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With proper documentation, cats can travel freely throughout the United States. Hawaii is the only exception, requiring all entering cats to be quarantined for 30 to 120 days. Check with officials prior to your trip or move.

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Expert Q&A

My cat keeps crying, with a slight amount of blood coming from her mouth. What could be wrong?

Any time your cat is bleeding and the cause isn't immediately identifiable and treatable, you should not delay in consulting with a veterinarian. The fact that your cat keeps crying also suggests that she is in pain, making the veterinary visit all the more urgent. If the bleeding originates from the mouth, it could be due to a number of different reasons. The most common is blood that sometimes comes from irritated gums after a tooth cleaning. Even we humans experience this from time to time, after brushing our teeth. But it sounds like this isn't what's wrong here. Your cat could have gum disease, known as gingivitis, which can exacerbate such bleeding. Other possible causes for bleeding that originates in the mouth include infection of the tooth socket (periodontitis), an obstruction that may be wedged in your cat's mouth, an infection of the mouth itself, a salivary cyst, a mouth ulcer and more. Many feline diseases, such as kidney disease and feline respiratory disease, can also cause ulcers on your cat's tongue and gums.

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