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I have a male cat and for some reason his stomach is hard…

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Hi i have a...

Hi i have a male cat and for some reason his stomach is hard and he does not like to be pet

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the cat?

He also does not purr and does not seem to like being pet

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the cat seem to hurt?

Around his lower body like his stomach

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. What is the cat's name and age?

His name is ***** ***** muddy im not sure of his age but he is pretty old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Muddrop?

Maybe 15 or less

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Muddrop?

He still eats and drinks well he also does not look the way he used to

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel, Cat Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Dr. Rachel
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Welcome to JustAnswer.com! My name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian for 10 years. I would be happy to answer your question. I'm sorry to hear something seems to be wrong with Muddrop. Has he urinated and/or defecated in the past few days?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
he has urinated today but has not defecated
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'll follow up for Dr. Rachel although I don't know why you opted her out. When an elderly cat is described as having a "hard stomach", an abdominal effusion (free fluid in the abdominal cavity) should be suspected. This fluid can indicate right-sided heart failure; hypoalbuminemia/lack of the large protein albumin due to liver, kidney, or bowel failure; neoplasia (cancer) in the abdominal cavity; or infection in the abdominal cavity; organomegaly (enlargement of abdominal organs); or gas-filled intestines (unlikely). Muddrop's vet will want to perform a complete physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests, imaging in the form of X-rays or ultrasound, and if fluid is detected, obtain a small sample of it for analysis of its physical characteristics and cellularity. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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