My kitten’s belly is big and I give her a good amount of food at a time, but afterwards she wants more. She plays and behaves otherwise normal. Should I feed her more?
She is four weeks old and she is a stray kitten. Her body weight is 280 g.
Two potential issues concern me.
First is parasites. This will make the kitten always hungry, as they steal nutrients and cause bloated bellies.
Second, I also worry about wet FIP, which usually shows with bloating in the belly as it fills with fluid. However, they usually show other signs such as weight loss and lethargy as well (but not always).
After eating, does the kitten's belly size go down? A belly is normal on kittens, and should make their body shape like an avocado or eggplant (not like a sagging water balloon).
I would schedule a vet visit. Routine check-ups generally aren't very expensive. Most likely, the vet will just give you peace of mind, but if it does turn out to be FIP there is now treatment for it. Vets can't administer or recommend it, but the Facebook group FIP Warriors 5.0 can help you access it. Without treatment, FIP is fatal.