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What is Vaginal Inflammation?

Vaginal inflammation in cats, also called vaginitis, is a condition in which the vaginal area on a female cat becomes irritated or inflamed and may have some light colored discharge. The condition is moderately painful for your cat and, if left untreated, can lead to more complicated issues such as urinary tract infections (UTI) and infection of the uterus or other reproductive organs. While vaginitis may often resolve on its own, given the ease with which more serious conditions may develop, it's best to consult with a veterinarian if you suspect your cat is suffering from vaginitis.

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Symptoms of Vaginal Inflammation in Cats

While vaginal inflammation may sound like a straightforward condition, given the fastidious nature of cats, it can be difficult to catch. Here are a few common symptoms to watch out for.

  • Red or swollen vaginal area
  • Light colored, mucus-like discharge
  • Increased attention from male cats
  • Scooting of rear end across surfaces
  • Excessive grooming or licking
  • Frequent urination or trips to the litter box without urinating
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Causes of Vaginal Inflammation in Cats

The causes of vaginal inflammation in cats may be varied. A qualified veterinarian will be able to diagnose your pet appropriately. Some causes may include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Cyst or abscess of vaginal area
  • Trauma or injury
  • Presence of foreign objects
  • Interior physical deformities of vaginal folds
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Diagnosis of Vaginal Inflammation in Cats

While diagnoses of the condition itself is present upon an initial examination, it is the underlying cause of the symptoms the veterinarian will be the most concerned with. To begin, your vet will conduct a physical examination of your cat. Your vet will check temperature, tenderness in the abdomen and clarity of eyes and any discharge from the mouth.

Next, your vet will want to collect urine from your cat. Unlike in dogs, collecting urine from a cat can be difficult. Your vet may wish to collect a clean, uncontaminated sample by inserting a needle directly into the bladder. Your cat may need to undergo anesthesia for this procedure. A urinalysis of the fluid collected will identify the presence of any white blood cells and will also allow a vet to perform a culture to determine which medicines any bacteria in the urine may be susceptible to. 

In the event the cause of the vaginitis in your cat is not immediately apparent, or if frequent bouts of vaginitis reoccur, your vet may also use a scope or ultrasound to determine whether any internal deformities exist. These deformities, or folds, can often cause bacteria to collect and grow in the urine, creating a situation where perpetual infections may occur.

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Treatment of Vaginal Inflammation in Cats

Treatment of vaginal inflammation in cats is typically straightforward, but strict. Your vet will order that your cat be provided with unlimited clean drinking water, in order to dilute any bacteria in the urine. Your veterinarian may also prescribe a course of antibiotics. The type of antibiotic will be tailored to the specific form of bacteria in your cat’s urine, determined from the culture of the collected urine.

In the event of persistent vaginitis with recurring infection, your veterinarian may have several options to consider. First, if your cat is young, unsprayed and has not yet experienced a heat cycle, your vet may prescribe a wait and see approach of treatment. In some cases, recurring bouts of vaginitis due to hormonal or physical deformities may resolve as the female organs grow and mature. Your veterinarian will still recommend treating the bouts as they occur during this time.

If time and sexual maturity do not resolve the condition, your veterinarian may want to perform minor surgery on your cat to remove any potential foreign objects or correct a deformity. In order to perform this procedure, your cat will need to be admitted to your veterinarian’s facility and put under anesthesia in order to ensure they remain still and calm throughout the delicate surgery. Prior to surgery, your veterinarian will perform another full blood panel to ensure minimal risk of adverse reaction to any drugs that will be administered.

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Recovery of Vaginal Inflammation in Cats

With proper treatment, and adherence to the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian, prognosis for recovery and the long-term health outlook for your cat are very good. Vaginitis due to bacterial infection will typically resolve within several days of starting medication. You should monitor your cat carefully for any signs of recurring vaginal inflammation episodes, since this may point to a more serious underlying condition.

Vaginal inflammation caused by deformities, trauma or foreign bodies will also resolve shortly after the underlying condition is healed or removed. With proper post-surgical care, even in severe cases, your cat should lead a long and healthy life.

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Vaginal Inflammation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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She weeing very tiny amounts and I noticed her bits look sore but she won't let me go near her tail

Sept. 27, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay in answering, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. It sounds like she may have a urinary tract infection, or another cause of inflammation.It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and help get treatment if it is appropriate.

Oct. 13, 2020

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Precious

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Red Bumps
Red Swollen Vagina And Anus Discharge

My kitty has recently started alicking herself excessively in her vagina and anal area. She us also having some discharge and the area is red and swollen. She is also going to the bathroom quite often. What could be going on with her?

Sept. 15, 2018

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Clea

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Hello,my persian cat gets lion cuts to help with shedding and keeping her groin area clean. After her shake this week she’s been exhibiting some discomfort by being more ‘needy’ and licking her groin a lot, to the point where her vulva and area around are inflamed and the surrounding area is brownish. She also goes to pee more frequently and pees less amount than average each time. I bought her a cone so she can’t lick anymore but I wonder if you can recommend an antibiotic or what I can use to speed up the healing?

Aug. 2, 2018

Clea's Owner

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It certainly sounds like there may be some vaginitis or infection which is leading to irritation and excessive licking, you would be unable to get a suitable antibiotic over the counter and it would be irresponsible for me to recommended anything without examining Clea first. You should visit your Veterinarian to diagnose the issue and to receive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 3, 2018

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Swollen Vagina
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Tender Vagina

My cat had kittens less than a week ago. She bled quite a bit, at least compared to other pregnant females I’ve had. She was still dripping blood 48 hours after birth but it was sporadically. Now she is kind of walking like she is tender, she’s very swollen in her vaginal area and has been licking a lot. She doesn’t let me get the best look at it and it seems she’s uncomfortable when I handle her. Common after birth or do we need a trip to the vet?

July 30, 2018

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Some vaginal bleeding and discomfort may be considered normal for a few days after queening, but if there is a large quantity of blood or she is showing signs of severe discomfort you should check in with your Veterinarian especially if you’re unable to get a good look at everything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

July 31, 2018

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Silver

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My cat private area is swollen and she constantly licks down there and sleeps a lot threw the day. She doesn’t really eat as much during the day and night time and I just want to know what’s wrong with her.

July 4, 2018

Silver's Owner

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It is possible that Silver has a little vaginitis which may occur due to infection, this may lead to licking and other symptoms; without examining her I cannot say for certain but you should visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side so that treatment may be prescribed. In the meantime, try to prevent her from licking and wipe the vulva with a chlorhexidine wipe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

July 5, 2018

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Mystic

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Loss Of Balance
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Loss Of Appetite And Wegth Loss Ect

I would say my cat is bout 3 1/2 - 4 yrs old and she's slowly loosing weight it looks like and and eating her food but more eats her cat treat more and also keeps constantly licking herself down there and sometimes drinking her water and that I can see and sleeps most of the time and I can't tell if she has any discharge or not cuz she won't let me look and so I can't tell if it's puffy or not either but I smelled like farts come from her all the time God owfal smell and also was rubbing and laying on the floor like she's in heat bit she can't be she's fixed and still rubbing against me and things and loving up on me still and is meowing all the time and her cat litter box her poop and pee look fine in it idk what's wrong can you help and tell me please she had energy but now she acts depressed like laying in her bed or on my bed all the time looking at me like she wants to cry bcan you tell me what's wrong please...ut then comes up wanting loves and pettings still and everything and lays next to me and let's e pets her also to and she was really playful with her toys and now she's not she's like a lump on a log and sleeps all the time and I can't tell if she has a fever or not and her nose is fine and her fur it looks like a mess when it used to look nice and smooth all the time idk what's wrong with my baby girl help please and I don't have the money for a vet right now is there anything I can do from home if possible can you let me know what to do God I would hate to have to put her down she's a wonderful loving cat:( my heart would be broken...please help

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Lucky

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Vaginal Bleeding, Swelling

Vaginal bleeding n discharge keeps peeing everywhere and crying I took her to the vet costs me 200 for an antibiotic still not cured I dont have the funds to keep taking her to the vet I ordered UTI meds from petco n amazon still not helping n shes getting worse I'm at my witts end but love my kitty she is fixed n chipped so I spent money on her cuz at the time I had it now I dont I dont know what to do

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Aria

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Redness

I noticed my 1-year-old cat appeared to have a dark spot on her vulva. When I looked closer, it appeared to be dried blood or poop. But I’m not sure. It’s also red, but I don’t see any discharge right now. No other symptoms I can see, except she keeps licking it. Seeing a vet is tough right now. Should I monitor her for now or do I need to rush to the vet?

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Sabrina

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Licking At Genitals

My cat is 8 years old unspayed, she’s a very low maintenance cat. She once had a uti when she was two, but has been fine since, until a few days ago. She’s been constantly licking herself down there, she actually has herself licked raw, and she’s bleeding. She will not let me touch her, or she’ll scratch, and bite me.

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Lola

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Frequently Urinating
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Red Vagina

My cat Lola is three she has crystals in urine like two years ago and just had a uti like a month ago . They did X rays and bloodwork and no signs of idk what’s it’s called lol . But yesterday I noticed her frequently going to pee and licking at her vagina . She always have clean water and clean litter box . So idk what’s going on

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