is his pot belly normal?

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  1. Amajor87

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    Hi im a new Sphynx mommy and I noticed my baby has a huge pot belly. He was at the vet today and he didnt mention anything about it. I noticed it just tonight how big it looked. Could his belly be so big from eating too much? Is this normal? Thanks!!
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      Welcome to sphynxlair, good to have you.
      Did you take these pictures after he ate?
      If not, he needs to be checked for guardia.
      Take a stool sample have it checked.
      Does he eat good?
      Is his poo normal?
      Does he drink water?
      I would get a 2nd opinion about the belly.
      To be sure. Sphynx do get a swag from the belly
      but, yours isn't swag.
       
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      It wasnt immediately after he ate but he hadnt gone to the bathroom yet when I took them. He did just have a loose poop. He eats non stop and drinks water but not as much as he eats.
       
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        @Amajor87 ,I don't have kitten experience but wanted to chime in that it is always good to get a stool sample check.
        I would call back your vet amd seek their recommendation ..and share those pics
        My vet will accept emailed pics to take a look

        Some vets may treat for giardia in case a false negative

        Sphynx do eat ! They have a higher metabolism and can be little piggies :)
        My sphynx all have sphynx belly swag


        Always best to follow up with your vet for peace of mind

        Welco,e to the lair family ! What's your babies name
        Looking forward to your journey pics and tales!
         
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          Does his belly look like a normal "sphynx belly" ? Im concerned because his poop was just loose but he is also on antibiotics for his eye and ears. Plus he is adjusting to our house and on the food we have (i'm not sure what the breeder was feeding him) so i'm wondering if his stomach could be upset because of that?
           
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          It does upset their stomach, when, you change their food.
          Give him some regular pumpkin 100% not the pie filler.
          What are you feeding him?
           
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            I never had a baby sphynx so can't comment on what is normal

            I would chat with your vet and
            ask if the antiobitcs could cause loose stool -
            Yes , a quick change of food can do it too

            What food is he eating ?
            A teaspoon of 100 % pure pumpkin may help with poo issues while transitioning to new food .
            Be sure not to store the open can in the fridge - you can freeze in small comtainer amd warm up to the touch.

            Also if you put a water bowl away from the food many will drink more water -
            I put ome across the room amd they sit and wait for it to be filled and changed

            all 4 of mine drink away from their food dish and will not drink from waterbowls next to their food

            What antibiotics is he on ? what was his diagnosis?

            What's your cuties name,?
             
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            I have been giving him wellness kitten wet food and he had a bit of fancy feast today which i'm thinking I shouldn't have done that now :( I should mention according to the vet records he came with he was dewormed twice in August. He is on Terramycin for his eye and then drops for his ear.
             
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              His name is Henley :)
               
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                You could ask what the breeder was feeding and continue that until he gets settled :) My breeder is always open for questions, and of course picture updates lol so I am making the assumption all breeders are ok with that.
                Hopefully it is nothing serious!!! My girl gets a HUGE stomach if I let her eat whatever she wants: she has no off switch, so I can free feed. But I got her a 9mo so I cant say anything about little babies
                 
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                  Good morning everyone. This is how his belly looks this morning. Much better i'm thinking? (of course I would love everyones opinion) Im thinking maybe I just let him eat too much. Ill grab the pumpkin today and hopefully his poop will look better. IMG_6552.JPG.jpeg IMG_6553.JPG.jpeg IMG_6550.JPG.jpeg
                   
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                    So he had a normal poop first thing this morning but maybe a half hour-hour after eating the wellness wet food he had much softer poop with a little bit of fresh blood. Do you guys think this is the food? My vet is closed today but I will be contacting him tomorrow for advice as well.
                     
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                      Awhh head smooches to Henley !
                      Good to contact your vet for professional advice

                      Keep us updated!
                      Fresh blood your vet may say is a sign of bowel irritation
                      Let us know what he/she says tomorrow

                      Do you have more pics of adorable Henley

                      Ps Terramycin is good stuff!

                      For ear wiping out I get trizultra with Keto from my vet
                      I get it in a big bottle online now for my crew
                      I wet a flat cotton round and wipe ears
                      I also like wetting myself precision qTips with trizultra for gently twirling on that outer ear edge bottom flap thst holds sphynx gunk

                      Using trizultra with Keto for years - I like I can use it on their skin too
                      Here is the small bottle you can ask your vet about too
                      TrizULTRA + Keto Flush for Dogs, Cats & Horses, 4-oz bottle
                      I don't use it as a flush
                       
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                      It could be where his poop is so soft and his bum is irritated.
                      Because of the food. Or something else. I would see the Vet.
                       
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                        Hope the vet can figure out what is going on!
                         
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                        He goes back and forth from having solid poop to loose poop. I have a feeling its because of the food but were bringing a sample in today just to be safe. Fingers crossed its nothing!
                         
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                          Did you find anything out about your baby?
                           
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                          We should have the lab results tomorrow. Thankfully he is acting playful and like he's fine :) Helps ease my anxiety a little.
                           
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                            He came back negative for parasites! Im so happy :)
                             
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                              Yay! It's probably just a matter of finding a food not too rich for them.
                               
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