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What is Vomiting of Blood?

Hematemesis is often a sign of gastrointestinal disorders or bleeding. Contact your vet immediately during the first instance if possible, but especially if the vomiting of blood has persisted for more than 3 days.

While vomiting in cats can be quite common, vomiting of blood, known as hematemesis, may be an indication of a serious condition that warrants immediate veterinary attention. The blood in a cat’s vomit may be bright red or dark-colored with an appearance often likened to “coffee grounds”, which can be differentiated from spots of blood present in the vomit. Spots of blood in the vomit may result from irritation caused by vomiting. However, it is a good idea to seek veterinary attention despite what the blood looks like or what you think the cause may be.

Symptoms of Vomiting of Blood in Cats

If blood  in your cat’s vomit is bright red, it is fresh and may have been caused by external trauma to the esophagus, such as swallowing a foreign object, or an oral condition. Darker blood may indicate issues lower in the digestive tract. If the problem persists, seek immediate veterinary attention for your cat as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Pawing at the mouth or teeth
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood present in the stool
  • Black colored stool
  • Shallow breathing
  • Signs of anemia
  • Depression
  • Signs of pain
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures

Causes of Vomiting of Blood in Cats

There are several causes of vomiting of blood in cats. Your vet will be able to determine the cause upon diagnosis. Possible causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Adverse reaction to medication
  • Gingivitis
  • Trauma to the esophagus
  • Ulcers located in the gastrointestinal tract or esophagus
  • Respiratory disease
  • Certain cancers, particularly if tumors are bleeding
  • Blood clotting conditions

Diagnosis of Vomiting of Blood in Cats

Your vet will ask you about any specific events or known disorders that may have led to the vomiting. Be sure to answer all your vet’s questions to the best of your ability, and be prepared to provide a list of any medications your cat is currently taking.

Your vet can use a number of tests to determine the cause of vomiting of blood. The vet may make a tentative diagnosis based on presentation of symptoms. Tests are required for a definitive diagnosis. Your vet may analyze your cat’s blood and urine in addition to performing an endoscopy, c, ultrasound, and x-rays. If cancer is suspected, the vet may take a biopsy of the gastrointestinal tract.

Do not take a sample of vomit or stool to the vet with you unless it is specifically requested, since you may not have a sanitary means of transport. Vets cannot effectively test vomit samples for disease and other conditions, so these may not be helpful.

Treatment of Vomiting of Blood in Cats

Treatment will vary based on the underlying cause:

Disease

In many cases of vomiting of blood caused by disease, treatment may be more aggressive depending on the disease. Certain diseases may be managed by drug therapy. Gingivitis can be treated through a thorough dental cleaning. Hospitalization and intravenous fluid therapy may also be required to restore electrolytes and fluids lost during vomiting.

Ulcers

The vet may prescribe medication that will help prevent the ulcer from causing any more harm to the lining of the stomach and reduce the acidity of the stomach environment. A special or bland diet is usually also prescribed. Surgery is another method of treatment for ulcers, which will require an endoscopy beforehand to locate the ulcers. Your vet will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the ulcers through endoscopy.

Cancer

Depending on the location and stage of the cancer, treatment methods may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. Your vet will discuss your options with you based on your cat’s specific needs.

Recovery of Vomiting of Blood in Cats

Recovery and prognosis will vary based on the underlying cause and the recommended course of treatment. Be sure to follow all your vet’s treatment and recovery instructions carefully.

If your cat has been diagnosed with gingivitis, you will need to ensure that you take proper care of your cat’s teeth by brushing them each day. Your vet will be able to advise you on a dental care regimen.

If your cat has been prescribed drug therapy to treat gastrointestinal ulcers, it is imperative that you administer the medication for the entire duration of the recommended treatment period even if symptoms start to clear up. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence.

If your cat has had surgery, ensure that he or she does not irritate the surgery site. After any major operation or procedure, you’ll need to provide a warm, safe place for your cat to rest. Additionally, you should ensure that clean drinking water is always available and accessible. Your vet will be able to advise you on dietary changes.

Vomiting of Blood Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Scarlet
domestic short hair
Unknown
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat Scarlet vomited this morning, it contained only saliva and blood. She has thrown up a couple hood size hairballs within tge last week and a half. She seems to be acting normally. But she did have a pimple on her chin that popped on its own 3 days ago, but I don't think she even notices, and the scab is almost gone and healed up now.She also has FIV/Feline AIDS, but she was at the vet about a month ago and they said she was fine then. I haven't changed anything in her diet recently either.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
A cat may vomit for various reasons and may have been an isolated incident or caused by an infection, parasites, intestinal obstruction, empty stomach among other causes; I would keep an eye on Scarlet and feed her smaller meals more often, if she continues vomiting I would take her in to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Idk
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bad poop smell. Blood from m

My cat likes to hang out in the bathroom sinks. Every time I look in the sinks, there’s blood splatter. Sometimes around the sink as well. It has to be her. Her poop also always smells so bad all the time. Is she ok?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
3 Recommendations
Jodi, thank you for contacting us about Kitty. That is not normal. Without seeing her, I don't know if the blood is coming from her urine, if she is vomiting, or if she is sneezing, but she should have a good examination by your veterinarian to try and find the source of the bleeding and treat her for it. I hope that she is okay.

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Jazzy
Bombay
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My male cat Jazzy is 7 going on 8 years old, he's not as active as he once was and prefers to lay around all day. He'll lay on my stomach for hours without moving and whenever I try to lift him up he acts as if he's in pain, i can't tell if its just laziness or theres something seriously wrong with him. He threw up a red colored vomit twice this week? what could be wrong?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
Abdominal pain is a common cause for lethargy in cats and if Jazzy vomited red fluid (blood?) twice, this may indicate gastric ulcers or a tumour (among other causes). At this point, a visit to your Veterinarian would be indicated to check Jazzy over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Liam
Half Persian
2 Years 9 months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting blood
Loss of Appetite

We just changed homes and my cat Liam kept vomiting for a while and then started vomiting blood. He wouldn't eat anything and just keeps vomiting. Tried giving him 5 different types of cat food but still didn't eat. Cannot find a vet here so need help fast.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
Vomiting may be caused by a variety of different conditions which may include infections, parasites, liver disease, kidney disease, stress (from the move), irritants in the new home among other causes; due to the wide variety of possible causes I cannot say specifically which one is the cause, you should try to feed a bland diet to Liam in small regular portions but finding a new local Veterinarian is also important to check him over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Long hair black and white
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

My cat has been vomiting for a while now and she just started getting diarrhea a few weeks ago. We took her to the vet when she first started getting sick and they did several tests on her and found nothing wrong. We switched her to wet food because she gets sick more often with the dry food. She is still super skinny and hasn’t gained any weight back. Just this morning she threw up, the first time in a few days, and it was all liquid and bright pink in color. We’re not sure what else to do to try and help her.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
I would firstly check Angel’s faeces for parasites and give an anthelmintic to be on the safe side; also feeding a gastrointestinal sensitive diet may also help too. I am sure your Veterinarian already performed blood tests which would have come back normal or you would have commented something; the pink fluid may be indicating blood in the vomit which may be due to gastrointestinal ulceration which may be secondary to another condition so another visit to your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Catalina
Domestic cat
1 year and 4 months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Blood vomit
Dark stool
Vomiting blood

My cat catalina is vomiting blood and her stool is dark... she has been sick for a while... the vet said that she had some poisoning and gave her several injections but the cat’s situation now is getting worse...

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
If Catalina is suffering from a poisoning episode, then the specific type of poison would need to be identified (if possible) to help with the treatment; otherwise your Veterinarian can only offer supportive and symptomatic care to her. With symptoms of lethargy, vomiting blood and black faeces we definitely are looking at gastrointestinal bleeding which may be caused by many different sources of poisoning; all that can be done in this case is to give something to reduce acid in the stomach and to give fluids along with other care as required. A blood test to check blood counts as well as liver and kidney function would be useful also. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nippy
domestic short hair
12 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting blood

Hi, my cat, nippy, has just vomited blood with a dry food pellet. Over the last 2 days she has vomited hair balls. We have had her for about 2 months now and she has never vomited and she is acting completely normal. Playing, eating, going to the toilet etc. should we take her to the vet immediately or monitor her?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
If Nippy is otherwise seemingly in good health, keep an eye on her if there was only a small amount of blood and try offering smaller portions of food more often but if Nippy seems to be in pain, there is a large quantity of blood or you’re generally concerned you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ana
Oriental Shorthair
15 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat was womiting blood this morning. First it was food that came up, but then after she throw up blood 2 times. I took her to the vet. They took x ray and blood work. The vet said she has a smaller liver than normal. Crp normal, and blood work normal. I got some medicines with me home called Sucralan. The vet said these are for stomach ulcers, and I have to give 2 doses each day for 3 day's. Isn't this a short period? We have a appointment on Tuesday for a ultrasound. I didn't get any answer about why she's throwing up blood. It seems like they don't know. My cat doesn't have much appetitt, and is more sleepy and tired than usually. What can this mean?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
There are a few causes for a cat to vomit blood which include stomach ulcers, foreign objects, upper respiratory tract bleeding, parasites, poisoning, liver disease among other causes; the medication prescribed will be to tie you over the weekend (Saturday/Sunday/Monday) until you visit your Veterinarian again for an ultrasound, after the ultrasound they can determine what next. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

And is 3 day's with this medecine enough? It seems to short to really help her stomach?

I'm wondering about the medecine Sucralan. This has helped here. Is this a indication that she has stomach ulcers? Or something else wrong with her stomach?

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Tweaker
Persian
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
blood in vomit
Vomiting

Tweaker vomited two hairballs over the last three or four days, and both looked like they had some blood in it. My dad and stepmom like to feed him table scraps - which I refuse to do - and we recently changed his diet from free-feeding dry food to controlled grain-free food.

He also had diarrhea after he came back from visiting my mom's not-so-sanitary house... When should it be time to see a vet? The diarrhea has stopped after a week and a half, but the vomit is new.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
It is important to stop your Dad and Stepmom from feeding table scraps as many humans foods can be toxic to cats, all it takes is a lapse in judgement. If Tweaker has problems with hairballs, an over the counter remedy may help with that; keep an eye on Tweaker and if the vomiting with blood continues or gets worse, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
British Longhair
1 Year
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Hi. My cat has had diarrhoea for a couple of days now. Today I realised she had eaten chicken off a bone and has now vomited all that she ate as well as blood. Can I wait a couple of hours to avoid emergency vet prices. I'm worried to leave her

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
Sometimes just vomiting something up will help, other times further care is required; if Oreo is in a lot of pain or distress, visit an Emergency Clinic otherwise keep a close eye on her and encourage her drink after a while. If there was any seasoning on the chicken, this may complicate this cases as many seasoning are toxic to animals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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