More than 90 percent of female cats are neutered so womb infection is not very common but can be a life-threatening condition.
Signs of this are usually loss of appetite, excessive drinking and lethargy.
Later, vomiting will occur and without treatment it can be fatal.
Although the problem is most obvious in cats that haven’t been spayed, it can also occur if any of the uterus has been left behind after the removal operation. This is less common though.
As with all diseases, the earlier the diagnosis the better the outlook.
Fortunately the signs are usually very obvious and vets will often be able to diagnose this problem during their initial examination.
The enlarged womb can be felt by hand but tests such as ultrasound or X-ray of the abdomen may also be useful.
There could be kidney damage so fluids may be given and blood tests taken before surgical removal of the womb and ovaries.
This can obviously be expensive so prevention by spaying is better than cure.
David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals. Write to him at Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN.
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