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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Mrs Rosemarie Howgat, Community Member, asks

Q: Can Allergies To Cats Cause Abdominal Bloating And Distention

My 13 year old male cat had bloat and had to be put down after a vet suggested it, as he said it could only be controlled for a short time with antibiotics and considering his age, etc, I feel terrible and guilty, if i knew what caused the bloat I might understand better why, the vet said it was an infection perritinitis to be exact, but what would cause this, I had three other cats one died with kidney problems and one found out in the garden just lying there as if she were asleep on her front with her head in her paws, then this one Williie White paws, was his name. he cried out when the vet lady gave him an injection he seemed to talk like a human being dont do it he seemed to say in a deep voice it was frightening yet sad, good old Willie Whitepaws talking to me to the end.





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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
8/11/10 4:19pm

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your precious Willie Whitepaws.  I'm a cat lover and have three cats myself (two very old), so I can truly empathize. 


Feline Infections Peritonitis (FIP) is caused by a virus.  Young kittens and old cats seem to be the most suseptible to it.  It is a progressive disease and is almost always fatal.  The most common symptom of FIP is a progressive swelling of the abdomen.  Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear, the disease is so far advanced that the best treatment can do is prolong the cat's life for a short while.  Sadly, the cat's immune system, in an attempt to fight off the virus, actually speeds the spread of the disease.


FIP is very contagious and the virus can live for up to 7 weeks.  So if you get another cat soon, be sure to thoroughly wash and disinfect the litter box, food and water bowls, bedding and cat toys. 


I hope this information helps you feel a little better about the decision you had to make.  As painful as I know it was, it sounds like you did what was the best so Willie Whitepaws didn't have to suffer.



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By Mrs Rosemarie Howgat, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 08/10/10