My Tabby Has Blood In Her Urine.

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I'm not looking for medical advice, I thought I'd post to see if anyone had any similar experiences. X-ray was negative. Coarse of antibiotics did not stop the blood (UA and culture were negative for bacteria, showed blood of coarse and the vet stated the urine was well concentrated) Sh e will have blood work today and the vet stated the next test would be an ultrasound which can take up to 2 months to get into at another vet in my town. The alternate would be to go to the closest city about 2 hours away which is large, spread out and I don't know my way around. I have no car or smart phone with GPS. And I hate to put her through such a long trip. Has anyone ever had a cat with blood in their urine and it wasn't infection or stones? Thank you. I'm so scared and worried. She's 10 1/2, strictly indoors.
 

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I know of one friend whose cat had urine her blood and an ultrasound revealed inflammation in the bladder lining - she was given anti-inflammatories. It was a while ago and I don't remember if they found out the exact cause, but she was told that very concentrated urine could easily cause inflammation leading to bloody urine. I think they changed her diet to all wet food and added water dishes around the household to encourage the cat to drink more. I lost touch with her so I have no idea if the inflammation was recurring or not.

Ask your vet if inflammation might be a possibility, and if they could do anything to treat it while you wait to get in for the ultrasound.
 

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You could ask your vet for a list of possibilities, if you haven’t done so already. Especially if they suspect something. I assume the vet asked you about litter box habits, meowing while in the box, etc?

I would think it could be a number of things, especially at 10.5 years old. An ultrasound is a good idea in case it is due to something more serious like a tumor that doesn’t show up on an X-ray.

I‘m not a vet, but I’ve seen a lot of blood in urine once due to cystitis. That was in a younger cat I was fostering. It was caused by stress and was treated with Gabapentin until the cat settled down. I don’t know if it shows up in older cats. I thought cats tend to have episodes/ flares throughout life.
 
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I know of one friend whose cat had urine her blood and an ultrasound revealed inflammation in the bladder lining - she was given anti-inflammatories. It was a while ago and I don't remember if they found out the exact cause, but she was told that very concentrated urine could easily cause inflammation leading to bloody urine. I think they changed her diet to all wet food and added water dishes around the household to encourage the cat to drink more. I lost touch with her so I have no idea if the inflammation was recurring or not.

Ask your vet if inflammation might be a possibility, and if they could do anything to treat it while you wait to get in for the ultrasound.
Thank you for your reply. I really like your idea of treating possible inflammation. I will mention this to the veterinarian. One issue with my tabby (who is my profile picture) is she has a fish allergy. They eat a Royal Canine dry with one small can treat (fish free) a day split between them. They would eat all canned that is for sure.
 
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You could ask your vet for a list of possibilities, if you haven’t done so already. Especially if they suspect something. I assume the vet asked you about litter box habits, meowing while in the box, etc?

I would think it could be a number of things, especially at 10.5 years old. An ultrasound is a good idea in case it is due to something more serious like a tumor that doesn’t show up on an X-ray.

I‘m not a vet, but I’ve seen a lot of blood in urine once due to cystitis. That was in a younger cat I was fostering. It was caused by stress and was treated with Gabapentin until the cat settled down. I don’t know if it shows up in older cats. I thought cats tend to have episodes/ flares throughout life.
Thank you for your reply. No issues like meowing in the litter box or licking her area. I'll ask the vet about possibilities more in detail after her blood work results come back. They will be of coarse checking her blood clotting factors. I want her to have the ultrasound if needed. I don't want to wait up to two months. I'd have to drive to the city by myself as I have no one that could go with me. My kitty shouldn't be stressed. The home is quiet and only me and her littermate sister.
 

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I agree about getting the ultrasound. Hematuria is the general condition in which blood appears in the urine or exits from the urinary outlet, even without a lot of urine being present at the same time and it can have a number of causes.
 

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I'm not looking for medical advice, I thought I'd post to see if anyone had any similar experiences. X-ray was negative. Coarse of antibiotics did not stop the blood (UA and culture were negative for bacteria, showed blood of coarse and the vet stated the urine was well concentrated) Sh e will have blood work today and the vet stated the next test would be an ultrasound which can take up to 2 months to get into at another vet in my town. The alternate would be to go to the closest city about 2 hours away which is large, spread out and I don't know my way around. I have no car or smart phone with GPS. And I hate to put her through such a long trip. Has anyone ever had a cat with blood in their urine and it wasn't infection or stones? Thank you. I'm so scared and worried. She's 10 1/2, strictly indoors.
This happened to me about 10 days ago with my 4.5 y.o. male cat. He ended up having bladder stones. My vet didn't take an x-ray and I don't think she did an ultrasound because the bill was pretty cheap compared to what it usually costs me! Did your vet specifically say your cat didn't have bladder stones? Mozart received IV liquids and we came home with Rx medication and some Rx dry and wet food, which he hated! The blood disappeared within two days and I am in the process of looking for info into alternative food that I can replace that doesn't cost $85/bag and isn't full of junk. That is actually why I joined this group, I need to get opinions on using the proper foods to prevent bladder and kidney stones that I can cook myself. Good luck with your girl, I would also suggest you stay away from commercial dry cat food, it is so full of junk it breaks my heart.
 
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Thank you for your response. X-rat was negative for stones. I'm sorry about your kitty. I hope you find a food solution.

I had a calico with stones, she had surgery once to remove them. Gratefully they never returned.
 
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I agree about getting the ultrasound. Hematuria is the general condition in which blood appears in the urine or exits from the urinary outlet, even without a lot of urine being present at the same time and it can have a number of causes.
Thank you for your reply. I'll get the blood work results tomorrow and if those tests are OK, the ultrasound will be the next step.
 
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