Q. Our 19 yr kitty was losing weight but now he has grown large "saddlebags". He had his urinary tract re-routed yrs ago. Could this be kidney-related?

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A. Weight loss and enlargement on dorsal abdomen could be related to kidney problems, potentially hydronephrosis or perirenal pseudocysts. A physical examination followed by a radiograph and/or a ultrasound can confirm or rule out this problem. Considering his history I would strongly suggest to take him to your veterinarian to have him checked.

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