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  1. #1
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    Apr. 28, 2008

    Default Kitty with extra fluid in abdomen -- any good outcomes?

    Does anyone have experience with this? This summer a kitten adopted us. A few weeks ago when we had her spayed, the vet said she seemed to have extra fluid in her abdominal cavity. He said this could be normal for her, or she could be in the beginning stages of Feline Infectious Peritonitis. All we can really do is watch and wait to see if she goes downhill.

    She does occasionally vomit, but is in good weight and plays a lot. Besides the vomiting which she does perhaps twice a week, she seems in perfect health. Her abdomen is not bloated with fluid or anything.

    I'm heartbroken to think we might lose this kitty. She is so wonderful. Has anyone had an extra liquidy kitty turn out fine?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 8, 2001
    up the hill from the little river (that floods alarmingly often)


    Yes, our stray kitten also had a distended abdomen when we first got her and our vet was concerned about FIP. She said that we'd know definitely within the first two weeks, and kitty turned out to be just fine.

    I think it took a few weeks to completely resolve, and I would guess that part of it had to do with the difficulty we had in finding a food that her digestive system could tolerate.

    I hope your kitten is OK!
    Full-time bargain hunter.

  3. #3
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    Jan. 16, 2002


    I'm so sorry to say that I had one a few years ago that did not turn out well. Hoping that you get a better outcome.
    "We don't ride the clock. We ride the horse." Reiner Klimke.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr. 28, 2008


    Thanks. Skeeter is sleeping in my lap now, where she spends every evening. Really, really hoping she will be okay.

  5. #5
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    Jun. 26, 2001
    Northeast OH


    I have 2 1/2 year old cat who I acquired when he was 11 months. He had been living with a foster since age 5 weeks.

    At age 7 weeks, he picked up coccidia. When his immune system was really down and out, he got a nasty upper respiratory infection and almost died.

    He had a pretty bad cough from then until a few months after I got him. He also had/has a big ol' distended belly, despite eating awesome food, getting lots of exercise, and being in good weight (ribs easily palpable, he weighs about 8 1/2 lbs now).

    Twice the rescue took him to veterinarians for the cough and belly, and twice he was diagnosed with FIP.

    I adopted him, and after about $2k in vet bills (2 regular vets, an internal medicine specialist, inhalers, steroids, injectible bronchiodialators, countless blood panels, several chest x-rays), he was diagnosed with lungworm. $10 and 10 days of Panacur later, the cough was about 80% reduced. ::headdesk::

    The lung damage from the lungworm is probably permanent, and he still coughs and wheezes a little, but otherwise he's totally healthy. Still has a big ol' distended belly.

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