February 19, 2019
Female and Male cats will gain some weight after being neutered or sprayed. The reason for this is because a cat’s metabolism slows down a bit with hormonal changes. Gonadal hormones oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone not only control the production of reproductive cells but are also recognised to influence general metabolism and food intake as well as prolactin and leptin hormones.
From the interruption of gonadal hormone production and release which happens after neutering, prolactin the synthesised in the pituitary gland is also shown to increase as des leptin which is synthesised in the liver and hyperleptinaemia which has been found to induce obesity therefore this may cause some of the body fat to be redistributed to other parts of the body, especially around the abdomen resulting in abdominal fat pad.
Switching to adult maintenance food can help with controlling calories.
If you discover your cat is having abdominal pain by pawing at their stomach, crouched instead of sitting or tender to touch this could mean they are suffering a urinary tract infection, organ disease, a blockage of digestive tract or internal bleeding.
Look out for Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Blood in Feces or difficulty urinating or Change in Posture. Pain could be caused by pancreatitis inflammation in pancreas, cancer Ruptured bladder, Kidney stones, Ascites build up of fluid within abdominal cavity, Bacterial infection or Parasites or Tumours, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Solutions that can help Kefir which is a fermented milk beverage that contains beneficial probiotics ginger as well as bach flower essences such as scleranthus, rock rose or rescue remedy. Essential Oils are very powerful for healing tools even in tiny amounts, tarragon, lemongrass, cardamom and spearmint cats are more sensitive to essential oils.