Cat penis has developed scar tissue?

My cats developed scar tissue around his penis and can only pee from a very small opening. My vet has tried to make the openning bigger a couple of times, but the tissue grows back, is there any treatment other than a perineal urethrostomy for this condition. This happened because they were taken from their mom when they were 4 weeks and the sibling suck on his penis creating scar tissue around it.Please help!

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    The current treatments for this condition are all surgical in nature. A perineal urethrostomy is one of the options. A partial penile amputation can also be performed. In the perineal urethrostomy, an opening will be made in the urethra at a level higher than the penis allowing the urine to bypass the scarred penile opening. The partial penile amputation involves just removing the part of the penis that is scarred which will allow it to heal with a larger opening. One of the complications of the penile amputation surgery is stricture, which means that the surgically created opening scars down to a smaller opening much like what your cat is experiencing now. Because of this potential complication, a perineal urethrostomy may be a better choice for your cat. In the meantime, you can use some medical management to make him comfortable. As you may know, male cats are at a higher risk for developing urinary stones that can lead to blockages. Your cat is at an even higher risk because of the smaller penile opening. To prevent this, you should try to encourage him to drink as much water as possible so that his urine will be dilute. This can be accomplished by always providing fresh water, adding tuna water to his water or using a water fountain. Some cats also prefer the taste of filtered or bottled water. Also there may be benefit to starting him on a diet formulated to prevent stone formation. These diets are prescription diets and can be purchased through your veterinarian.

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