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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Vaginal Inflammation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Silver
tabby
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2959 Recommendations
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

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Kitty Kat
I don't know
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge

My cat I about 3 years old. Unspayed. Has mucus discharge in her vagina. she sleeps alot now. Eats well drinks too. She has happened loss on her home legs maybe unrelated. Used to be very needy. Loved being petted all the time. Grooms excessively. The vaginal discharge is new. Now just sleeps

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any case where there is vaginal discharge should be seen by your Veterinarian especially when the cat isn’t spayed; infections, foreign objects, pregnancy among other causes may cause these symptoms. Without examining Kitty Kat, I cannot say what the specific cause of the vaginal discharge is; your Veterinarian will be able to examine Kitty Kat and prescribe the correct treatment, spaying should be considered if you are not planning on breeding her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

There are now does of blood. I can't afford a vet. I was in better financial straits when I got her. Not anymore. What should I do??

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Rikku
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

My cat Rikku is 4yo, 5lbs, female indoor cat, good appetite, has chronic inflammation and stomatitis (her teeth were removed at 7mo). Today she has licked her genitals and rear until her fur is wet and they appear slightly swollen. She has never done this before. She doesn’t have any smell/doesn’t seem to be impacted. Her belly and bladder do not feel swollen or distended. She is not behaving differently, and is not upset by being picked up or chased/playing with her sisters. She has not had trouble eating, but I have not seen her defecate yet. I am leaving the country tomorrow morning and will be gone for 2 weeks. Her regular sitter will be staying with her. Is there anything that I can do at this point to make sure she’s comfortable/healthy while I’m gone? Are there symptoms that her sitter can watch for, or care the sitter should give while I’m gone? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It might be a good idea to have Rikku examined by a veterinarian to make sure that her urinary tract and anal area is okay. If you are leaving tomorrow, your sitter may need to take her to see your veteirnarian. She is probably licking for a reason, and it would be best to find out what is going on with her.

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Leva
Persian
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Vomiting
vulva area is red

I got my cat spayed but after that she started peeing on the floor or carpets and she is constipated all the time i dont know what happened after that. Its been a year since she is spayed but still not perfectly fine. I want to know what is going on? Today i saw her vulva area and its red she can’t let me touch it. She is vomiting 3 times a day since 4 days. I gave her medicine for vomiting now she is fine but all the other symptoms are not understandable for me. She often comes to me and purring and kneading and when ever she does believe me she is in pain also her apetite is not good as much it was.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Leva, I am not sure what might be going on with her, but it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to try and determine whether she has an infection or some other irritation that is causing this behavior and these problems. I hope that she does well.

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EraBella
Calico
11 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge and swelling.
Vaginal Discharge

Medication Used

none

EraBella is about 3 weeks pregnant her first pregnancy. She is having alot of vaginal discharge and she also has vaginal swelling. She is constantly licking her vaginal area. Should I be worried or is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little discharge during a pregnancy may be considered normal; but if the discharge contains blood, pus or is smelly you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. She will be licking her vulva due to the presence of the discharge and the vulva may be swollen due to hormones or from the licking. Keep an eye on everything for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or you’re generally concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr.Turner.

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Goldie
Cat
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Bleeding, Swollen Vagina
Vaginal bleeding

Tonight I just noticed that one of my female cats vagina is swollen and extended and she is bleeding heavily. We are unsure if she was breed or not as she never got bigger. Is it an emergency situation if she is indeed breed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Goldie is bleeding heavily, you should treat it as an emergency; I cannot be sure whether she has been bred or if there is something more serious occurring. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to ensure that she is alright and not in any danger. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigrilla
American Bobtail
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello, I care some stray cats in LA, CA. This morning, the younger one, a female was not ok so I did take her to my home. She is bleeding a little bit. Also she pis with a little bit of blood. I called the cats foundation and the cat will be spay/neuter next week. Meanwhile I have the cat at home, but I am very worried because she could be worst for next week. What can I do? She is resting very comfortable, doesn't look like sick, no fiber. I need help! Thank you. Cristina

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause of the bleeding is; infections, trauma, poisoning, urinary stones, clotting disorders, kidney inflammation and tumours may lead to bleeding. For now keep an eye on Tigrilla and visit a charity clinic if the symptoms get worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://ssfmobileclinic.org/

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K.C.
Unknown
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Painful Urination
Vaginal bleeding
Vaginal Bleeding inflammation

Medication Used

none

My female cat, aged 5 years, has cerebellar hypoplasia (idk that that has any effect here, I just want everything to be known). Because of the CH, she wears diapers for pets. And YES, the get changed VERY often and very rarely does she urinate in them, they're just a precaution for overnight & when we're away. The last few days we've been noticing that she seemed "aroused?" Maybe when cleaning herself. Making lots of noises. We made a joke about it & let it go. Last night, however, we noticed a signicatnt amount of blood coming from her vaginal area, thought maybe she's just in heat and put her diaper on. But today when the diaper came off, it was full of dried blood all over it, she's constantly after her vagina, then I heard her scream very VERY loudly from the next room and went in to find she had peed on the floor. I looked more closely and her vagina and it's very raw and sore and bloody. I used an oral syringe to squirt warm water on it to try and clean the area a little and that seemed to really relieve her agitation with the area & I also got a lot of love during that ordeal. Then, after multiple attempts, major hissing and screaming, I was able to put a diaper on her again so as to keep her away from the area because like I had said, she's been at it quite a lot the past few days. We're very worried & our local vet is very very expensive and doesn't seem to really even conduct actual examinations. They just look, make you wait an hour and then charge us $400. They didn't even notice our cat was deaf and told us her hearing was just fine. I just, we need help, PLEASE?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2959 Recommendations
Without examining KC I cannot say whether the issue is just irritation to the vulva or if there is a problem with the vagina, uterus or urinary tract; you should be bathing the vulva with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment (make sure you cover with the nappy/diaper), it may also be useful to place a cone on her and allow the area to ‘air’ for a bit instead of being confined with no airflow. I understand that you have little confidence in your Veterinarian, but I cannot recommend any prescription medication without examining a patient first and recommend you visit your Veterinarian or a different one; additionally, it may be worth getting her spayed if you’re not planning on breeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milly
Domestic long hair
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Light brown discharge
Light liquidy brownish discharge

Hello! I have a vet appointment for my cat but the vet is full and I can’t get her in for a week or more...she has become an indoor cat, she’s gaines some weight from it, but has been acting herself and eating drinking normally, peeing normally, but her #2’s have been every other day or every 3 days depending on how much exercise she gets. I have given her a little bit of organic canned pumpkin in her wet food when this happens and it does the job. She’s very independent and She’s probable 12 or 13. She was a stray that got fixed and she adopted us after we moved into the neighborhood 9 yrs ago. She has been having a little bit of light brown spotting by her crotch and st first I thought it was poop because she has gained that weight and can’t groom really great (and refuses to let me help her!) But I noticed it looks like she’s just got some discharge that is not thick and doesn’t smell. She doesn’t seem to have a lot of it. She doesn’t show any signs of pain while going to the bathroom that I have noticed. Just wondering if this sounds like anything serious? I am going to try and get her into the vet ASAP but until then I just thought I would mention it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little discharge or brown spots near the vulva may be considered ‘normal’ however it is important to get these things checked out to be on the safe side. If Milly isn’t showing any other symptoms, I would monitor her until you can get an appointment with your Veterinarian; however if the discharge turns thick, smelly, Milly develops a fever or anything else concerning, you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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