Hematuria (Blood in Urine) in Cats

Overview of Bloody Urine in Cats

Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in the cat’s urine. It may be gross (visible to the naked eye) or microscopic.

Below is an overview of causes, diagnosis and treatment of bloody urine in cats followed by detailed in-depth information about this condition.

Possible causes of hematuria in cats include:

The effect of hematuria on the pet may range from no obvious effect to severe. Severe bleeding into the urinary tract may cause the cat to become anemic and may cause weakness or collapse.

Other symptoms that commonly accompany hematuria include:

You should have your pet examined by your veterinarian if you observe hematuria or any of these other symptoms.

Diagnosis of Hematuria in Cats

Your veterinarian may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your pet for hematuria:

Treatment of Hematuria in Cats

Treatment depends upon the diagnosis. Your veterinarian may prescribe one or more of the following treatments for your cat:

Home Care

The presence of blood in the urine (hematuria) is abnormal. If you observe hematuria, you should take your cat to your veterinarian for evaluation.

Observe your cat closely for any of the associated clinical signs such as pain or straining when urinating. If possible, obtain a voided (free-catch) urine sample from your pet and take it with you when you visit your veterinarian.

Administer all prescribed medications as directed by your veterinarian. Promptly bring any unexpected changes in your pet’s condition to the attention of your veterinarian. Evaluate your pet’s environment for the presence of possible toxins. (specifically, anti-coagulant rat poison).

In-depth Information on Hematuria (Blood in Urine) in Cats

Hematuria (blood in the urine) can be caused by several different disorders. The most common causes of hematuria are:

Less common causes of hematuria include:

Diagnosis In-depth

The following tests may be needed to diagnose the cause of hematuria:

Treatment In-depth

Treatment of hematuria depends on the underlying cause. Treatments for the common causes of hematuria are as follows: