Umbilical hernia is a condition where kittens were born with an umbilical opening that failed to close. If the opening is small, surgeries are not required. As the kittens advance into adulthood, some cats' hernias may close spontaneously. However, cats with small hernias may live the rest of their life without any problem and their life span won't be shortened despite their hernias not being repaired.
A large opening in umbilical hernias require surgical repairment to prevent possible intestine strangulation where intestines are trapped at the opening. The procedure is usually done along with the neuter or spay surgery.
PetPlace.com provides extensive information regarding umbilical hernia and signs or symptoms for us to look out for.
It is imperative to take your pet to see a veterinarian if you are suspecting your cat may have an umbilical hernia. If the hernia gets larger, seeing a vet will help determine the urgency of the matter and obtain proper treatment.
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