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Why do cats have belly 'pouches'?
First Published 15 hours ago
There are three possible explanations.
(Image credit: Shutterstock)
Fat cats are cute, but not every cat that looks like it has a big belly is overweight. Although the part of a cat's underside that swings when it walks may look like a paunch, it's actually not a tummy at all.
So what is it?
That bit of skin, fur and fat is a protective layer called the primordial pouch. It's positioned along the length of a cat's belly. These pouches are perfectly normal and healthy, said Jos Arce, president-elect of the American Veterinary
Medical Association. All cats have primordial
pouches, but they vary greatly in size; some are
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53% Why do cats have belly 'pouches'? First Published 15 hours ago There are three possible explanations. (Image credit: Shutterstock) Fat cats are cute, but not every cat that looks like it has a big belly is overweight. Although the part of a cat's underside that swings when it walks may look like a paunch, it's actually not a tummy at all. So what is it? That bit of skin, fur and fat is a protective layer called the primordial pouch. It's positioned along the length of a cat's belly. These pouches are perfectly normal and healthy, said Jos Arce, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association. All cats have primordial pouches, but they vary greatly in size; some are < ap