Any bleeding from a cat is abnormal. Female cats do not normally show any bleeding with their breeding cycles.
Wounds are a common cause of bleeding. Any wound will bleed when it first occurs, but in most cases it will stop within a few minutes. Pressure on the wound with a clean pad will encourage this, but try to avoid the temptation to keep taking it off to see if the bleeding has stopped too early as this could dislodge the forming clot and even slow the process. Most bleeding will stop with 3-4 minutes of continuous pressure. Veterinary attention should be sought at promptly if the wound is of any significant size.
A jet of blood indicates a significant blood vessel has been cut. This should be stopped as soon as possible. Wrap a bandage (improvise - a handkerchief or T-shirt is good) directly on the site of the bleeding with firm pressure. A broad bandage is best. The seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
NEVER apply a tourniquet unless all other methods have been tried and the animal’s life is at risk. A tourniquet can cause a limb to be lost if applied incorrectly or for too long. If one must be applied, use something broad and soft (like a sock) to avoid crush injury where it is applied.
Bleeding may also issue from any of the body’s openings in vomit, urine, faeces or discharges. Any abnormal bleeding should be investigated by a vet.
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If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.