Some cases of cat bleeding can due to minor causes such as small injuries and should not worry you. On the other hand, it could be due to a serious problem that needs medical attention from your veterinarian.
Let us discuss feline hemorrhage included kittens from places such as rectum, nose, eyes, ears, mouth.
Cat bleeding from the mouth
May things be a reason for your feline bleeding from the mouth. As cat-world.com.au notes, “there may be an injury to the mouth, tongue, teeth, etc., or the blood could be coming via an internal wound or disorder.”
The most common causes of trauma, broken tooth, gum disease, internal hemorrhage, poisoning, dental abscess or foreign body stuck in the mouth.
If you do not know the cause of bleeding and if it is profuse, you should take your moggy to a veterinarian. Expect to be asked information by your vet regarding the bleeding and any symptoms you noticed before it began.
Cat ear bleeding
This is also another common condition in cats. It could be due to injuries from scratching, fight wounds, carcinoma, foreign body, mites, and ear infections.
Among the above causes, and others we did not mention, it is believed that a cat ear blending is mainly due to scratching including one resulting from infections and mites.
To deal with it, begin by determining the cause. For instance, treating the infections and getting rid of the ear mites will be recommended if they are the cause. In case of scratches from fighting, consider isolating felines that are often fighting.
Finally, see a vet in case you are uncertain of the cause or the bleeding is severe. First aid may be required in cases where the blood loss is due to an injury before you go to see your vet.
Cat bleeding from eyes
Feline bleeding from the eye isn’t something you can ignore. It can be severe to the extent of the pet losing its sight. If the moggy is thus losing blood directly from the eye or the socket itself, then you need to take it to the vet immediately.
However, if this pet is losing blood from the skin around the eye, then you can try some gentle home treatments. However, if the blood flow continues after the administration of the home treatments, then move swiftly to a veterinarian.
Many causes can lead to bloody feline eyes; they could be fight wounds, irritations, infections, hyphemia, and others.
Cat bleeding from the rectum and anus
Anus in a feline is the end of the feline’s digestive tract, and its role is to pass out feces while rectum is the final section of the large intestine. Rectal and anal bleeding is characterized by the presence of blood around or on the anus as well as on feces.
Usually, in the case of this type, you would notice bright red blood on the anus or blood would be seen in feces especially after a bowel movement.
Surprisingly, the blood could originate internally, i.e., it could come from the stomach or intestines. The blood could also come from the anus and anal glands. Below are the common causes of the anal and rectal bleeding:
- Impacted glands
- Recto anal polyps
- Hookworm infection
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Blood clotting disorders
Cat bleeding from the nose (epistaxis)
The most common cause of feline nosebleeds is trauma (being hit by a blunt object) as well as other types of injuries. However, there are many other causes to be blamed if your furry friend has this condition. They include the following:
- A dental abscess
- Broken capillary
- Blood clotting disorder
- Foreign body
There are many other causes of nose bleeding cats as well as some treatments that may help. If you notice this problem with your feline friend and you do not know the reason, consider seeing your vet for diagnosis and proper treatments.
Begin by first aid in case of an injury if the hemorrhage is profuse. Do not rush it to your vet while it is bleeding since it may lose to much blood and this can cause death.
We have seen the various causes of hemorrhage in cats focusing on the ones that happen on the anus, rectum, nose, eyes, ears, and mouth. Let us now look at general treatments and first aid.
Treating bleeding in cats
There are several things to consider before deciding on the best and the most effective treatment option. For instance, according to wagwalking.com, “where the blood is located, the amount of blood present, the length or frequency of the bleeding, and additional symptoms will all need to be taken into account when deciding how to handle cases of feline bleeding.”
Some mild cases don’t require contacting the vet, small lacerations, hematomas or transient flow of blood can be managed at home.
At home, feline bleeding can be stopped by making the animal calm or using an ice pack to constrict the blood cells. Even the application of gentle pressure can also help prevent blood loss. The area should then be dried and treated with disinfectant.
Remember, first aid and some simple home remedies is what your kitten may need to resume normalcy!
Otherwise, if you the cause of bleeding is unknown to you, and you suspect you can’t handle it at home, then please visit your vet as soon as possible. Severe blood loss could be associated with disorders that can be life-threatening if not properly diagnosed and treated.
First aid for bleeding cat
Without a doubt, any hemorrhage requires first aid. Different approaches can be considered depending on the underlying cause as well as where it is occurring. If you discover blood coming oozing from your feline, the first step is to confine it and provide first aid.
When confining and caring for it, “use care approaching a cat that is bleeding, even if he is well-known to you. An injured feline may bite or scratch, even if he ordinarily wouldn't,” warns cathealth.com. First aid approaches include the following:
- Place an Elizabethan collar to restrain it and prevent it from biting you or escaping. Go for a brand like Depets Adjustable Recovery Pet Cone E-Collar for Cats Puppy Rabbit.
- Apply direct pressure on the bleeding spot using clean gauze or washcloth. Don’t remove the gauze even if it becomes soaked, instead, add another one on top of it. Removing it can extricate any clot that is forming and restarts the blood flow.
- You can as well elevate the bleeding area above the feline’s heart
- Apply a bandage of rolled gauze over top of the dressing or washcloth you used to stop bleeding. Don’t make the bandage too tight.
- Visit a veterinarian straight away.
- Also, cathealth.com advises you to “watch for signs of shock, which is the collapse of the circulatory system. Signs of shock include being unaware of surroundings, having pale or white gums, and collapsing. If your cat stops breathing, perform rescue breathing. Use CPR if there is no heartbeat.”
Prevention of bleeding
Although some cases such as hereditary bleeding disorders cannot be treated, some steps can be taken to lessen other types of hemorrhage.
"Indoor cats, by and large, are less likely to get wounds or run across toxins that are out in the open like a snail and slug bait or pools of antifreeze that may cause internal damage and bleed from the gastrointestinal tract," according to wagwalking.com.
The owners should also make sure that there are no small and exciting objects that felines may reach. These objects can get stuck in your cat’s throat leading, injure their mouth or nose causing blood to ooze out.
You should also limit toxins in the cats’ environment, e.g., by not allowing smoking or vaping in the feline environment. You should also maintain stress less environment for your furry friend.
Lastly, it is evident that feline bleeding is because of many causes some of which are simple to diagnosis while others are not. Therefore, we recommend a proper and accurate diagnosis by a vet to ensure the best treatment for your bleeding cat. Don’t try to treat feline hemorrhage at home when you don’t know its cause.