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What is Bleeding Under the Skin?

Bleeding under the skin occurs when blood vessels rupture, leaking blood into nearby tissues. The condition is generally visible and can present as a single pinpoint, small blotches, or larger areas. Affected areas may appear bright red, purple ranging to black, bluish-- or in older bruises, as a yellowish or greenish discoloration. Bruising or bleeding is frequently caused by trauma, but could be a sign of several other conditions. Although bruising often heals over time without medical treatment, frequent, large, long-lasting, or numerous bruises should be checked out by a veterinary professional.

Symptoms of Bleeding Under the Skin in Cats

The most obvious sign of bleeding under the skin is observable blood, bruising, or discoloration. In many cases, this is the only symptom. Additional symptoms may be present depending on the underlying cause of the condition. 

Symptoms Include:

  • Red, bluish, or purple discoloration 
  • Pinpoint hemorrhages or discolored spots
  • Larger, blotchy bruising
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Signs of pain, like vocalization
  • Anemia
  • Pale skin
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Excessive scratching or rubbing the affected area
  • Blood in other locations like eyes, sores, or urine and feces

Types

There are various types of bleeding that can occur under the skin in cats and other companion animals. Common types include:

  • Visible bruises
  • Blood spots or pinpoints
  • Hematomas or blood collecting outside the blood vessels
  • Petechiae, or spot bleeding into the skin
  • Ecchymosis, or a collection of blood under the skin

Causes of Bleeding Under the Skin in Cats

A variety of issues can result in bleeding under the skin. Cats commonly acquire bruises from minor physical trauma, including falls, fights, and accidents. Bruising and bleeding under the skin can also be a sign of a more serious condition. Some causes of bleeding under the skin in cats include:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Mites, especially ear mites
  • Various parasites
  • Certain viral infections
  • Anemia
  • Nutrient deficiencies 
  • Platelet disorders
  • Vascular disorders
  • Clotting factor conditions
  • Some medications
  • Cancer, especially bone marrow cancer
  • Immune disorders
  • Some toxins

Diagnosis of Bleeding Under the Skin in Cats

Medical diagnosis of bleeding under the skin may require various methodologies to identify the cause and rule out various conditions. Be prepared to discuss your pet’s medical history and any medications they are on, the onset of the bruising or bleeding, and any other symptoms you have observed. If you are aware of any recent physical trauma, be sure to let your veterinarian know. This can make diagnosis a simple task. A complete physical examination will be conducted to identify all affected locations and look for other observable symptoms like swelling or masses. Veterinary staff will draw blood and collect a urine sample. They may also take samples of any associated discharge.

Proper diagnosis is essential for successful treatment because some causes, like cancers and blood disorders, can result in serious medical concerns and even death. Your cat’s blood samples will undergo diagnostic screening for blood disorders. Analysis will include platelet count and function, active clotting time, nutrients amounts, white and red blood cell counts, and analysis for bacterial, viral, or other infections. Other diagnostic methods, like urinalysis, biochemistry profile, biopsies, smears or cultures, and imaging techniques, might be used to search for underlying causes like cancers, infections, and systemic disorders. If bone marrow cancer or other disorders are expected, a bone marrow biopsy may be conducted. Procedures like bone marrow biopsy will require hospitalization. 

Treatment of Bleeding Under the Skin in Cats

Your veterinarian’s treatment plan will depend on their diagnosis of the underlying causes of the bruising or bleeding. Bruising from minor trauma often will not require any treatment and should heal on its own over time. Bleeding under the skin brought on by other conditions will require medical treatment. Common treatment methods for bleeding under the skin in cats include:

Limited Mobility

Even in pets with bruising from minor trauma, limited mobility may be recommended to prevent worsening of the bleeding. By minimizing the cat’s activity, the risk of complications is diminished. 

Intravenous (IV) Fluids

In animals that are weak, anemic or at risk of dehydration, IV fluids will be administered to aid in recovery. This is a routine, low-risk technique generally used only while your pet is in veterinary care. 

Blood Transfusions

If blood loss is severe, blood counts are low, or with some blood disorders, a blood transfusion may be necessary. With proper blood type matching and administration, this treatment carries a relatively low risk of side effects. 

Surgery

Surgery may be required to drain blood or implant temporary drains. This is common with hematomas. Surgery might also be necessary to remove tumors or other masses. Surgery is conducted while the cat is under anesthesia and could require hospitalization during the recovery phase. Your veterinarian will decide if your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure. 

Cause-Specific Treatments

Other methods and procedures might be used depending on the cause of your cat’s bleeding. Cancer treatments, various types of medication, certain transplants, or therapies for other medical conditions may be required to treat your pet successfully. 

Recovery of Bleeding Under the Skin in Cats

Your cat’s prognosis will vary depending on the cause of bleeding under the skin. In the case of bruising brought on by minor trauma, infections, or parasites, full recovery is likely with treatment. Some causes of bruising may be more serious and could require extended hospitalization and long-term treatment. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions for care, including providing the full course of any medications and returning for required follow-up visits. Support your pet’s recovery by feeding them a nutritious diet, providing plenty of fluids, and limiting stressors. Your cat may experience weakness for several days, so ensure their food, water, and bedding is nearby. 

Bleeding Under the Skin Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Milo
mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Large mass

The cat experienced trauma and now has a huge lumb on his chin he is acting normal I am just worried about him because it is huge and it right along his chin on the side of his face. He can still open his mouth and eat and shows no signs of in pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what sort of trauma Milo had, or being able to examine him and the lump, I'm not sure what might be causing it, if it is a reaction to trauma, a growth, or an abscess. He should probably be seen by a veterinarian if the lump is as dramatic as you describe, as they can examine him and determine what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Winnie
I dont know
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Purple

My cat Winnie just had two kittens last night they didn't make it and now today she barely moves her paws are cold her ears are cold white gums looks a bit purple under her fur I haven't seen her go to the bathroom and she won't eat and I can't get her to open her mouth what do I do please help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Winnie is cold and has white gums, she should be taken into your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately for examination and treatment; this isn’t something which can be treated at home and should be treated as an Emergency. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasper
Kitten
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Hair Loss
Bruise

My kitten was trying to get under the door and scraped some hair off of his head but is acting fine except there looks like there is bruising coming in... it is where the bald spot is from trying to get under the door. Should I be concerned or is it just a bruise???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely it is just a bruise due to trying to get under the door, you should restrict Jasper’s movement and monitor him but if you notice any concerning symptoms like incoordination or anything else concerning visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mystery
short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Small bald spots
Pimples on face
Purple blotch on stomach

I'm wondering why my cat (3 years old, vaccinated and neutered) has a purple blotchy rash on his belly. I also found what appears to be 2 small pimples under his right ear on his face. He has been licking himself excessively to the point of causing a few missing patches of hair but no changes to his behavior or appetite.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1098 Recommendations
Without seeing the area that you are concerned about, I'm not sure whether it is a bruise, or a discoloration to his skin. Since you just noticed it, and he seems to be having other issues, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to make sure that he has not sustained some trauma or is having a clotting problem. I hope that Mystery is okay.

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Sweet Babboo
Siamese
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bleeding under skin

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My cat saw the vet on Friday and they found an abcess on her shoulder about the size of a marble. They stuck a needle in and drew a little bloody fluid out with a syringe and told me to put warm compresses on it, and gave her antibiotics. Now on Saturday the area is very swollen and when I put the compress on it and apply a little pressure blood keeps coming out. I think she has a hematoma under the skin. My vet is not open until Monday. Is it ok to wait until then, or do I need to get her seen somewhere else over the weekend? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sweet Babboo isn’t in any distress, you can probably wait until Monday morning but if she is in pain or there is bleeding which isn’t stopping you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Continue with the compress for now and visit your Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ivy
mixed
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine
Blood patch

I have to Indore cats who tend to play fight quiet often, my one cat appears to have a blood patch or what looks like hair got ripped out and it's not red under her fur around her neck. Should I be concerned or is this just a injury from them fighting?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1098 Recommendations
If Ivy is having blood in her urine, and has a bloody area on her skin, she should be seen by a veterinarian, as she may have a problem that needs treatment. Without examining her, I can't comment on what might be going on, but a veterinarian will be able to see her and give you an idea as to how to treat her.

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Prince
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

blue/black under the skin

Our 1-yr old tabby had a small puncture wound about a month ago - he's very active outdoors, and we have no idea how it happened... He licked the area until it was bald (about a 1-inch patch on his outer thigh), and only then we could see the small wound, which soon healed and looked normal again. But then the area started turning blue/black underneath the skin. He's acting completely normal - eating, drinking, running around normally, being playful as usual, having the same energy, so should we be worried about the apparent bleeding under the skin? It's about 1 to 2 cm square or so...Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would be concerned about bruising or bleeding under the skin a month after the injury, yes. There may be a foreign body or residual infection. It is great that he is acting normally otherwise, but I think it would be a good idea to have that area examined by a veterinarian and make sure that he is okay, or get treatment if he needs it.

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Saltie
tabby
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My cat is a 14 year old long haired female tabby. She seems to be bleeding from her stomach and won't let me check it. It's staining the surrounding fur and she is licking at it, but doesn't seem to exhibit any signs of pain. There are blood spots on my rug.
She is strictly an indoor cat. Her fur is matted up. Could that cause complications like this to occur??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2514 Recommendations
There are various causes for bleeding which may be attributable to cuts, ulcers, puncture wounds, excessive licking among other causes; if you are seeing blood dripping you should take Saltie into your Veterinarian for an examination to determine what the cause is so that treatment can be recommended especially if you are unable to see the area yourself. Your Veterinarian will clip away the matted fur and will be able to treat as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joel
Tabby male orange
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

see above

We moved almost a year ago my cat which is a tabby male started getting dry scalerase feet then blood blister under his paws he always been in side since I rescued him as a kitten the only difference from before is that we have all tile and wood flooring vrs carpetc wood flooring and tile this just stared he is 2 years old and I don't know what to do I tried fungal cream and spray and it hurts him please help this is only issue and doesn't keep him from being playful but it still hurts him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that there is something on the floor of your new home which is causing irritation to Joel’s feet, this may be due to cleaning product residue on the carpet, carpet dye or the material the carpet is made from; I would try to keep Joel confined to an area of tiled floor (no carpet) and just bathe the paws regularly with a mild cat shampoo. If there is no improvement, I would check in with your Veterinarian to see if they notice any other symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ronnie
Black shorthair
18
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puss

18 yr old male cat with blood clot under skin size of a ten pence coin. Fur has fallen off from on and around the area and a small puncture wound is present around the edge of the clot with small amount of puss which I have cleaned with saltwater. Cat is fine, eating and is mobile and does not mind the area being touched.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the fact there is a puncture wound in the skin and puss, I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for a course of antibiotics (if required) as well as a check to see if the wound needs flushing or any other treatment. It is good that Ronnie is otherwise in good spirits, and is eating/drinking etc… We need to be more careful with cats especially when they get older to make sure that they are healing properly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rory
American Shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Biting Himself
Blood Spot
Watery eyes

I was playing and brushing my cat and I noticed that he has a small spot of what appears to be blood in front of one of his ears. It's red and kind of orange-pinkish. Lately, he has also had watery eyes, and he bites himself when he's grooming, usually his left hind leg. However, he still has his normal behaviors. Thanks for reading.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible issues here which may be attributable to allergies, infections and other causes; I would keep an eye on the red pinkish lump to see if it changes in size and the biting at the paw may indicate some discomfort so check to make sure that there are no foreign objects or other issues there. Keep an eye and see if there is an increase in severity, if so you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Short hair Calico
9
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat got pinched below the eye under a door between the door and a small throw rug. There was some swelling under the eye which today appears to be a bruise behind the whiskers which is currently bleeding. With the bleeding the swell under the eye appears to be getting smaller. Is this probably a blood blister from the pinch and should she be seen by a vet or is it ok to continue home treatment. Appetite and mobility are normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2514 Recommendations
Given the type of injury I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian especially if the blood doesn’t stop draining from the wound; placing an ice pack on the area may help but you should get Molly checked to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Betty
American short hair cat
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bruising

Our cat was attacked by 2 dogs on Saturday. She's been xrayed and the doctor's said everything looks normal but she developed large patches of bluish black skin today and her stomach is slightly saggy. She just had her last round of anti-inflammatory medicine today and I have her scheduled to go for an exam tomorrow at 4. Is this just bruising or a sign of internal injury? Can she wait until tomorrow to be seen? Still eating and letting us pick her up and touch her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Betty is otherwise well I would wait for your visit tomorrow, it may be just some bruising from the trauma or may be due to another cause like thrombocytopenia. Without examining her and seeing a blood test I wouldn’t want to guess at possible causes which may cause you unnecessary concern. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazel
American Shorthair
6 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat was spayed last week (about 8 days ago) everything went fine she finished her antibiotics yesterday. The incision is healing fine. I notice this evening that there is a spot a little bit above the incision that looked like it had blood on it...so I went to clean it and it doesn't wash off. It doesn't seem to hurt her, she is eating, playing and using the litter box as normal...not sure what this could be. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t particularly unusual and as long as there is no swelling, pain or discharge I would just recommend keeping an eye on it. When you take Hazel in for her post surgery check up (if you haven’t already), just bring it up with your Veterinarian; but redness like this usually disappears over time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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