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Q. Indoor neutered cat(plump) 1.1/2yrs old, phantom pregnancy? Unusually affectionate & 4 btm nipples swollen & pink! Eating less but still plays.

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A. Phantom pregnancy can occur even in spayed pets, and can create behaviors such as production of milk, weight gain and nesting behavior. Metabolic and hormonal changes may also cause similar symptoms (and hormones may still be present depending on if the spay only removed the uterus or removed both the uterus and ovaries) in cats. It is best to schedule a checkup with your vet to look for any other underlying problems which may be causing these symptoms.

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