Female cat unable to be fixed due to possible "diaphragmatic hernia".

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    Deanna Wathen

    The last couple weeks were a good one for spaying and neutering as I was able to get 8 of our 12 “stray” cats fixed. 2 of which were already MASSIVELY pregnant, like probably due any day now, and the other 2 were males and will be fixed soon but are on a lower priority.

    One of those females was not be fixed because she didn’t seem to be doing well under anesthesia and they want me to take her to a real vet before getting her fixed. I was wondering if anybody else had any experience with “diaphragmatic hernia”. From what I’ve seen, diagnosis and treatment would involve x/rays and surgery, which is something I’m not sure I could afford for a stray cat. I love her, but I have my own animal bills to worry about.

    Does anybody know anything about the matter?



    I have not dealt directly with this problem in any cats, but could be caused by a blow or kick to the stomach area of the cat or it could be a congenital defect. Sounds like immediate surgery needs to be performed to correct the problem. Maybe they will do the surgery for a lower fee or let you make payments over time.



    firstly I just want to say thank you for neutering these cats!

    as for the female with the possible diaphragmatic hernia I’m wondering how they came up with that possible diagnosis .. a lot of cats don’t always do well under anesthesia am that could be for any reason from a viral infection or liver issues..a diaphragmatic hernia is most commonly seen in RTA incidents but some cats can live for months with this condition is the hernia is a small one but it’s always recommend that it should be fixed.. does she have laboured breathing normally ??

    coughing? or panting ? the only way to truly diagnose this is to get X-rays . depending on her age also if she’s a very young cat it’s possible that she may have been born with this deformation in her diaphragm and again if the hernia is small enough and she’s under a year old it may close on its own as she grows.. similar to if a kitten/dog or child could have a small minute hole in the hesrt ventrical and that hole can sometimes closes its self with time..

    I’d definitely get an X-ray before taking any other action ..

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