I just noticed some blood around the house... from my male cat. I do not have any emergency clinics available to me. What should I do until my vet opens on Monday
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 10
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Hi there! My name is XXXX, XXX I would be happy to help you with your problem. Do you think the blood is coming form his urine? Or does he have a laceration somewhere?
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I thoroughly checked him for lacerations.. there are none. I did catch him squating and urinating around the house.. but found the blood spots this morning. He has been lethargic for the past several days.
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When he was squatting down to urinate, did you notice him having any difficulties, or straining during his urination?Does his tummy seem more "enlarged" than usual?Was he vocalizing or crying out in pain when he was trying to urinate?Is he still eating and drinking?
His urinating appeared labored. He was not crying out however. He is drinking more than usual.
His urinating appeared labored. He was not crying out however. He is drinking more than usual. Though he is over-weight, his tummy does not appear bloated, but it is difficult to tell.
Thank you for answering my questions, and I'm sorry your boy is having so much trouble!When a male cat has a urinary tract infection, some of the first signs you will see is urinating out of the litterbox, and spots of blood in the urine.One of the biggest concerns with a male cat with a UTI is that they can very easily become "blocked", which means that the crystals or blood cells in his urine have formed a "plug" in his urethra, causing him an inability or difficulty to urinate. This is considered an emergency situation, as it can quickly become fatal if it is left untreated.Basically, the cannot empty their bladders and require catheterization to help start the urine flow. He will likely need to be hospitalized for a couple of days until the catheter comes out, and to ensure that he is able to urinate on his own after it does. He will also be provided with antibiotics to help eliminate the infection as well as IV fluids to help flush out any toxins in his system and protect his kidneys (and keep him hydrated).As he's growing more lethargic and straining to urinate, it would be safest for him if you got him into an ER. Are you unable to go due a lack of ER vets in your area?(You already hit accept when answering the chat! You do not need to hit it twice!)
There are no emergency clinics in the area. He appears alert, but not active. I just remembered that he vomited this morning. Appeared to be a full tummy's worth. I just checked his tummy and it does not appear bloated.
I'm going to give you a couple of links to search for the closest ER clinic by your zip code, and one to look for a vet in your area who does house calls.The sooner you are able to get him treated, the better a chance he will have. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do at home to treat a blocked male cat. Just keep an eye on him, and ensure that he is not getting any worse. It may end up that you have to take a bit of a trip to get him treated.My guess would be that he's starting to become blocked if not partially blocked already due to the straining he's had during urination, though this can also happen when the bladder is extremely inflamed. If he stops urinating entirely, starts to get bloated (you can gently feel around his lower tummy, and if you feel a tense "ball", this is likely his bladder - if it is large, or increasing in size and he's not generating any output, this is a bad sign), is crying when he tries to urinate, stops eating or drinking, lays down and doesn't want to get up, or there are any changes in his gum color, he will absolutely need to be taken in immediately, even if you have a drive.Here is the link to ER clinics so you can locate the one that is closest to you, and here is the listing of vets who do house calls, depending on which one ends up working out best. Keep me updated on how he's progressing over the weekend, and if he does not get any worse and is still able to urinate, you can get him in first thing in the morning on Monday. My thoughts are with you, and I hope you are able to find some more immediate help with one of those two resources for your kitty.VetTechErin41035.1100611458
Thank you so very much for answering my questions; you have been more than helpful!
I am new to the site and think I may have navigated wrongly when I selected "Accept Answer" prematurally. I recieved a "refund" email and a "locked" notification? I pray my ignorance did not cause you any inconvienence, as it certainly was not my intention.
I fed Mr. Binx this morning and watched him drink. I felt his tummy to see if he had a "ball" and found nothing. However, I have contacted an emergency clinic and will take him this morning.
I was wondering if you were reimbursed for your time? You certainly earned it... Please let me know, as this will be an added worry to me today. Again, please accept my apologies for my misstep. I have two cats, three dogs and birds. I will be using this site often... can I request you directly? Thanks so very much. Regards Charlie (female)
Hi Charlie!That was me! I sent your question in to customer service to verify that you were completely satisfied, since you pressed accept early. I wanted to be sure you had wanted to accept the question :). There was no inconvenience! I have been reimbursed for my time (which I greatly appreciate, thank you), and you have no need to apologize!I am glad to hear that you were able to find an emergency clinic for Mr. Binx, and I hope he is doing well and recovers quickly! Keep me updated on how he does, as you can always return to this thread here to ask follow-up questions on his condition.If you ever want to contact me directly, you can use the link to my profile here to request me. Thank you so much for working with me, and good luck with Mr. Binx!
I just wanted to give you an update on Mr. Binx...
I took Mr. Binx to the vet first thing Monday morning. After several tests, urinary being one of them, the doctor stated that he had a urinary tract infection and was producing an odd amount of red blood cells. She believed that the over production of red blood cells were due to his body's attempt to heal the infection.
Again, I thank you for your time and caring about Mr. Binx.... God bless you always...
I am very glad to hear that it was nothing serious!I hope Mr. Binx (I love that name) is doing much better on the antibiotics! Thank you for the update!