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Old 07-27-2011, 05:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't think it has much to do with spaying. It might become more pronounced because people often overfeed spayed cats (they usually need less when they loose their hormones) so they get fat. But my boys have it and they certainly weren't spayed.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I personally have always felt like it was because of the altering which causes a change in hormones, as well as cat's that have been fed a high carb diet. Rocky does not have a sagging belly whatsoever, he's just really lean, and he's almost a year old. I can't believe it! He's going to be a year on August 22nd
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Time Bandit View Post
Yup, Samantha has the same. It's funny when she sits, because you can see it hanging there between her front legs when yer looking straight at her.

catloverami - Yeah I've heard that it's genetic too, and that makes sense. They told me at the shelter that Samantha's could also be because she's had kittens, but I don't know about that...I've seen plenty of mother cats who don't have a pouch. Know if there's any validity to that claim or not?
I did have Manx mother cats that had litters for some years and very few of them had the belly pouch, either between litters or after they were spayed.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:03 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I thought I already posted this, but it seems not. I found this article which has some theories on it:
Cat Primordial Pouch, Abdominal Fold or Belly Flap
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Athena has one and has never been pregnant nor was ever overweight. Apollo was overweight briefly, but has a much smaller belly flap.

Athena's looks funny. She's so skinny and lanky yet she's got all this floppy stomach skin.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:28 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Atlas also has this even though he's tiny, not overweight at all--you can see his hip bones and feel his ribs, but he has a really pudgy little belly flap right between his hind legs and about 1/3 of the way up his body. Only really noticeable when he lays back and grooms himself, when he's up walking it doesn't show at all.

Wicket's is bigger, but he's been overweight so I was expecting his!
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #27 (permalink)
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The pouch I mean almost touches the ground as they walk...
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:30 PM   #28 (permalink)
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My Oreo is skinny and long so when she walks around with that flap its so weird looking. I've often wondered if that is normal.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:17 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Mit Mit's pouch is biiiiiiiiig. She's all jiggly, but a slim girl. Evie's isn't (yet) so prominant, but has got a lot bigger since she was spayed. But then, Ragdoll's do have a bigger pouch than moggies.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:59 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Well my older sister said that my cat looks like she needs life pro-suction. lol And I said, "But that will be like a lot of money to get that."

Her belly does not go all the way to the ground.
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