Q. My cat is 12, and his tummy is really bloated even when he's not eaten for a few hours. He is always looking for food.

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A. I would suggest to take him to your veterinarian for a check up and appropriate investigation to determine the reason for the bloated abdomen.

There are many possible causes for that including accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and enlarged organs (such as the liver or intestinal loops). Endocrine diseases like hyperthyroidism and diabetes mellitus could be possible.

A blood test and urine analysis may be needed.

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