Hernia Average Cost

From 532 quotes ranging from $300 - 1,000

Average Cost

$500

First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What is Hernia?

Hernias are caused by a defect in the muscle that allows the internal organs to penetrate through it. Some cats are born with this condition, while others develop hernias later on in life. Certain hernias can be reduced, but the majority will require surgery to repair the defect. The good news is that hernias in cats are typically not serious when caught early on.

Cat owners must be on the lookout for anything that can adversely affect the health of their beloved pet. When playing with or petting your cat, take notice of any unusual lumps and bumps that appear as it may be a sign of a medical condition that requires treatment. While it is not common, cats can have hernias that can be serious if left untreated.

Symptoms of Hernia in Cats

The symptoms associated with hernias in cats vary depending on the type of defect. Here are some symptoms you may notice if your cat has a hernia:

  • Groin swelling
  • Protrusion in the abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody urine
  • Depression

Types

Three types of hernias most commonly affect cats. 

Inguinal Hernia

If your cat has an inguinal hernia, his intestines or other contents of the abdomen are pushing through the inguinal canal which is located in the groin. This condition can be classified as uncomplicated, which may not require corrective surgery. It is considered a complicated case if intestines or internal organs become trapped within the muscle wall, which is life-threatening. 

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when the muscle wall has an opening near the belly button. Intestines and organs may press through this opening, creating a bulge underneath the belly button. Like inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias can be complicated or uncomplicated. 

Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias are located at the diaphragm, where the stomach and esophagus meet. When this occurs, a portion of his stomach slips through the opening. Most hiatal hernias are congenital and appear before the kitten reaches one year of age. 

Causes of Hernia in Cats

The cause of hernias in cats depends on the type of hernia present. Below are some of the primary causes of this condition:

  • Congenital
  • Acquired due to traumatic injury
  • Weakness in the abdominal wall
  • Straining to defecate
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic bloating

Diagnosis of Hernia in Cats

Before examining your cat, your veterinarian will ask you a few questions about your cat's health. Be sure to include any unusual birth events, medications taken daily, traumatic injury and pre-existing medical conditions. After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat and feel his groin area or abdomen. Vital signs such as weight, heart rate, temperature, and respiration rate are taken and recorded at each visit. He will also take blood for a CBC or complete blood count and a chemical profile to determine your cat's level of health. He may also perform diagnostic X-rays to confirm his diagnosis.

Treatment of Hernia in Cats

Uncomplicated hernias may not require any corrective treatment. However, because hernias can create life-threatening situations if the intestines become strangulated, most veterinarians recommend surgery to repair the defect.When an intestine becomes trapped inside the abdominal wall, it dies and begins to release dangerous toxins that can kill your cat. If your cat has not been spayed or neutered, your doctor may recommend repairing the hernia during that surgery. During the surgery, your doctor will repair the hole in the abdominal wall and cover it with mesh to keep it strong.

Recovery of Hernia in Cats

The overall outlook for cats with hernias are very good after corrective surgery. You will need to keep your cat from being extremely active for several weeks following the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication that you will need to give your cat immediately after surgery. He will provide you with information so you can recognize any complications that may arise. In most cases, doctors schedule follow-up appointments within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. It is very important to attend this visit because any problems can be addressed before more time elapses. He will also need to remove any staples or stitches at that time, as well. 

If your cat had surgery to correct a hiatal hernia, there is an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia. The symptoms associated with this type of pneumonia include coughing, problems breathing, rapid heart rate, trouble exercising, vomiting and altered mood. This is a long-term complication that can occur in cats and you must learn to recognize it to avoid serious illness or death. Most cats do very well after surgery and go on to live full and normal lives. 

Hernia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Poof
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat Poor has been in my family for five years now. She started peeing on things when we took in another female car so we decided to get the pair fixed. I had to wait until tax time because I only have a minimum wage part time job and can barely afford my monthly bills. I'd called around and choose a more affordable vet about forty miles away. A few weeks after the spaying Poof had a small bulge in her belly where her incision was. I kept an eye on it and a within a few weeks it was pretty large. I saved for weeks to get her to a vet closer to home. This vet told me she has a hernia and some bad teeth that are causing pain and infection and that this needs to be taken care of. They gave me a quote of $1473.00. I told them there was no way I could afford this and they gave me a pamphlet for Care Credit. I applied for it but was denied. I am lost for answers. I've tried online fundraisers. I've written letters to pet stores asking for suggestions or donations. Nothing I can think of is working. My kids and I don't want to lose our pet. Would you happen to know if anything I haven't tried yet? Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations
Veterinary care can be cost prohibitive, but there are options; you didn’t tell me your location so I assume you’re in the United States. There are various charity clinics and nonprofits which may assist with the cost of veterinary care especially for low income earners; I’ve provided a few links below to websites where you may receive assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html https://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

Add a comment to Poof's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fargus
Med-hair domestic
4-6 weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

antibiotics

I rescued a 4wk old kitten, that was hiding in the "cat house" I keep on my porch for any cold cats in winter.
"Fargus" has a broken leg and a ping pong ball size hernia. The hernia is in the upper bend of the broken leg.
I've already taken him to my vet. We're basically waiting for his respiratory infection to clear before we have surgery on the hernia.
My question is; Is there anything I should be doing with/for the hernia?
The vet "pushed it back into place" for now.
Should I attempt to gently press it back in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations
I like the idea of the cat house. If the hernia is not causing any issues, I would just leave it as it is and give Fargus as much rest as possible whilst he recovers from the respiratory infection. Most times hernias are not a problem and just sit there doing nothing, but when they go wrong they go very wrong and should be corrected especially when combined with another surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Fargus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Negrita
mixed
around 10 months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat which I found last April in my backyard and I kept was spayed in September, afterward, I felt like liquid running underneath her belly but I thought it was part of the process, now she has a bulge in her stomach. Trying to find information on the Internet I am pretty sure she has a hernia. Recently I have to take my 8.6 years old dog to the emergency and because I don't have insurance I have to pay a pretty penny to take care of her anemia caused by her immune system going after her red blood cells. How much could an operation will cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations
If the cause is a simple umbilical hernia or dischense of the sutures from the abdominal wall straight after the surgery, then the cost would be around $300 to $600; this price varies widely depending on your Veterinarian, your location (New York City versus Kansas) and the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.embracepetinsurance.com/health/hernia

Add a comment to Negrita's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Pandora
Long hair mix
7 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Raptured hernia

We got Pandora less than a week ago and we noticed a soft bulge on her tummy. Tonight i saw what looks like intestines coming out of the bulge. I cleaned it and put a bandage around it and i know that should get her to tge vet asap, but no vet near us is open on weekends and ive been wondering non stop whether she will make it through the night, let alone the weekend. She eats and drinks and walks normally, but part of her intestines are literally hanging out. Ive been crying non sto I dont want her to die, how long can she survive like this without treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations
If the hernia is contained under the skin and there is no sign of pain or discomfort, you should keep Pandora rested until your Veterinarian opens; if there is a defect at the umbilicus and the intestines or any other abdominal content is protruding from the umbilicus you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately regardless of cost or distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Pandora's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Freyja
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

reinjured hernia

Would it work to keep my very active cat in a dog/cat playpen following her third hernia surgery? After the last surgery we kept her in the bathroom but she jumped onto the toilet, and the vanity and re-injured herself almost immediately post-surgery. We'd like to prevent having to put her through another surgery if we could keep her safe and relatively inactive during the first 10 days following the procedure. What do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

There is always a risk of injury or undoing the work carried out by an operation especially when the cat or dog is hyperactive and is jumping around the house like the floor is made of larva. Restricting movement is important and placing Freyja in a playpen sound ideal, but bear in mind that keeping her confined for ten days may cause her to be frustrated, still move around excessively within a small space and may still hurt herself. I would try the playpen for night time and when you’re not home, at other times when you’re around try placing an Elizabeth collar on her to impede movement which should allow her to move around, just not jump. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Freyja's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sassy
domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bulge on abdomen

My 6 month old female was spayed 2 weeks ago. The wound site looks fine, no discharge or redness. She doesn't have a fever and has no other symptoms whatsoever. This morning I noticed that the slight swelling was finally gone, she has a small amount of puffiness since the surgery, but now I see she has what I assume is a hernia. It's about 3/4 inch long and half an inch wide and protrudes 1/4 inch. It's directly centered under the spay incision. Paying for the spay cost me an arm and a leg and was wondering if this could just be normal after-spay condition or if it's something to worry about.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

There is a possibility that after spaying, there was some dehiscence leading to a hernia; it is an uncommon problem, but still may occur. Many hernias are benign and do nothing, some may become strangled which may become a medical emergency which requires immediate emergency care. It would be best to know whether it is a hernia or not, visiting your Veterinarian for another post surgery check should confirm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sassy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

LILO
mixed
10 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Weakness
Low Temperature
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Flagyl
Buprenex

i adopted LILO at 4 weeks and last week I was playing with him on the grass where a street cat jumped over and attacked him. I didn't see any injuries or bites. I left on a trip for work and my neighbor called and said that LILO didn't look well and had a bulge on his side. Yesterday I took him to the Vet and they said he has a hernia. He gave me some meds and told me I had a few days to decide on the very expensive surgery. He gave me some pain meds and antibiotics. At the vet they gave him flea medication and his rabies shots cause they were due. Today my cat is weak and cold and doesn't want to eat. The vet said it's normal. I don't think my cat is well. I'm afraid he is dying and I really don't have the financial means to help him right now. He has drank some water and had a tiny bit of food. Should I continue with the meds? Or should I expect the worst?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

It is important to continue with the medication as secondary infections can be more serious than the original injury, especially from fighting injuries from street cats. If Lilo is feeling cold to the touch, it is the internal body temperature which is important (100.5-102.5°F). Make sure Lilo is warm and comfortable, but if you remain concerned return to your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to LILO 's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Peppy
Shorthaired domestic
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

I think my cat has a hernia. She starred out with a bulge near her abdomen and I believe she scratched it. now her insides are pertruding outside of her. She was bleeding but I believe this was a skid for her. She has no other symptoms. She seems better now that it's hanging out. Will she die? How much would it cost to get this fixed? My parents won't take her to the vet so I might be able to raise the money on my own. She is 13.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

This would be a medical emergency and usually extremely painful if Peppy has broken the skin (as well as the fat layer etc…) and has viscera hanging out; also this puts her at a high risk of infection which most certainly will occur. The risk of death is a certainty without treatment. If the case is as you described, you have to visit your Veterinarian immediately. Cost will vary depending on the amount of trauma to the area, Peppy’s overall health and your location; but you would be looking at the $500 - $1,000 mark as a very general guide (mainly depending on your location). Visit your Veterinarian immediately and see if there are some payment terms you can arrange and this isn’t something to leave until another day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is 6 months and just got spayed and got her unbilical hernia removed, and shes active as can be. Like nothing even happened. Climbing running, the whole nine yards. Its hard to keep her not doing that. What do you suggest? Or is it okay to let her do her thing?

Add a comment to Peppy 's experience

Was this experience helpful?

B
Tabby
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hernia

Hi

I am thinking of adopting a 7 month-old cat who has a congenital hernia (type unspecified, to me). The shelter has told me that previous vets have determined that the hernia does not need to be operated on until he is older.

I would like the cat to be neutered before he comes to live in my apartment, and I understand that sometimes these procedures are done together, but the shelter does not indicate this as their plan. However, they will not allow a local vet to neuter the cat, as they want to wait for a specialist.

My question is: if they have already decided not to proceed with the hernia repair, are there any special considerations for when he is neutered? I am looking to understand why we are waiting for a specialist, if it has already been determined that the hernia operation will not be completed at the same time.

I of course want to support whichever approach is best, and appreciate your assistance and explanation!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

It is always best practice to correct hernias at the same time as neutering to reduce the number of anaesthetic cycles an animal goes through and since hernias like umbilical and inguinal are relatively straightforward repairs, they are done at the time of neutering (unless there is an emergency requiring earlier surgery). I am not sure why they would be waiting for a Specialist, only they can answer that question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to B's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Socks
short haired female
10 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No pain no swelling
Eats and plays fine

My kitten is only 10 weeks old, can I wait to have the hernia repaired, until she is 5 months? It is an umbilical one. She eats fine and has no symptoms. The insides protrude but can be pushed back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1680 Recommendations

Generally if there are no other symptoms related to an umbilical hernia, it is best practice to wait until spaying. If there are complications, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea or pain then earlier surgery would be an option. Just keep an eye on it, but if the colour changes or you notice any symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 1year 8 month old cat from the OSPCA and when we took her in for a free vet visit we were told she has a small hernia and I was wondering if picking her up or patting her stomach might cause any pain or discomfort for her because of it.

Add a comment to Socks's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Feather
Mixed
3 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Bulge On Abdomen
My cat was recently diagnosed as having a large umbilical hernia. The vet diagnosed this by touch, however, and has not yet conducted an ultrasound. My cat doesn't seem to mind having the area touched, and it is not warm/hard. It moves easily. I've had this cat less than a year, and in that time she has had a bad bladder infection (1 week after I got her, probably undetected by the shelter) and several other eye/ear/nose infections. My vet suspects FIV as well, but she tested negative for that at the shelter also. I plan to have her retested this week at the vet. I have a hunch that somehow all these things are related, and perhaps she developed a hernia after her spay surgery at the shelter, since they did not detect a hernia at the time of surgery. I suspect it was made worse by, or caused, her subsequent bladder infection. Is this possible? I am planning to schedule surgery for the hernia in the next few weeks, but I want to know if it's possible that this is more complicated than a standard hernia before I get her ultrasound done. I also want to know if shelter might be somehow responsible for this hernia, if it occurred while she was recovering at the shelter. She is a Turkish Angora/Abyssinian mix.
Grizzy
Cat
12 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Skin Crust
Swollen Abdomen
My cat got ran over and has a hernia, but the vet doesn't feel that he can recover even if they do the surgery. He is walking and urinating, but not eating. He does drink water when I give it to him with a wet piece of clothe. My question is how long can I expect him to live?
Kitty
Mix
Mild
Has Symptoms
None
Hi, I recently found an abandoned kitten with a broken leg and hernia, and I have no idea how or when she got them. I don't know how old she is, either. The vet in my area said that surgery is very high-risk, so I'm hesitating. She eats and walks around just fine, and seems very energetic. Should I take the risk, or wait?