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Old 05-13-2010, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so this isn't terribly important but it's something ive been curious about for a while.

I've met two different cats (one male one female) who have droopy belly skin. They appear to be normal sized cats, and they didn't lose a lot of weight, so tell me.....

What's up with the hanging belly pouch?
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I have only noticed this on older cats, I think it happens when there skin gets loose as they get older and it starts hanging down.
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Martho is right. The is typical of an older cat.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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DWY has the correct answer, it *is* genetics!

That loose, floppy, hangy-down part of their belly is simply excess skin that allows the cats to move, stretch and contort into their many positions during their acrobatic activities. I've seen fit cats, fat cats, skinny cats, girl cats, boy cats, spay/neutered cats, un-spay/neutered cats, young cats, old cats ... ALL cats ... both *have* a hangy-down belly and *not have* a hangy-down belly.

Just like us with our earlobes ... are yours attached or hangy-down? It's that wonderful world of genetics.
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Both my 3 year old bengals have a waddle. It is a genetic thing, neither of my cats are fat.

This is my Teddy at 10 months old and he already has a waddle

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Old 05-13-2010, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In your cases, I'm sure you're right about genetics. However, my cat was elderly, and had never had a sagging abdomen. The vet told me it was from aging, and that he had one at home just like my Blacky. Blacky wasn't fat either. It was just a lack of muscle tone.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Then there's Stormy, who both has saggy belly skin AND could stand to lose a pound or two still...
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My vet told me that it was from boss being fixed to young so his growth hormone is all out of whack.

Boss is a perfect weight from the top but he has a good 1/4 pound of extra skin.

I don't know boss was fixed at like 9 weeks old.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:08 AM   #9 (permalink)
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haha it's the innie vs outtie of the cat world

I think it's kinda cute but I'm glad other people have wondered the same thing!
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Advanced age is very different from the hangy-down belly of younger cats. One is a result of outside influences (time/body-condition) and the other is simply genetics.
I liked the comparison to the innie/outie belly button issue! That is probably easier to relate to than earlobes.

When I was a kid I thought cats had the hangy-down belly because of being spayed; that the vet had cut across the muscles the wrong way. As I got older and was around more and more cats of various genders and ages I realized that wasn't the correct explanation for what I was seeing in such a variety of cats.
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