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what can cause a feline bloated stomach. been diagnosed with

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what can cause a feline bloated stomach. been diagnosed with diabetis. on Science Diet m-d diet.
Glucose level increased plus gained almost a pound in 3 weeks.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Hi there,

Thank you for your post!

How old is your cat?

When was the diabetes diagnosed?

The stomach seems bloated today?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Kia is over 13 years of age. She was diagnosed 3 weeks ago. With special diet no change. Today her glucose level was higher plus she gained close to a pound. Yes, the stomach is still bloated.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Possible causes for a bloated, otherwise termed "distended" abdomen include:
- Fluid in the abdomen (heart disease, liver disease, etc.)
- Constipation causing stool in the colon
- Benign growth or a benign mass on an organ
- Potentially a cancerous mass on an organ such as the liver or spleen).

Although it does not seem like you need to rush to the ER - this is a situation where I would recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian.

Moreover, if the glucose is higher - it seems as if diet alone is not going to work and insulin therapy may be needed.

With the entire history - tests such as x-rays of the abdomen and bloodwork would give you great information on the appearance of the organs in the abdomen and organ values on the bloodwork.

Moreover, to get a very good look at the organs - an ultrasound may be discussed.

I hope this information helps and guides you!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.