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Blood in cat urine

Bloody Cat Urine

Blood in cat urine is a sign of serious feline illness.

Medically, hematuria is the term used to indicate the presence of blood in cat urine.

Various factors lead to this symptom.

Some of the causes of cat urinating blood include:

  • Feline/cat lower urinary tract infections or cat bladder infections which require immediate veterinary care to protect the kidneys from further damage.
  • Congenital urinary tract abnormalities.
  • Bacterial infections like cystitis or vaginitis of the urinary and genital tracts.
  • Urinary cancer and tract stones.
  • Internal bleeding due to consuming rat poison or other poisons.
  • Accidents or injury.
  • Dehydration.
  • Trauma and stress.

Apart from seeing a cat urinating blood, the symptoms associated with this condition include pain when urinating, weakness, pain in the abdominal area, thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, unreceptive behavior, licking the genitals more frequently, urinating more often, and passing very small amounts of urine at a time.

It is important to get your cat treated by a professionally qualified veterinarian as blood in cat urine can indicate a life-threatening condition.

Blood in Cat Urine Treatment

  • Your vet may carry out several tests from urine tests to X-rays to rule out the possible causes of blood in cat urine.
  • The vet may prescribe certain oral antibiotics, as these will treat the bacterial infections that lead to cat urine with blood in it.
  • You must change your pet's diet to help reduce the presence of cat bladder stones. For bladder stones, you must provide your cat with a diet that is low in calcium, magnesium and phosphate that helps in dissolving the crystals and prevents them from developing in the future.
  • If the blood in cat urine is due to poisoning, you must provide additional levels of Vitamin K to the cat.
  • You must follow fluid therapy for cats that are dehydrated as this helps in increasing your cat’s urine output.
Here are a few preventive measures to avoid feline urinary tract problems:
  • You should clean your cat's liter box regularly to prevent the bacteria residing on feces from entering the cat’s body.
  • You must change your cat’s food from dry kibble to canned food if your cat is subject to feline urinary tract infections.
  • You must encourage your cat to drink as much water as possible in order to flush bacteria out of its bladder and to prevent dehydration.
  • You must spend quality time with your furry friend and take them outdoors to keep them healthy and happy.
  • Once your cat no longer shows any traces of blood in its urine, you must start a routine of alternative supplements as these will make it less prone to infections.
  Submitted on April 10, 2010  

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