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We just adopted a very sweet torti from our local shelter and she was fixed several days before...it's been 2 weeks and her fur is starting to grow back on her belly, but that's not all that's growing...her nipples/teets are getting HUGE!  It's almost like she's got milk, perhaps she recently had kittens before her adoption?  I just want to make sure there's not a bigger issue.  Thoughts?

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Megan,

I would suggest having the vet check her over just to be on the safe side... The nipple enlargement you are seeing might be as simple as a hormonal issue related to being intact and repeatedly cycling prior to being spayed, possibly being in an early stage of pregnancy when she was spayed, etc or it could be an indicator that something more serious is going on. I'm not sure how long your shelter's pet health guarantee would allow for free medical coverage, but check your paperwork because that information should be there - most places offer a 14 day guarantee from the date that the papers are signed and the pet leaves the shelter so you may be able to get her seen by the shelter veterinarian who spayed her for free. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

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Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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