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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 14year old femail cat feels very bloated around her

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my 14year old femail cat feels very bloated around her midrif
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Dave, I'm sorry to hear of this with Queenie. If she's distended in that area there's likely to be a mass in her abdomen associated with her liver, spleen, and/or gastrointestinal lymph nodes. An abdominal effusion - a collection of fluid in the abdominal cavity - is likely to be present as well. These masses are invariable malignant in a 14 year old and so Queenie's prognosis is necessarily very poor to grave if, indeed, a mass exists.

Queenie's vet can palpate (feel) Queenie's abdomen and should be able to readily identify a mass lesion. If so, X-rays or, preferably, ultrasound of Queeni'es abdomen can clarify the source of the mass and indicate if surgical intervention is a reasonable option. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi Dave,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Queenie. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin