My cat's stomach looks like she swallowed a football, what's wrong

Karen EwertzKaren Ewertz TempletonMember Posts: 2
Does she have worms?

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  • Sandra PerrySandra Perry MemphisMember Posts: 1,425
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    Worms will make a cat's stomach distended. You need to take her to the vet to have her examined. If it's worms, they can test to see what type she has and give her a dewormer treatment for that type of worms. If it's something else, they can take care of that too.
  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    I just wanted to add that you should try to bring a stool sample when you go to the vet to save yourself a trip later. Just put it in a plastic baggie. I had Blaze at the vet yesterday and they want to rule out intestinal parasites as the source for her stinky gas and gurgley belly so now I have to do litterbox patrol and then drive back there with a sample. Also, I don't know how old your cat is, but my friend's cat had a big belly and unfortunately it was a tumor. You really need to have a vet check this out as soon as possible.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    Two points: my three Maine Coons came from the breeder with the special free gift of roundworms--and no one had a distended belly. (I only discovered this when I fed them RAW and Chibi barfed up stuff that wriggled.) Second point--too obvious to mention, but is your cat spayed? If not, then we have another possibility to consider... Whatever the cause, it sounds like her stomach is terribly distended. Go to the vet.
  • Myndi DavisMyndi Davis LehiMember Posts: 215
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    1.) She could have worms. Most of the time, you don't find worms in the stool, you need to take a poop sample to your vet and have them do a microscopic exam to look for worm eggs. Or just ask them to deworm her (sometimes the deworming medication is cheaper than the fecal test). 2.) Is she spayed? If not, she may be pregnant. And if you got her from someone that told you she was spayed-don't always trust what people say. Have your vet verify whether or not there is a spay scar. 3.) She may have a heart condition causing fluid buildup in her abdomen. Your vet can easily listen to her heart to detect a heart murmur. (my cat has this problem and his tummy occasionally fills with fluid). 4.) She could have FIP. FIP is a disease that also causes fluid to buildup in the abdomen. I don't want to go into too much detail about FIP, so have her seen by the vet to determine if she has this. 5.) Is she constipated?


  • Hi. Look my cat chuckola we brought to a vet. And cause we was worried about his strange belly. We rescued him no bigger then a pack of cigs and he had circular burns on his body. Well we paid for the best plan they had. And they found he had a liver infection which got cleared before he got neutered. They checked him for worms too. Nothing. Well he is around four now and he got sick and almost died on us. We gave him Pedialyte. The UNFLAVORED one. He came back to us even if we had to force it down with a syringe. He used to be very verbal. We thought it was just him. He prob was in pain. Now the vet place I took him too wants me to call or email them so this don't happen again. I still want to know why with all their tests they found nothing wrong. He came back to us so happy. But someone needs to explain this. So don't always think it's worms. And do go to a good vet. I would say the name here of the vet we took him too but I don't want to trash no one. I will contact them be back
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