We've got a little black kitten that moved in our house when her real owners moved away and left her. She looked pregnant at the time (early October). Now it's early December and it's definitely not a pregnancy. I was hoping it might be tapeworms but I gave her a home remedy with no effect. Her stomach is distended, not as much in the back as up front towards the rib cage, and now it feels like she has an infected gland on the right side.
What's going on?
I can't afford a vet. Is there anything I can do?

We've got a little black kitten that moved in our house when her real owners moved away and left her. ... the rib cage, and now it feels like she has an infected gland on the right side. What's going on?from:

http://www.healthypet.com/Library/cat dog health-22.htm What to do
Bloat must be treated by a veterinarian immediately. If she suspects your pet has bloat, your veterinarian can stabilize him and treat him for shock by giving him intravenous fluids and monitoring his heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. She can check for the condition by performing a physical exam and abdominal X rays. She can also check for gas in his stomach by inserting a tube through the esophagus or inserting a needle through the abdomen. If an animal is diagnosed simply with bloat, that is if the stomach hasn't become twisted, sometimes the veterinarian can simply decompress the stomach with the tube or needle and no other treatment is necessary.
If an animal has GDV, on the other hand, he will most likely need to be treated surgically. During surgery, a veterinarian can untwist and reposition the stomach so that material can move through it. Then she can examine the tissue of the stomach to make sure it wasn't injured or deprived of blood when it swelled. She can also check the spleen, which is attached to the stomach and can be damaged when the stomach twists. Often veterinarians will also perform a gastropexy during surgery, which involves attaching the stomach to the abdominal wall so it won't twist again in the future. A dog that has had bloat is at a great risk of GDV in the future if a gastropexy isn't done.
maybe you could find a sympathetic vet
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Sounds like there is an obstruction in the intestinal tract. This could be worms, this could be a hairball, this could be a kink.

I would give him/her some Rescue Remedy in a dropper - about 2-3 drops. Then start putting some warm compresses on the intestinal area with light but relatively deep and gentle massage. If it is too painful for it, just start with the compresses. What other symptoms are there? Nose dry and hot? How are the eyes? Are the ears hot? Is he/she playful? Good appetite? How old? Was she spayed? What are you feeding him/her?
It's kind of you to have taken in this kitten. Otoh, if you're going to keep her, you really need to find a way to get her a vet appt. She needs a physical, & if it's worms (probably, is my pure guess), the vet can give her the correct treatment to rid her of them. (Have you noticed any little rice-like looking thingies on her rear end? That's one symptom of tapeworms.) She may also have ear mites, fleas, etc. that need dealing with, & what the vet can give you is better than OTC stuff - except that Advantage, etc. are now OTC - whereas they used to be only available through a vet.
I take it she's not spayed, since you initially suspected a pregnancy? She'd need this done, too, & fairly soon.
Re: cost - you could start w/ the local shelter(s) & ask if they have, or if they know of, a program w/ their own vet(s), or another area vet, who will do the needed check-up & treatments at a reduced cost, or on a sliding scale. In the meantime, if you plan on keeping her, you could set aside a tiny amount of $ each month, in view of future ver appts. Once you set up a good relationship w/ a vet, they are mire likely to give you some slack at some future point when vet services are needed, but you're low on cash. If you use a cc, that's another avenue. At least you would be able get her treated, & can worry about the payment the following month.


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A vet trip for worm medicine is not that much. Call up. Find out. Get the cat to a vet. It's nice of you to take it in, but really, it isn't too much to ask for one vet trip. You can decide at that point, when they have a good grasp on what is the matter if you can afford a treatment or not.

If you can't afford a vet visit now, you have no business taking in the cat. Bring it to a shelter and let them deal with it. When you can afford it, go back to the shelter and adopt the cat.
What's going on is if you don't have the *** to take the cat to the vet you probably shouldn't have the cat to begin with, but that's hind sight and isn't going to help the cat. So Most vets are pretty decent folks, go find one who will let you pay on time or trade out so work, like scrubbing the floors or whatever.
Hey Ray, I can agree with your statement that if one can't afford to take care of the pet perhaps they shouldn't take on the responsibility, especially since critters are at the mercy of their caretakers and usually will take whatever they can get, even if it's not adequate or healthy care. But taking the kitty back to a shelter probably means it will be euthanized since kitties are less than "a dime a dozen" in terms of their sheer numbers because of lack of folks who are responsible about critter birth control (spay/neuter).

A sick animal will be one of the first to go, so going back and trying to pick up the same kitty (and pay more adoption fees) when "Kinda" might possibly have enough unknown amount of $ for for a vet bill just isn't a reasonable option if she wants that same kitty back. Most critter pounds have a vet on staff; however, they don't have the time, $ or reasonable "need" to explore the cause of and address/treat sick animals' needs. That kitty will be quickly gone (euthanized) if they know it's sick and perhaps even if it's healthy.
I like the suggestions to offer/request a service trade or "payment plan" option for vet services. Most vets are truly compassionate folks and are also in need of folks to help w/less glamorous aspects of the vet business...like cleaning out critter holding cages, mopping floors, walking/excercising animals, etc., especially around holiday time, but usually all of the time. Another option would be to see if there are any "pet rescue" agencies in the area, as there are lots of folks who take animals on for a while to care for them (w/out $ compensation), and might adopt a "Kinda"/kitty combo to help it get better..in other words, services could be traded with "sponsor(s)" for vet bills for the time being.Meanwhile, as a bonafide critter-care person (not a vet, but do "barefoot critter medicine" w/degrees in zookeeping and nursing and a lifetime of wild and domestic critter care and rehab on a very personal level), I've loved reading all the diagnostic or treatment suggestions as well. However, I can't say I'd follow most of them w/o a bit of savvy regarding the pet. "Kinda" probably has some intuition about what's going on, but if not I personally wouldn't indiscrimately treat based on lovingly-offered long-distance suggestions.

Bottom line, whatever "Kinda" does, it should be remembered that all the interest, love, compassion and all that is felt and done for the critter are worthwhile, and even if it dies in spite of or because of what is (or not) done, something positive happens to all involved just because of the positive input/effort. Relationships with critters are sometimes the most uncompromising, unadulterated, undiscriminating, unconditional and natural love relationships we humans will ever experience, and so worth any effort we put forth to maintain them because the love exchanged multiplies immeasurably as it ripples forth to all aspects of our lives..and love definitely and exponentially grows where (positive, loving) attention goes.
Blessings to all, Shar-on