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11 year old female cat has been spotting She was. Fixed at

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11 year old female cat has been spotting
She was. Fixed at least 8 or 9 years ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Spotting? Do you mean areas of urination? Seeing blood?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Seeing spots of blood
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Well, for a female at this age, I must be very very suspicious of a urinary tract infection. However! To get the infection, at this age, there is often a underlying predisposing condition like kidney disease or hypethyroidism (elevated thyroid hormone) that causes the urine to be more dilute and get the subsequent infection.

So, without question, I believe this is well worth a vet visit and I would go today.

Another differential would be idiopathic cystitis. This is a sudden onset of inflammation inside the bladder that we believe can be stress-induced and is common. It is not due to stones, infection, cancer, etc...But, at 10 years of age, the consideration for infection goes higher on the list.

A basic blood and urine test can answer many of these questions. Plus, with the spotting blood, I know Mama is uncomfortable. The vet will likely start pain medication immediately.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy