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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Just to set it straight, I am in no way asking for medical advice. Just wanted to know if anyone has experienced the same thing or anything like it?

Planning on a vet visit tomorrow. But I was just wondering if anyone knew what it "might" be. She seems to be leaking a clear watery fluid from her backside. I'm not sure which "area" it is coming from. She seems to be in a good mood. Purring and all. She is in no way pregnant. Never fixed but she's an indoor cat and the only male we have indoors is fixed. She still wants attention. This just started today. I read about the uterus infection. That's why I want to get her to the vet asap. She is in heat ALOT.

Has anyone had a cat with a yeast infection? If so, what were the symptoms? My stepmother mentioned that our dog had one and was leaking a little?

Has anyone experienced this with their cat?
post #2 of 25
It is more than likely her anal glands. They secrete a foul smelling discharge during defecation. They are located on the outside of the anus. It is a normal everyday thing for kitties, they do this when they defecate. It is also used for social recognition in cats. Hope that helps!
post #3 of 25
As for a uterine infection, the only thing I can think of that has vaginal discharge as a symptom is Pyometra. It all depends on whether the cervix is opened or closed.

By the way, does the discharge smell really foul? Usually if it is a vaginal discharge it is thicker. Anal gland secretion is clear and colourless but smells REALLY foul!

I have had lot's of kitties that have overactive anal glands... The best thing is to take her to the vet, he/she is the best person to diagnose a problem.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by Crazy-Cat-Lover
It is more than likely her anal glands. They secrete a foul smelling discharge during defecation. They are located on the outside of the anus. It is a normal everyday thing for kitties, they do this when they defecate. It is also used for social recognition in cats. Hope that helps!
We haven't noticed a smell coming from it. That's another thing that worries me. And it's in large amounts. At the moment the back of Zombie's (the cat) legs are wet as is her tail on it's underside. I didn't notice a urine smell to the fluid either. I didn't mention this earlier because my sister mentioned a smell when Zombie was cleaning herself. As it turns out, Zombie is known for her very bad breath so she may have been smelling that. But when I was there I didn't notice a smell.

Thanks for your help though! I appreciate it very much. This way if I notice what you mentioned tomorrow I might be a little more relieved. She still needs the vet however. Just to be sure she's okay. Thanks again.
post #5 of 25
Quick question...have you considered having her spayed?

Spotz
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Spotz
Quick question...have you considered having her spayed?

Spotz
Not this particular cat. She's over 10 years old now. She's always been a skinny cat. I don't think she can be anywhere over 3 pounds if that. Never thought of it as a safe route. This was before I heard about Pyometra. Now I'm considering the spaying of my 4 year old, Chloe. Zombie also has some sort of a permanant respiratory problem and one eye. She has lots of snots and sneezing, but I believe that that is caused by her eye. Even though it was removed and stitched it may still need to drain? But we never got her fixed. Hopefully this isn't Pyometra or anything serious.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chloe10482
Not this particular cat. She's over 10 years old now. She's always been a skinny cat. I don't think she can be anywhere over 3 pounds if that. Never thought of it as a safe route. This was before I heard about Pyometra. Now I'm considering the spaying of my 4 year old, Chloe. Zombie also has some sort of a permanant respiratory problem and one eye. She has lots of snots and sneezing, but I believe that that is caused by her eye. Even though it was removed and stitched it may still need to drain? But we never got her fixed. Hopefully this isn't Pyometra or anything serious.
I would definately have Chloe fixed...I would certainly ask about having Zombie fixed. Sometimes what we think can't be done is actually the best thing for the cat. There are many health benefits to spaying:

Spaying and neutering helps cats and dogs live longer, healthier lives.
Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, especially when your pet is spayed before her first heat.
Spaying can prevent various reproductive tract disorders

I would certainly check with your vet.

Katie
post #8 of 25
If it is a pyometra the treatment is spaying her plus antibiotics, you may not have a choice in it now. Definately get her to a vet ASAP.
post #9 of 25
I am very glad you are getting her in for a vet exam, pyometra is what I'd be concerned about, and frankly, I'd get her spayed versus the increased risk of mammary cancer.

I lost my sweet Mervat to mammary cancer, and no one can convince me that it wasn't due to her being spayed rather late in life

You do not want that diagnosis, trust me.
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all of you who have tried to help out. I really appreciate it. I am considering the spaying of Chloe now. I guess I have to think of her and not myself. What's in her best interests. We are now waiting for my stepmother to get home so we can get Zombie to the vet. If it is Pyometra we would need to set up payment plans with the Vet. During a rough time now. But it should all come through. Zombie is my sister's baby. And my stepmother favors my sister. :O)

Thanks again!
post #11 of 25
pyometra can be deadly.. not wanting to scare you or anything.. but when I volunteered for an animal rescue group, we had a cat come in that was supposedly spayed.. but she wasn't. She did get pyometra shortly after coming into our care.. she nearly died, after the spay, antibiotics and overnight fluids, she is now doing fine and is adopted out. The only thing that can help her is a spay.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I lost my sweet Mervat to mammary cancer, and no one can convince me that it wasn't due to her being spayed rather late in life

You do not want that diagnosis, trust me.
I'm sorry to hear about your cat, Mervat. I lost two kitties in December. One day I lost my little girl, Stimpy, and the next day, I lost my little boy, Paige. I lost Paige to FIP, and Stimpy had "funnel chest". I stayed with Paige through the whole thing. Held his little paw and kept talking so he knew I was there. He was blind from the FIP. I know how it feels. Paige was my 2nd cat to FIP and I hope I never have to experience it again. My first was Spengo to the wet. Paige was dry. Horrible experience. I'm sure that any cancer can't be easy on them either. I just hope that Mervat went peacefully.
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
We got her to the vet today. She stopped with the leaking for awhile so my stepmother decided to give it a day or two. Got her in earlier today. Turns out she has a urinary tract infection. He said to keep an eye on her and if she starts to get lazy and not eat then to bring her in for a spaying. She's on antibiotics now to help the infection. He said that if the uti isn't treated it can move to her uterus and cause Pyometra.

Thought that I'd give you all an update. Hopefully the antibiotics take care of the problem.
post #14 of 25
I would still strongly suggest you look into spaying her and even discuss it with your vet. It's really for her own good.

Good to hear that for now it's something simple, please keep us posted, and may she get well soon!

Spotz
post #15 of 25
Once she is over the UTI I would get her spayed, it will be cheaper than waiting for her to get a pyometra (which she is at a highher risk for because of her age. Think of it as saving money because if she does get a pyometra you are looking at several times the cost of a normal spay.
post #16 of 25
Thank you for the update, I'm glad she's been seen and is on meds. I know it won't surprise you that I am going to agree with the previous two posts...once she's well again, best to get her spayed.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
I forgot to keep you updated on her situation.

Zombie is fine now. She did have her spay performed shortly after. =0) Over a year later, she is doing very well.

Just a few months ago I had one of my boyfriend's cats taken in that had pyometra. 18 years old. Also had her spayed. She has yet to grow the fur back on her legs, but she is now fine also.
post #18 of 25
Glad to hear it all went well. Now you can see the importance of getting the cat spayed when it is younger rather then waiting until it is older. Spaying may seem expensive but compared to vet costs later on when problems and disease and cancer occur...it is way cheaper. Plus the cat is happier. AND there are even low cost clinics all over the place you could take her to so the spaying will most likely be under $60.
post #19 of 25
Great to hear! Hope Zombie's got 10 more years in her!
post #20 of 25
I am so glad Zombie got spayed, and hope Chloe did too. I lost a rescue to mammary cancer last year as her owner had never got her spayed, she was lucky to have got to 14 without getting pyo, but to me the saddest part is she had gone for bloodtests when tehy found the lumps, and all her organs were good for a 14 yo, she did need a dental and had chronic runny eyes due to untreated cat flu, but she could potentially have had years if only she had been spayed.
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Chloe has yet to be fixed. I plan on getting it done. I believe there is a place around here that does them for around 60 dollars. But I still might just take her to the vet. Make sure she gets all of her shots also.

We took in our other outside male after Mongo got hit by a car in late June. Miss that boy. So Chloe is going to need to be fixed. He sleeps in the basement overnight. Only upstairs when we are there to watch him. Ackey (the male) is close to his scheduling for his fix. And I'd like to release the worry of cancers and pyometra in Chloe as well.

Thank you for all of your help on the subject. =0)
post #22 of 25
I do hope you get her done soon, especially if you have an unneutered male in the house, it will cause her to come into heat more often, and that increases the health risks. I would actually get her done before him though, as males can still produce sperm afterwards.
post #23 of 25

My 3 month old kitten did the same thing this morning.I know she`s not in heat ! But i`m wondering was she just excited to see me ? I have had her scince she was 4 weeks.I know kittens stay with Mom yill 8 weeks,but they were going to give her to some one,so i took her.She still eats wet food .but loves her Blue Wilderness!I put her on baby formula as soon as i found out the true age,and she is really growing now!So my point is she thinks i`m her Mom due to this.I can`t sleep with her right now as i am very sick.So could it be possible it was excitment ? Or please God , not an infection.I had no idea cats could get a yeast infection.Would it be something in the glands ? Anyone if you know ..... ...not much of an answer for you ,but when i saw your post,it sounded similar ... Thankyou ...

post #24 of 25

Crazy Cat Lover ,thankyou so much , that sounds like the exact thing my kitten did , i will be taking her to the xet asap, Thankyou again so much  

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by MaryAnn Routh View Post

My 3 month old kitten did the same thing this morning.I know she`s not in heat ! But i`m wondering was she just excited to see me ? I have had her scince she was 4 weeks.I know kittens stay with Mom yill 8 weeks,but they were going to give her to some one,so i took her.She still eats wet food .but loves her Blue Wilderness!I put her on baby formula as soon as i found out the true age,and she is really growing now!So my point is she thinks i`m her Mom due to this.I can`t sleep with her right now as i am very sick.So could it be possible it was excitment ? Or please God , not an infection.I had no idea cats could get a yeast infection.Would it be something in the glands ? Anyone if you know ..... ...not much of an answer for you ,but when i saw your post,it sounded similar ... Thankyou ...

Yes, she definitely needs to see a vet. Can you get her spayed soon as well?
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