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My cat has dried blood around her urethra

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My cat has dried blood around her urethra
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Is your cat spayed, please? How old is she?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is 8 years old and spayed
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We took her to the vet a while ago because she stopped using the box.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The vet said it was stress.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. The blood you're seeing should represent hematuria (blood in the urine) which is a symptom of bacterial urinary tract infection, idiopathic (unknown cause) cystitis, and less commonly, uroliths (urinary stones) or transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder and/or urethra. It's not unusual for cats experiencing painful urination to avoid their boxes which they associate with that pain.

If her vet mentioned stress, idiopathic cystitis is most likely but without a complete urinalysis peformed on urine obtained by cystocentesis (percutaneous aspiration of her bladder through her abdominal wall) we can't know if she suffers from a bacterial infection or, instead, the sterile idiopathic cystitis. Urinalysis, then, should be the next order of business. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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