Cat Vomiting Blood

by a reader


QUESTION:

My cat is 17 years old totally an inside cat. She has always thrown up either hairball or food. Recently I have noticed a SMALL (pea size) of blood after this happens. Her behaviour has not changed. What do I need to do?



ANSWER

If your 17 year old kitty has not been examined by a vet within the last 6 months and had bloodwork, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Her age alone is reason enough for a twice yearly exam and bloodwork.

Blood in her vomitis is not normal as I imagine you realize since she has not always vomited blood. Also, the fact that you are writing to me indicates your concern.

The blood could be caused by anything from her teeth to a broken bloood vessel caused by the act of vomiting to inflammation or a growth in her throat, esophogus, or stomach. It's impossible for me to know without an exam. Hopefully, and quite possibly, it's minor and can be treated. It's important, however, to find out and the quicker, the better.

Good luck,
Dr. Neely


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