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What is Pyometra?

If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body or rupture the uterus. Both types of pyometra can be fatal, so it’s important to bring your cat into a veterinarian as soon as you spot the symptoms.

Pyometra is a bacterial infection that occurs in the uterus of a cat. Infections occur in sexually intact female cats after they have been in heat. If your cat has pyometra, you may notice a change in her drinking and urinating habits, or the presence of vaginal discharge.

Symptoms of Pyometra in Cats

Pyometra is a very serious, life-threatening health condition that requires immediate medical attention. If you spot any symptoms of pyometra, take your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Symptoms may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • High fever
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst

Types

There are two types of this condition: 

  • Open: Pus drains out of the cat’s vagina.
  • Closed: Pus is held inside the uterus by a closed cervix. 

Causes of Pyometra in Cats

This condition occurs after a period of estrus or “heat”, when progesterone hormones stay at an elevated level in your cat’s body. The cat’s uterine lining will begin to prepare for a potential pregnancy by becoming thick. If no pregnancy occurs, the lining is supposed to thin out again, but some cats will begin to experience abnormal cystic growth instead. This creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, and when it does, the result is pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. 

Every sexually intact female cat is at risk of developing pyometra, however, those who are taking progesterone-based drugs to treat another condition are at a higher risk.

Diagnosis of Pyometra in Cats

If you spot any of the symptoms of pyometra, bring your cat to a veterinarian immediately. Describe the symptoms you have observed, when they began, and tell your vet whether your cat is spayed or not. You should also let the vet know when your cat’s last heat cycle was, since this condition only develops after a period of heat. 

Basic tests such as a complete blood count and blood chemistry profile test may be performed at the beginning of the examination. These tests will show the vet your cat has an elevated level of white blood cells, which indicates an infection is present in the body.

There are two types of pyometra: open and closed. If your cat has open pyometra, there will be vaginal discharge that will help the vet make a quick diagnosis of the condition. However, cats with closed pyometra do not have discharge, as it is kept inside the uterus by a closed cervix. The vet will most likely need to perform an X-ray of the lower abdomen to spot the enlarged uterus and make a diagnosis. A vaginal exam may also be performed so the vet can check the area for abnormalities.

Treatment of Pyometra in Cats

Regardless of whether the pyometra is open or closed, the vet will recommend that your cat be spayed to treat this condition. Spaying a cat involves surgically removing the sexual organs, including the uterus and ovaries. Your cat may need IV fluids prior to the surgery in order to stabilize her condition. Antibiotics will most likely be given after the surgery to ensure the infection does not return or spread to other parts of the body.

If your cat is needed for breeding purposes, the vet may be able to offer an alternative treatment to spaying. Hormones will be administered that cause the uterus to contract and the cervix to open so the pus is able to drain out of the uterus. The vet will then be able to culture the bacteria to determine which antibiotics should be administered. Cats may experience side effects from this treatment, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Spaying is usually the preferred method of treatment, so this method is only used if breeding is absolutely necessary.

Recovery of Pyometra in Cats

As long as your cat receives treatment before the uterus ruptures or the infection spreads, she should make a full recovery from pyometra. However, you will need to closely watch her once she is home to ensure she is not experiencing the same symptoms you first noticed. 

Be sure to carefully follow your vet’s instructions and administer all medications as needed. Missing just a single dose of an antibiotic can lead to a major setback in your cat’s health. 

If your cat went through surgery, keep her as clean as possible so no bacteria makes its way into the incision. You will need to bring your cat back to the vet for a follow-up and to have the stitches removed. If your cat did not have surgery, she will still need to return to the vet so he can see if the uterus is healing as it should be.

Pyometra Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Derpy
Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

I have a 4 year old cat that just had surgery yesterday for pyometra. I am certain some level of pain is to be anticipated but what should I watch out for? She is eating and drinking if I put her by the bowls and she has been to the litter box a few times during the day. But she is mostly just laying on her side. Should I go back to her vet and ask them for something for pain? She is on antibiotics for the next week or so as well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1079 Recommendations
If Derpy is not on any pain medications, it is definitely indicated after a surgery like that. Cats are commonly sent home with a medication of some type - it would be best to call your clinic and ask about pain medication to make sure that she is on something. I hope that she is okay.

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Tommie Tigerino
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gave birth 1-4-18, loose bowel mov/
Had kittens Jan. 4

Medication Used

Yellow liquid antibiotic

My cat had kittens Jan. 4, she has had loose bowels/diarrhea since early in the pregnancy. I took her to the vet. She took blood and stool. The only thing that was wrong is high white count. Why is this pyometra? No discharge, she's eating like a pig, her abdomen is not distended, she seems alright. I do not want to take a chance, but how do I know. It us a lot if money in a fixed income.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout more details about Tommie, i cannot comment on why your veterinarian believes that she has a pyometra. They may be absolutely right. It would be a good idea to ask your veterinarian what is going on with her, and why they are recommending the treatment that they are. I hope that she is okay.

I got a cat just two months ago and I just don't know how old is she. Since it is my first time, i don't have any idea about spay. Last night, there is a yellowish white fluid or i think it is a pus since it has a bad smell discharged from the vulva of my cat. I thought she was laboring since she have like a bump in her stomach. Until next day, i thought she will gonna have a baby. But i realized that there is something wrong. When i look at her poo tub, i saw pus and really smell stinks. So i search about my observation towards her and i really think it is pyometra. Last night she didn't eat but I don't know why she ate the food I served. I don't want to loose her. I really want her to have a check up on vet but I don't have any money because I'm just a student. My question is that, is there still a chance that she can survive from pyometra without treatment? I hope for your answer. If there is no chance then it will really gonna be sad Cause I can't afford surgical or any antibiotics. All i can do is watch her that breaks my heart

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Daria
European Shorthair
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Vaginal Discharge

Medication Used

Antibiotic against Fever

I had bring my cat yesterday to the vet and he gave her 2 injections of Antibiotic against Fever,but he didn't make any analysis. The next day, the day I'm writing now, she still expulse white liquid from his Vagine. She only sleeps. I went to the vet Thursday,which is now Friday and he told me to come back at Monday,but I'm very worried it will get worse. What should I do? The vet doesnt work Saturday and Sunday. Should I go to another vet which is near and is open the week-end?
Please I NEED YOUR HELP IM VERY UPSET AND SAD :((

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1079 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to take her to another veterinarian, today, yes. Pyometra can be a life threatening condition, and she needs to be spayed as soon as possible if that is what is going on with her. No vaginal discharge is normal in a cat, and if she isn't spayed, that is likely what is happening. I am glad that you are paying attention to her, and I hope that she is okay!

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Luna
Tuxedo
11 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yellow discharge

My 11 year old unspayed kitten has yellow puss coming from her vaginal area. I have a appointment set to get her spayed in 8 days. I want to know if she has early pyometra should I wait till the original spay appointment or try to get her spayed sooner?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2499 Recommendations
You should take Luna in to be spayed immediately, after eight days she may not be in a condition to have surgery performed and may need to be stabilised before surgery. You should take her in today to be checked by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penelope
domestic short hair
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Laying down in abnormal position
Lethargy

My cat just recently was spayed on March 17th. Upon picking her up I was informed she had a pyometra. I was sent home with clavamox but finished that about a week ago. She is showing symptoms of being in pain again and sleeping a lot and seems uncomfortable. Her incision site looks like it has healed fine. Wondering if the infection could still be there?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Penelope shouldn’t still be feeling pain or discomfort from the spay or effects from the pyometra. There may be a connection to the spay; but there are many different other conditions which may cause these symptoms including hairballs, other foreign objects, other obstructions, tumours or poisoning. I would return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Good day, my cat was diagnosed with pyometra and was operated last july 5 but like the her skin is cutting the doctor told me that the pus was exploded inside, but before they close the wound they cleaned it. Is their any risk of infections will occur? Will my cat can survive? Thank you hope to answer my qouestions

My cat was recently diagnosed with pyometra and had the surgery on thursday night. I picked her up friday evening and noticed a small spot where she'd bled on to her blanket. it is now saturday evening and she is still spotting and the spots are the size of a penny. They appear to only cover the surface of the blanket. I looked at the incision and there appears to be a spot of dried blood near the incision that has not changed. I noticed some discharge near her urinary tract. So I believe this is where the bleeding is coming from. Is this a cause for concern?

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Diamond
Part bengal
11/2
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue

Hello I'm in Canada my cat has syptoms of pyometra but I have no money to take her to vet what xam I do she's getting weaker how long do I got to get her helpI'm stressed out

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2499 Recommendations

Pyometra is a serious condition which can lead to septicemia and death if not treated immediately. Surgery is treatment of choice, but medical management is possible in some cases. Regardless of cost, you need to visit your Veterinarian for antibiotics and supportive care at a minimum; if you are worried about cost call your local Charity Clinic to see if they can help in return for a modest donation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miss
Cat
Mild
Has Symptoms
Discharge, Blood
Hello. My female Siamese was a year old in January. She called for the 2nd time on the 1stjuly. My young male tried his best ...but the day after she stopped calling, she was not herself, and not eating and she vomited. I noticed a thick creamy discharge and took her to the vet . There was no signs of white blood cells in the discharge...but we started a week of amoxicillin. When Meds stopped discharge started again.....I panicked and booked her in to be spayed tomorrow.....but am not sure.....all that I read doesn't add up with normal pyro...she's young, discharge the day after mating, no white cells,. After the first week there was the slightest odor....a fishy rubbish bin smell. HELP ....DO I GO FOR THE OPERATION or try the injections.....please answer quickly