Testicular Swelling Average Cost

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What is Testicular Swelling?

This painful inflammation can make urination and defecation very difficult for the cat. Testicular swelling may occur as a one-time response due to trauma to the prostate or testicles, or it may become a chronic issue. This is more common in older males as their hormones begin to shift and testosterone slowly decreases. Blockages or infections caused by waste buildup in the seminal ducts can lead to prostatitis. Veterinary attention is necessary, as infection can spread throughout the body. It is also humane to reduce the extreme pain that can accompany testicular swelling.

When a cat’s immune system reacts to an injury or ailment affecting the scrotal area, the prostate gland can become stressed, leading to fluid retention in the testicles. This often results in one or both testicles swelling to an abnormally large size, and can be very painful for the cat. This occurrence is sometimes referred to as prostatitis. This issue only arises in intact males possessing both a prostate and testicles. 

Symptoms of Testicular Swelling in Cats

Symptoms are often outwardly visible and may be accompanied by further internal issues. The more symptoms that are present, the more pain that the cat is possibly experiencing. Rectifying the issue in a prompt manner is required. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Visibly larger testicles
  • Pain in the genital area
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive scrotal licking
  • Open wound on or around the testicles
  • Difficulty moving
  • Infertility

Causes of Testicular Swelling in Cats

While testicular swelling can be temporary, many conditions that cause it will not dissipate on their own. Causes are generally local to the scrotal area. Known causes include:

  • Abscess from a bite or other traumatic wound
  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection (such as feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus)
  • Cysts
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal issues (such as estrogen exposure)
  • Allergic reaction (often from fleas)

Diagnosis of Testicular Swelling in Cats

At your veterinary appointment, bring your cat’s full medical history as the veterinarian will need it to assess possible problems in the cat. A full physical examination will be performed including an extensive rectal exam. The vet will have to differentiate between possible conditions by matching symptoms present in the cat to possible health issues. The goal is to identify the exact cause of the swelling to prepare a proper treatment plan. 

Urinalysis can shed light on prostatitis if blood, pus, or excess protein is found in the urine. A microscopic urine culture can help identify bacteria if infection is present. Blood work including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile may be useful in identifying possible cases of cancer. X-rays and ultrasounds can confirm and locate tumors or growths in the testicular area. A biopsy of swollen tissue may be collected for a histopathological examination. Antibody testing can be used to discover the presence of infectious organisms.

Treatment of Testicular Swelling in Cats

Appropriate treatment will depend on the cause of swelling. Certain issues are more dangerous to the cat than others. Early detection of testicular swelling can make treatment more effective.

Antibiotics 

If the cause of the swelling is an open wound, antibiotics can rid the area of bacterial infection. If a general bacterial infection is afflicting the entire scrotum, antibiotics are not always effective, especially if the issue has become chronic. If surgery is required, antibiotics are often prescribed after to prevent infection from developing in the wound site. Prescriptions generally range from on to four weeks’ duration.

Full or Partial Neuter

With many cases of prostatitis, the only permanent solution for testicular swelling and pain is castration. If the testes are diseased, the surgery can become more complicated. Larger incisions may be needed and in some cases the testicles may have fused to skin tissue. General anesthesia is required to perform the surgery.

Surgical Removal

If a tumor is deemed to be the cause of testicular swelling, surgical removal of the tumor may allow the testicles to remain. This depends on the location, number, and malignancy of tumors present. 

Recovery of Testicular Swelling in Cats

While your cat is suffering from prostatitis, ensure it is urinating and defecating regularly. Provide fresh water to the cat to encourage frequent drinking. Feed your cat a high quality, species-appropriate diet free of fillers and chemicals. Your vet may recommend supplements that boost the strength of the immune system to your cat’s diet. Limit play and exercise, as this can exacerbate the swelling. 

If the cat has undergone surgery, at home-care will be required. Ensure the cat does not lick or bite its incision site. An Elizabethan collar may be necessary to achieve this. Monitor the incision for any signs of infection. 

The prognosis for cats who have testicular swelling is overall very good, provided they survive castration and do not have a virus such as feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus. These viruses are permanent and generally untreatable. Keeping your cat indoors may be the best way to prevent wounds from cat fights or exposure to viral infections. 

Testicular Swelling Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jasper
British Shorthair
6 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation

My cat's scrotal area has become a bit swollen overnight. He is licking the area but does not seem to be unduly uncomfortable yet. He is eating and drinking as normal. He is about six years old and has been neutered for a least four years.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3208 Recommendations
The area could be red for a number of different causes, however to start with it would be good to bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic at least twice per day and to prevent him from licking there (use a cone), if you are using a cone you can apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the area as well. If there is no improvement over the next few days you should pop into your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What kind of "dilute antiseptic?"

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Sultan
normal
7 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

swelling testicle
Blood In Urine
Broken tail

Medication Used

none

Hi. My cat had a car accident which caused him tail fracture (at the first level of the tail) but after two days i noticed that one of his testicles is swollen and he keeps licking it all the time.. i don't there's any kind of wound or injury on his testicles howerver there's a little blood in his urines.. im not sure whether i should be worried about the swelling or it'll heal on his own!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1535 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Given Sultan's age, and the traumatic event that he recently survived, it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian. Swollen testicles and blood in the urine is never normal, and can become an emergency in male cats. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Mister
Siamese
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sick

Medication Used

none

My cat was fine for 2 weeks and all of a sudden he was staying in the room all day and not coming out. Sleeping in his 2 litter boxes. Stopped playing and began to growl and cry out if you picked him up. He deficated and peed where he would lay for hours. My husband had to clean him because he had diareah for 2 days and the next, he had really sticky poop. I cleaned him. Because he was not cleaning himself with some organic cat wipes and noticed his ears were very red at the tips and the hair was falling off. Along with his scrotum being very very very red and scabby looking. I put peroxide on and watched him from licking and then ointment. He is 6 months old and is a beautiful Siamese and domestic mix. He also had scabs on his chin area. I fixed that with peroxide and ointment as well. It cleared within a week or so. He is still very consolidated and never leaves his spot. He goes potty maybe once or twice a day. He doesn't play with his little cat mate that is 3 months either anymore. He is telling me something but I don't know exactly what yet. I gave him a urinary and digestine treat and some urinary paste. He has been doing that for 3 days now. I recently have moved him to my living room on a blanket on the couch to rest where I could observe his behavior and he does not move very much. Walks kind of low to the ground as well. Please give me a little bit of an idea to help him or if I have to take him to the clinic. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1535 Recommendations
It would be a very good idea to take Mister to see a veterinarian, as that level of lethargy, and urinating and defecating where he is laying is not normal for a 5 month old cat. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on with him, but a veterinarian will be able to examine him and see what is happening, and advise you on what needs to be done to help him.

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Henry
Not sure
6 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen testicles, bad breath,

My cat has swollen testicles, but doesn't seem to be in pain. He licks himself all over a lot. Also, when we first go him, he smelled like ant poison? Now, he has a really bad smell to him, like gas or feces. I think it's coming from his mouth. He also used to cough and wheeze a lot, but doesn't as much anymore. I'm seriously considering taking him to the vet soon, I just don't really have the money right now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3208 Recommendations
There are many possible causes for swollen testicles including trauma, infections, excessive licking among causes; you should bathe the scrotum regularly with a dilute antiseptic and prevent Henry from licking himself (a cone may help). As for the bad breath and other symptoms, it is really difficult to say what the specific cause is; you should visit a Veterinarian to take a look at the testicles (and neuter is you’re not planning anything with him) and they can give him a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Do you know how to get rid of a cat smelly and swollen private part?

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Brolek
Tuxedo
13 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Testicular licking
Scab
Hair Loss

My cat lately has been licking/biting his testicles I just noticed he has hair loss in that area and small scabs, this has been going on for a couple of weeks. I don't notice any swelling, he is also big on grooming himself constantly. His eating is good, drinking lots of water. Haven't noticed any blood in urine. I haven't tried any creams or ointments.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3208 Recommendations
You should try to place a cone on Brolek and bathe the scrotum twice per day with a dilute antiseptic, you may also place a dab of Neosporin on the scrotum as well to be on the safe side; see how he goes over the next week but if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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