Vaginal Discharge From A Cat



QUESTION:

My cat has started having a yellow discharge from where she urinates from. What is wrong with her? There seems to be a large amount of it.

ANSWER:

Take her to the vet immediately! I assume she is an unspayed female? If so, or even if spayed, she may have pyometra, an infection of the uterus or uterine stump left behind after spaying and it is life-threatening. Please go right away.

Thank You,
Dr. Neely


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Cat with discharge and rapid weight gain

I got home from vacation a couple weeks ago and my usually skinny cat had gained a lot of weight. I thought she might just be depressed and eating more cat food, but every time I touch my cat's stomach, she bites me. Just last night I noticed she had a white sticky substance coming from her rectum. She really hasn't been acting too weird overall and she is eating and drinking normally. Please help! I am really worried about her but I don't really have the money to take her to a vet.


Dear concerned cat owner,


Are you certain that the discharge you are seeing is coming from your cat's rectum? Could it be coming from her vagina? And, is your cat an unspayed female?

I can't say for certain what could be causing the cat illness symptoms you described without seeing your cat in person, but I am very concerned. Most cats lose weight while their owners are away, not gain, and anytime there is unexplained weight gain in a cat, it is as much of a concern as unexplained weight loss. With the bloating and discharge you described, as well, I would be concerned that could be fluid building up in your cat's abdomen, or she could be suffering from pyrometra, which can be life threatening if left untreated.

My apologies that we have been so overrun with emails lately that I was unable to respond to your question more quickly, but anytime there is a sticky colored discharge coming from your cat, a trip to the veterinarian is advised. If you haven't done so already, please bring your cat to a veterinarian immediately.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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periods

by rosakay
(pa)



QUESTION:

How often does a female cat go into heat?

ANSWER

It varies enormously. In warm weather, it can be as frequent as every few days. In fact, it can seem as though a female cat never stops being in heat in some cases. In cold climates, much less frequently or never, depending on conditions.

Dr. Neely


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Abnormal cat vaginal discharge

by Tami
(Joplin, Mo)

Kassper is a white cat 3 1/2 years old. She is an indoor cat and never gets to go outside. A couple of weeks ago she was in heat and this morning she started having a reddish tan discharge from her vagina. She acts as if she is going to poop and out comes the discharge and then she licks it up. I am unemployed and not sure what I can do that won't cost me money I don't have. She is still eating and drinking. Thank you.


Dear Tami,


The discharge you are seeing from your cat may or may not be related to her recently having been in heat. The discharge you are describing could be coming from your cat’s urinary tract, colon, or her vagina.

Discharge or mucus from your cat’s colon could be a symptom of cat constipation, feline irritable bowel, or colitis, while discharge from the urinary tract could be a symptom of a variety of feline urinary tract problems. If the discharge is truly coming from your cat’s vagina, this could be a symptom of a feline uterine infection.

All of these feline illnesses can be very serious and could even be deadly. While I understand that finances can be a concern, there are options such as Care Credit (a low- or no-interest payment program for medical and veterinary expenses) and Cat Health Insurance to help offset veterinary expenses. Considering your cat’s symptoms, the only thing I can recommend is that you bring your cat to a veterinarian for an exam as soon as possible.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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Cat Vaginal Discharge

by taiseer
(vancouver, bc, canada)

Hi,

My cat went into heat 2 weeks back and mated. Right after that, she started having vaginal discharge. She was having stomach pain and after I took her to the vet, they gave her antibiotics (clavamox) and something for the pain.

After 5 days, she was still having discharge not as much as before though. So I took her to the vet again and they did an x-ray and blood test and said I would need a surgery to get the uterus removed. That was day before yesterday.

Yesterday and today, there was no vaginal discharge and she looks fine. She started eating as well, but she threw up 4 times today. Her poop is okay and so is urine. I was wondering if the vomiting is related to the uterus infection somehow. So I called the vet again and he said she has uterus infection and the uterus might burst. At the same time, he said the surgery is risky too.

I'm not sure what to do. My cat doesn't look sick. but because she threw up in the morning I got worried. What should i do?

Also every time she mates she screams a lot and about a year back after mating she had some sort of urine infection i think because she couldn't pee and blood was coming out with one or two drops of urine.

My cat was fixed back in my home country and they knotted her tube so that she can't make babies but she still goes into heat. I don't know what is really going on. I'm afraid to get the surgery done too and don't want her uterus to burst :(


ANSWER:


It is very dangerous to just treat a uterine infection in a cat with antibiotics. The veterinarians are telling you correctly. Although there are risks with surgery, in the right hands, they are minimal and treating her uterine infection with antibiotics alone is much more risky.

Best regards,
Dr. Neely

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Urgent help needed - my garage cat is pregnant since 5 months :(

by Afif Abla
(Lebanon)

Dear Dr,

My garage cat is pregnant since 5 months:(she is sooooooooooooooooo fat and weak, I don't know if the babies died inside her. It's not easy to catch her. Please advise a solution urgently.

Shall I give her some special food?

Thank you so much

Afif


The average length of time for a cat pregnancy is 62 days.
She could not have been pregnant with the same litter for 5 months. If they died inside her, they would have either been resorbed, in which case she would no longer be so fat, or she would have probably developed a uterine infection and would likely have died without treatment.

There are other conditions that make a cat's abdomen become extremely large. In any event, there is nothing that could be done over the internet and nothing you can do yourself. The cat needs to be seen right away by a veterinarian if she is weak.

Best Regards,
Dr. Neely

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