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What is Vaginal Discharge?

When your cat is suffering from vaginal discharge, she may groom excessively, suffer from loss of energy or appetite, and in some instances, act perfectly normal other than abnormal discharge.  When your female cat is suffering from vaginal discharge, you may also notice a change in behavior towards her from the other cats in your household, especially any male cats present.

Vaginal discharge in cats is a broad symptom that can be caused by a number of underlying conditions.  Many of these conditions may be life-threatening, and it is important that you bring your cat to your veterinarian for a full examination if vaginal discharge is occurring. 

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Symptoms of Vaginal Discharge in Cats

While the symptoms vary depending on the underlying cause, vaginal discharge in your cat is always characterized by an abnormal discharge from the vaginal area.  The discharge may come in various colors and consistencies, depending on the underlying cause.  A breakdown of the potential symptoms to watch for includes:

  • Vaginal discharge either clear (mucus) or pus-like, potentially accompanied by blood
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive Grooming
  • Excessive Thirst
  • High Temperature
  • Excessive Attention from Male Cats
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Causes of Vaginal Discharge in Cats

Vaginal discharge in cats tends to be a symptom, or an indication of an underlying disease, infection or other condition.  There are, however, several common causes of vaginal discharge in cats.

  • Pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus, typically found in unsprayed adult female cats
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginosis
  • Foreign bodies
  • Certain warts or other growths
  • Injury due to trauma or copulation
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Diagnosis of Vaginal Discharge in Cats

In order to diagnose the cause of vaginal discharge in your cat, the veterinarian will first need a detailed medical and lifestyle history of your pet.  Some of the important information you will need to gather includes whether your cat is spayed and whether they are an indoor/outdoor cat or exclusively indoors.  You should also make a note of when the discharge began and provide a description of as many additional symptoms as possible.  Changes in eating, sleeping or drinking habits will be especially important.

Your vet will conduct a thorough medical examination of your cat.  Temperature and any sensitivity to pressure to the pelvic area will help determine if there is an infection of the uterus or related organs.  Your doctor will also ask for bloodwork to determine white blood cell count, especially if there is pus or a bloody discharge.

The physical exam may also include scoping with a miniature camera or other optical device, to determine the presence of any injury or foreign bodies.  This may require that your cat be mildly sedated depending on temperament.  In the case of obvious infection, your vet will seek to make a quick diagnosis, as this condition can be life-threatening.

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Treatment of Vaginal Discharge in Cats

Since vaginal discharge in cats can have a variety of causes, treatment will be tailored as much as possible to the underlying disease or condition.  

Treatment of Infection, or Pyometra

If the underlying cause of the vaginal discharge is diagnosed as pyometra, or an infection of the uterus, your vet will have several courses of treatment to recommend.  The least invasive course of action involves hospitalization and administering drugs that induce your cat’s uterus to contract and eliminate the infection.  Antibiotics are then given to attempt to prevent infection from returning.

The second course of treatment for pyometra is surgical, in which a spay procedure is performed and the entire uterus is removed.  The doctor will take care to not nick or puncture the uterus which would spread the infection throughout your cat.  It is important to note that while this may be the more invasive procedure, it also produces the highest rates of recovery as the condition cannot recur once the uterus is removed.

Treatment of Other Causes of Vaginal Discharge in Your Cat

Treatment of vaginal discharge in your cat in cases other than infection can range from physical removal of a foreign object to management with medication.  In the case of injury, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream to prevent additional infection of the area.  In the case of a UTI, oral antibiotics can also be administered.

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Recovery of Vaginal Discharge in Cats

As long as treatment is sought quickly for your cat’s vaginal discharge, the prognosis for recovery is very good.  In the event of treatment of pyometra via a spay procedure, cats are typically able to return to their normal routines shortly after returning home.  It will be important to completely administer any medications and to return to your veterinarian at the correct time to have any stitches or staples removed from the incision site. 

In the case of a UTI, foreign body or other minor injury, time is on your side.  Given enough time and properly administered medications, your cat’s injury will begin to heal over the course of several days to a week.

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Vaginal Discharge Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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I noticed that my cat has been excessively grooming herself and when I looked closer I saw the discharge. She is not yet spayed and was in heat about 5 days ago and I noticed the discharge 2 days ago. I’ve been keeping my eye on her and she seems happy but she has been sleeping a lot and she hasn’t been eating as much as usual.

Sept. 9, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I'm glad that you are noticing this, as this could become a problem quickly. If cats are not spayed, they are prone to uterine infections that become life-threatening quite quickly. Since you are noticing it while she is generally feeling okay, now is the time to take her in to be spayed. Your veterinarian will be able to look at her, see if that's what's going on, and let you know what the appropriate treatment might be. I hope that everything goes well for her.

Sept. 9, 2020

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Bloody Discharge Coming From Her Rear End

My female cat has had a creamy bloody looking substance coming from her rear end for a few days. At first it was a lot. Then it went away for a day. Then it came back but not nearly as much as the first night.

Aug. 24, 2020

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Hello Is your cat spayed? If she is not, then she may have a uterine infection and need to be spayed. I recommend that you take her to a veterinarian for an exam and diagnostic tests like lab work and x-rays. Good luck.

Aug. 26, 2020

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Lightly Colored Red Liquid

My sweet girl has been sleeping, drinking, eating normally. She was scratching around a dog’s bed and I thought she was just lying down. She then went to go squat to pee but when I went to grab her off the bed she rolled on her back and I saw a red liquid coming from her vagina. She doesn’t seem to be hurting around her backside and walking normal. It was only a very small amount like two drops from medical dropper.

Aug. 6, 2020

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Thank you for your question. It is likely that she has a bladder infection, and it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to look at her, is having a urine sample, and see if she needs medication. I hope it all goes well for her.

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Discharge From Vulva

our dear girl Gemma has been spayed since we picked her up from a shelter in 2017. Today as I was getting up she came up to me (not her norm, she loves my husband more) and she turned around and I noticed a dark discharge around her vulva, I am highly concerned. I can't imagine what it could be.

July 31, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Gemma may have a urinary tract infection, or what is called a 'stump pyometra', where the bit of uterus left at the time of the spay can get infected. It is not common, but it does happen. It would probably be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and check her urine to see what might be going on, and get treatment for her if needed. I hope that all goes well for her!

July 31, 2020

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Discharge

I have an unaltered female cat that has yellow discharge. It looks like it could be a little thicker than water I'm not sure if it's because she's in heat or passed the heat but I've noticed it every now and then and didn't know what it was or where it came from. In the picture it looks orange but in person it's very yellow.

July 25, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Cats don't normally have a discharge during a heat cycle If she does have a discharge, there's a strong possibility that she has an infection, and uterine infections can become quite serious, quite quickly. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, and possibly spayed, as soon as possible, to help prevent any further complications. I hope that all goes well for her.

July 25, 2020

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White Discharge

Hello my cat Galexi is about a year old. She has had a few heats, but Nevers has had any issues. Today she has been meowing short soft meows and she is seeming to be eating and drinking fine no other issues. We had her in our room with is and she started crawling under our blankets meowing and then she was laying in my husbands lap and she was allowing us to rub her belly and she was loving the attention when suddenly she discharged a decent amount of white discharge. Just worried because we do not have the money to pay for vet right now.

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White Discharge

Hello my cat Galexi is about a year old. She has had a few heats, but Nevers has had any issues. Today she has been meowing short soft meows and she is seeming to be eating and drinking fine no other issues. We had her in our room with is and she started crawling under our blankets meowing and then she was laying in my husbands lap and she was allowing us to rub her belly and she was loving the attention when suddenly she discharged a decent amount of white discharge. Just worried because we do not have the money to pay for vet right now.

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Mucous, Blood-Tinged Discharge

My cat spot pee'd around the house and also has a slimy.. mucous sort of blood-tinged discharge after a pee. I thought it was a UTI or parasite of some kind, but she also seems to be in heat and has ran off today. She is never gone from the house for too long when she gets out but she hasn't returned since this morning. It's now 8PM and Autumn so it's been dark since 5PM, she never even came back for her dinner. :( I think she's just in heat. Missing my baby! If she'd come home, I would take her in to the vet to see what's going on!

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I have a female cat that has been spayed. She's about 5 or 6 years old. Always has been an indoor cat. I noticed occasionally after she's been laying on me there's a wet spot and it smells bad! She eats and drinks fine. But has never been active like my other cats. She will play though. She gets in horrible fights with one of my male cats. I don't have a lot of money for the Vet, can someone please help with advice?

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Excessive Grooming

Hi. My cat is currently having a vaginal discharge. I noticed a couple of weeks back when she had come back from playing from outside that her vagina was swollen and i didn't think much of it. I noticed this swelling because my cat had started to groom excessively. Then I started noticing the pus like discharge which is yellowish green in colour today. I just googled this and now am about to rush her to the vet. She was a street kitten and she is hardly 8 months old. Wish me luck!

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