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Hi my cat had one kitten. He is now 2days old. I have noticed his umbilical cord is bleeding from where it is attached at the stomach. It isnt bleeding lots but i am concerned. Is there anything to worry about?

Hi there,
sorry for the delay getting back to you. Is it looking swollen or red around the cord? They can sometimes get a little infection there, but otherwise the cord usually dries up and drops off by itself.

I would bathe the area with a saline solution (you can make your own with 1 tsp salt to 1 cup of cooled boiled water). Use this to gently clean around the cord twice daily. This solution is antibacterial and will help to dry it up and protect the area.

Hope that helps a little.

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Eloise Bright


I am a vet with a special interest in dermatology, particularly allergic dogs and cats, behaviour and acupuncture. I work mainly with dogs and cats. If you are wondering why your pet is still itchy, despite good flea control, or why your dog licks his feet, I may be able to give you some solutions. I'm currently very passionate about behaviour and am doing some further education in this area. So if you have a troubling behaviour with your dog or cat, such as barking, leash reactivity, anxiety or a dog who is a little wild and difficult to control, I may be able to help you with some solutions.


I work in an area of Sydney where we see lots of allergic pets. I think behaviour problems are very common and I help a number of owners find solutions that will restore peace to them and their pets. Currently I enjoy answering questions, providing advice and writing pet care articles for

I graduated as a vet from Sydney Uni in 2006 and have since been completing my Masters in Small Animal Practice and am also updating my skills with a behaviour course through Sydney Uni.

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