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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


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

American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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
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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

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domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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
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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

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10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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Weight Loss
Low Temperature
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

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
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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

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Shorthaired domestic
13 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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?

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7 Months
Mild condition
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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
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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

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short haired female
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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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
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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.

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3 Years
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.
12 Years
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?
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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?