Good pet owners work hard to make sure their pets remain healthy and happy, and sometimes that can include some not so pleasant tasks. Sifting through the litter box on occasion, for example, isn’t exactly enjoyable but can provide you with vital information that indicates whether or not your cat is having any health problems. If you’ve noticed that there is blood in your cat’s urine, it’s important that you don’t overlook that information and instead use it to help figure out exactly what is going on with your feline friend.
The condition of having blood in the urine is called hematuria and can be a sign of a serious health problem with your cat. If you have seen blood in any urine excreted by your cat, make sure you don’t wait to start looking into the problem. Blood in cat urine can be one of the last manifestations of certain health issues that can pose a severe threat to your cat’s health, so as soon as you observe it, take action.
Besides the obvious symptom of blood in the urine, other related symptoms include urine that is slightly tinged red or a cat that has trouble urinating or displays distress while trying to urinate.
One possible cause of hematuria is familial hematuria, which means blood in urine runs in the family and is often passed down through the family line. This condition may show up in cats when they are younger. If your cat is older, blood in the urine could potentially indicate cancer, but there are many other conditions that could cause urine to have blood in it, so don’t worry too much until you have ruled out all possible causes.
Some of the most common causes of hematuria include blood clotting, a low platelet count, or an infectious disease, whether viral, bacterial, or fungal. Hematuria can also be caused by urinary tract disease, which can exist either in the upper or lower tracts and can include infection, inflammatory kidney disease, or stones. Trauma and cancer can also cause hematuria.
If you ever notice blood in your cat’s urine, it’s crucial to bring your cat to a veterinary’s office immediately. If it isn’t your regular vet, be prepared to give the health history of the cat and provide any medical records. Describe any symptoms in as much detail as possible to give the vet as much information as is available. Depending on the situation, various tests may need to be administered to determine what is wrong with your cat. Your vet may want to test using ultrasonography, radiography, or it may be necessary to conduct a biopsy for a diagnosis.
Much like testing, treatment will depend on the situation. The condition may mandate something as simple as antibiotics or require something more serious like a blood transfusion or surgery. Whatever needs to be done, know that taking your cat to the vet in the early stages is always the most helpful thing you can do. If you ever suspect something is wrong with your cat based on its behavior or a more blatant sign like blood in the urine, don’t hesitate to take a trip to the vet.