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Dear Christopher Cat

My cat has bright red blood in her stool. She vomits, and she’s lost weight. What’s causing these problems?

Christopher Responds

Your cat’s clinical signs may result from a disease of her gastrointestinal tract -– or nearly any other organ system. To find out, make an appointment with her veterinarian.

She may have something as simple as intestinal parasites, so take along a fresh fecal sample for testing.

If she’s a senior cat like me, her bloody stool, vomiting and weight loss may be due to an overactive thyroid gland. A simple blood test can help your veterinarian diagnose hyperthyroidism, which is easily treated.

So don’t be afraid to visit your veterinarian and learn what’s causing her problems. Once the cause is determined, effective treatment can begin.

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