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I noticed my cat had blood in his urine, urine test came back

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I noticed my cat had blood in his urine, urine test came back uti. She also said he had an elevated glubitin level. Indoor cat, eats good, drinks well, almost 14. Could it. Be the uti?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Did you mean glucose or bilirubin (since there is no glubitin)?
Did the urine also show elevated white blood cells, bacteria, or blood?
Did the vet check any bloods?
Since you noted that he "drinks well," do you think he drinks more then he used to? Is this just since you saw the blood?
Does he pass small or large volumes of urine?
Has his urine been quite dilute/watery prior to the blood?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well he seemed normal. I happened to catch him spray and saw some watery blood. The vet came and we did a blood test and urine. The urine showed a uti and we put him on antibiotics. She said something was high in his blood that is usually associated with cats with fiv. She asked if he was ever an outdoor cat, I said no. She wants to retest after the uti is over. I noticed no changes in him. She mentioned nothing else about either test. But I'm wondering if whatever was elevated was high because of the uti.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi again,
Was this an in-practice urine test? Or did she send it to the lab?
Or was it a high globulin on the bloods?
Did she actually test him for FIV?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Urine went to the lab. I think the elevation in the bloods. No she didn't test for HIV but he has never been outside. I had him since birth.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi again,
Now I suspect it was the blood globulins that were elevated. And I must note that globulins are inflammatory proteins. This means they elevate when the body is fighting an infection. That goes for viruses like FIV, but it also is the same case for bladder infections. So, this would not tell us FIV or any other virus was present.
If we were genuinely worried about FIV, there is a blood test for that virus specifically (which can be done at your vet's practice or sent to the lab). But again, seeing this elevated at a time when we know there is an infection present means that this likely a reflection of that infection. Therefore, you can choose to recheck those blood globulins once this infection is passed +/- testing for FIV to completely rule it out. Still, in this instance the globulins are likely just elevated because of this infection that you are treating for him.
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best,
Dr. B.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That is what I thought, I know he does not have fiv. I might test him when the uti is over. Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome,
I agree that a fully indoor kitty is unlikely to be an FIV carrier. But that sounds like the perfect plan of attack if there is any doubt about this.
Please take care,
Dr. B.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.