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Old 07-26-2011, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Several of my strays have this and I've recently started noticing it in my new adoption Princess. Anyone any insights, tips, comments?
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jiggle belly! At least that's why I say when I tickle MowMow skin flap.
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The "lion's pouch" is a normal physical addendum for many domestic cats, though it's more common in cats who are or have previously been overweight. It can also develop in cats who have never been overweight.

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People keep telling me that my strays are pregnant, and it's annoying because they're all TNRed.
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I call it their Udders.

Even my 12 year old male cat is starting to get one. He's never been overweight, in fact has been underweight most of his life, and is still, at 12, extremely active. But he is developing an Udder.

And then there's my 7 year old girl whom I adopted from a shelter when she was 6 months old, and she always had an Udder, even then. She was not chubby in the shelter either.

My 5 1/2 year old girl IS chubby, rescued as an adult, extremely thin and malnourished, (vet said she'd probably had at least three litters judging by the state of her uterus at the spay) but she has a round pot belly shape and no Udder at all.
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If you are referring to the pouch like belly sag, it's so that way they can extend their legs far back when running.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If the stray's bellies are bloated or distended and not just exhibiting a saggy pouch of skin between the hind legs, then you should probably be testing and treating them for worms.

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Laurie, I think that's more likely. I'll take photos and post them here for opinions. It'll take me a couple hours to charge the batteries, but I've been promising photos of my new adoption, Gatita, for 2 weeks already anyway.
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Pumpkin has one even though she's a skinny minny.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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MowMow's jiggle belly isn't just his belly, he's got a strip of saggy skin that runs from between his front legs right down to between his hind legs. When you feel it, it's not fatty. It just feels like skin.
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