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What is Blood in the Stool?

Blood in the stool in cats is a condition in which varying quantities of blood appear in your cat’s stool. There are two different types of blood in the stool, Hematochezia which appears as bright red blood and in smaller quantities, or black, tarry blood. Blood in the stool is typically a symptom of an underlying condition. Blood in the stool can result from common and minor ailments or may be an indication of serious underlying infection or sickness. While this is not an emergency condition, if the blood in the stool persists for more than short periods of time or occurs frequently, you should seek veterinary care for your cat.

Symptoms of Blood in the Stool in Cats

The main symptom of blood in the stool in your cat will be the presence of bright red or dark brown to black blood. This symptom may occur on its own or in combination with other signs such as:

  • Diarrhea or loose stools
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Inappropriate defecation in other parts of home
  • Frequent unproductive trips to the litterbox
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Increased thirst

Types 

Blood in the stool in cats typically occurs in one of two different forms. Bright red blood in small or trace quantities is generally an indication of an underlying irritation or inflammation in the intestinal tract. This type of blood in the stool is referred to as hematochezia.

Dark brown, black, tarry or coagulated blood in the stool is typically an indicator of irritation or other source of blood further up in the intestinal tract or stomach. The black color of the blood can occur when stomach acids begin breaking down the blood.

Causes of Blood in the Stool in Cats

Blood in the stool in cats can be caused by a number of irritants or infections. Common causes may include:

  • Change in food causing upset stomach
  • Consumption of too much human food
  • Eating too much
  • Stress
  • Colitis or inflammation of the colon
  • Parasites
  • Protozoa infections such as giardia or coccidia
  • Panleukopenia caused by exposure to parvovirus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Trauma to the rectum
  • Idiopathic or unknown causes

Diagnosis of Blood in the Stool in Cats

Diagnosis of blood in the stool of your cat will require your vet to diagnose the underlying condition that is causing the symptom. During the initial veterinary exam you should provide your vet with a complete history of your cat’s symptoms. Noting whether your cat is also suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, whether they have been eating regularly, and any other behavioral changes will be important. You should provide your veterinarian with information on the type of food your cat eats, as well as if there have been any dietary or lifestyle changes in the household that may have induced the symptoms. 

Your vet will then use the information you have provided, the results of his physical exam of your cat, and tests of bodily fluids to perform a differential diagnosis. A differential diagnosis is a method of diagnosing a condition by differentiating it from other conditions that share similar symptoms.

Your veterinarian will most likely perform a fecal smear of your cat’s stool in order to check for parasites that may be irritating your cat’s intestine. This is typically performed quickly in your vet’s office. Your vet will also test in-office for parvovirus using a similar fecal test. Your vet may order blood work, which will give a detailed report on your cat’s white blood cell count and may help identify the presence of any infection.

If these tests come back negative, your vet may perform more detailed analyses. These may include an ultrasound of the abdomen, x-rays, or colonoscopy to provide images of your cat’s digestive tract. For most of these procedures, your cat will need to be sedated or anesthetized so that a clear image can be obtained.

Treatment of Blood in the Stool in Cats

Treatment of blood in the stool of your cat will depend on the underlying condition causing the symptom. If food is the suspected culprit, your vet may recommend a bland or prescription diet to help eliminate irritation. Food changes should generally be done gradually to eliminate additional digestive upset. For stress related colitis, you and your veterinarian should discuss ways to eliminate stress from your cat, up to including prescription medication for anxiety or nervousness.

For parasites, your vet will administer appropriate medications and will also recommend a regular parasite prevention treatment such as orally administered regular medicines or routine yearly shots. For more serious infections such as coccidia, giardia or parvovirus, your cat may need temporary veterinary hospitalization in order to stabilize their condition and treat with strong antibiotics. In any case of extreme diarrhea or dehydration, your veterinarian may administer IV fluids to help stabilize your cat while they undergo treatment.

Recovery of Blood in the Stool in Cats

Prognosis for a cat experiencing blood in its stool will depend on the underlying cause, but for most cases is excellent to good. In the case of severe infections, your veterinarian may choose to allow your cat to recover at their office where it can receive around the clock medical care. In many cases, blood in the stool will resolve shortly after treatment or altering of diet. If your cat has been diagnosed with sensitivities to types of food you should develop a plan to avoid accidental consumption of the irritating ingredients. 

For most cases of blood in the stool, your cat will heal with time and appropriate care and will have a normal happy and healthy lifespan.

Blood in the Stool Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Muko
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Moist stool

My cat has Waltham grade 3 stool (moist, losing form) with slight blood the past two days. We changed his food a while back but have changed back at least a week or more ago. He doesnt seem to be acting any differently. Should I be worried enough to get him to the get and pay that bill? Or is he most likely fine? I thought it could be the food change, but he's been back on his old food for a good while now, so I feel like that wouldnt be it. He's 7, eats a lot, and has always drank tons of water. Ive never needed to take him to the vet. (We're not really a "vet" family.) I dont have money to spend on vet services unnecessarily. Be honest. What can I look for to determine if this stool change is serious?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
A little bit of blood in the stool may be caused by a few different things which include infections, parasites, foreign objects, tumours, anal gland disorders, colitis among other causes; I would keep an eye on the stool and ensure that Muko is receiving a regular anthelmintic. You should take him into your Veterinarian if you see large quantities of blood, signs of abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite or anything else concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Chantilly-Tiffany
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
lack of appetite
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat has been diagnosed with high grade lymphoma for about a week now. She was immediately put on a liquid version of predisolone to help increase her blood count and help her into remission. Taking medicine has been very stressful for her. Two days ago, I began to give her ES Clear and Cannapet Oil in her food to further help along with the prescribed medication. She’s eaten it without hesitation the past two nights but today she’s been sleeping all day and not acting like her usual self, then suddenly refusing to eat. Yesterday she was having trouble with diarrhea, soft stool, not fully liquid, and today the same thing except now there is dark blood (burgundy) in it. I’m not sure if this is due to the predisolone, the natural supplements, the stress of taking medication, or if the lymphoma is just getting worse?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
If you are seeing blood in the stool, you should return immediately back to your Veterinarian for reevaluation; I am not so familiar with the supplements or any negative effects they may have on health, I don’t think that the prednisolone is causing the bleeding. Without more information, I cannot guide you and I certainly cannot give you any at home recommendation for something this severe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bob
Cross
3 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

blood on stool

I took my 3 year old rescue cat for his 2nd vaccination last Friday, he was quite ill over the weekend sneezing, sick twice and diarrhoea. He is back to normal now he eats like a dog, but have noticed some blood on his poo since his vaccination on 2 occasions. We have had Bob for just over a week now and he had no blood at all in his poo before his vaccination. Do you think it could be the vaccination, New food or stress. Thanks for any advice you can give.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the faeces and it may be just an intermittent problem, if there are large amounts of blood I would return to your Veterinarian; blood in the faeces may be caused by infections, parasites, colitis, foreign objects, poisoning, stress among other causes. Keep an eye on Bob and look for signs of pain whilst defecating or any other symptom which may be concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chukko
Persian
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My tom cat who is 5 years old has blood in his stool. I noticed it 2 weeks back. Took him to a vet, he treated him but still I can see blood. What should I do? He is physically healthy and eating habits are good, drinking water as usual. He is having Nutra Gold.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the stool including infections, parasites, foreign objects, colitis among other issues; if there is still blood in the stool I would suggest another examination by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as we need to get this resolved and nipped in the bud. Make sure that Chukko is up to date on worming, flea & tick etc… Also try feeding a restricted ingredient diet in case his diet is the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Walnut
DOMESTIC
17 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool
foreign object

My cat has a bloody stool since 2 days ago. 3 weeks ago, he ate the entire snack wrapper when I wasn't looking, chewed them up and swallowed it (I could only find parts). I went to the Vet because he was vomiting 2x/day after that, and last time he vomited with a little snack wrapper. Vet took 2 x-rays and found nothing wrong/nothing was in there so he was given some stomach reliever for that. He was fine afterwards but then my friend came over and recently gave him a lot of chicken breast snack for cats. 2 days ago, he vomited again with multiple wrapper parts. That night I saw a blood on the bed and found out it was from his stool. I watched him but he didn't vomit since then, but he did have another bloody stool today (hint of blood in the stool and some on his anus). The stools are keeping their form and not really watery. He eats fine, plays fine, and drinks fine. What could be the reason for this? And what kind of treatment would he need for whatever condition he has? Thank you very much.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
The wrapper may still be working its way through the gastrointestinal tract and it may have caused some irritation to the colon on the way through causing colitis which would explain a little blood in the stool. Other causes may be due to the food (chicken breast), parasites, infections, other foreign bodies among other issues. If Walnut is otherwise in good health, I would keep a close eye on him and make sure that he doesn’t get any other wrappers or nonfood items. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dracula
Cat
4.5 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

Noticed blood in cat's stool - bright red, looks shiny/mucous-y.

Last time it was noted was during a very stressful car ride to our new home, and one car ride prior to that as well. (He gets motion sick, and essentially loses bowel control when in a car).

We've now lived here a month - and when I got home today I noticed blood in his stool again - he left it uncovered on top of his litter, not sure if that's because I interrupted him when I got home or if he's trying to tell me something.

Otherwise his behaviour is normal - he's playful, energetic, cuddly, and eating all of his food and drinking water as per usual.

Food:
1:2 ratio of Science Diet / Whiskas Dry - 1/3 cup before bed
Whiskas 'perfect portions' paté, one portion first thing in the morning.
He may be drinking a slightly smaller quantity of water, but not noticeably so.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
This may be caused by a few possible causes which includes colitis, infections, stress, parasites, foreign objects, anal gland issues among other causes. Is there anything stressful occurring in your home at the moment that Dracula may be picking up on? You should definitely visit your Veterinarian to take a look at Dracula to determine the underlying cause so that it can be treated effectively. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rizzo
Chartreux
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I noticed blood almost mucus consistency in his poo just at the very end of it. Other than the blood the consistency size, color, frequency all appear to be the same. He has always had a harder firm stool. He drinks plenty of water. The blood is dark on the outside so much so I almost didn't notice but I don't know how long before he had gone. And when I pick it up the mucus almost exploded in a way and the blood on the inside was bright red. He has thrown up a few times but I did recently change his food and other than the blood he seems to be behaving the same and as active as always.He doesn't seem to be in pain. I don't think I should be overly concerned as long as it resolves itself soon but I am wondering if there is anything I can do to help to relieve it.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
Sudden dietary changes may cause colitis which may result in mucus and blood in the stool; if Rizzo is otherwise in good spirits I would recommend that you increase fibre intake a little with some plain canned pumpkin and keep an eye on his bowel movements, if the blood and mucus don’t clear up over the weekend you should pop into your Veterinarian as some medication may help calm things down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cameron
tabby
8 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool
Vomiting

I've been feeding my 8 year old make tabby cat fancy feast and he's been vomiting multiple times a day 3-5 times a day. Also, he has blood in his stool, is the canned food too harsh for his stomach?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1706 Recommendations
Fancy Feast is suitable for a cats and is manufactured by a well known company; if you are seeing vomiting and blood in the stool, it may be worth moving Cameron over to a sensitive diet to see if that would calm down her gastrointestinal tract. It may also be that there is something else happening here which may include parasites, foreign bodies, tumours, infections, colitis among other causes; if you see no improvement after a few days of a sensitive diet or the symptoms get worse visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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