Inability to Protrude or Retract Penis in Cats

Paraphimosis and Phimosis in Cats

Paraphimosis is a condition that causes the cat to be unable to retract its penis back into the sheath. Phimosis, on the other hand, refers to the cat’s inability to protrude its penis from its outer orifice.

Both of these medical conditions can occur in male dogs and cats at any age. If you would like to learn more about how paraphimosis and phimosis affect dogs please visit this page in the PetMD pet health library.

Symptoms and Types

The cat’s inability to protrude its penis may go unnoticed until it tries to copulate with a female. Also, if the cat is having trouble urinating, it may be a sign of this medical disorder. If the animal experiences problems retracting its penis into the sheath, you may notice it licking the exterior of its penis. If it occurs over a prolonged period, there could also be fluid accumulation in the tissues (edema) or swelling in the area.


The inability to retract the penis (paraphimosis) often occurs when the cat has a small opening (orifice), and in many cases is a birth defect. If the cat is unable to protrude the penis (phimosis), it may have swelling, or hairs that are obstructing the penis. In some cases, injury or a neurological disease can cause this medical condition.


With paraphimosis, the veterinarian will be able to view the exposed penis and/or gland areas upon examination. The goal is to identify the underlying medical cause for the condition for treatment options.


The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance


Any body entrance or exit


The collection of fluid in the tissue

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