Bloody urine, also known as hematuria, is a clinical sign associated with several health conditions. In some situations, blood in cat urine can indicate a very serious underlying health issue, while other cases may be quickly resolved with veterinary help.
One of the most common causes of blood in cat urine is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). This term is used to describe a range of conditions that may affect a cat’s bladder and urethra, including cystitis, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections.
How can I treat dandruff in my cat?
If you have identified dandruff symptoms in your cat, it's important to take them to the vet in case they're suffering with ringworm or another infection. If your cat does have , your vet will treat this in three stages: treating the infected hair, removing any remaining spores, and disinfecting your cat's environment. If the dandruff is being caused by another sort of infection, your vet will advise you on the best treatment.
Feeding your a nutritionally balanced, complete food is one of the best ways you can optimize their skin health and prevent dandruff from occurring. If your cat is particularly prone to skin sensitivities, you could also choose a food which is specifically designed to support and maintain good skin health. You should also pay close attention to your cat's environment and lifestyle to make sure you're doing all you can to support their well-being.
Usually, dandruff in cats can be solved; visit your vet for advice, and they will be more than happy to give ideas on how to keep your cat's skin and hair healthy.
1 Pibot et al, eds. Encyclopedia of Feline Nutrition, 2010
Care and Management Options When Your Cat Is Peeing Blood
The treatment your vet recommends will be based on the cause of your cat’s condition. Because multiple illnesses may cause blood to appear in a cat’s urine, there are many possible treatments a vet may suggest. However, some of the more common treatments for FLUTD include:
- Medication. Pain medications, antispasmodics, and anti-inflammatories are often recommended for cats with FLUTD. Antibiotics will only be recommended if a urinary tract infection is present.
- Surgery. If a cat is being prevented from peeing by an obstruction like a bladder stone or a urethral plug, then surgery or catheterization may be needed to clear the blockage.
- Change in Diet. If a cat has a certain type of bladder stone (pure struvite stones), a vet may suggest a new diet to try to dissolve the stones and reduce the probability of a reoccurrence. They may also recommend transitioning to wet food to increase water intake. Some veterinary-exclusive diets contain nutrients that can help support cats experiencing stress. These calming nutrients may be recommended if stress is thought to be a significant factor in your cat's urinary issues.
Support Your Cat's Urinary Health
Treatments like the ones listed above may help improve a cat’s condition, but there’s always a possibility that FLUTD will return. There are, however, some simple changes that you can make to improve your cat’s general urinary health and support their recovery.
- Keep Your Cat Hydrated. Dehydration is known to be a contributing factor to urinary illnesses. Learn more about why your cat should be drinking plenty of water and how you can encourage them to stay hydrated.
- Avoid Stress. Stress is known to play a part in urinary illnesses and is particularly relevant to cats who suffer from FIC and are prone to abnormal stress responses. Read more on how you can take steps to limit your cat’s exposure to stress factors when managing urinary conditions.
- Enrich their Environment. Your cat should enjoy spending time in your home. By making their space feel fun, safe, and comfortable, you can help manage their stress and reduce boredom. Read more on how you can introduce new and engaging enrichment activities in Why Is My Cat Peeing Everywhere?
- Review their Nutrition. While medication is often used to treat the immediate problems associated with FLUTD, a vet may recommend a change in diet as part of a cat’s long-term treatment plan. Your vet can help you choose the most appropriate diet for your cat, based on their breed, age, weight, and health condition.
If you’d like more information, see managing and treating urinary illnesses.