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What is Preputial Discharge?

Disorders of the prepuce and accompanying reproductive organs, infection, trauma, or disease could all be underlying conditions causing the preputial discharge. The feline may lick himself excessively, which moves bacteria from the mouth to the inside of the penis, placing the cat at high risk of developing a urinary tract infection. Apart from excessive licking, preputial discharge can be accompanied by a great deal of swelling and inflammation, which is rather painful for the feline. Cat owners may notice inactivity, a decrease in appetite, and an overall discomfort in their feline’s behavior. In many cases, the preputial discharge resolves itself and is not a health issue. However, preputial discharge can be linked to an underlying health condition and is often reoccurring, which requires the aid of a veterinarian. 

Preputial discharge in cats is the presence of any flowing substance from the prepuce. In male felines, especially intact males, a small amount of yellow to white smegma visible at the preputial opening in normal. The prepuce, which is the skin cover surrounding the penis, is naturally cleaning, removing sweat and skins cells entrapped in the skin folds. However, an excessive amount of discharge or discolored discharge indicating the presence of blood, pus or urine, is a clinical sign of a greater problem. 

Symptoms of Preputial Discharge in Cats

Male felines often have a small amount of yellow to white smegma visible at the preputial opening, with no accompanying symptoms. However, excessive licking, pain, and swelling of the prepuce area is not normal, as these are clinical signs of a problem. The discharge may have a variable amount of pus, blood, or urine, which is not normal for a feline to excrete. Symptoms of preputial discharge in cats to watch for include: 

  • An excessive amount of preputial discharge
  • Excessive licking of the prepuce
  • Blood, pus or urine in the preputial discharge
  • Swelling and inflammation of the prepuce
  • Reddened skin surrounding the prepuce
  • Signs of an infection (straining to urinate, fever, vocalizing upon urination) 
  • Pain 
  • Restlessness 
  • Lethargy 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Decreased physical activity

Causes of Preputial Discharge in Cats

Discharge from the prepuce is often normal in males, as it is the body’s way of naturally self-cleaning. However, abnormally colored discharge and other significant irregularities in the male reproductive area can be caused by a number of underlying conditions such as: 

  • Infection (bladder infection, kidney infection, ureter infection)
  • Foreign body entrapment
  • Urinary incontinence (inability to control urine flow due to abnormality or weakening of the sphincter muscles) 
  • Ectopic ureter (abnormally placed tubes that carry the urine)  
  • Ingestion of a toxin (rat position) 
  • Snake bite 
  • Trauma 
  • Bleeding disorder (thrombocytopenia, coagulopathies) 
  • Prostate disorders (abscess, cyst, hyperplasia, neoplasia, prostatitis) 
  • Urinary bladder disorders (neoplasia, inflammation, calculi, infection) 
  • Urethra disorders (calculi, trauma, neoplasia)
  • Prepuce disorders  (prepuce and/or penis inflammation, trauma, cancer)

Diagnosis of Preputial Discharge in Cats

The veterinarian will examine the prepuce and penis thoroughly, noting any abnormalities upon physical examination. He or she may cleanse the prepuce with a saline solution in order to examine the reproductive organ more closely through the use of a rigid endoscope (a tool used to view areas of the body more closely). Inflammation, trapped foreign bodies and other visible malformations may be revealed in an endoscope examination. A cytology, or examination of the cells, of the prepuce may prove efficient in identifying underlying possible cellular disease, such as cancer. The veterinarian may request a bacterial culture of the preputial discharge in order to identify the presence of infection, however, the presence of naturally occurring bacteria may compromise the test.  

Treatment of Preputial Discharge in Cats

The preputial discharge in the feline may resolve without the interference of treatment, but the cat should be kept from licking the prepuce through the use of an Elizabethan collar until the discharge has ceased. The veterinarian may clip away long hair around the reproductive organ, as hair could be irritating the area or trapping bacteria close to the opening of the penis (posing a risk for infection). He or she is likely to flush the preputial cavity with a mild antiseptic or sterile solution to cleanse the area, speeding up the discharge process. If the results from the bacterial culture came back positive, the veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic either in the form of a pill or ointment. 

Recovery of Preputial Discharge in Cats

Prescribed drug therapies for preputial discharge in cats usually last approximately one to two weeks, resulting in a full recovery. Reoccurrence of preputial discharge, both mild and infectious, in not uncommon. Your veterinarian may suggest the feline be neutered to diminish the amount of discharge eliminated and lessen the frequency in which it occurs.

Preputial Discharge Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ted
Domestic cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Brown discharge near penis

My cat is healthy and active.he eats dry food and drink sufficiently amount of water daily.he pee and poo once in a day without any difficulty.but I saw some discharge near his penis which is dark brown in colour.is it normal or do I seek vet advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a yeast infection since this is a common cause of brown discharge; old blood is also another possible cause. I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to check the discharge and to pick up some medication if prescribed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is neutered and I noticed that he's over licking himself. And he seems to be in pain when he urinated. I finally looked when he later near my head and licked himself. Which was unusual. Then when I looked and noticed it, hee hissed. He doesn't hiss. He's very sweet. The only other time he hissed was the other day when he urinated. Which was weird too, because he didn't do it in the litter box, but on an old box in front of me. I think he's trying to tell me somethings wrong. What do you think it is? And is it contagious? I have 2 other cats.1 appears to be licking herself a bit more as well. And the other girl urinated somewhere other than th ed litter box as well. They don't do that. What's happening?

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Bradley
Long haired
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite
Preputial discharg

My cat is not eating as is it used to eat a week ago. He is meowing wierdly, peeing frequently and when he is with me on my bed there is discharge left on the sheet coming from his bottom. The stain gets darker when dry.
Is that something I should be scared of?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little discharge may be considered normal and is just dead cells, but at other times it may be an infection of the prepuce area; a dark discharge could be indicative of a fungal infection. I would definitely try to the area clean and I would check with your Veterinarian to see if there is a urinary tract infection as well given the frequent urination; a urinalysis would be done along with a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Norman
Exotic Shorthair Persian
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Urinating white discharge.

Male Cat not quite a year old has been having issues urinating. He go to the litter box and will move his head weird and his eyes get really wide and its like he can see through me but not look at me at all. Took him to the vet and he was put on an antibiotic. He seemed to act normal but he wasn't urinating alot. Today, he is having trouble urinating and there is white thickish pliable discharge coming from the tip of his penis. He is walking very slow and weird.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is something to visit your Veterinarian about especially since Norman is having trouble urinating; most likely a course of antibiotics would be required and there is nothing you can do at home apart from wiping away any discharge. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruca
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, fatigue, moaning

Last night out of the blue my cat started meowing/moaning and hissing and our other two cats almost like he was in pain..we noticed since last night he hasn’t been able to poop and he is licking himself excessively, we just noticed today that it looks like urine is leaking out of his penis..help!

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Pumpkin
European Shorthair
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

brown discharge
white discharge
preputial discharge

my cat is about 8 months old and eats normally, drinks normally, he is active, he's an inside cat thus he sleeps a lot as well. he does lick himself somewhat often in that area but not excessively. at first I noticed a little brown ish discarge on the outer side of his penis, but today I saw his penis was out and it had like a white discharge similar to a yeast infection around the penis. Is this something serious that he should be taken to the vet right away?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Pumpkin is very young to be having urinary problems, but it isn't unheard to to have these problems. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to have his urine analyzed and see if he has an infection, or a problem with the pH of his urine. He may need to be on a special prescription food, or he may need other treatments.

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Goose
Russian Blue
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat is about 5 months old, very high energy with normal behavior and eats well. No excessive licking of himself and hasn't seen the outdoors. I've noticed some white discharge on his penis, similar to a yeast infection. Will this go away on its own or should he see a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be just a little smegma which is normal in small amounts especially in intact males; if there is a large amount of discharge, he is excessively licking or there is a foul odour I would be more concerned. Keep an eye on it to look for any changes but it sounds normal, especially if it isn’t bothering him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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James
tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Angry upset discharge swelling
Angry

Hi my cat James has white discharge from his penis and it seems to be twitching like he’s it’s in pain. He is walking low and hissing and does not want to be touched, especially near his rear. It seems to come and go as he gets friendly and then angry and in pain again. Also when he lays on his side he keeps his leg in the air.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that James is having a problem with his urine, or his prepuce. Male cats can develop a urinary blockage that is an emergency situation, and I am afraid that this may be happening to James. It would be best to have him seen immediately by your veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian, as he is trying to tell you something. I hope that he is okay.

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Sam
Feline local
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, redness around penis
Swelling redness around p

Medication Used

none

I have a male cat, he's over a year old and I can see the very top of his penis by just widening his rear end. It looks like it doesn't fully retract into the sheath. Also, he's been having some swelling and red color on the circumference of his penis. He's still active and jumping but a little low. I can also see some fluids from his rear part.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the issue which you are describing which may include phimosis, trauma, infections, nerve damage among other causes; without examining the penis and prepuce I cannot say what the specific cause or treatment should be. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stripey
house cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Leaking Fluids

My cat started leaking some liquid from his penis. At first I tought it was pee, but he does it while laying down. He also started to drool which never happened before. He is vaccinated and an indoor cat. We let him out in the back garden for short spells, but does jot wonder away.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Leaking of fluid may be due to some urinary incontinence, infection, inflammation among other causes; without examining him and seeing some discharge I cannot say what the specific cause is. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and they’ll most likely do a urine test too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shorty Maguire
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

White fluid at penis opening

Very small bead of white fluid seen at penis opening. Wiped off and no smell noticed. Cat is acting normal. He is fixed and a few years old. Watching but worried!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small amount of white discharge may occur due to normal sloughing of cells, however it may also be due to an infection; without examining Shorty Maguire I cannot be certain of a cause. Keep an eye on it and see if any more is seen and if any other symptoms (itching, irritation etc…) are seen; bring it up with your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hugo
dsh
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

brown discharge

I had noticed some blood on the back end of my cat about a month ago. His PH was a little high and I think it said there was some protein in the urine but the urine collected directly from his bladder didn't have blood or any major signs of infection. he was on antibiotics for one week just in case but has been having this little bit of brown discharge since then. All this time he has been eating/drinking/using the box, acting fine. He lets me clean the area and doesn't seem bothered by it. It doesn't look swollen or anything, just a small amount of discharge that ranges from light brown to kind of waxy looking and brown. What could it be and is it serious? Should we go back to the vet? I ordered some chlorhexadine wipes for the genital area to see if that would help. I have not seen any actual red/fresh bloody discharge since the first day i discovered it and for a while i've been cleaning it daily.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Male cats are more prone to serious urinary problems if there is anything going on than female cats are. It would be a good idea to figure out what this discharge is and how to resolve it, and he may benefit from a prescription urinary diet if he pH was high. Sometimes changing to a urinary diet helps if there is no infection or other problem. You can call your veterinarian and ask if that is something that would work for Hugo.

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Loki
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge brown red

My cat Loki has been displaying a sort of action that resembles mounting another cat but he does it to our bedspread and our legs if they are under the bedspread for some reason. He has been doing this EXCESSIVELY lately and he will do it for up to 10 minutes or more if we don’t stop him! However, he had not been trying to do it for the last couple of days and tonight he started doing it again and I noticed right away when he lifted his tail that there was some brownish reddish substance around the area of his penis. I shined my flashlight on it and it looks pretty gross. He eats and drinks fine and runs around like he’s a kitten still so he does not seem to be in any discomfort. As far as I know he is peeing fine. We do have another cat too so it is hard to tell who exactly is peeing in the litter box.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing some discharge and this mounting behaviour I would certainly recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination; infections, inflammation, trauma among other causes may lead to the build up of discharge. Without examining Loki I cannot give you any specific advice on this matter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
DLH Munchkin
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

difficulty grooming
"yodeling" in litter box

My neutered cat Milo produced what appears to be a "bean", like gelded horses develop. He is overweight, has arthritis and great difficulty grooming that area. Times I have watched him, it seems he can't reach the area. He used to yodel before/during going into the litter box, and has not done that since he passed the bean. He attempted to mount a spayed female, groomed himself and then we saw the "bean" stuck to his fur near his penis. It is @ 5mm wide by 8mm long, whitish, pliable, and reeks of urine. I am wondering if it could possibly be a bean? My veterinarians are extremely interested in it, but have never heard of a bean in a cat. I sent them pictures and I am considering having it tested for further diagnosis. I understand it is impossible for you to diagnose what this is, but do you have any insights to what it might be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I have never seen a cat develop a 'bean' the way that horses do, but I have seen them with some urinary infections and changes in pH that can cause crystal formation. If you haven't had his urine analyzed, that would be a good place to start, as a lot of information can be gleaned from his urine. I hope that all goes well for him!

I did have his urine analyzed with no significant findings. This bean does not have a structure like crystals or stones do. That is why my vets are so interested. I told them maybe it will be a medical anomaly they could write a paper about to be published in a journal of veterinary medicine! Hopefully I will know more on Monday when they examine it. I will give you an update. Milo is doing great, by the way. No more yodeling.

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