Swollen kitten belly

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I just adopted two 5 month old kittens and one has a very bloated belly. I was told she tested positive for roundworm and has been given drontol several times but it isn't any better, possibly worse? Her hunger is insatiable so I think she may still have worms. I wondered about possible malabsorption or ascites...? I'm taking her to the vet next week but wondered if anyone can offer insights? She's on Fortiflora probiotic but it doesn't seem to be too helpful. She's also wheezing on the in-breath. Thx for any help!!
 

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That wheezing is concerning. Is there any way you can have her seen by a vet sooner?
 
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That wheezing is concerning. Is there any way you can have her seen by a vet sooner?
Thanks for your reply. She was wheezing way before I adopted her. She was thoroughly checked out and had a full catogram and nothing showed up. So they told me that she might have a polyp or some problem with her adenoids that she might grow out of but weren't sure because they didn't want to do an invasive check up in her nose. They just told me to watch out for any worsening of the symptom. Of course when I adopted her I was not okay with this response to her symptoms so I'll be checking with my own vet now and see what she says. I'm taking both of the kittens on Monday morning. It's possible the wheezing is due to the bloated belly as well but I really have no idea and of course I'm concerned. I've only had them a couple of weeks and wanted them to adjust before taking them to the vet. She also sneezes quite frequently so I wonder if she's suffering with any allergies....
 

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Wheezing and sneezing might be due to a chronic rhinitis.
I have an outdoor cat in my yard who has this strange sound when she breathes, and she has always had it, since she first appeared. It doesn't bother her too much.

The bloated belly and hunger might be some parasite that the fecal test hasn't detected. Sometimes it takes more than one test to detect them all.
 

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5 month old kittens are eating machines so they're pretty much hungry all the time. It's ok to free feed them both dry and canned food, as much as they will eat. They need all the food for growth.

FortiFlora isn't a great probiotic to use. The bacteria count is too low to do much of anything. FortiFlora is really only good to get inappetant sick cats to eat because the taste is irresistable. Keep the FortiFlora on hand to use if needed in the future. For probiotic suggestions, see these:


Human probiotics can be used instead of pet specific ones.
 
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Wheezing and sneezing might be due to a chronic rhinitis.
I have an outdoor cat in my yard who has this strange sound when she breathes, and she has always had it, since she first appeared. It doesn't bother her too much.

The bloated belly and hunger might be some parasite that the fecal test hasn't detected. Sometimes it takes more than one test to detect them all.
Thanks so much. I'll ask the vet about more specific parasite testing.
 
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5 month old kittens are eating machines so they're pretty much hungry all the time. It's ok to free feed them both dry and canned food, as much as they will eat. They need all the food for growth.

FortiFlora isn't a great probiotic to use. The bacteria count is too low to do much of anything. FortiFlora is really only good to get inappetant sick cats to eat because the taste is irresistable. Keep the FortiFlora on hand to use if needed in the future. For probiotic suggestions, see these:

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Human probiotics can be used instead of pet specific ones.
Thank you! Since she has this bloated belly, I am concerned about her overeating... and she will. If I leave food out she will just keep eating. I only feed them wet food.

I appreciate your feedback on fortiflora and was interested in looking into other probiotics. I'll check out the thread on that. Raw would not be an option for kittens, IMO. But thanks!
 
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Not necessarily a more specific test, but more than one test.
Some fecal samples might simply not have the parasite in them.
I see! Makes sense. I'll try to collect a few before the test and ask about collecting different ones over the course of weeks as I know worms can be killed with the antibiotics but eggs may still be a problem... thx for the clarification.
 

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I see! Makes sense. I'll try to collect a few before the test and ask about collecting different ones over the course of weeks as I know worms can be killed with the antibiotics but eggs may still be a problem... thx for the clarification.
Actually, it would make more sense if one is able to take different samples, daily.
Storing the samples for a few days is not easy, they should be kept refrigerated, and I would advise against storing them in your fridge!!! 😲
I also know that taking a sample daily to the vet/lab might be not easy, depending on one's situation.

I'm telling you this from experience. My cat's poop tested positive to giardia at the third sample, three days in a row.
 

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Thank you! Since she has this bloated belly, I am concerned about her overeating... and she will. If I leave food out she will just keep eating. I only feed them wet food.

I appreciate your feedback on fortiflora and was interested in looking into other probiotics. I'll check out the thread on that. Raw would not be an option for kittens, IMO. But thanks!
I agree that Fortiflora isn't among the best probiotics out there.
I tried the human grade probiotics in the past, with little results too, but I had a much better outcome with the S. Boulardii. Both my cats had their belly fixed in a few days with that yeast. Both my cats had diarrhea as well, so your case could be different.
 

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I appreciate your feedback on fortiflora and was interested in looking into other probiotics. I'll check out the thread on that. Raw would not be an option for kittens, IMO. But thanks!
I know that web site is all about feeding raw but the probiotic info is really good and applies to all cats regardless of diet.

Raw and home cooked diets aren't for everyone. Kittens can be fed either type and have no issues nutrition-wise, assuming the diet is properly balanced. Commercial cat food is perfectly fine and works best for most people :agree:
 
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