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I have a 4 weeks old kitten, I notice today he has a soft

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I have a 4 weeks old kitten, I notice today he has a soft bump that drags on the floor when he walk.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No, it is located on his lower abdomen
JA: The Veterinarian will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Banjo
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Banjo?
Customer: They born at home I still have two other siblings, they looks very healthy. Mom looks healthy.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

Hi I am Dr. Denney. I am currently reviewing your post now. Please give me a few minutes to type my response. Thank you for trusting us with your question.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

Can you send me a picture of the bump so I can see what we are dealing with ?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Im not sure if the pic was sent
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.
I am downloading it now
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.
It is a little blurry all I can't see is what appears to be a normal stomach which I do not think is what you are talking about. Can you get a side angle picture and one of the kitten on its back
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Esta es de lado,
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

Ok that looks like a small umbilical hernia.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

When the kitten gets older that will need to be repaired when it gets spayed or neutered depending on the sex.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
But I don't feel anything hard? Is soft
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

Yes that is what a hernia feels like. The body wall has a hole in it that allows fat and possibly some small intestines to pop in the hole. It should feel soft.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

A veterinarian will need to confirm this with a physical exam. When you bring these little guy in for his first round of kitten vaccines in 2-3 weeks they will examine him and make sure that is what it is.

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

If he stops eating or vomits you will need to take him in sooner to your regular veterinarian because sometimes the intestines can get stuck and cause pain.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Will they do a surgery?
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

When he is older if it is a complete hernia then yes. If it is just fat it may be ok to be left alone, but typically in cats I repair them when the kitten is old enough at the time they get spayed or neutered

Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

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Kind regards,

Dr. Meghan Denney

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, thank you very much
Expert:  Dr. Meghan Denney replied 1 month ago.

You are most welcome!

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