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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My 11 year cat has red in her urine. I am a senior on a

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My 11 year cat has red in her urine
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: I am a senior on a fixed income and need help with my baby
JA: Where does your cat seem to hurt?
Customer: No. Still eats and acts normal
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: Only the watery red in herurine
JA: Is your cat eating normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is your cat having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: Pooping
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Peaches
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Peaches?
Customer: She is over weight
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Peaches. You appear to be seeing hematuria - blood in Peaches's urine which usually indicates a geriatric bacterial urinary tract infection at her age. Alternatively, she may be harboring calculi (urinary stones) or, least likely, a cancer of her bladder/urethra called transitional cell carcinoma.

I understand your financial constraints. Let her vet know about them and there's a good chance that nothing more need be done than sending home a broad spectrum antibiotic to be given for a week. Ideally, a urinalysis should be performed now and again two days after the course of antibiotic had been administered to make sure that her urinary tract had been sterilized.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.