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1- Any pre existing medical conditions?
2- Is he strictly indoors?
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There are many different medical conditions that would cause a cat to have a swollen abdomen. It will not be possible for me to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, a common cause is ascites (fluid in the abdomen) secondary to heart, liver or kidney disease, FIP, a tumor, etc. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home, I am sorry. Treatment for Candy will depend on identifying the underlying cause. To determine the exact underlying cause Candy will need a hands-on examination by your veterinarian, blood work and x-rays as an initial screening test. If the vet finds fluid in the abdomen they will also need to analyze the fluid. The treatment will be based on exam and test results. For example, if they find that this is related to his heart they will give him medication to help eliminate the fluid and medication to help his heart function better as a pump. There is really not much I can recommend for you to try at home that would any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. I realize that this answer may not be entire to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.
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Cats are very particular with strangers; if you are speaking about visitors it will be difficult for her to change this behavior until she becomes familiar with the visitors. So, it is just a matter of time and her getting used to the new people.