back to the vets on Monday for her 1st vaccinations and the vet I saw then also mentioned FIP she took her temp which was all good and recommended we give her kitten formula which I bought as I was concerned about her not drinking she loves the milk but still has a very bloated belly she goes back in 3 weeks for her next vaccine and I am hoping she will have grown into her tummy a bit more. She is very bright, playful, mischievous and inquisitive so I am praying that she is just a little fatty bum bum.

post #30 of 44
Your kitten is beautiful. She looks just like my first cat.
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