My 5 month old kitten is vomiting blood.

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My 5 month old started vomiting up blood yesterday. First it was clear, then pink and then red which was the blood. The vet can't find anything in the x-rays and today when we called the vet, we were told the cat did not vomit the entire time it was there. My husband just called and told me that the brother to this kitten died 2 weeks ago from the same thing. Does anyone know what this could be? Should I be concerned as well for my 3 children?

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  • Angela FennerAngela Fenner ColumbiaMember Posts: 27
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    There are a many possible causes of blood in vomit. These include intestinal parasites, gastric ulcers, respiratory tract infections, the ingestion of toxins / poisons, heartworm disease, bleeding disorders or foreign bodies into the intestinal tract, along with other causes.I would get her to a vet ASAP and have a full blood panel run on her as well as being tested for fiv/felv if she hasn't already been.I will pray for your cat.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    If your vet isn't willing to do any more tests, maybe you should get a second opinion. Right now, I rotate among three different vets, all of whom have their good and bad points. I also have two cats whom I'd like to see looked at by specialists. But your case sounds like an emergency; either demand that your vet give your kitten more tests (and ideas as to what MIGHT be causing the problem) or find another vet. The fact that the kitten's brother died of the same thing is suspicious, and should be brought to the vet's attention if it hasn't already been.
  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    Just wanted to address the last part of your question. Should you be concerned for your 3 children? NO. There is very little that could be wrong with a cat that could be transferred to humans. Most feline ailments are species specific and would not even be contagious to a dog. The only thing I am even aware of that humans and cats can share is a harmless but annoying skin fungus (ringworm) that has nothing at all to do with what is wrong with your kitten. Good luck with finding out what is wrong with your kitten. I agree with the suggestion of a second opinion or further tests.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I'm wondering if, when your kitten is at home, he isn't getting into something that's causing him to vomit so frequently that he's vomiting up blood. Because he hasn't vomited at the vet's, perhaps once he's away from the source, it clears itself up. Also, is the vet giving him anti-nausea medication? That could also halt the vomiting once he's at the vets. Some of the nastier cat diseases are actually passed through the blood from the mother to the babies. If they haven't done this already, I'd suggest the vet do a blood test to check for the entire gamut of feline diseases such as FIP, FeLeuk, etc. Something is wrong with this little guy and if this vet can't find it, ask them about a speciality vet in your area, also known as a referral clinic. Please keep us posted on him. Purrs and headbonks!
  •  Member Posts: 2
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    My Siamese was about 10 months old and started this once. He layed around and I really thought he was going to die. I took him to the vet and was told the same thing you were told. We were at our wits end when I found where Maxx had been eating my wicker baskets. I'm not really sure what the vet did, but I got rid of all my wicker. I also have trouble with him wanting to chew on flowers (artificial or real) and anything wrapped in plastic. He is fine now though, he is 10 yrs. old and we have really enjoyed him through out the years. A few minor adjustments in our home was nothing compared to having Maxx around.
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