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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My cats vagina area is swollen and she was licking it for 10

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My cats vagina area is swollen and she was licking it for 10 minutes
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Linda and she's 2 years old
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Linda?
Customer: She can't pee, she does a little bit at a time but that's it
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Cher. Welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply, shortly.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.

Hello again, Anthony.

I'm sorry Linda is feeling uncomfortable. From your description, it sounds like she may have developed a urinary tract infection, feline idiopathic cystitis, or a bladder blockage.

If she is unable to pee a full stream and keeps licking this area and trying to pee, but can't, normally, something is blocking her bladder from allowing her to pee. She could have developed bladder stones, kidney stones or crystals, which are tiny, sand-like particles that develop in urine that is not acidic enough.

Here is more information:


I'm assuming Linda is spayed, but if not, she could have a serious uterine infection called pyometra, which needs immediate veterinary attention.


If she is spayed, we don't have to worry about this.

You will need to bring her to the nearest ER vet center to have her assessed, treated and the blockage removed, so she can pee normally again. Right now, she's extremely uncomfortable.

I hope all will be well with your Linda! Please let me know how she's doing and what the vet's diagnosis is, after she's seen in person. Thanks!

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Warmest wishes,


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What if I can't pay the vet bill?
Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.

There are several things you can do, if you're in a financial bind. Apply for Care Credit:


Bring Linda to a VCA Animal Hospital if you have one near you. They offer a free first visit to new clients with a downloadable coupon (below):


Try to borrow the fee from a friend/relative, etc.

I understand your bind, but if Linda can't pee and her bladder is full, her waste will back up into her body and cause severe health problems; her bladder could also burst.

This is a medical emergency, so try your best to have her seen asap. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do from home, for the symptoms you're describing.

Warmest regards,