Bloody Stool in Cats: Causes and Treatment for Loose and Bloody Diarrhea
Causes of Loose and Bloody Diarrhea in Cats
- Loose and bloody diarrhea in cats can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome (Read more about treatment for loose motion in kitten ), trauma to the intestines or parasite infestation.
- Hookworms and tapeworms attack kittens, young cats, and outdoor cats more frequently. Usually there will be both blood and mucous in the stool.
- A small amount of bloody stool in cats can be a sign of something that can be treated easily, like constipation or hemorrhoids.
- Cancer of digestive system like colon, intestine (Read more about cancer in cats intestine ) etc can also cause runny bloody stool in cats.
- Also get more information on bowel cancer in cats
Treatment for Runny Bloody Stool in Cats
- Always consult with a vet for any blood in stools in your cat. It is not normal. Most likely, the vet will want to get a feces specimen to check for parasites like round worm and tapeworm.
- A small amount of bright red blood may be seen from a hemorrhoid or a difficulty with your cat getting stool out of the bowel. This can be a quick fix IF you know thats the problem.
- Adding fiber to the diet is the most natural way to get everything moving again if you know your cat has not moved its bowels in a few days.
- If weight loss and a lack of appetite accompany the runny, bloody stool, this is a serious concern. Cancers may be present. Dehydration is a big threat.
- Give the bowels a rest by feeding natural, bland foods. If your cat does not have an appetite, warm the food so it has more of an enticing aroma. Do not cut down on water.
- Give your cat some yogurt to increase the good bacteria in his intestines.
- Encourage fluids. Give fluids via a syringe without a needle if your cat refuses to drink. This is vital.
Causes of Blood in Stool in Cats
- Blood in the stool in cats can range from being nothing to worry about to very serious issues that need medical intervention.
- Cats can get hemorrhoids and have a small amount of bright red blood int he stool.
- Bleeding can be a sign of an infectious process in the intestines
- There may be trauma to the rectum or anus area.
- In young cats, bright red blood can indicate parasite infestation.
- In older cats, bright red blood may indicate cancers. Also read
- If the cat is straining at defecation, bleeding can also occur, especially if constipation is an issue (Read remedies for constipated cat).
- Bright red blood in small amounts occurring once or twice is not usually something to be concerned about.
- If bleeding is darker red, or stool appears black from old blood, it requires some observation.
- If bleeding continues and is accompanied by pain, loss of appetite, peeing more than usual or the cat has accompanying diarrhea and extreme lethargy, a vet should be contacted.
- Read more about blood in cat urine and its treatment.
Treatment for Blood in Stool n Cats
- If bleeding is due to straining at defecation, a treatment for blood in stool in cats would be a diet change to ease irritation on the intestines. Read red bloody loose stools in dogs
- Abdominal distention that increases or continues should be evaluated promptly by a vet.
- Switching to wet food may be necessary. Additional water should be provided daily.
- A vet may want to do a number of tests for cats that continue to have blood in their stools despite diet changes and fluid increases.
- Stools should be checked for parasites.
- A complete blood count is warranted to check for underlying disease processes.
- Extra fluids may be needed intravenously.
- Read more treatment options for fungal pneumonia in cats and bloody stool in cats
- X rays or a colonoscopy for visual inspection of the intestines may be needed.