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Author Topic: Blood in Cat Urine means?  (Read 3555 times)
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anna_2007
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« on: September 15, 2007, 01:48:27 PM »

I had to take the 12 y/o in (the one I did a cat enema) again and spent an unholy amount of money running all the tests all of which came back fine - thyroid, liver, kidney, stomach, lungs, heart, poopies... but not tinkles.... I hear it is normal to find some red blood cells in tinkles but his are elevated and  they want to watch it.

What could this mean? What are they watching for?

The only other thing wrong with him are dental problems, he needs a good teeth cleaning, and has a slight infection one one side (gums), we are treating that.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 05:15:13 PM »

Chronic dental problems can cause kidney & heart issues. Did they check in house for casts & crystals ? How was the free T4 ? Also was it a natural urine sample or did they have to use a catheter ? Sometimes the catheter can cause bleeding.Also check the blood sugar level.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007, 05:38:29 PM »

Does he have any symptoms of a UTI (e.g., straining to pee)? That's the first thing that comes to my mind, but I'm sure there are other possibilities that I'm not aware of. Hopefully your vet will be able to give you more info as to what they're looking for specifically.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 07:52:36 PM »

Well, all three of my cats normally show red blood cells in their urine.  Nothing visible but it shows in their tests.  Two of the cats have had xrays that show slightly irregularly shapped kidneys which I am told is likely the cause of the red blood cells.   For one, all his other blood work is normal.  The other does have very slightly elevated creatinine which the vet seems to think may just be normal for him since all his other blood work looks good.  The third cats appear to be mostly collection related.

My understanding is that the blood can be a signal for kidney issues, but can also be normal for some cats.  Since all bloodwork and other urine work is normal for my cats, my vets is not concerned.  We will continue to do annual tests and watch. What was the purpose of the enema for the cat?
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anna_2007
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2007, 02:27:00 PM »

Chronic dental problems can cause kidney & heart issues. Did they check in house for casts & crystals ? How was the free T4 ? Also was it a natural urine sample or did they have to use a catheter ? Sometimes the catheter can cause bleeding.Also check the blood sugar level.

Great questions lesliek - now I have something real to research and ask the vet, actually his daddy has to do that since I have to be gone...  we are going to have to get a copy of the blood tests...

I think the catheter might be a factor since he doesn't strain... we are absolutely fanatical about his water intake to keep flushing his kidneys out... and drinks a lot of boiled water (cooled of course)...

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anna_2007
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 02:30:25 PM »

My understanding is that the blood can be a signal for kidney issues, but can also be normal for some cats.  Since all bloodwork and other urine work is normal for my cats, my vets is not concerned.  We will continue to do annual tests and watch. What was the purpose of the enema for the cat?

Thanks for the comparison results... I'm hoping this is all normal too... the purpose of the enema was he hadn't pooped in 3-4 days and we couldn't get to the vet asap... I think his eating and poopies are off because of his tooth/gum inflammation...

I did the cat enema myself which I posted here on ITCHMo... as it was a watershed moment for me in the history of my healthcare efforts in this life... Grin
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