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What are Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus?

Proctitis could be caused by allergies, parasites, infections, or an intestinal blockage. This condition is treatable, but because it is painful for your cat, it’s important to take him to a vet right away to make him more comfortable and treat the underlying cause of the condition.

The rectum and anus are both parts of the large intestine. The anus is the actual opening where feces is passed through, and the rectum connects the anus to the colon. If either the rectum or anus are inflamed, the condition is referred to as proctitis. If your cat has proctitis, you will probably notice him struggling to defecate, or crying in pain while doing so. When feces does pass, it may be smaller than usual and could contain blood.

Symptoms of Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

Proctitis, or inflammation of the rectum and anus, can cause your cat a great deal of discomfort that is especially noticeable when he tries to defecate. Some of the symptoms you should keep an eye out for include:

  • Straining to defecate
  • Blood in feces
  • Excessive licking 
  • Scooting his bottom across the floor
  • Difficulty defecating

Causes of Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

There are a number of different factors that can cause a cat’s rectum and anus to become inflamed. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Tumors or polyps in the rectum
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Colon inflammation, also known as colitis
  • Parasites in the intestines, including tapeworms or whipworms
  • Presence of a foreign object

Diagnosis of Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

If you spot any of the symptoms of proctitis, take your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Talk to the vet about the symptoms you have observed and when they began. You should also provide the vet with a thorough medical history for your cat, and let the vet know if you have recently made any changes to your pet’s diet. If your cat lives outdoors, make sure you mention this to the vet as environmental allergies could cause inflammation if ingested.

The vet will begin by performing a digital rectal examination, which will help assess the condition of the anal gland, and the quality of the stool in the intestines. The vet may also perform complete blood count, urinalysis, and fecal flotation tests, which will help the vet eliminate possible causes of the symptoms. A stool sample may also be examined to check for the presence of parasites. 

If nothing turns up on these tests, the vet may perform an ultrasound or X-ray to check for foreign objects that could be obstructing and irritating the cat’s rectum or anus.

Treatment of Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

Treatment will need to first focus on alleviating the discomfort, and then on treating the underlying cause of the symptoms. If the anus is inflamed, the vet may shave the hair in this area and apply a topical ointment to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. An enema with hydrocortisone may also be administered to soothe the cat internally.

If the underlying cause is a parasite or infection, the vet will prescribe medication that you must administer at home on a regular basis. Oral anti-inflammatory medication is usually prescribed even if the cause is not an inflammatory disease. This medication can help reduce the swelling in the rectum and anus and make your cat more comfortable. 

In some cases, the inflammation is caused by a foreign object or tumor inside the cat’s body. If this is the case with your cat, it is likely that the vet will perform emergency surgery to remove the foreign object or mass. 

While the underlying cause is being treated, the vet may recommend feeding your cat stool softeners or fiber supplements. Both of these options will soften the feces and make it easier for your cat to defecate without pain.

Recovery of Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

You will need to closely follow the vet’s instructions when it comes to administering medication to ensure your cat heals properly. If you miss even one dose of an antibiotic treatment, for example, the bacteria could become resistant to the medication, making it less effective.

If your cat has been licking the area, the vet may recommend putting an Elizabethan collar on him to stop this behavior. Or, the vet could give you a poor-tasting topical ointment to apply to the anus.

To make defecation easier on your cat, the vet will most likely ask you to change your cat’s diet to include more fiber and easily digestible foods. Make sure you have this conversation with your vet prior to leaving the office, and follow his instructions closely. Monitor your cat as he heals and take him back to the vet if the symptoms are still present after treatment is over.

As long as your cat receives treatment in a timely manner,  rectal and anal inflammation is easily treatable by veterinarians.

Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jane
mixed
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Little scabs

My cats butthole looks almost raw, just wondering what it could be? She doesn’t have worms or anything of that nature because she just had a vet visit. Tonight is the first night I’ve noticed the rawness.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Jane’s anus may look raw for a variety of reasons including diarrhoea, worms, excessive licking among other causes; you should clean around the anus using a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin), petroleum jelly (Vaseline) etc… to help soothe the irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Long haired
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My kitten is 6 or 7 months old and he is having a bad case of diareah.im watching his intake on water to make sure he's hydrated but his anal is inflamed and I was wondering what can I put on it to call that irritation down?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is important to keep Charlie hydrated during a bout of diarrhoea and you should wipe around the anus after defecation with a pet wipe or with a dilute antiseptic to remove anything which would cause irritation to the anus. You can also apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin), petroleum jelly (Vaseline) etc… to help soothe the irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiro
Street Mixed Cat
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
Coughing

Shiro has a Swollen anus that sometimes it pops out more for example when she's playing. About one week ago after I saw blood & she had a problem while taking poop I took her to vet and I was giving her medicines and puting Hemorrhoids' cream in her for 5 days, 3 days after medicines and cream finished her anus is swollen again (but there isn't blood anymore). And the second problem is about three days ago she started coughing and now It's worsened. I don't know if it's becauseofo stress or litter dust but I don't think her situation is well. And sometimes she'll get diarrhea if it's useful information (I don't know the cause because it'll come and go in a day).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is possible that Shiro has two separate issues with the coughing problem possibly being caused by low quality litter, infections, allergies etc… The issue with the anus requires another check by your Veterinarian and you should try adding a little plain canned pumpkin to her diet to help with defecation as it may be due to excessive straining. Without examining Shiro, I cannot say what the cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boots
Short hair domestic
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy rectum

My 6 month old kitten has an itchy but and has had a bit of blood once in a while. How can I treat his rectum he has scooted across the floor a few times. He's 6 mo old and has been de wormed 2 x has all of his shots. Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Boots may have problems with his anal glands, or a dietary indiscretion, or another problem. Without examining him, I can't diagnose what might be going on with him. it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian, as they can evaluate him and diagnose what might be going on with him. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Emerald
Turkish Van
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort
Crying
Loss of Appetite

Hello! This is urgent, and I need to know what to do with my one-year-old male kitty. The other day, he showed symptoms of trying to defecate but there was nothing coming out. Yesterday, he also tried to defecate, but to no avail. He's crying in pain when we hold him and last night, he was shivering too. When I came home just now, my mom and I found out he's bleeding from his anus. It's not profusely bleeding but there are little drops of pale-colored blood from his anus. I'm really worried about him because he just turned a year old, and I need tp know what to do and if I need to give him any medication ASAP. :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are a few different causes which may be affecting Emerald’s ability to defecate which may include anal gland disorders, rectal mass, constipation, foreign objects, other obstructions, masses among other causes. Without examining Emerald I cannot say specifically what the cause is but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause so that treatment and more importantly relief can be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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MaddieMadigans
Cat
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My female 11 yo cat often experiences poop that is stuck to her anus. It either doesn't come out completely or it is hanging on with hair that is also coming out of her. This happens at least 1 x week. She flies out of the litter box in a panic and resolves to rubbing her anus on the carpet, unless I am around to help. This results in a red irritated anus for a few hours which she continually licks. She seems so uncomfortable. I have mentioned to the vet and they have looked at your anus (which looks fine otherwise) and no concern. Is there something I can do to stop this from happening or anything I can apply to her anus to help with her discomfort in the acute situation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If MaddieMadigans is passing hair and having a hard time, it may be a case of adding some plain canned pumpkin to her diet or giving a hairball remedy to help things pass through; if the faeces is getting stuck in the hair surrounding the anus then it would be advisable to trim the surrounding hair to prevent matting etc… When there is an episode of stuck faeces, clear the area and clean with a dilute antiseptic to help prevent irritation to the surrounding skin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cherrie
Ciamese
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crying

I picked my cat, Cherrie up to bring her to bed and she started meowing in pain. I’m lead to believe it is coming from either her rectum or around that area. It isn’t bleeding nor does it look swollen. What do you think it is?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Cherrie or being able to examine her, I cannot tell where the pain might be coming from, whether it is her anal glands, if she is constipated, if she has sprained or strained something in her hind end, or if it unrelated to that area of her body. If she is crying and seems very painful, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and get her appropriate treatment. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Albie
orange
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not drinking water
Diarrhea

I recently changed my cats diet. Now he has had diarrhea for the past day. He bottom seems really red and he’s Scooting across the floor now. He’s even growling in pain. What can I do to ease the pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Albie is having this problem. Diarrhea can be caused by sudden changes in food, intestinal parasites, among many other conditions. his diarrhea sounds quite irritating to him, and he sounds quite sore - it would probably be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay, and to give him medication to resolve the diarrhea. He may need to be on a GI diet for a few days to help resolve the diarrhea. I hope that he feels better soon.

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Monkey
Unknown
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Hi! My 5 year old cat, had a issue of not using restroom on and off about four weeks. Last week i took him to the vet. They did a xray and said yes he had stool backed up, recommended at ennema. So i was force to leave him for the day. ( Let me say not knowing that this would make a difference but my cat is only use to my husband and myself he is scared of anyone else) After returning to vet they said he went good and was fine. He still did not use restroom and I called the vet they wanted to put him on stool softener however we had a bad snow storm and i wasn't able to get what they wanted him to take so they said to give him 1/2 tsp of Miralax with his food, well i have done that all this week, still hadn't seen much stool in litter box. This morning, i noticed that he had a lot of mushy stool entangled in his hair around his Anus. So thick that it covered it. My husband and i cut the hair off and tried to clean as much as we were able to today, still couldn't get it all. From what i did see it his Anus looks swollen and not normal. I am worried. Note: during Christmas he was caught eating off the tree, also he has a fetish for eating boxes and paper. I ask the vet did it look like on the xray he has a blockage such as cardboard they said they didn't see and blockage,I don't know what to do, He is supposed to go back to vet tomorrow for check up but he was so traumatized last time, he is just now acting normal despite his other issue. My cat is everything to me, i am just very worried as to what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Without examining Monkey it is difficult to give a recommendation regarding management of his bowel movements, it sounds like Monkey has passed a lot of stool now and his anus may have been irritated by the matted faeces around the anus; I would suggest using a dilute antiseptic around the anus and ensuring that all hair (and any faeces) is cut off from around the area. I understand that a visit to your Veterinarian can be stressful for Monkey, but it is more important to resolve his issue passing stool to prevent any issues in the future. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nafanya
Domestic longhair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Poop outside box
Red anus

For a few days now, my 3 year old cat has been occasionally pooping outside the box. I originally thought he was just upset about something or had a leaky bum, but the feces are very round and somewhat hard. I saw himself cleaning himself vigorously today after finding another piece of poop outside the box and saw that his rectum was very red. I know sometimes he has hairy poops because he cleans himself and my other cat a lot so I would see lumps of hair hair and feces sticking out of his bum when he tries defecating, but this is not the case here. I switched them to a new hairball formula food today because lately they have been on a grain free formula so maybe that is what caused this digestive response? I will take him to the vet in a few days if the food change doesn't help but if there is any insight or advice for the meantime, please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Nafanya may be having this problem as a reaction to the food change, or hair in his stool. If he hasn't returned to having normal stools within the next few days, or if he continues to have problems, he should see his veterinarian, as he may need a stool softener or laxative. I hope that he adjusts to the new food with no other signs.

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Mo
domestic moggy
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cranky, cries when she poos

My cat MO is 17 years old has become thin and seems to growl when we pick her up. I noticed a sac dark in colour around her vagina dark purple and hard to touch. Around her rectum its weird I know this sounds but, there is a roundish hard lump on her surrounds palpation is hard as well i do not know. I have de wormed her, she has all her immunisations and we feed her special 7 years plus cat sachets. I am scared of losing her. I do not know what to do as we are quite poor and cannot afford if she had to get surgery or xrays but she is deeply loved and like one of our own babies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for what you’re seeing around the vulva and anus which may include prolapse, perineal hernia, tumour or a combination; I would highly recommend that you visit your Veterinarian or a charity clinic for an examination so that a diagnosis can be made and you can discuss treatment or management options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ira
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Medication Used

prednisone

Re: Wag! ­ Inflammation of the Rectum and Anus Question Answered
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nina joyce




Thank you for responding. He was pretty constipated and we went through using laxalone to get his bowels moving. Which worked, but his appetite has been lagging. We have been to the vet 2 times. His blood panels were normal, he's been xrayed and everything appears normal. He just seems to have developed and aversion to eating more than just a few mouthfuls at any time. He has only been on prednisone for 2 doses, I hope his appetite will pick up. It has just been very stressful and I have been very anxious. I don't want my anxiety to feed his fear. He is peeing well and a bowel movement daily~~but they are small (likely reflective of how much he is eating) and sometimes very sticky and I've had to remove them from his backside and clean him up.


I'm just exhausted and worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for the update. There are appetite stimulants that might help if everything else is normal, one is called Mirtazapine, that you can ask your veterinarian for... he may also benefit from a change in food. Often cats that are prone to constipation benefit from Hill's W/D or an equivalent diet... that is something that you can discuss with your veterinarian as well if he isn't already on that type of food, or if it isn't appropriate for him with any other existing health conditions. I do hope that this resolves soon for him, and for you.

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Ira
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Medication Used

prednisone

Ira was constipated and took laxatone to move things along. This went well. He hasn't been eating a lot and he has been to our vet twice. He is now on prednisone to stimulate his appetite (only 2 doses). Should he be hungry by now~~he is eating a little more, but not much. He is also have very sticky poop and I've had to clean/remove poop from his bum a couple of times. Please help!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Ira, his physical state, and his history, I cannot offer much advice over an email. If the therapy to increase his appetite isn't working, he needs to follow up with his veterinarian to let them know that he is still showing signs. If he is still constipated, he may be inappetant from that. There are other medications that can be useful in more severe constipation, and your veterinarian will know if those might be indicated. I hope that he does well.

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Poppy
Dont know
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Wobbling
Sneezing
pink linning around eyes

A stray kitten came outside my house two days ago. She looked quite weak so i decided to feed her with my other cats. She plays normally, eats good and sleeps during the whole day. There are some things that i noticed in her.
1)There is a pink linning around her eyes.
2)She sneezes alot
3)she has a slightly inflammed anus.
4)she wobbles when she gets up
I dont know what to do. I am right now giving her warm food but can u tell me what is it if it's serious or not also what steps should i additionally take for her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Poppy, I can't diagnose what might be going on with her. She may be weak fro being undernourished, or have intestinal parasites, or be suffering from an infectious disease. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, checked out for parasites and disease, and get started on treatment. She is old enough to have vaccinations and preventive care started, and they may be able to do those things for you at the same time. I hope that Poppy does well.

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poppy
not known
2 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

slightly pink inflammed anus
pink linning around her eyes
shiver
Sneeze

A stray kitten came by my house just two days ago. She was weak and i gave her food. She sleeps in almost all day. She also plays n is quite a bright star but the problem is she sneezes alot and also shivers alot too. I try to keep her warm as much as possible also her anus is a little more pink then my other cats i dont know what to do exactly so can u give me some stuff that i should take care of her? Also what food would be best for her? She has light pink linning around her eyes and looks sick even though she eats, plays and sleeps like a regular kitten.Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Poppy sounds like she would benefit from an examination by a veterinarian. She may have parasites, or an infectious disease that needs to be treated. Without seeing her, I can't recommend anything for her signs, but your veterinarian will be able to determine the best treatment for her. I hope that she does well!

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Snuffles
Domestic short hair cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anal swelling
Anal Itching

Female cat; positive for felv and five. Just treated for an upper respiratory infection. Lived outdoors for unknown number of years before being rescued 4 months ago. Lives indoors now in a large room alone; I have another cat but they stay separated. We change close and wash hands in-between pets. She started showing some odd behavior of discomfort near butt and also has a swollen anus. Less poop than normal in the litter box. What can I do to get her to feel better until I can get a vet appointment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If Snuffles is having some difficulty at the litter tray, you should ensure that she has been wormed recently with an effective anthelmintic and add a little plain canned pumpkin to the food to help increase fibre content to make sure that everything is moving along nicely there. After each defecation you could just clean around the anus with a dilute antiseptic to make sure that there is nothing irritating the anus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Brown tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Frequent Urination
Constant grooming
Swollen rectum
Bleeding

Currently my female cat of 4 years old is leaving little blood droplets throughout the house. Not full blood, could be urine or water mixture. I lifted her tail to find quite a bit of hair missing, it’s EXTREMELY red and super swollen. I’ve take her to the vet for this once before, they didn’t do a whole lot because i was iffy on money at the time. $1K Afor answers? I couldn’t do it. So they gave me a vague answer of could be a severe UTI or it could be ulcers. I just want to know how to help her, I’m about to use Bactine on her butt for pain help and put a soft cone on her head. Should i take her back to the vet? I have no idea! I just feel so bad for her. She looks so uncomfortable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. As I can't examine Boo or diagnose anything, she does need to be seen by a veterinarian; if you need to seek a second opinion with a different veterinarian, you are free to do so. With a good examination and some possible testing, your veterinarian should be able to determine what might be happening and suggest a treatment for her so that she is more comfortable. I hope that you are able to get her problems resolved.

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Charlie
short hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My male cat has not been clean the fur around his anus and his anus looks red. He has also been urinating around the house, I'm not sure that correlates with any thing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If Charlie’s anus is red, you should clip the hair around the anus to allow air flow and to bathe the area regularly especially after defecation with a dilute antiseptic; if Charlie has a dirty rear end, there is the possibility of a urinary tract infection but this may be unrelated. You should have your Veterinarian to urinalysis to check for the presence of bacteria, protein or anything else unusual. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bynx
Tuxedo bobtail
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red and swollen rectum pooping unco

I have a stray that just showed up at my house he has a red and swollen rectum that he keeps licking and cant seem to control his pooping. Its like he doesnt even know he is using the bathroom it just flies out when he lays on his side stands up or anyone picks him up. Hes eating and drinking and running around playing as if he was perfectly fine. What could cause him to poop uncontrollably like this? And what can i do for it i dont have the money to bring him to the vet i named him Bynx but hes not mine ibe juat been taking care of him bc nobody knows who he belongs to and i cant just not help him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are a few different possible causes for the uncontrollable defecation which may include parasites, damage to the anal sphincter or nerves supplying it, infections, dietary issues among other causes; without an examination I cannot tell you anything specific except ensure that Bynx is wormed regularly and review his diet. A visit to a Veterinarian would be best, there are many charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help you with the cost of a visit, you just need to do a little Google search. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Adult Male Cat Tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Proctitis
Pro

My cat Boo has had inflammation of the rectum for a couple of weeks now. He is a 3 year old Tabby, is neutered and has no other mates; he is an only cat. Since the start of inflammation, he's had bloody runs. He's also not eating as much as he was a couple weeks ago. What could be causing this condition? Should I be concerned? Should he seek veternairan assistance? Please help my Boo as he is my baby and I love him very much! Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are various causes for bloody diarrhoea which include colitis, infections, parasites, foreign objects, poisoning among other causes; without a thorough examination I cannot say what the specific cause of the bloody diarrhoea is. You should take Boo for an examination to help narrow down a specific cause for this symptom for that treatment can be directed properly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Punky
Gray and white tabby
Approx 2 months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness and wet looking
Redness

I have this stray kitten named punky. I was told the momma cat quit feeding her around 2 1/2 weeks so I took her in, but I notice her but is really red and wet looking. She doesn't lick it too much and she has no problem going to the restroom. I can't afford to take her to the vet what do you suggest I do and what over the counter meds and wormer can I use,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It may be that the area is just a little sore and would improve with regular bathing with a dilute antiseptic after defecating and applying a small amount of Neosporin to the area; you should have Punky on an anthelmintic like Drontal Plus which is effective for the important internal parasites affecting cats and fipronil or similar for external parasites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
tabby
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My 8 week old kitten had loose stools lately which have now stopped.But her anal area has become red and swollen and she keeps licking it and crying.Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
The reddening of the anus may be caused by irritation of the skin from the loose stool, you should bathe the area regularly or at least after each defecation and prevent Lily from licking the area; you should also make sure that Lily has been wormed with an effective anthelmintic as some parasites may cause irritation to the anus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moe
DOMESTIC
18 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Methimazole

I have noticed a few days ago that my cat had some feces stuck under his tail, after cleaning it up and giving him laxatone the feces didnt seem to stick anymore. Now I notice that his anus is a bit swollen but not red or raw, he hasnt been licking it. He is an outdoor car also so I havent noticed any soft stool or straining in the litter box. Is there anything else I should be doing other than just giving him laxatone?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
You should try to keep a close eye on Moe and check his rear end regularly for any faeces which is stuck, trim the hair around the anus to be on the safe side; the swelling may be just due to some inflammation from the faeces being in contact with the skin, bathing it regularly may also help. Other than that, just check him, but if you have concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mushroom
Domestic longhair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Can I use mupirocin be used on a cat's rectum? She has been to 2 different vets for this issue. The first said it was prolapsed rectum, the 2nd said it was just an infection from not properly bathing herself due to her long thick coat. She was shaved and given an antibiotic, which seemed to help, but i have used it all up. She won't play and seems to overall not feel well. The licking of the anus is constant.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If the antibiotic helped, you should visit your Veterinarian again for another examination and another course of antibiotics; whilst topical products can help, I am sure Mushroom would just lick the ointment off unless you were to place a cone on him. But you should get another course of antibiotics from your Veterinarian to continue with the treatment, especially if you noticed improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess Buttercup
Maine Coon/ragdoll mix
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

agitated
small, frequent bowel movements
frequently cleaning butt
red, swollen butt

My cat was said to possibly have colitis (they are not sure because she has abnormal rectum) by the vets at the shelter who took care of her but until now she has been fine. But now a year later i noticed for the past few days she seemed a bit agitated, was licking her butt more and pooping a bit at a time but more frequently than usual. So i checked her and saw that her rectal glands are swollen. I think it's because we suddenly changed her diet due to not being able to get her usual dry food because of cost and we know she needs time to get use to foods. Sadly i don't have the resources to help her right now (i'm 19, living with my family till i finish my AA degree and start working) and neither does my family. I want to help her in any way i can but i'm not sure what i can do because i can't afford a vet visit. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If the anal glands are impacted, then a simple emptying of them shouldn’t set you back more than around $30 (varies with location); other than that you can try to feed some plain canned pumpkin to help soften the stool to help it come out easier. But there are other issues which may be affecting Princess Buttercup so a visit to a Veterinarian would be best; there are charity clinics which offer low cost or donation only services (always leave a donation) around the country it may just be on the other side of the city. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Congested, runny nose, diarreah

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Took my cat to my vet this morning for treatment for respiratory infection and diarreah. Now giving her antibiotics. She was born with ďwarfism and is prone to colds.

I hadn't noticed until tonight that her rectum is sooo swollen and raw from the diarreah, I know it has to hurt. Is there anything extra I can do to make her bum feel better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If Gizmo’s anal area is sore, you should bathe the area with warm water after each defecation to remove any faecal material from the skin which may burn or irritate the area; also stop her from licking there as well as this will cause more irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Balinese
18 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

none

My cat blue is almost 19 years old does not go to or have a vet. I worked at a petstore n gave her first shots. But now almost 19years into her life she had seizures they stopped for months now her eye sight going but shes very playful n noes her surroundings. Her anal area around tail is lil raw she keeps licking it and irritating it. Sometimes it bleeds just noticed it I put vaseline on it but cant afford a vet. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are many different reasons why Blue may be licking around her anus which includes infections, parasites, trauma, perineal hernia, anal gland disorders among other causes; I would advise to put a cone on her and bathe the area with dilute chlorhexidine solution twice per day and if the skin is broken apply an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin - only if she is wearing a cone). Other than that, all I can suggest is to visit a charity clinic for an examination which would be useful given Blue’s age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Bengal
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat has been bleeding from his rectum when he defecates ever since I got him at 4 months. I had a vet examine a stool sample and told me he is safe and might be pushing too hard. He is now 2 and still bleeds when he defecates. I am asking if there is home remedys I can try before going back to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Bleeding during defecating may be caused by various causes including infection, parasites, colitis, dietary intolerance, anal gland issues among other causes; it may be just that Duke is straining too much whilst defecating. Without examining Duke I cannot give much advice, but I would recommend feeding a little bit of plain canned pumpkin to help loosen his stool so that he isn’t straining whilst defecating, it may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mozart
tabby
17 yr
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

metronidazole

Hello, My sweet 17 yr. old male cat has been to the vet 100's of times this last yr. due to various issues. He has CHF and kidney failure also. I took him to the vet 8 days ago for what seemed like leg spasms & gas. I noticed today that there's swelling inside his tail by his anus about the size of a ping-pong ball. It's not discolored & he doesn't scoot his butt...he doesn't want it touched.
I'm very stressed and concerned that the vet did not notice this and if swelling of that size can grow that fast? He has blood when he defecates...no blood till today. He has a lot of gas in the stomach still, which I've been treating for 7 days...doesn't seem to be helping with gas. His appetite is still pretty good but, only because hrs on an appetite stimulant. I tried to touch the swelling and I can tell it's very painful and seems to give him jolting motions when he sits. My poor boy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
For a swelling this large in that area we would be suspecting either a perineal hernia or an anal gland abscess; without examining Mozart, I cannot say what the cause is but if it is a perineal hernia surgery would be the treatment of choice but given his age medical management may be all that is given. Try to give Mozart some plain canned pumpkin to help loosen his stool so he doesn’t strain but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination on Monday morning to check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Do you like your vet and feel that they are trying to help? I ask because several years ago I had to take my senior 3-legged boy to a vet I had just switched to, and it was a Sunday. When I got home from work that morning he was all but comatose. I had to call several times and BEG that TEENAGE veterinarian to let me bring him in, a trip that I made in 15 minutes, the "vet" and his girlfriend strolled in some 20 minutes later, (and no, he didn't have that far to go). He did nothing and acted like I was being a pain in his arse! Anyway, all this lead to a very emotional call to my old vet, a 45 minute drive to her HOME and him being humanely euthanized while I held him and tried to keep it together. I have 9 cats now, many broken and with immune system issues, and I'm dealing with having a unreliable vet AGAIN that's 5 minutes away! But in all fairness, I must say- it's not my vet, she is wonderful. The office was bought out by a company in California, I live in Pennsylvania! All the original people left, except her and one vet tech. I know what it's like to be broke, but don't take chances with your babies. Cats are unlike any other creatures, it's still a challenge successfully treating them for so many things! I am googling how to deal with a very sore butt issue, good luck with your boy!

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Lily
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swellon rectum

What can I do to help my cat at home? It's Saturday and my vet can't get me in until Monday. Is there anything I can do for my cat at home to relieve the swelling at home? Hydrocortisone cream? She is contanstly liking it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is important to stop Lily from licking the area as the application of any cream or ointment would only get licked off and may cause other issues with the ingestion of cream or ointments that are not intended for consumption. I would place a cone on Lily to prevent further licking and you may apply some hydrocortisone cream to hopefully give some relief until you see your Veterinarian on Monday; it may also be good to give some plain canned pumpkin to increase the softness of the stool so it doesn’t irritate so much whilst defecating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spencer
Short hair mix
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamed anus

7 month old short hair mix
Just adopted a week ago
No crying, no discomfort (?)
Just literally happened an hour ago, he came out from his potty with poo still hanging from it.
Dragged bottom on floor.
Looked like maybe hair and pine needle with poo.
Anus is inflamed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for this which may include infections, parasites, anal trauma, passage of foreign objects, anal gland disorders among other causes; it is important to keep the hair around the anus short as faeces may stick to the hair. I would clean the area around the anus with some water water and trim the immediate area; also make sure that Spencer is upto date with his anthelmintics and keep an eye on him. If there is no improvement after the weekend I would take him into your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Orange tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Obsessive licking of the bum area
overly crying in pain
Rubbing bum on floor
swollen, inflamed, red bum

My cat Peaches has been rubbing her butt across the floor and her but is inflamed, is very red, and seems a bit swollen. She's been crying to me about it and I have been giving her Instinct Rawboost and her litter is the Blue Buffalo Walnut litter. So I'm not entirely sure what's going on with her. But I don't want her to be in pain and for something bad to happen to her health cause of this. What can I do? I am on limited funds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is possible that Peaches has anal gland issues, parasites, foreign object, trauma to name a few. Make sure that Peaches is receiving an effective anthelmintic and try to keep the area around the anus clean, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost since there are a few possible causes and in some instances delaying treatment may be more costly in the long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Simese
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cleaning Anus frequently

Hi there, my male cat has been hiding under a bed that isn't very clean. I noticed that his anus had pink skin peering out and was very swollen. I'm worried it is an infection or something worse. What do you think it is?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It sounds like a prolapse where the rectum may evert out of the anus, I’ve added a link to a picture below; it may occur due to straining, low fibre diet, tumours, foreign objects among other causes. It is important to keep Tiger’s stool soft to prevent any further tissue from passing through the anus and to take him to your Veterinarian to have it confirmed and place back, a purse string suture may be placed to help hold it in. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/vetstream/media/images/felis/18_280922.jpg

Light-colored blood around his rectum. 4 yr male Manx.could this be caused by worms

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