When Bella arrived at our shelter, we were told she was pregnant and not far from having kittens, which of course we were so excited for!
Unfortunately, the reality was very different, and nearly fatal.
She actually had a condition called pyometra. This is where an infection takes hold in the cat’s uterus, and with very few symptoms (or often none), is almost always fatal. Bella was very lucky.
If she had been spayed, this could not have happened. Bella wouldn’t have been at risk, and we wouldn’t be telling this story, which thankfully, has a happy ending.
Found by local animal heroes, Bella was reported to the National RSPCA. These wonderful members of the public caring for her have definitely rescued her!
Scans showed she was pregnant so we started to get ready for a litter, giving her regular check ups and taking her to our local animal hospital for their expert facilities.
One check showed something wasn’t right. The vets weren’t happy with the scans and what they could see didn’t match what they expected. So, they decided to look into it further and find out what was going on.
This was when they found Bella didn’t have kittens after all, but infected sections of her uterus. The pyometra looks incredibly similar on scans, and she is really lucky it was spotted. The team jumped into action, and took her for surgery to remove her uterus and ovaries, giving her a spay.
Poor Bella has had a rocky road, but she is now back with her foster family, and took it easy for a week to recover. We’re pleased to say she’s on her feet again, and doing much better.
Why you should spay
Cats can get pregnant from just four months old, so it’s important to do this early! There’s no need for her to have a litter before she is spayed, and your vet can reassure you of any concerns.
Spaying is the only way to protect your cat from pyometra, and also protects her from lots of other illnesses like FIV (the feline equivalent of HIV). It also stops messy periods when your cat comes into season, which can be for up to 3 weeks!
Give yourself peace of mind and speak to your vet about spaying today.
Signs of pyometra
This condition is really difficult to spot. We wouldn’t advise relying on this. It’s best to get your cat spayed instead.
In the meantime though, the most common symptoms are:
• Drinking lots more water than usual
• Painful, enlarged abdomen
• Slight vaginal discharge (usually in the early stages)
If you’re concerned about your cat, always speak to your vet. They are experts and can run the scans needed to check for pyometra.