Kitty The “Not-Fat” Cat – Abdominal Hernia

One fine day in February, a young male neutered cat suddenly appeared at a void deck.

Being an extremely loveable boy, he was immediately looked after by the resident community cat caregivers and has multiple feeders! He is named Kitty.

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Kitty is ear-tipped and already neutered. He could have been abandoned or lost.

Cats that roam outdoors are prone to injuries – fights with other cats, falling from height, hit by car, possible abuse by humans.

Last week, an experienced caregiver felt the bulge between Kitty’s back legs and suspected it wasn’t just a fatty lump (inguinal fat pad) that most greedy cats have.

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“Kitty was brought to our clinic and upon palpation, I suspected a hernia.” ~ Dr Gloria Lee, AMK Veterinary Surgery

An impact to the abdomen can cause abdominal muscles to tear.

Abdominal contents (e.g. intestines) pass through the opening and become entrapped. When blood can’t flow through the herniated tissues, they die and release toxins into the body. Strangulated hernias can be life-threatening.

The X-ray showed a great view of the abdominal hernia (bottom right) where Kitty’s intestines have protruded through the opening in the muscle wall. He was fortunate to have an experienced caregiver detect the condition early!

Surgery was performed to push the herniated intestines back into the abdomen. The tear in the muscles is closed with sutures. Kitty is doing well so far!

* If you discover a suspicious lump on your pet, have it checked by your vet. 

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