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What is Bleeding From the Mouth?

Bleeding from the mouth is a rare occurrence in cats, and while it is not always an emergency, it generally signifies a disorder that will require some form of medical treatment. While in many cases bleeding from the mouth is obvious, there are times where the indicators may be more subtle, such as blood found on the chest from drool or streaks of blood deposited on other areas of the fur from grooming. 

  • Cancer
  • Dental abscess
  • Foreign object lodged in mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Internal bleeding
  • Kidney disease
  • Stomatitis
  • Trauma

Why Bleeding From the Mouth Occurs in Cats

While bleeding from the mouth may indicate internal bleeding or kidney disease, it is more often related to problems with the condition of the gums and teeth. Some of the reasons that you might see blood coming from your cat’s mouth include:

Cancer

The most common cancer that is characterized by bleeding from the mouth is oral squamous cell carcinoma, an invasive and malignant tumor that requires surgery and a combination of radiation and chemotherapy to treat. Bleeding due to cancer is frequently accompanied by weight loss, bad breath, and swelling in the area of the growth. 

Dental Abscess

Frequently caused by broken teeth, dental abscesses also trigger drooling, difficulty eating, and scratching or pawing, particularly at one side of the mouth. Swelling due to abscesses will typically be warm to the touch and painful as well as being accompanied by a foul odor from the mouth. 

Foreign Object Lodged in Mouth

Although it is less common for cats to get objects lodged into their mouths than dogs it does happen. Items like needles, splinters of bone, or thorns can not only cause pain and bleeding in the mouth but if the condition is untreated it can lead to the object moving down into the throat and causing additional damage, or it may cause dangerous oral infections. 

Gum Disease

Gingivitis, the swelling and inflammation of the gums, is a common oral disorder for felines. Severe cases of gingivitis must be differentiated from stomatitis by the results of a blood test or a soft-tissue biopsy and can lead to bacterial and fungal infections if left untreated.

Internal Bleeding

If your cat is bleeding internally, you may also see blood coming out of other orifices, such as the nose or anus. Internal bleeding can cause a great deal of blood to be displaced from the circulatory system, leading to severe weakness, bruising, breathing issues, and eventually, if untreated, collapse and death. If you suspect your cat is bleeding internally, it should be treated as an emergency and the cat should be taken to the nearest veterinarian right away. 

Kidney Disease

Dysfunction of the kidneys is often characterized by some unique oral symptoms due to high levels of urea that are released through the cat’s saliva. Along with ulcerated sores in the mouth, this disorder is accompanied by breath that smells strongly of either ammonia or urine. 

Stomatitis

Stomatitis is an inflammation of the gums causing ulceration that is extremely painful for the cat. This disorder frequently triggers a reluctance to eat and sometimes it is so painful that it may instigate a reluctance even to drink or groom themselves.  Bloody drool and a foul breath with a metallic tinge may be indicators of this challenging condition. 

Trauma to the Mouth

Damage to the mouth through punctures, burns, or blows can also occur. Bleeding due to trauma generally has little to no odor unless it is left untreated, but if not treated may cause oral infections to develop.

What to do if your Cat is Bleeding From the Mouth

Bleeding from the mouth is uncommon in cats and should typically warrant a visit to the cat's veterinarian; if the bleeding mouth is accompanied by the smell of ammonia or urea from the mouth or if lethargy, weakness, or pale mucous membranes are also present, the situation should be treated as an emergency, and the animal should be taken to the nearest clinic right away. Visits related to bleeding from the mouth will generally start with a full physical examination. During this evaluation, the veterinarian that is evaluating the situation will assess the animal for any physical wounds or pain that may indicate that physical trauma has occurred, as well as checking for any foreign bodies or tumors that are visible in the oral cavity. The mouth area will be examined to check for signs of bacterial or viral infections, particularly around the teeth and gums, as well as checking the odor of the breath.

There are several tests that may be utilized along with the standard diagnostic tests of urinalysis, complete blood count and a biochemical profile in order to uncover the underlying cause of the blood issuing from the animal’s mouth. This may include steps such as imaging of the oral area and possibly the abdominal area using x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, clotting tests, and tests designed to check the efficiency of the liver and kidneys.

Prevention of Bleeding From the Mouth

Bleeding from the mouth is triggered by a number of circumstances, some of which are easier to prevent than others. Food items that may splinter, such as chicken bones, should be avoided in order to prevent the possibility of getting it lodged in the oral cavity or throat as well as preventing gastrointestinal damage that may lead to internal bleeding.

Outdoor cats may have an increased chance of injury to the mouth due to cars, predatory animals, and even other cats, as well as a higher chance of ingesting poisons such as snail bait or plant fertilizers. Regular veterinary appointments are crucial for felines, particularly as they are experts at hiding discomfort, and these visits may be helpful in uncovering any systemic infections or organ dysfunction before any symptoms arise. Regular dental care is particularly important when addressing the issues that cause bleeding from the mouth in felines.

Cost of Bleeding From the Mouth

In most cases, bleeding from the mouth is caused by dental disorders, which will run you on average around $850 to $900 to treat. Bleeding that is caused by other issues may be considerably more expensive to treat, including averages for kidney disease and abdominal bleeding in the $2000 range.

Bleeding From the Mouth Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ashes
Short hair gray
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Infected ears
Breathing Difficulty
Sneezing
bleeding from mouth

My cat has been sick for while. Just dont have money to get him treated. He has infection coming out of ears he is sneezing infection. Vomiting. Bleeding from mouth. And idk what to do.

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Princess
Cat
5 Months
Fair condition
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bleeding from mouth

My cat was chewing on her felt toy and I picked it up and she let it go and there was a blood on it. I looked in her mouth and her back comes were swollen and bleeding.

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Ginger
short hair
5 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Grinding

My cat is constantly grinding her teeth or something. It's a crunching sound and it has me worried. I checked in her mouth and all I see is a little blood on her back top teeth. She is 6 months and she's still eating. She's been acting a bit odd and not as active though. She loves chewing on everything

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Missy Autumn
DOMESTIC
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat is 15 and three weeks ago another one of my cats had a fight. I stopped it but about every four to five days Missy Autumn has blood under her chin and when I open her mouth there is more blood on her tongue. She is licking the blood off her mouth. I do wipe it off. It does stop but I'd like to know the reason why this happens please.

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Lizzie
Half siamese
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat
Blood in Mouth
Can barely walk

I am watching my sisters cat for her and have been told she hasn’t eaten for longer than a week, I’ve had her 4 days and she’s getting worse. She would drink water at first and now she won’t eat or drink. I have been syringe feeding her to try and help. She can barely walk, sleeps in her litter box, is cold and her gums and tongue are very very light pink if pink at all. I noticed this morning she was sleeping next to my bathtub and there was a bit of blood on it I had to inspect her to figure out where it came from and upon inspection it came from her mouth, just not sure where in her mouth (there was blood around her mouth and stuck in her hair) I am very worried this cat is dying and there’s nothing I can do. Many people have told me this is just stress but she’s only getting worse while I’ve been trying to make her as comfortable as possible. Any advice would be appreciated thank you

My 19 year old siamese was having the same symptoms and was diagnosed with advanced oral cancer 8 weeks ago. Because of my cats age they could not treat him.....so I bought him CBD oil for the pain. Switvhed him to all patte food ( Softest you can find....or water his drimy food really well a d ket it sit for a bit in the water before I give it to him. And I'm giving him Meat on for the pain. I hope any of tbis helps you. Monk did begin eatting faulty quickly after I started the above and the pain treatment. But his bleeding gets bad for a few days at a time as it progresses.

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Midnight
Unsure
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Foul odor
Constant bloody drool
Sneezing
Loss of Appetite

I have a strictly indoor cat who is almost 15/16 years old. He has been sneezing off and on for a while but only in the past month I have noticed that he is drooling a lot with blood in the drool, he doesn’t act like his is in pain but the bloody drool is constant, and has a foul smell to it. I am completely lost as to what to do as I can’t afford to take him the the vet but I don’t want him to be sick and or in pain. He has also stopped eating the dry food that is out, so I started feeding him wet food which he eats but not a whole lot at once. He is drinking a lot of water as well, Are there any type of herbal or homeopathic remedies that I could try?

My cat Gingy believe it or not has gingivitis swollen gums and losing teeth. Blood coming from drool too! Gingy can only eat wet pate food. She was diagnosed with gingivitis years ago she is 15 now and I tried ti find something homeopatic too! I looked on Amazon and found something for humans! I put one tablet in a cup of water upstairs bathroom where she ususally likes to drink water, it seemed to help the inflamation! She started cleaning and grooming herself again! Although the problem seems to be reacurring it is worth a try! I can't afford to take to vet either for treatment as it is so expensive 800-1000 Makes me feel terrible!

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Otis
tabby
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
No appetit
foul breath
Lethargy

Otis has been not eating only drinking for almost 2 weeks and recently, he started spitting up blood and saliva clots with a foul odor. He also growls upon passing them up. Need help.

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Posy
Domestic shorthair
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from mouth, barely eating,

My cat had a lump on her neck that went from the size of a pea to the size of a grape in about six weeks. We had it removed and biopsied, and she was diagnosed with hemangiomasarcoma. Now, only a few weeks after removing the tumor, the growth is back and she is bleeding from her mouth. She is hungry, but when she eats she bleeds. Therefore, she is barely eating. Because of the rapid regrowth, I'm not sure we can do anything for her. I've been giving her pain medicine until the vet can come to the house. I've also been giving her vials of water.

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Pie
DOMESTIC
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Lump
Mouth Salivation
Blood In Stool

My 13 year old Tortoiseshell cat has been bleeding on and off from the right side of her mouth, often with some white mucous. It has not affected her behavior, appetite or weight. I took her to the vet who said it is common for older cats to develop long incisor teeth, and the blood I noticed was coming from her lengthened incisor tooth biting down on her own gum. I am giving her anti biotics to prevent an infection ir abcess. Is this condition common and what do I do if it keeps bleeding though no change in behavior or eating? Thanks!

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Milky
Unkown
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from lips/mouth

Hello
I have a cat named milky 6/7 years old she is bleeding from her lip I don't know what it can be she is eating fine and is usually lazy anyway I don't know what I should do

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Shadow
Bombay
16 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Odor
Bleeding

i noticed my cat was drooling a lot more so I looked into his mouth and noticed that it is red, a little bleeding and it looks like there is a canker sore. I don't have the money to take him to the vets since I am living on a limited income. Is there a home remody or a cheaper way to make this go away?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that it depends on the specific cause of the sore; infections, autoimmune diseases, chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis, trauma, kidney disease, chemical irritation among other causes. You should ensure that Shadow’s mouth is kept clean after eating, but there is no specific at home treatment I can recommend without examining Shadow first; monitor the lesion but if it gets worse you should visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat (7years) has seizures from time to time. Most often when stressed. He gets most stressed when he is put in the carrier to go in the car and ALWAYS has at lest one seizure in the car. I love 30 minutes from the nearest vet so hes never had them checked as I don’t want to stress him. But tonight he was asleep on his chair when he took a seizure. He lost control of his bladder - which has happened before, but he also bleed quite a bit from the mouth. That’s really what I’m worried about. What could be the cause of this ?

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Lee
Maine Coon
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello I'm from Maldives , a small country and there's no vet here , my 1 year old cat has a lot of blood in his mouth , I noticed his breath also was very bad PAst few weeks , and his nose is also very pale , please help me , what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand the situation in the Maldives and the lack of veterinary care, I believe at one time a Sri Lankan Veterinarian was visiting the Maldives to offer veterinary care but on a ad-hoc basis; I know the FAO (Food and Agriculture Office) has been trying for years to establish Veterinary care in the Maldives with a recent failed attempt by the Government with a tender early this year. It is important to check Lee’s mouth to see if there are any issues with his teeth (grown incorrectly, damaging soft tissues etc…) as this is a common cause in cats this age. Other causes may be due to trauma, infections, tumours (unlikely at this age), chemical injury among other causes. It is important for to be able to see the underlying cause or origin of the blood if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://vnews.mv/84599

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Zee
American Shorthair
8 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Missing tooth
Bloody gums

My kitten is about 8 to 10 weeks old and two days I came home and his mouth was bleeding. I summed it up to him probably playing rough with a toy and cleaned him up. He's been acting fine and playing like usual, but I woke up this morning and his bottom lip is a little bloody as tender and he looks like he may be missing a tooth. Is my cat just playing rough while I'm away or is he losing his baby teeth? He is acting fine but is eating a bit less.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Kittens may lose teeth upto around nine months of age, however the bleeding and bloody lip may be attributable to trauma either from chewing something, playing rough, running into something or due to another cause. Check inside Zee’s mouth as an injury may be visible on examination, you should also visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since there is a decrease in appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Caillou
Mixed tabby
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My 7 year old cat presented with a swollen lip.today. my 9 year old caught it and asked me about it. She said his lip looked funny. I pulled his mouth open vest I could. He hates that kind of thing so I caught a minor glimpse and when I removed my fingers I had almost milky watered down blood on.my fingers. The second time I tried a few hours later, same thing, but it looks to be coming from his gum line. I am thinking abcess of the tooth there? He is eating and drinking fluids just as he normally would...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blood and swelling may be due to trauma from running into something or having a scuffle with another cat; without examining Caillou I cannot say whether it is a simple scratch of the gum or something more serious. I would keep the mouth as clean as possible after eating and keep Caillou inside; if there is no improvement after a day or so visit your Veterinarian for a more close up examination to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Laylah
Tuxedo
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Spontaneous crazy behaviour
Rare loud meowing

My cat, who is now 10 months has a slight blood patch above her lip by her teeth. The (white) fur is just light red, and there is no dripping blood. I cannot tell what it is coming from, and if she bled once and it is stained recently. I can’t afford a surgery from researching about this either, so I am afraid of taking her to the vet because of costs but I do want to get her treated, if needed. She also likes to play with pins when she can find them so I’m wondering if that hurt her? I have hid them all so they are no longer in her reach

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Laylah did poke herself with a pin, so it is good that you got all of those out of her reach. Cats can have common skin diseases that do require treatment but can be inexpensive to treat. Without knowing what might be going on with her, it is hard to say whether she needs treatment, but if the lesion does not improve, it would be best to have her seen and examined by a veterinarian. She is unlikely to need surgery at this point, and may just need simple medical therapy. I hope that all goes well for her.

My cat is a tuxedo too named Layla ;)
I hope your Laylah is doing better now!
I am not a vet nor qualified to give you any medical advice , which I will not. However, being a cat owner I’ve experienced a thing or two 😉 have you ruled out that it was a pimple? My Layla once had a small blood patch on her chin (maybe twice?) I later learned that it was a pimple from lingering food or water that she hadn’t cleaned from her chin. I’ve also noticed many similar qualities among tuxedos that I , personally, have only seen in tuxedos. So maybe this could be one ? Idk but it’s worth a quick google search , yea?

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Butters
tabby
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hard lump

So a few months back my cat had an abscess which we took care of by a vet visit, they had told us her teeth were fine and that she probably bit her check, well skip to today and shes got a hard spot in the same 0lace where the abscess was and blood coming out and drying on the outside of her mouth. She says regularly and prefers pate over dried or chunks so thays what we've been feeding her. I just wanna make sure it's not life threatening or if I can treat it at home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Butters I cannot say how severe the issue is or what you should do, if Butters prefers wet food to kibbles it may be an indicator of pain whilst chewing; if there is an infection or other issue it would need to be seen by your Veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and to prescribe antibiotics as well as possibly draining any abscess. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
tabby
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gum swelling
Sensitive
bad breath
Bleeding

My cat has a serious bleeding condition where she was diagnosed with gingivistis-stomatic. I can't afford 4000$ here in Canada to get her teeth removed and not be sure of the results. Is there something I can apply (hard now to open the mouth because of pain and shes salivates alot mixed with blood, ). She's healthy unless the mouth and I don't want to get rid of my cat even if I know that it is painful.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't know if Abby is on any medications, but that condition is extremely painful, and she is suffering if it isn't being controlled. Some cats respond to steroid therapy, even though it isn't ideal, as many people can't afford the cost of a full-mouth extraction. If is is not medically manageable, and surgery isn't an option, keeping her alive with that condition is cruel, frankly. I realize how hard that is to know, but these cats suffer.

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peachy
Not sure
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bloody mouth

My dog and cat heard a noise outside that I couldn't hear. All of a sudden they got in a huge fight. I was able to stop it and my dog is fine but my cats entire mouth and gum area is bleeding. Is there anything I can do to make it stop? I've tried dabbing it up with Kleenex but it just keeps bleeding.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Wounds in the mouth are always difficult to clean up since the moist environment of the mouth make clotting an issue; it really depends on how deep the wounds are in the mouth which are bleeding, you may need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Pressure with a clean cloth may help, but as I mentioned the moist environment makes clotting difficult. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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toker
bicolor
2 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bleeding foul odor and no appeitite

hello. my kitten who is about 2 months started bleeding from his nose about 3 days ago loss of appetite no drinking water. well his nose stopped bleeding but now its his mouth bleeding w a very foul odor.. he started eating &drinking water today( on the 2nd day i did try my best to get him some water through a syringe). But the foul odor and bleeding from mouth hasnt changed? what can it possibly be? Get paid Tuesday to take him to a vet but what can i do to keep him comfortable til then?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the underlying cause I cannot really give you much advice about management, many issues which may cause bleeding of the nose and mouth do not occur in two month old kittens; you should visit a charity clinic, go to your Veterinarian with a post dated cheque or reach out to animal nonprofits to help with the cost of care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Walter
Color point
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding, bad breath
Bleeding

My cat Walter is 6 months old I noticed in the top left corner of his mouth he was bleeding the other day. I thought it was gone and then I just saw him y'all and there is a decent sized A+ blood in the same spot. he also has had bad breath but his appetite is fine and so is his energy I'm just wondering if this should be considered an emergency or not or if I need to take him to the vet soon. Insight would be helpful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little bleeding may occur for a variety of reasons however if the bleeding keeps occuring and he has bad breath at six months of age I would recommend you pop into your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as I cannot say for certain without checking the mouth myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goggles
Calico
12 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in mouth,ear ,wont eat

My female calico has a open wound in ear from itching, blood in mouth and a couple of hard crusty bite size spots around same ear as open wound.respitory 24 in 1min

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Goggles has an open wound on the ear and is bleeding from the mouth it is probable that she sustained a head injury or was attacked; due to the severity of injury you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to check for any signs of brain injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joey
short hair
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Dizzy blood on mouth

I have been away for work. It came home for the holiday weekend. My cat seemed fine. We spent lot of time together. Then 3 days later my husband called to say he was not acting well and was dizzy at times. My girl has same symptoms year or so. It was kidney infection she is fine. I told him to take him to vet first thing in morning. Well he called me upset
The cat had some blood coming from his mouth and was not getting around well. He rushed off to vet with him... an hour away. He was moving round in the carrier. I talked to him on speaker phone
Then he layed down meowed and stopped breathing. Any idea what may of happened

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I know that this is a distressing time, but without examining Joey and performing a necropsy it is not possible to say specifically what the cause of death may have been and I don’t want to throw ideas out since I’m not sure. I wish I could help you understand what happened and help give you closure on this for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie Marie fluffington Mcguirt
Gray American short hair
18 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding from mouth ..

Medication Used

Clindamycin 25 mg. 2 ml once daily

My cat Gracie was 18 years old .. one night she was bleeding from her mouth . I brought her to the ER animal hospital.. The doctor said he felt like Gracie had an abscess tooth . To call the vet in the morning.. He gave her antibiotics and prednisone .. at the ER animal hospital they also gave Gracie a shot of antibiotic and pain medicine that they said last 72 hours , they also put fluid underneath her skin .. that night she got worse .. she felt so cold but was still breathing.. her eyes were fixed and it was like she was paralyzed .. then she died .. I don’t know what happened? I would like to know ? Could my cat Gracie of died from an abscess tooth ???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am so sorry for your loss. If Gracie's abscessed tooth caused a bacterial embolus to her brain, it is possible that may have happened. Without examining her, I'm not sure what might have happened, but bacteria can be very nasty. She doesn't seem to have suffered, which is a blessing. Im sorry again, for your loss.

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Dot
mixed
6 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Crusty

We have a six week old kitten named Dot. She is overall a healthy kitten, she plays and runs normally, she eats soft food as of two days ago and is still nursing regularly. I noticed this afternoon, however, that her bottom lip looked a little dried out and almost non existent. She seems fine otherwise. What could be the cause of this and is it something that should be tended to immediately or could it wait until the first week of August when they go to their first vet visit?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause of the small dried lip is, however you should keep an eye on her and check for any other symptoms; if Dot is otherwise eating and drinking normally I would just keep an eye on her for the time being and visit your Veterinarian in the first week of August, however if there are signs of pain or the issue gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Velvet
Siamese
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Can't eat much
Cant eat much
Lethargy
Bleeding

Medication Used

none

My pet cat can't eat much due to slight blood almost every time she tries to eat food she is so depressed and her age is almost 7 years,kindly guide me, in desperate need

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to check inside Velvet’s mouth to look for any loose teeth, injuries, foreign bodies or growths; a visit to your Veterinarian may be needed to have a thorough examination and check the health of her teeth. If you are feeding dry food, move to wet for the time being but an examination of the mouth is the next most important step to determine the origin of the blood. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Myloh as kidney disease
Given fortekor and special food but he is now bleeding from mouth not eating or drinking
He is 12 years old
And he smells bad
Is it time to say goodbye 😭

My Cat is Drooling and Bleeding from 3 to 4 days. His is 1 year old. What to do with my cat? which treatment I should give him.

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Lady
Tuxedo
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood from mouth and nose and Stool

My cat passed away this morning I woke up looking for her found her under my kitchen cabinet.Thatd where I put bleach and bug posion at because it smells horrible from the water falling through the cracks I washed her off she was crying so bad this morning she went stop I thought maybe she got some bleach on her she begin to not be able to walk and her body movements was shaky she was screaming. I wrapped her in towel and rub her she tried to touch my face then passed out I began CPR until she wasn't responsive. Look what's coming to her mouth and her nose but I've also seen it in the kitty litter. She clean I have her laying in her beduntil my son leaves he will be so heart broken

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lady I cannot say what the specific cause of death is, you should take her to your Veterinarian for a necropsy to determine the cause of death which will bring you some peace. Poisoning, birth defect, previous traumatic injury among many other causes may lead to an early death; a necropsy would shed light on the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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SABRINA
Short hair domestic
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Bleeding
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

AMOXI

I HAVE AN INSIDE ONLY CAT THAT WAS FINE 3 TO 4 DAYS AGO AND UPON NOTICING HER BEING LESS ACTIVE I WAS ABLE TO EXAMINE HER TO SEE SHE IS BLEEDING FROM POSSIBLY HER MOUTH. IT IS NOT A FREE FLOWING, LIKE DRIPPY BLEEDING BUT MORE LIKE MUCOUSY THICK DROOLING WITH BLOOD IN IT. I CAN'T TAKE HER TO THE VET AS THIS IS A CAT THAT EVEN THOUGH SHE IS AN INSIDE CAT, SHE WON'T COME TO ME VERY OFTEN EXCEPT FOR EARLY IN THE MORNING AND IS HARD TO PICK UP TO ALLOW ME TO PUT HER IN A CARRIER. I DID SPEAK WITH MY VET WHO IS AWESOME AND HE GAVE ME SOME AMOXI TO GIVE HER. I WAS JUST WONDERING IF IT HAPPENED TO NOT BE A DENTAL ISSUE AND WAS STOMATITIS IF THE ANTIOBIOTIC WILL HELP. SHE IS APPROXIMATELY 12 TO 14 YEARS OLD. SHE WON'T EAT WET/CANNED FOOD BUT YESTERDAY SHE DID EAT A FEW PIECES OF PURINA INDOOR NATURAL CAT FOOD.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Antibiotics are indicated in cases of stomatitis but further treatment may be required including cleaning or dental extraction; see how the antibiotics go, but if there is an oral injury or tumour a thorough examination would be required regardless of her temperament. It is difficult to give advice when even you cannot get a good look at what is happening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello I have a 3yr old cat and he got sick around Dec 1st, 2017. I have made an appointment with the vet but thats a little ways out from now. Now he has stopped eating and drinking and i have notice that there is dry looks like brown or even fry blood around his mouth. He has loss alot of weight as well. Im really scared for him and dont know what to do to help him til he is able to see the vet. Any suggestion would be nice
Thank you,
Jenny

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Stormy
American Shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from mouth, smell from mouth

Found a stray kitten, guessing maybe 6 months. He seems to be acting like he is choking when he eats, and now just saw blood when he yawned. Smell is coming from his mouth also. But cant get him into a cat carrier.

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Tom
Don’t know
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Sleepiness
Bleeding

What may happened to a cat that’s bleeding from the nose and mouth?And why the cat doesn’t eat?Is the cat gonna die without a vet’s treatment?Can he affect other cats who are near him?Ps:the cat that suffers from that it’s a stray but I fed him since it was a kitten and I’m really worried cause he seems in a really bad contrition lately..Also I don’t think he was hit by a car or something because he never goes on the road maybe an infection?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tom I cannot determine the cause of the bleeding, trauma from being hit by a car is a common cause but also quite sadly is abuse by humans too; other causes may include infections, tumours, clotting disorders, poisoning, foreign objects among many other causes. You should take Tom to a Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as I am not sure of the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Momma
Dont know
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat is about 10 years old. She loves to drink out of the sink. Ive noticed that when she does she leaves little sprinkles of blood. Today when I got home there were alot of blood spatters in the bathtub. It looks like she sat and cleaned herself and there was blood on both sides of her. She doesnt drool blood or anything. No blood anyother time except drinking and licking. Should I take her to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Momma to your Veterinarian to try to determine the origin of the blood; oral injuries, dental disorders, nosebleeds among other causes may lead to this level of blood splatter. Your Veterinarian will examine Momma closely to see if they can locate the source of the blood. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Spotted cat or Indian Billi
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat is bleeding and drooling from 3 to 4 days.He is eating nicely all the food. When he Drunk water, the colour changes to red.What should I do with him. Is it okay or not .Pls tell me about its treatment and Medicines.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Max I cannot determine whether there is an issue with his teeth, a cut in his mouth or another issue; you should check inside Max’s mouth to look for signs of injury or a point of origin for the blood. It is encouraging that he still has an appetite etc… but if the bleeding continues you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as the treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiloh
Unknown (feral)
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from mouth; dried diarhea
Bleeding from mouth; diarrhea
Bleeding from mouth; dried diarrhea

We were shocked to find young outdoor male cat we often fed and named "Shiloh" or "the teenager" dead, lying in our driveway this morning. Rigor mortis had set in. Small amount of blood spilled from mouth; signs of diarrhea around anus. Shiloh appeared fine a day or 2 ago, when we last saw him. What could have happened? We supsect maybe internal injuries from possibly being struck by a passing car, but no other outward signs of such an injury. So sad.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without performing a necropsy I cannot start to narrow down a specific cause of for Shiloh’s passing; trauma from being hit from a car or a fall is a possibility but as I mentioned I cannot really say for certain. I wish I could offer some closure for you here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding gums

We just noticed our cats gums are bleeding. When we try to open her mouth to check it out it seems to hurt her. What are some things we can do to help her from home?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can have dental disease that can be quite painful, and brushing or home care can actually hurt more than help. She may need therapy or medication, and it would be best to have Nala seen by a veterinarian to examine her mouth and see what is going on and how to treat her.

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Catalina
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My cat got into a fight and she had blood coming out of her mouth, she has scratches all over her and she can’t shut her mouth because I think it’s sore. I can’t take her to the vet because my mom can’t afford it. Do you have any ideas of what I should do. This never happened to me before so I have no clue. Anything will help.😢

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Infections after scratches by other cats are very common, you should try to bathe all scratches with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin if you know that Catalina will not lick it off; if the scratches are severe a visit to a Veterinarian regardless of cost would be best, you should consider charity clinics or nonprofits for assistance with the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Cotton
tabby
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Top right lip is bleeding

I just noticed that my cats lip is bleeding. She wasn't bleeding at all today and she doesn't get into anything that would make her bleed. I'm getting worried because it hasn't stopped yet. What can I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might have caused her lip to start bleeding, whether she scratched or injured herself or if she had a lesion that started bleeding. If it isn't stopping, you should take her to your nearest emergency clinic to have it looked at. If it stops, but there is a lesion there, she should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope that all goes well for her.

Max was in cat fight one side his mouth sallow he been bleeding got some stuff from vet and chemist called antiseptic liquid betandina and dermcare pyohex from the vet max is eating just worry don't need another big vet bill any advice would be Great max about 5 years old I worry thanks

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Gizmo
Siamese mix
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

5 week old kitten began bleeding from the mouth this morning, he has been very lethargic, doesn't open his eyes and seems to be having trouble breathing. He has been asleep since it all began, from 5am.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, Gizmo needs to be seen right away by a veterinarian. I cannot assess him or examine him over an email, and he sounds like he needs medical attention. I hope that he is okay.

I'm gizmos owner, I'm sad to report that I had to put my baby down a few days ago. The vet said that he had head trauma like someone sat on him or rolled on him. He was suffering too much and that's why I made the decision to put him down. My heart is broken.

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Majesty
cymeric
3 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
Not using litter box
Not Eating
Mouth and neck bleeding
Shaking all the time
Fur falling out

My cat Majesty is not even a year old yet. We rescued her from outside. For the first few days she seemed fine and would always purr and love on my mother and I. We gave her a bath a week ago and since then there seems to be a lot wrong. She has not been eating for the past week but she has been drinking a whole lot of water, her fur is falling out, her mouth is bleeding, she hasn't been using the litter box ( which she was doing very well at doing). I am very worried about her and think she is going to die. She won't love on us anymore and she hides most of the day. We don't have money to take her to the vet. Is there anything i could do. I am so sad, I don't want this poor kitten to die.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing her, I'm unfortunately not able to see what might be going on with her, but she does sound like she needs veterinary care. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first visits that may allow you to at least find out more what you might be able to do for Majesty. I hope that she is okay.

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molly
"mog"
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

discharge from mouth

my 17 year old cat has had a swollen cheek and is dribbling a brownish discharge from her mouth which is very smelly. I took her to the vet and he said it is probably a tumour but he gave her some antibiotics and the swelling seems to have decreased and there is less discharge. She is eating and drinking well, do you think the vet may be wrong and that the problem is more likely to be a dental one ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Molly I cannot say what the cause is; however it is still possible that there is a tumour which was infected and improved with antibiotics. You should follow up with your Veterinarian after the treatment has been completed to check the suspected mass or lesion which lead them to a possible tumour diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Silver
Blue Russian
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Infectious bloody looking drool

My cat Silver scratched the inside of his mouth & has had infectious looking blood like drool coming from his mouth . Please tell me how to stop the bleeding and what I can give him to get the blood to clot & what I can give him to get rid of the infection in his mouth thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing the cause of the infection, I cannot comment on how to clear it up. Silver should see a veterinarian, and have his dental and oral health assessed. They'll be able to give you an idea as to what might be going on, as they will be able to look at his mouth and assess his overall health. I hope that all goes well for him.

My Myloh as kidney disease and smells really bad he is not eating nor drinking due to mouth very seollem and sore
Vets gave us medication to hel0 but its not working
I believe his time as come
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Tootsie
Pure Breed Persian
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from Mouth when eating

We have a 16-week old pure breed Persian. Several days ago noticed she is bleeding quite a bit from the mouth when trying to eat. To the point dripping a lot of blood back into her food, over her coat and onto the floor. Took her to Vet today and was unable to open her mouth and never experienced this before. Nurses did quick Google search and did find 3-cases of this before. Noted a rotten smell from mouth and thru examination could tell her baby teeth not falling out.

Noted her tongue has been hanging out for past week and Vet Dr said was probably from jaw not working properly and being stuck. She acts perfectly normal and "thought" she was eating like a horse but always making big mess.

Now know that eating was somehow causing trauma elsewhere that caused the bleeding. Put her on a/d soft food with water and actually really eating a lot with just little blood.

Taking her to medical internist tomorrow. Our Vet shared this condition is not sustainable.

Hoping for best but value any insight might have with this condition.

Barry

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally we see more of the opposite where the jaw is hanging open. However, there are a few different things which may be going on here and it would be useful to have an x-ray of the head with both temporomandibular joints visible to see what the specific underlying cause is. Without examining Tootsie myself I cannot say what the cause is for certain but the Internal Medicine Specialist will be able to shed more light on it for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fatty
Mixed breed
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open mouth
blood from mouth
tongue out
Dizzyness

I believe my cat had a stroke. I'm in NZ and its cold, so shes been sleeping near the heater. All of a sudden she lost her balance, her eyes were going crazy and she couldn't stand up. After a few minutes she got up, was still a bit disorientated and shes been fine ever since. Shes still eating and going to the toilet but shes been very timid ever since, and our other cats have given her a wide birth ever since. Also since this episode shes had trouble closing her mouth, her tongue slightly hangs out and these past few days blood has been coming from her mouth. She still sleep and is eating, although less then before. I haven't seen her go to the toilet or drink water. I just don't know if its her time or if i should be going to the vets with her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
If there is bleeding from the mouth and Fatty is lethargic you should visit your Veterinarian regardless to know whether it is manageable and to get any supportive/palliative care; carbon monoxide poisoning (from a gas space heater) is a concern, but there are other causes which may occur in an older cat and I cannot say what the specific cause is without examining Fatty first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM Just a size note, I know in good old Aotearoa that many houses have either a wood fuelled fires, electric heaters or gas space heaters; if Fatty was sleeping in front of a gas space heater it may be due to carbon monoxide poisoning (which can be lethal for humans as well) and I would recommend that you buy a carbon monoxide detector from MITRE 10 (or similar store) if you’re using a gas space heater especially if there is poor ventilation. www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/quell-carbon-monoxide-alarm-white/p/269812

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toossoo
Chinese li hua
Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

my cat started coughing and sneezing this fall, took antibios and homeopathy for two weeks but in vain and now he started sneezing blood and there s blood in his mouth

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the antibiotics did not help Toosoo, he may have a larger problem. Oftentimes, viral diseases affect cats and become infected. Since he did not respond as expected, it would be a good idea to have him rechecked by your veterinarian, as this seems to have been going on for almost a year? They may be able to see what is going on at this point and get treatment for him.

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Bulmer
white
12 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding gums

My 12 yr old cat started bleeding from the gums 2 days ago. It appears to be coming from below him bottom teeth in the front. I am not able to get a very good look but what I can see it looks raw and sore. He doesnt act very bothered by it in general, only when I try to get a closer look and pull down his lip. It will clot and stop bleeding but will start again on its own. He is on Urinary Health food but doesnt have any other issues. He has a history of chewing through electrical cords but I havent noticed any being chewed recently (I could be missing it). Any thoughts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bulmer hasn't has dental work done in general, it is very common for older cats to develop dental disease, tartar, periodontal disease, and tooth abscesses. They can also develop tumors and masses in the mouth. Since I cannot see him, or his mouth, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to assess his oral health and make any recommendations for him to keep him happy and healthy.

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Patchy
TORTOISE shell
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My cat has started bleeding from the mouth the last 2days and won't stop,she has been treated for an abscess but seems to be going downhill fast and is very restless

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding from the mouth may be related to any dental abscess, trauma or other issue; without examining inside Patchy’s mouth I cannot determine the origin for the bleeding. You should ensure that Patchy’s food is soft and that she isn’t biting or chewing on anything else; another visit to your Veterinarian would be advisable for another check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
I dont know
1 1/2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bleeding from mouth

My cat is a little over a year old and for the past few days he has been continuously bleeding from his mouth, it was barely at first and now it's enough to drip on the floor. He will only eat soft foods and lays around all day meowing this really loud deep meow. He also wont drink any water. Hes an outside cat most of the time. I can't afford to take him to the vet. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the cause of the bleeding; possible causes include oral trauma, infections, masses (tumours) among other causes. You should keep Max’s teeth clean with regular brushing, but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian or a charity clinic to examine him to find the specific cause as the different causes have different treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello my cat is approx 11 years old and she's been bleeding through her mouth approx 10 days ago, has a weird heavy smell on her, not eating nor drinking at all; and has lost a lot of weight. I can't afford a visit to the vet because it means a lot of hundreds of dollard from my pocket. Is there any charity place that I could take her so they can help her out?

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Sin
Tuxiedo cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

So my cat had scratched the inside of his own mouth earlier today and at one point was stuck with his claw in his mouth. He unhinged his own claw and didn’t allow me to touch him for a while. I checked up on him recently and the side of his mouth that he scratched is showing some swelling and he won’t allow us to open his mouth. We attempted this and saw a slash from the back of his jaw to the center of his lip. There seems to be no bleeding and he’s playing and eating normally. Should I be worried about the swelling?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The swelling is concerning, you should keep an eye on Sin and ensure that he is eating and drinking; the problem with cat’s claws is that their scratches commonly cause infections and the inside of the mouth is an area difficult to keep clean. You should keep an eye on him but visit your Veterinarian if the swelling doesn’t improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Persian
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping
motions
Vomiting
Lazy
Loss of Appetite

My Cat is 5 years old and about past 1 or 2 days blood is comming from her mouth it happened second time in 1.5 months.. all the lip area is surrounded by blood and she has lost her appetite and is skinny too i can not understand the cause the first time when blood came from nose i took her to the vet he said she just swallowed her fur ball but this time the blood is coming in massive amount from her mouth i am guessing it must be gums problem but now i am really concerned about her ill health she is very weak and is spiting blood every where so i needed an urgent response.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there is very little that I can offer her over an email. If she is having that much blood coming from her mouth, she definitely needs to be seen to have her mouth assessed and see whether she has dental disease, another problem with her mouth, or has something else going on that needs treatment. It would probably be best to seek emergency care if there is a 24 hour facility near you, rather than waiting until tomorrow. I hope that she is okay.

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Tigger
American Shorthair
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Sneezing

My kitten had a watery eye last week and was treated for it by the vet and it went away for a week however this week he fell in the tub while I was showering and got damp. The next day his eye was watering again and he was sneezing. Is this something that should condone another vet visit?
I also believe he is teething, when playing with a blanket I noticed a little blood on the blanket.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tigger’s eye is watering again, you should have it treated again by visiting your Veterinarian; for the bleeding mouth, it is possible that some teething is causing some blood to appear on blankets especially after a good chewing session. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teetos
normal
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not purring
Drooling
Dizzy
Lost appetite
Throwing up
Weakness

My cat was feeling sick for the past week and he lost his appetite and threw up constantly. We don't have a vet near us and I'm so sad i don't know what to do. Today i saw him vary tired as usual and he was bleeding from his mouth :( Do you have any idea or advice that i can do for my cat please ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Without being able to see Teetos, I really can't offer advice on what might be going on with him, as he may have parasites, trauma, infectious disease, a foreign body, or any number of other problems. He really does need veterinary care, even if that means that you need to travel to find that. I hope that he is okay.

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Elvis
mixed
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Bleeding

My cat was out side he was running up against me and wanted to be pet. He came back from what ever he did 15 mins later with a bloody mouth and has been having seizures for the past 5 hours since... I live on am income and can't really take him to the vet. The more stimulated he gets the worse It get but calms down and still has small ones.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding from the mouth and seizures may be attributable to severe trauma to the head or poisoning (among other causes), without examining Elvis I cannot give you any specific advice to help in this case. I understand that money can be tight but not everything can or should be managed at home; you should find a charity clinic or similar organisation to examine him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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