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What is Blood in the Urine?

Veterinarians use the word hematuria to describe blood in your cat’s urine. Females are more likely to develop this condition than males. Blood in the urine can be a sign of infection, a hereditary condition, or a more serious health issue.

If your cat develops a problem in the urinary tract, you may see some blood in his urine. This can be a sign of a mild condition or it may be a symptom of a more serious, underlying condition.

Symptoms of Blood in the Urine in Cats

The symptoms associated with blood in the urine depend on the cause of the condition. Here are some of the most common symptoms that can accompany blood in your cat’s urine:

  • Red colored urine
  • Passing urine more frequently than normal
  • Red, raised patches on the skin
  • Palpable mass in cats who have tumors
  • Pain when urinating
  • Licking of urinary area
  • Odor of ammonia in urine
  • Prolonged squatting or straining while in the litter box
  • Avoiding the litter box
  • Urinating in unusual places inside
  • Distended abdominal area
  • Excessive thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy

Types

There are several different types of conditions that could cause your cat to have blood in his urine. Some of the most common are:

  • Infection
  • Diseases of the endocrine system
  • Diabetes
  • Conditions of the urinary tract

Causes of Blood in the Urine in Cats

A variety of conditions can cause hematuria to occur. They range from mild to very serious and include:

  • Abnormality of the urinary tract
  • Parasitic infection
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Trauma
  • Cancer of the urinary tract that may occur with tumors
  • Kidney stones
  • Medications
  • Idiopathic, or of unknown origin

Diagnosis of Blood in the Urine in Cats

Your veterinarian will need information from you before examining your cat to determine the cause of hematuria. He will begin by asking you some questions about your cat’s health and behavior. Be sure to give as much information as possible regarding your cat’s birth history, pre-existing medical conditions and trauma that may have occurred. Your doctor will also ask you when the symptoms first started and if they have increased in severity recently. 

After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat. A blood sample will be taken from your cat, as well. A CBC, or complete blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis will be run at this time. Your veterinarian may also use a strip to determine if red discoloration in his urine is actually blood. 

Diagnostic tests such as in-house X-rays may be used to diagnose the cause of hematuria in cats. An ultrasound may also be performed to provide additional information, depending on what your doctor suspects the problem may be. A CT scan with contrast dye may also provide a detailed picture of your cat’s urinary tract. If your doctor palpates a mass in your cat’s abdomen, he may want to schedule a biopsy. During this procedure, he would take a small tissue sample of the tumor and send it to an outside laboratory. This is the procedure used to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant. 

Treatment of Blood in the Urine in Cats

It is important to treat the cause of hematuria as soon as possible to avoid serious complications. Cats that have blood clotting diseases can lose a great deal of blood in a short period of time. Conditions such as kidney stones can completely obstruct the bladder and cause it to rupture. This is a life-threatening situation for your pet. 

The treatment for blood in your cat’s urine depends largely upon the condition causing it. If infection is causing hematuria, your veterinarian may place your cat on antibiotics until the infection clears. Cats that are dehydrated or unstable will be treated with IV fluids. Conditions causing blood in your cat’s urine such as diabetes or endocrine diseases must be treated accordingly to clear hematuria. Cats that have been on medications such as steroids that are causing blood to appear, will be taken off those medications gradually. It is dangerous to stop some medications quickly, so your doctor will wean your cat from them. In some instances, this is enough to stop hematuria from occurring. If your doctor finds kidney stones or tumors in the urinary tract, surgery may be recommended.

Recovery of Blood in the Urine in Cats

Your cat’s recovery will depend on the cause of the condition and the treatment your doctor prescribes. It is important to attend all follow-up visits if necessary, give your cat all prescribed medications and report any negative changes in his condition to your veterinarian. With prompt diagnosis and proper treatment, many cats go on to recover from blood in the urine. Certain conditions may require ongoing treatment and management, but it is well worth it if your cat goes on to lead a happy, long life.

Blood in the Urine Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Peanuts
DSH?
2-4 weeks??
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Auterzole

Peanuts was taken off a vagrant in our community. I just bathed him and have removed at least 30 ticks off him. they were mostly grey but there were also small brown ticks. He also had numerous fleas which came off in the water. I put a drop of Dettol in the water and I used head and shoulders shampoo. It seemed that he peed himself in the water which was a reddish brown color. Could that be blood in the urinary tract?
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Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Red to brown urine is suggestive of blood in the urine and may be attributable to numerous causes including infection, trauma, poisoning among many other causes; Peanuts will have a weak immune system and may have picked up an infection or may have issues from all the ticks which were removed from him. Dettol shouldn’t be used on animals and as far as I am aware not safe for use in cats (I couldn’t find much information on it). Given the severity of the flea and tick infestation as well as the colour of the urine, I would suggest taking Peanuts to a charity clinic or a regular General Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to check blood counts. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deisel
Cat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody Urine or stool
Bloody Urine

Cat has blood coming out of it during bathroom visits. The blood looks fresh and I've taken her to the vet three times and she's been on 3 different medicines for weeks and it's back.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the urine which may include infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes; if you are going in circles with your current Veterinarian you should visit another Veterinarian in your area for another opinion to determine what they believe the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Kitten
5-6 weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pees outside litter box

i just brought a female kitten home last night that was homeless. don't know history; about 5 weeks old. Noticed tonight that she has a red urine and i suspect it's blood. her stool has been loose and uses litter box for that but opts to pee on the floor. tonight was evidence of stool that was not very loose. could this be just stress? she is eating and drinking water.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
It is possible that Kitty is stressed from her new environment, but it is also possible if she is urinating blood that there is a urinary tract infection or other issue which is causing the presence of blood. Urinalysis would be best to see the level of blood, protein, glucose etc… in the urine so that your Veterinarian can decide whether to treat as an infection or something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pebbles, Winter, Snowball, Princess, Khloe
Siamese, Tabby
7yrs, 6yrs & 5yrs
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine
Blood In Urine & frequent urinating

I have 5 female cats who are frequently urinating & 3 that have blood in the urine. They don't like using the cat litter box. What would be the best over the counter medicine I can get them? I've already taken 2 to the vet & they got an antibiotic shot but their still doing the exact same thing. I've even started using bottle water instead of tap. I would really appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Christina Howell

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
There are various issues for blood in the urine which may include infections, stones, trauma, poisoning among other causes; I would recommend getting a sterile sample jar from your Veterinarian and getting one of your girls urine checked to see if there are stones, protein, white blood cells etc… Without knowing the specific underlying cause it is difficult to give advice on treatment and most instances will result in a prescription medicine not over the counter medicine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ali
Calico
3.5 yrs
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

Medication Used

none

My cat has been urinating outside of her litter box for last 3 days and blood was present in her urine.I asked my daughter if she has been giving her water daily because I noticed she didnt have water. I am hoping it is just a UTI, can i give her Cipro 6mg per kilogram?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the urine and I cannot recommend that you give an antibiotic to a cat without examining them first, there is an antibiotic crisis in the world made worse may misuse. Possible causes of blood in the urine include urinary tract infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes. I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis to confirm any diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Packie
Cat
3.months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Kitten peeing small puddles out of litter box. Tinge of blood. But not lethargic or vomiting. Appetite fine. It looks like he is straining to pee. He pees little puddles here and there. But about 2wks ago he peed a lot and normal on the bed

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
Blood in the urine may be caused by various issues including infection, stones, inflammation, trauma, poisoning among other issues; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to receive treatment, sometimes cats will avoid the litter box because they associate the litter box with urinary discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight Louie
Domestic shorthair cross
17 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat is an indoor cat and this morning when I changed his litter box that there was red liquid at the bottom of his box. I'm not sure whether it is because his litter box is red or not. He doesn't seem to be in any pain and he is eating and drinking as normal. He is his usual self. There are no other symptoms.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
If you are concerned with what appears to be red liquid, get some white paper towel and blot the urine to see if it is still red or not; blood in the urine may be caused by infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes; I would watch him when he goes to do his business and check for blood in the urine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much. It was blood and I took him to the vet and he has cystitis. The vet said that I caught it early. Thanks for your advice.

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ellie
Siamese
1 year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Hello,My cat was diagnosed with stone.at first He cant pee so I took him to a Vet.When they try to put catheter there was a stone that came out from his penis.We tried to do xray but nothing was found.then we tried to do urinalysis ,,They found out that there was crystals in his urine, so he was confined for 3 days,when we took him home,they gave us take home medicines,one is anti biotic for 7 days 2 times a day. It is already the 7th day but the blood in his urine is still there. Is this normal?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
The presence of blood after seven days of antibiotic treatment may be due to the infection, irritation from the catheter, the passage of a stone or another issue; if there is still blood present at the end of treatment with no signs of improvement I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian again for another check and urinalysis. If bacteria is still present, your Veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic and/or culture and sensitivity test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What can I buy over counter to treat cats blood in urine?

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Chloe
mixed
11 years 7 months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Suspected infection

I took my cat to the vet this morning as she was constantly visiting the litter tray. She was passing small amounts of urine with blood. She comes off the litter tray and wipes herself on the carpet, then licks her genitals.
After being given an injection of a 14 day anribiotic she is visiting the tray less often but still has bloody urine and is licking.
How long will it take for the bleeding to stop and the antibiotic to take effect,
Thank you

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations
There is no set timeline for improvement in the presence of blood but we would normally see an improvement after a few days, the bleeding will not stop within a few hours. Follow the instructions given by your Veterinarian, if you still notice blood after a week speak again with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
claico
16
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

blood in urine.

Dear Dr.
I have a 16 year old indoor car who's in good health.
She does have hyperthyroidism, which is on treatment with topical Tapazole.
She has had hematuria for about 7-8 months now, and 3 vets haven't been able to help.
We have tried special food, anti inflammatories and antibiotics.
Please help!

Khin.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1712 Recommendations

Generally blood in the urine is caused by infection, inflammation, stones, trauma, kidney disease or tumours; in cases of hyperthyroidism, there is an increase in blood flow to the kidneys which may rupture a capillary here or there. I assume urine samples have been taken for culture and sensitivity as well as general urinalysis; if there are no other symptoms, I wouldn’t put too much stress on the bleeding, an x-ray may show a lesion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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