Ask the Vets Pets
A weekly column about pet health care home
Pet Care Especially for Editors About Us Search
DOGS
CATS
OTHER PETS
IMPORTANT INFO
PET OF THE MONTH
LINKS
 
CONTACT US
C2010-18

Dear Christopher Cat

My male cat’s urethra is so tiny that he has trouble urinating. My veterinarian recommends perineal urethrostomy surgery to remove most of his penis.

I’m concerned that this surgery won’t improve my cat’s ability to urinate. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

Christopher Responds

Perineal urethrostomy (PU) surgery improves urine flow by essentially transforming the long, narrow male urethra into a shorter, wider female-type urethra.

Studies show the surgery is effective and has few complications, so if I needed it, I wouldn’t hesitate to have it done.

For example, in one study of 59 cats that had PU surgery, only one in four cats experienced complications. The most common was urinary tract infection, which is easily treated.

When asked after the surgery about their cats’ long-term quality of life, 89 percent of owners said it was good.

If you’d like a second opinion about what’s best for your cat, make an appointment with a board-certified surgeon who will review your cat’s records, examine him and then advise you.

 

back to index

  contact us