Recently, a very pregnant-looking young cat wandered up the driveway at the Purrfect Pals Sanctuary. She had a very full belly and plenty of milk so we sent her to foster care and expected kittens to be born within a few days. Imagine our surprise when Sepper’s foster mom called to say she was acting like she was in heat. Um…what?
X-rays revealed that she was pregnant, but not with kittens! She was actually a cat who had recently been nursing kittens and also had a very large mass. We took her into exploratory surgery and discovered that what we were seeing and feeling was actually her kidney! There was a large amount of fluid surrounding it which meant she had Hydronephrosis. This condition can be congenital and causes a blockage or narrowing of the ureter which leads to fluid build up.
We removed the insanely-large kidney and lab work confirmed that Sepper had normal kidney values. That means her other kidney has been doing all the work and she will should do just fine without the one that was removed. She is now resting comfortably in our clinic and we hope she will be available for adoption very soon!