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My Cat Is Bleeding From Her Private Area - Causes & Treatment

 
By Ameera Mills. October 17, 2018
My Cat Is Bleeding From Her Private Area - Causes & Treatment

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If you notice that your cat is bleeding from her private area, it is completely normal to feel alarmed. Generally, if your cat is bleeding from her vulva, it is a sign that she is facing a health problem.

Cystitis, uterine infections, trauma or tumors, may be some of the main reasons that could explain why your cat is bleeding from her vulva. This is when the main question arises: what do you do? The first thing we suggest doing is visiting your veterinarian immediately. This is because some of the causes of this symptomatology can be deadly.

In this AnimalWised article, we will be discussing possible causes of why your cat is bleeding from her private area. In addition, we will be explaining what treatment could be applied. It is, however, extremely important that if you notice this symptom, you visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Do cats bleed when in heat?

There is a misconception, that because bitches bleed in heat, so do female cats. This, however, is not true.

Cats do not bleed when they are in heat. Therefore, if you notice that your cat is bleeding brown/reddish liquid, or you notice the appearance of blood when your cat pees: this is a symptom of pathology. For more, keep reading to find out the main causes of vaginal bleeding in cats.

Cystitis in cats

Cystitis in cats consists of an inflammation of the bladder. Cystitis in cats can be caused by: a urinary infection, an excessive proliferation of bacteria, kidney disease and even a trauma, such as a hit or blow.

Symptoms or signs of cystitis in cats include:

Usually, in a case of cystitis, you will notice the presence of fresh blood in your cat’s urine. A veterinarian will also notice the presence of bacteria in the urine, when looked at microscopically. This pathology usually carries a good prognosis, since cystitis is easily treated with antibiotics: which must be prescribed by a veterinarian.

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Pyometra in cats

Pyometra in cats is an infection which consists of an accumulation of pus inside of a cat’s uterus. Pyometra in cats is extremely dangerous and can be lethal if not treated in time. Pyometra usually affects cats older than 8 years old that have not been castrated. Or, it is also known to have affected cats that have received hormonal treatment.

The disease appears as a result of a bacterial contraction during a cat’s estrus phase (when a cat begins to accept mounting).

There are two types of pyometra:

  • Closed: when the pus is not expelled and the uterus can burst, producing a peritonitis.
  • Open: which, among other signs, is evidenced by: bleeding with pus, dehydration, frequent urination and lethargy.

In order to diagnose this pathology, an ultrasound and blood samples are required. Treating pyometra in cats entails surgery and/or a drug administration: always prescribed by a veterinarian.

Cat miscarriage

If your cat is pregnant and you notice that she is bleeding from her vulva: she may be experiencing a miscarriage. Depending on the stage of pregnancy in which your cat is in, the risk levels will vary:

  • First weeks of pregnancy: it is possible that it is due to the death of one of the kittens. This stage in which the fetuses are still poorly formed, the body of most cats simply absorbs the tissue. Therefore, the possibilities of complication are low.
  • Middle of the gestation: here, it is probable that the mother and the rest of the kittens are in danger. In this phase, abortions can be spontaneous. often due to: trauma or a serious uterine infection.

In both cases it is essential to go to the veterinarian immediately. A professional will be able to analyse the situation and treat it accordingly. A veterinarian will most likely request an ultrasound or x-ray in order to evaluate the cat’s state of pregnancy.

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Cat giving birth

When it comes to a cat giving birth, it is normal that she might bleed through her vulva.

Before delivery, a cat will not only bleed through her vulva, but will also seem more restless. A cat that is about to give birth will also look for a ‘safe’ place to birth her kittens. Once this spot is found, your cat will expel some mucus: the mucus plug that indicates that delivery is about to take place.

Kidney stones in cats

The presence of kidney stones is a very annoying health problem for cats. Kidney stones in cats cause pain when urinating and are very dangerous. One of the main symptoms of kidney stone in cats is urination with blood.

Kidney stones in cats can be caused by different things. The most common, however, is diet. A cat which has been fed a diet high in saturated fats and flour, is more susceptible to developing kidney stones. This is why a high-quality cat diet is recommended for your felines.

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Physical trauma in cats

Physical trauma in cats occurs after a hard blow or fall. This type of trauma can occur after a fight with another cat, a blow or a fall: something that physically damages the cat’s organism. When this happens, it is not uncommon for your cat to bleed through her vulva and/or other parts of the body. In some cases, you might even notice a presence of marks or wounds on the cat’s body, like bruises or cuts.

Injuries on any animal are very dangerous, as they could involve possible damage to vital organs, as well as internal bleeding. If you suspect that your cat is suffering from any physical trauma or blow, we suggest visiting your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tumor in cats

A tumor consists of an abnormal growth of tissue. Tumors can occur on any part of the body, such as : renal, reproductive or urinary organs. In these cases, your cat will most likely suffer symptoms of bleeding while urinating.

It is important to note that most tumors, whether benign or malignant, are discreet. Therefore, in order to treat and diagnose this case, an immediate visit to the veterinarian is necessary.

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What must I do if my cat is bleeding from her private area?

Observing abnormal bleeding such as those previously described can be very alarming, but remember to remain calm.

If you observe this type of bleeding in your cat, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. In addition, some of the diseases that cause bleeding while urinating can be lethal; if not treated in time. Therefore, immediate action is required.

Also, remember that you should never self-medicate your cat and/or ignore symptoms of illness,pain or discomfort.

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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