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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

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
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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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Princess Buttercup
Maine Coon/ragdoll mix
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Tiger
Simese
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Peaches
Orange tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Lily
tabby
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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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
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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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Spencer
Short hair mix
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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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
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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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Mushroom
Domestic longhair
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Gizmo
mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
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
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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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Muffin
tabby
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scooting

My cat has been scooting for a few weeks. Was giving him pumpkin and doing better now his stomach feels hard and his rear end seems raw. Can I put Vaseline on him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can put a petroleum based jelly like Vaseline on his rectum, but I would also recommend trying to find out the cause of the scooting to attack it at both angles; parasites, infections, anal gland issues, foreign objects, other obstructions, diet among other causes may lead to scooting on the floor. Make sure that Muffin is up to date on worming tablets and that he is keeping hydrated; also bathe is anus with a dilute antiseptic after each defecation before applying the petroleum jelly. 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
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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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Shiro
Street Mixed Cat
4 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Snuffles
Domestic short hair cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Poppy
Dont know
2 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Sherbert
Cat
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stress
Straining To Defecate
Straining To Urinate

I just took my cat to the vet and he said that he has a bladder infection but the veternarian did not check his rectum which is what my cat keeps licking and it looks irritated and a little swollen not sure now if it's a uti or something else

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sherbert I cannot say whether there is a urinary tract infection, anus irritation or something else going on; the anus may be irritated by many different causes including parasites, diarrhoea, foreign objects, anal gland disorders, tumours among other causes. For the time being complete any treatment offered by your Veterinarian and ensure that you clean around the anus at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and pat dry, once dry you can apply a petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment (might want a cone so Sherbert doesn’t lick); if Sherbert is having difficulty defecating you can add a little plain canned pumpkin to the food to make it easier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Cat
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dingleberries
Anal redness

Rocky is a 6 month old cat. Today I came home and found little pebbles of poop, like he had dingleberries, then i saw his anus was very red, almost thought it was bleeding. However... He got neutured on Febuary 6th, today is the 27th. Maybe his anal glands are swollen? Maybe I'm just seeing that he doesnt have balls anymore? Idk whats going on.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without checking Rocky over I cannot say what the cause of the symptoms are; however there are a few different causes for the symptoms you are seeing which may include anal gland disorders, constipation, parasites among other causes. Bathe the area around the anus and keep the area clean, if you notice Rocky is straining or having trouble defecating you should add some plain canned pumpkin to his food; if there is still an issue visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
DOMESTIC
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odor

My female cat Lily is obese and has anal gland issues I think. Her anal is red and super swollen and looks very inflamed. She has been leaking a very terrible urine smell and she is now having diarrhea with it. I brought her to the vet years ago with the same problem and they say it was her anal gland and the fact that she is obese, she cannot clean herself, so it led to an infection. So they gave us antibiotics and a cream and it went away, but it seems like she just keeps having the same issues. This has been going on for years now. Not sure what to do. Could it be a rectum problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Lily is having an anal gland issue again or there may be another cause, your Veterinarian would need to examine her especially if another course of antibiotics would need to be prescribed. You should speak with your Veterinarian about a weight loss plan and cutting out treats etc… as this would be in Lily’s best interest in the long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pumpkin
Cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood

I have just noticed my female cat is bleeding from her bum. But it looks a bit cloudy and watery and wherever she sits, there's a little bit left on the blanket . She was sat with her bum hanging over the table and when I picked an envelope from the floor, watery blood must have dropped onto it as there was a small spot. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and it seems it is coming out of her front bottom as opposed to her anus


She she having a period? She will be 4 in August.

Any help would be great please!
I have checked her poo and it's normal, not soft and no traces of blood.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Pumpkin isn't spayed, it is important to get her in to see a veterinarian as soon as possible, as any vaginal discharge is abnormal in a cat, and it can be difficult to figure out where that fluid is coming from. It definitely isn't normal, ans should be seen. I hope that she is okay.

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Pudge
Domestic shorthair
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Limited Movement
Weakness
Lethargy
Lack Of Coordination

She was fine earlier; and then randomly became lethargic, panting, unable to pass stool and overall uncomfortable. She won’t drink water and doesn’t want to move from whereever she positioned herself. It’s late at night and no vets are open and I don’t know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Pudge is constipated which may be causing some abdominal discomfort, you can try to wipe around the anus with a warm damp cloth to see if you can stimulate defecation. However foreign objects, parasites, poisoning, trauma and other conditions may also cause these symptoms; you should visit your Veterinarian in the morning if there is no improvement, if Pudge is struggling to breathe visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Persian
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My cat has red Anus... It has diarrhea since 2 days... The litter is slimy and watery... It has no control on its stool... All other activities look normal...
He is a 2 year old cat...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The red anus is due to irritation from the diarrhoea, you should try wiping around the anus after each visit to the litter box to prevent any further irritation to the surrounding area; also the cause of the diarrhoea needs to be determined. Infections, protozoan parasites, colitis, food intolerance, poisoning, stress among other causes may lead to diarrhoea; you should have a faecal sample checked by your Veterinarian if the diarrhoea continues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Remi
Tiger
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

blood in stool pooping out of box

Medication Used

prednisone

My cat had a bad reaction to table food, she has a very sensitive stomach and the first time she was prescribed prednisone and the pooping out of the box stopped. A year later came her bad reaction of vomiting 10 times that day then stopped pooping in her box again... I took her to the vet to get prednisone, they ended up giving her triple the dose and children's prednisone. Two days later she started pooping bright red blood and still outside of box. I had her prednisone changed after I went to a new vet and she still did it get better. She's still bleeding and I can tell she's so uncomfortable... both vets act like this is normal... it's been almost two weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly no cat should be given table food. Whilst defecating blood isn’t normal, it can take some time for the treatment to become effective; when the gastrointestinal tract (specifically the bowel) is inflamed, it can take weeks for it to improve. Other treatments may be considered by your Veterinarian(s) but it would be down to their decision whether they change medications or diet, I haven’t examined Remi so I cannot recommend any prescription medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gimli
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Flea
constant licking
Dry Blood
Raw Butt
Tapeworms

Medication Used

Frontline

My cat recently had tapeworms from fleas. We have treated the fleas and I have applied prevent measures of putting Diamatous Earth all over the house. However I am wondering if maybe this is causing my cat's bottom to itch now. We have treated the fleas and tapeworms. Went to the vet just to get a pill. He wasn't seen because I didn't think it was that big of a deal. Just a raw butt. But now its looks swollen and it has dry blood. Its not fresh, He HAS been using the litter like normal. He's eating like normal. Its just his butt is swollen a little and raw from constant licking. Do I need to apply maybe an ointment on him now or put a cone over him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Gimli is licking his anus it may be a good idea to place a cone on him for the meantime and wipe around the anus with a chlorhexidine wipe, once wiped you may place a dab of petroleum jelly or Neosporin to the anus to soothe it. Ensure that any worming treatment is followed up with and continue to apply a topical spot on each month (or as directed). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus

My kittens Rectum looks very swollen and sore, he doesn’t seem to be in pain but it smells bad and I’m wondering if he has worms or is allergic to something? He’s still a baby and I was wondering if maybe the litter is irritating his bottom. Let me know what you think.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Blue has not been checked or treated for worms, that may be part of the problem. It would be a good idea to have him examined, and a fecal sample looked at by a veterinarian to determine what the problem is and to get treatment for Blue.

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Finnagan
Orange tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crying when I try to wipe his bum

Hello my cat finnagan is 6 years old and a little over weight he weighs 15 pounds and because of this he can't reach his bum very well to clean it so I usually wipe his bum with some tissue paper and warm water . Today I tried to wipe his bum and he cried and ran away from me he usually doesn't do this . Was wondering what could possibly causing him pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for tenderness in that area which may include injury, enlarged anal glands, passage of foreign object, pain in the tail or spine among many other possible causes; without examining Finnagan I cannot say what the specific cause is. Try to clean the area and get a look at the anus to see if there are any signs of a possible cause; if he is still showing signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meows
house cat
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus

I have a kitten who is switching over to dry food and has become constipated what should I do? His anus is swollen crying out in pain poops just a little bitHis rectum is very swollen

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I will answer both your questions in one response: If Meows is getting constipated you can try rubbing around the anus with a damp warm towel to help defecation, you can also add a little plain canned pumpkin to the kibbles to help with fibre content during the transition. If there is no improvement, you should check in with your Veterinarian for check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meows
house cat
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
Some loss of app
Crying while defacating

My cat has a swollen red anus and doesn’t want to move from her spot when she lays down. She has some desire to eat but not much she is switching over from her moms milk to soft food and I believe is conatipated what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I will answer both your questions in one response: If Meows is getting constipated you can try rubbing around the anus with a damp warm towel to help defecation, you can also add a little plain canned pumpkin to the kibbles to help with fibre content during the transition. If there is no improvement, you should check in with your Veterinarian for check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
DOMESTIC
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 15 year old female cat has been constipated for 2 days and crys when she trys to go. I notice some swelling and thick red bubble hanging out of her behind. I can't take her to the vet cause she stresses. What can I do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, Smokey should be seen by a veterinarian, as it is important to determine the cause of her problem, even if she doesn't like the veterinary visits so much. The extent of her problem and cause of her anal issues needs to be determined to figure out the best treatment for her, and a veterinarian will be able to palpate her abdomen and examine her to determine the best plan for her. Perhaps there is a mobile veterinarian in your area? I hope that everything goes well for her.

Smokey is looking better today. Mobile veterinarian seems like a good idea. I used to take all 3 cats once a year to the vet. they got older they stressed more and it wasn't nice to see.

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Fran
Tuxedo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Frequent Urination
Licking

My cat won’t stop visiting the toilet and he anus is very sore and red. She’s eaten some of my food that I left on the side and unsure if she’s had and allergic reaction.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Fran is having some irritation to the anus due to the ingredients in the food or due to diarrhoea and licking of the anus; you should clean around the anus with a chlorhexidine wipe and dab some petroleum jelly to help. However, there are many potential ingredients used in human cooking which may be toxic to cats (like onions, garlic etc…); if you feel that Fran has potentially consumed something toxic you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookie
mixed
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
Worms In Stool
Red anus

Medication Used

Wormmedications

My kitten has a red anus and its a tad swollen, she did have worms, but had been given the proper medication for them, is this the cause of her swollen and redness? She doesn't really have any other symptoms and it just occurred with in the last hour?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A red anus may occur for a variety of reasons, normally irritation and is common with some parasites; clean around the anus with a dilute antiseptic after each defecation and apply a petroleum jelly to the area to ease irritation. If Cookie is having difficulty defecating or is straining, try to add some plain canned pumpkin to her food to help. If there is no improvement you should consider visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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meow meow
house cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

large swollen abcesses around butt

we found a srtay cat that was dumped out front of our house she is constantly licking her bum and has what looks like an ulcer or abcess on her upper lip and large swollen spots where she has been licking any where on her body like she has multiple abcesses all over her body

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should prevent her from licking herself around the anus and the rest of her body, a cone my help with this; bathe the anus and any other areas of the body with a dilute antiseptic and it would be beneficial to give her a good bath to start with. However, if it seems that there are many possible abscesses on the body you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination as a course of antibiotics may be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taaloose
tabby
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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My kitten who is about 10 weeks old cries when he poops. His bottom is red. He doesn’t lick it. But i can tell it is red.. he is not drinking a lot of water but he eats wet food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes here which may include a lack of water, you may try mixing a little extra water into the wet food to make it a little more moist to help boost the water consumption; also adding a little plain canned pumpkin can help ease defection. You should wipe around the anus after each defecation with a chlorhexidine wipe and apply a little petroleum jelly to keep it moist. If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Tabby Cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool
irritated butt

Medication Used

none

My kitten is approx 6-7 months old. We purchased him from a rescue 3 weeks ago. He is neutered. We feed him the same food as the rescue place - dry Hills Science Diet kitten formula. He acts fine, drinks/eats fine, but his stools resemble "cow patties". He's never had an accident outside of the little box. The middle of his anus is red & irritated looking, but he doesn't act like it bothers him. He has been tested for worms and came back clear. Any suggestions as to what could be causing his irritation and soft stool?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes a new environment and the stress of moving may cause a cat to have diarrhoea which may in turn cause some irritation to the anus during defecation; you should ensure that you clean around the anus thoroughly after a visit to the litter tray with a chlorhexidine wipe and pop a small amount of petroleum jelly on the anus to offer relief. Other causes of diarrhoea may be due to infections, other parasites, diet, foreign objects, allergies among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poseidon "Posy"
Orange tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Red and swollen anus

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

I have a male tabby 1 1/2 year old who is not neutered and I took him to the vet because he was acting strange and I noticed he was doing an excessive amount of licking on to his penis then his anus. She checked him and took a urine sample and said he had and infection but didn't know what kind. She gave him amoxicillin for 10 days and its been a week and his anus has gotten red and swollen. He has an appointment in the next 2 weeks to get neutered but not sure if I need to reschedule or take him to the vet again. His poop is also runny and he licks it off his bottom because its not that much that comes out unless it's a lot then he goes to the litter box. He also lost his appetite and does not eat like he use to and sleeps more than normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Posy may need further diagnostics to determine what might be going on with him. Unfortunately, without examining him, i am unable to comment on what is happening. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, let them know that he is not improving, and see what recommendations they may have.

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Missy
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness is rectum area

When my cat was dedicating in her box,I saw that the inside lining of her anus looked very red. She doesn't seem like she is in pain. She is not overly scratching or cleaning herself in that area. It just looked very red. Is that redness normal? Should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The area is naturally pinkish, however if you notice any straining you should add some plain canned pumpkin to the food to help loosen the stool. If you have concerns, it is always best to pop into your Veterinarian for peace of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lincoln
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing
Vomiting
Bleedinh

I have a one year old male cat that we took in from outside. He has three legs and when taken to the vet, they said he lost his leg at a few days old due to trama. He loves to eat and drink water and to cuddle and be loved on. Lately I have been finding blood spots around the house and he has dry blood around his behind. He cries when I go near the area. He's an inside cat and has not been outside in over a year. Any idea what this could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for the presence of blood which may be due to a few different causes but without examining Lincoln I cannot say for certain. If there is dry blood and he is crying when the area is touched you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to determine a cause and to give Lincoln some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fluffy
Mancoon
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anus hole is very small I see feces
She still eats and drinks well. Fur

My long hair mancoon cat has not been to the bathroom in 2 days. Her anus hole is really small I've tried hairball gel and pumpkin. She still has not gone yet and her tummy and anal area hurts. She eats and drinks well

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If it seems that Fluffy is getting constipated or having trouble defecating, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If these problems are caught early, we can often treat them quite easily, but the longer the problem goes on, the more difficult it can be to treat. I hope that she is okay.

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Charlie
Maine coon/ mixed
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poop stuck to butt and fur
Red swollen anus
Throwing up

My kitty, has been throwing up a lot lately, for the last year probably. We started giving him wet food, actually it is just the baby food meats chicken, turkey, or beef, or sometimes he has tuna. This helped for a while. Very recently he will drop a piece of poop randomly around the house. ( he is normally super clean and concienious about it) today he had poop stuck all over his butt my husband and I were cleaning him with baby wipes and noticed his anus is very red and swollen. Looks super painful! We really can not afford a vet bill right now. Is there anything we can do for him? Also, I started him on Vets Best Hairball relief digestive aid about a week ago. I have just been giving him one per day, he hasn’t thrown up all week! He usually throws up at least every other day. He did however throw up this morning.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should clip the hair around the anus and bathe the area twice per day with a dilute antiseptic, applying a little Neosporin to the area may help too; keep an eye on the anus and continue bathing but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless to determine an underlying cause. There are many causes for irritation of the anus, but diarrhoea or faeces stuck around the area is a common cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pond
Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scooting, swollen anus, red anus
Scooting, swollen anus
Scooting,

My female short hair has been scooting her butt on the carpet. The top part of her anus has a red, swollen bulge sticking out...the closest thing I can think of to describe it is similar to a hemorrhoid.she doesn't seem to act like she's in pain, only behavior is the scooting on the carpet. I am worried because it looks very swollen and painful, a few months ago she was scooting with a little redness and the vet told me not to worry. This time it is very, very swollen and red. Should I take her back to the vet? Or will they tell me it is nothing again?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that a visit to your veterinarian would be a good idea, as the lump seems larger and seems to be bothering her. They may need to take a sample of the lump to determine what it is, but it doesn't sound like 'nothing' from your description. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Henry
Don’t know yet.. he’s a stray cat :(
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

He’s thin
Doesn’t eat well
Screams
Anus inflammati
Blood in the stool

What can i do for him? My vet doesn’t answer she’s away and i found this little cat in the street but when he sees me he scream for help he doesn’t eat dry food much he looks hungry. He’s around 3 months or 2 and his anus is swollen with a bit of blood in his stool. What can i feed him for now and what’s the suitable medication?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly you should ensure that Henry has received an anthelmintic (wormer) since his worm status is unknown; you should try to feed him a soft food diet mixed with plain canned pumpkin to make defecation easier. You should bathe the anus with a dilute antiseptic after each defecation and apply an petroleum jelly to the anus once dry. Without examining Henry I cannot say whether he has a foreign object or other issue causing pain whilst defecating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vivi
Domestic Mediumhair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking Anus
Diarrhea
Loose Bowel Movements
Red anus
Blood In Stool

Hello,

My cat has been having small puddles of diarrhea for 3 days now. The first two days, she was licking her anus frequently, probably 6-10 times per hour. Her anus was reddish right in the middle yesterday, but it looks normal today. Today, I only saw her lick one time.

The first day, we found four small diarrhea puddles throughout the house. Yesterday, she only had one incident of diarrhea. Today, she had just one as well - but this time I saw blood when cleaning it up.

She appears to be eating normally and is acting normally now. She is a 7-year old cat, slightly overweight, spayed, no prior health problems to my knowledge. We adopted her at age 5 and have had her for 2 years now with no health issues. We have not changed her food or anything else in her routine.

Is there anything I can do at home to help her? Is this likely serious or something that will pass on its own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Vivi's diarrhea may pass on it's own, as it does seem to be improving. If it is caused by something like a parasite or an intestinal infection, it may not pass, and may need treatment. If things are not back to normal in the next 24 hours, it would be a good idea to have her examined, to make sure that she is okay and doesn't need treatment.

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Beebee
Yellow Short hair "all-american"
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching to the point of exhaustun

I'm conserned about sores on my 9mo old kittys head, neck cheeks & I saw sores on his tummy the other day (what I thought was fireant bites, but I'm not sure because of the other sores everywhere) I did put Neosporin on them & his private's...but he keeps licking there. I'm not sure it's safe for him to be injesting that stuff. He itches to the point of exhaustun, his fur isn't soft anymore either. He can't sleep until I catch, bathe & "doctor" him. He's to the point that he's very Leary about getting close to me so I can pet him or hold him to love on him. He thinks I'm gonna bathe or "doctor" him & he keeps outta my reach as best he can.
Would y'all have any idea what we could do help my Lil guy? He's been checked for worms, but he's all clear....he also seems to be rather "horny" tho he's been fixed...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Beebee I cannot say what the specific cause of these sores are; infections, parasites, autoimmune disease, chemical irritation, allergies among other causes may lead to these symptoms. You should return to your Veterinarian for a more thorough examination; in the meantime bathe the sores with a dilute antiseptic, apply Neosporin and put a cone on him to prevent him licking it off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tony
DSH polyd
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

I have a kitten male neutered who has been farting and smelling terrible and then I noticed he was licking a lot. I finally got a good look...his little bit is really pink. So I cleaned him up and have been putting vasaline on when I can catch him. He is eating, drinking and playing...it concerns me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should make sure that Tony is being fed a suitable diet which is age and breed appropriate as well as ensuring that he is dewormed etc… Without examining Tony I cannot say what the specific cause is, many times diet can play a major role but if dietary changes and anthelmintic treatment don’t work you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; also you should try to bathe around the anus after be defecates in case this is causing some irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

i have a persian cat name toby he lick his anus or his penis several times what is that mean? you think is that normal? if no, what should i do?

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Sassy
American Shorthair
12 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

my cat just had babies three days ago and I’ve just realized that she had something pinkish coming from her butthole. I rubbed how her stomach and she farted. I have no clue what to do about this

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Sassy, I don't have any way to determine what is going on with her, but cats can have prolapses during the process of having kittens that may need medical attention. it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, so that they can examine her and figure out what that mass is, and what needs to be done about it. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Twilight
domestic short hair
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not playful, scared, agitated

So my cat has a bit of redness on her anus. Yesterday i heard her meow whenshe went to the bathroom but it was like a painful sceaming meow. It was really loud and i ran to my room but didnt see anything in her litted box except a little bit of pee. And todayi noticed it was red around the opening of the anus and not sure if its swollen.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can have urinary tract problems, parasites, food intolerances, or foreign bodies that can cause problems. It would be a good idea to have Twilight examined by a veterinarian, as she does not seem comfortable and it would be best to get this issues resolved.

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muffin
domestic medium hair
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mattes hair
foul poop going outside the littler
foul poop

My 13 year old cat has been having a problem with not going poop in the litter box, pee is fine but she always gos #2 just outside the litter. She also has a small red, pimple on her anus. Ive tried looking at it but it must hurt her because she always crys. Plus her poop smells really foul. Ive also noticed her skin is getting dry and flakey and her fur is getting matted more and more. I know shes an older kitty, but i feel like this is a serious problem.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can develop problems with defecation as they get older, as well as having grooming issues as it becomes less comfortable. It would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with her and see what treatment or diet changes may benefit her.

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Embea
American Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness and wet looking
meowing when sitting
rubbing butt on floor
Butt Discomfort

I gave my cat a bath a couple weeks ago and a bit after that she has been meowing when i lift up her tail, she also rubs her butt a bit on the floor and her butt area is a bit red and looks like it is losing fur. I give her Stronghold for the fleas and parasites. She is 13 pounds and has been playing just fine. Could you please help me figure out what it could be and what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If this problem has been going on for a couple of weeks, it might be a good idea to have a veterinarian look at Embea to see what might be going on with her back end. She may have an anal gland problem, parasites that aren't treated by Stronghold, or a bacterial or fungal infection. Without seeing her, I"m afraid that I can't see what the problem might be.

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Bella
Normal tabby
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My kitttens lower part of her body is shaking (near the bum area) before she was meowing s lot and had poo stick in her bum that stopped after a day and now she shakes
What shall I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the meowing and the shaking that Bella is displaying to attributable to pain from something, especially if faeces has gotten stuck whilst passing through the anus; without examining her I cannot say what the specific cause is but would recommend a visit to a Veterinarian for an examination especially with her being so young. In the meantime, add some plain canned pumpkin to the food to help with defecation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Grey/white
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus

My cat has severe inflammation in her anus and I think vagina.she did have some diarrhea. I have wiped it with wet toilet paper and she is greatful. She is miserable. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for anus inflammation, but you should wipe the anus and vulva with a chlorhexidine wipe and pat dry with a towel; applying petroleum jelly to the area can help soothe the inflammation, but you may need to place a cone on her. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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fuzz
Cat
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

red bum

i got a kitten today, its belly was swollen so i knew worms, i have wormed it about 5 hours ago, its little bottom is very red is there anything other than worming that i can do to give it some fast relief, it looks sore,

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many types of parasites that kittens can get, and some require specific medication to treat. In the short term, you can put a small amount of diaper rash cream on the area to soothe it, but if it does not look better over 24 hours or if Fuzz has diarrhea or doesn't want to eat, or is vomiting, it would be best to have a veterinarian examine her, and a stool sample, to test for any parasites that may need to be treated.

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Petey
Feline
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Swelling

We have a two week old kitten who was abandoned by the mother. We have put the kitten with another mom who is caring for it. We just noticed that it’s rectum is red and swollen and appears to be more swollen on the right side. Any idea what this means?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Petey it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the swelling is; it may be due to a perineal hernia, anal gland infection, obstruction or another cause. You should get him checked out by a Veterinarian to determine the cause, in the meantime clean around the anus regularly especially after any defecation with a chlorhexidine wipe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duna
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Black ear
Itching
red butt

Should I take my cat to the vet?
She has black and brown stuff inside her ears where she itchs until she bleeds and the area around her butthole is losing hair and red. We’ve ordered a cone for her and added topical creams but it doesnt seem to be healing her symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can get parasites and infections of the ears and skin that can be quite painful and that need specific medication to resolve. I do think it would be best to have Duna seen by a veterinarian to have her ears and skin examined, and to get medication to provide her some relief from the itching. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Henry
Shorthair a kind of like a devon rex
3 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Hand swelling
Leg Swelling
Swollen Joints

Medication Used

antibiotics

I just want to know what’s the possible conditions of this..
I have a little stray cat his age is around 2 and a half month he had worms in his stomach once we found him and he was very skinny we took him to the clinic and they gave him a deworm medication and checked everything he recovered from the worms thing and even his diarrhea is normal without blood like before. But now he had another sudden symptoms popped out of the blue his left leg suddenly got very swollen and almost blue like it has so much fluids in it and a week later his right hand is starting to look the same we took him to the vet but she couldn’t recognize what he’s suffering from she gave him antibiotics and he’s still the same and his leg is getting worse because he’s screaming a lot like he’s crying.. please tell us what should we do and what he might have in this case and is it deadly or recoverable? :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An infection would be a likely cause for the swelling, but it is difficult to say what the possible cause may be especially without examining Henri. You should follow the course of antibiotics prescribed by your Veterinarian and monitor for improvement; I cannot give you an indication of prognosis as I don’t know what the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammie
Domestic long hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat has been having problems with her anus. Her anus gets very red and very irritated. She has been constipated lately. She drinks enough water but she still stays constipated. I have noticed there has bee some blood in her poop. I was wondering if this is normal if not what is the problem and what can I do to help her get better

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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4 month old kittens are prone to parasites, and infectious disease. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, and take a fecal sample, so that they can look for parasites and treat her with any medications that she might need. I hope that she is feeling better soon.

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Hecate
Cat
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation
Blood In Stool
watery diarrhea

very young kitten, two to three weeks old, rescued from neglectful neighbors. have previously been feeding her kitten formula , switched to goats milk when we noticed her poop was bloody and watery. has now been on goats milk a day and is still having very watery poop with blood and a red irritated anus. what could this be ? maybe she ate something before we took her inside ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause is; poisoning, infections, parasites, foreign objects, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract among other causes may lead to bloody diarrhoea. Since we are not sure of the history before you took her in, it is difficult to say what the specific cause may be; I would recommend getting a Veterinarian to give her a checkup to be on the safe side and to treat as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Domestic cat
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

can't pee

My Male cat was having issues peeing. I took him to the vet they said he had a uti and possibly starting blockage. They put him on some medicine. Yesterday he stopped going pre all together. Then that morning very early he started to pee again and the amount became more and his straining became less. Si ge was doing great then last night he went poo and cried very loudly and started bleeding and cant pee afsin?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats that have urinary problems can require constant monitoring, and his condition migh change in an instant. If Max cannot urinate now, he should be rechecked by a veterinarein to see if he is having a problem, as urinary blockages can quickly become a life threatening problem. I hope that he is okay.

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snowy
American wire hair
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness in as urinary and anus

I am having a 2wks kitten and she has a redness in her urinary spot and anus too. So, need an advice for the medication. she became angry and feel fear to pooping and peeing.

Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Snowy, I can't determine what might be happening, but at 2 weeks, kittens do need to be stimulated to urinate and defecate, and that may be irritating her. If you are not sure that she is okay, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, determine if she is having a problem, and give her any treatment that she might need.

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Lyla
Black and white
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Anal swelling
Anal Discharge

Hi there, my cat has a lot of anal discharge today a very smelly liquid. It was also very raw and red and looked very swollen. I assume she had just had a bowel movement as it has calmed down since then. This hasn’t happened before

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is swelling and discharge from the anus, it may be an issue with the glands; however without an examination I cannot say for sure. You should remove all discharge from around the anus and bathe with a dilute antiseptic. If the discharge recurs you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elvis
stray
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping, won’t eat

For the past few days my male cat has been sleeping and to himself won’t eat but wants to but will drink a little once a day. When I touch around his back side he flinches. I have noticed he has urinated but hasn’t pooped. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different possible issues which may be causing pain around the anus which may include foreign objects, gland issues, perineal hernia, nerve damage among other causes. You should have your Veterinarian examine Elvis to be on the safe side so that an underlying cause can be determined and treatment given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holo
Manx
7 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus

I havr a new manx kitten. She has a slightly protruding anus. It gets worse with defication and better after a bit. I have trimmed her long black hair around her bum and bathe her regularly. She does not like you to touch around ger bum. Otherwise shr is totally normal. Plays and sleeps abd eats and goes to the bathroom. What could this be. She isnt due at the vet for a week.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Holo has a small prolapse, you should keep an eye on it for the mean time and ensure that you bathe around the anus after each defection to be on the safe side. If Holo is showing signs of pain when defecating you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Riley
domestic short hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
large stool
Redness

I've been feeding a stray since Nov and almost 2 weeks ago we adopted her into the house. Her first very visit revealed she had FIV. She recently had throat tissue removed from that and has recovered fine. Last night, however, I noticed her anus was very slightly swollen at the top and a little red. This morning it looks less red, but just a tad more swollen. She does not seem to be in any pain, she hasn't been paying any excessive attention to the area. My vet is closed over the weekend, or else I would take her. Does it sound like irritation or the start of a prolapse? She does take the largest cat poops I have ever seen in my life - her stool size could easily match a human or dog, and she's a 10 pound cat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Riley may just have a swollen rectum, and from your description, it does not sound like an emergency. Prolapses are uncommon, and often related to parasites or anatomic abnormalities. You may want to talk to your veterinarian about a different food for her that is more digestible if she is having large bowel movements, as that may mean that she is not absorbing her food properly. I hope that all goes well for her.

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No name
Bangal cat
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

agitated
Bloated stomach

My kitten is having really watery diarrhea that is grayish brown and her butt hole looks like it’s poking out also she’s frequently using the bathroom, should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take the kitten to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side; diarrhoea may be caused by a variety of different causes but the protrusion of the anus/rectum is concerning and should be looked at. Your Veterinarian may do a faecal test to look for parasites and will determine if there is any risk of a prolapse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Garbage
mixed
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leaking anus
Pain in Stomach
lack of appetite
Throwing up,

My cat is throwing up white foam, isn’t eating very much, and has a clear fluid leaking from her anus. Her stomach has also been hurting her. Could it be a hairball stuck in her? She’s never had a hairball before and she sheds a lot. If not what else could it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a cat to be bringing up white foam and having a loss of appetite which may include a gastrointestinal obstruction; the white foam is most likely due to the stomach being empty. Without examining Garbage I cannot say specifically if there is an obstruction or if there is another cause for these symptoms; try to feed boiled chicken chunks to see if this stimulates appetite and if it can be kept down. If there is no improvement by Monday visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hamilton
Tuxedo
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My cat has a hard lump near an open sore by his anus. The hard lump is located right above the sore, which looks like raw skin. The bump is located at 11oclock while the raw looking skin is at 9oclock. He is eating and drinking water. He did have diarrhea today. I’m sure how long he has had diarrhea for since he does go outside for a few hours a day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Hamilton should be seen by a veterinarian to determine what that lump and the sore might be caused by. Since I cannot see him, I can't diagnose what might be happening, but a veterinarian can look at him, recommend and treatments that he may need, and help fix these problems.

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Sibling
alley
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Testicular Inflamation
Testicular Abcess

This cat is feral and lives on my property so I’m concerned about how to best treat him. His anus is blood red (has been so for a few days) and today it appeared his testicles were hanging oddly or dislodged.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the cat it is difficult to determine a specific cause, you should however try to get him neutered at a charity to help with population control (etc…). However if the anus is swollen, you could try bathing it with a dilute antiseptic and placing a dab of petroleum jelly on there if you are able to handle him; however with the testicles I cannot recommend anything apart from an examination and neutering. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Socks
Manx
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Inflamed anus
Cries
Red anus

Medication Used

N/A

So I just got this female cat named Socks from PetSmart today. I have another cat already named Houdini who is a male. So far they are just chilling but I noticed when Socks went to use the bathroom and when she came out the litter box her anus was red and inflamed. I went to grab a paper towel and put it under some cold water then started to mentally whip away the left over litter and a little of diaherra. She was whining/crying a little while I was doing so but I got it all off. There was a little blood but not to the point where it would scare me. Also before she was given to PetSmart she got her shots, got tested for everything and got spayed on May 23 of 2018. Everything came out negative which is how/why she is with me now. She hasn't been scouting or anything unusual but I just wanted to know if I should take her to the vet again just in case.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep an eye on Socks for the time being, the stress of a new environment may cause some diarrhoea which may also in turn cause some inflammation of the anus; you should wipe away any faeces or litter after defecation like you have been doing and you can place a dab of petroleum jelly on the anus to soothe it. However, if there is no improvement or it seems that Socks may be developing a prolapse you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Potbelly
tabby
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cries when cleaning anus
Red anus
Anal Discharge

I have a kitten I'm fostering right now and it's anus looks to be inflamed. It's been this way for about a day now. At times there will be some sort of fluid seeping out of his anus. Sometimes when he goes to clean it, it seems to hurt him and he will cry. If I move his tail slightly he also cries. I have included a picture for visual reference. https://i.imgur.com/u3RmYEz.jpg

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The picture is not the best as there is a lot of light and it is difficult to tell if there is a slight protrusion or not; for now try to keep the anus clean with a chlorhexidine wipe and dab a little petroleum jelly on the anus. Also, it may be good to add a little fibre to the diet like plain canned pumpkin to help with defecating in case that is a contributing cause. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

Around rectum. Fleas were staying we rubbed around that area vets best peppermint oil and eugenol. Instantly stared bleeding. Not from rectum around. What do we do?? We rinsed the area with water. Still bleeding.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not aware of this type of reaction from Vet’s Best products and they contain natural ingredients with many of them being inert ingredients; however you should contact them on 800-272-6336 to ask for any product specific advice and you should bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic as well as consulting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.heropetbrands.com/buy/vets-best-flea-tick-spray-8-oz-usa-made/ www.heropetbrands.com/contact-us/

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Sue
Domestic short haired cat
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not very active
Anus open
Wet area around the anus opening

My kitten's anus opening is open and the area around it is wet and it hurt. She is not very active and prefer to sleep and dont want to be touched. What is the cause and what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Sue, I can't say for sure what might be happening, but kittens are prone to parasites that can cause problems with diarrhea and irritation. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, test her for parasites, and treat her appropriately.

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Luna
Short
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Looks normal

I have an indoor cat. She does not go outside. I think my cat has tapeworms. I found sesame looking seeds on the blanket. I gave her a dewormer tablet earlier today.
Is there anything else I can do? She is acting fine, but I’m scared she isn’t fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sure does sound like tapeworms, you should ensure that you clean the litter tray regularly and clean around the anus too after defecation with a disposable pet wipe (or damp paper towel). It is important to keep cats wormed regularly and you should follow the instructions on whichever product you’ve used. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Unknown
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

Medication Used

Yes unknown the name of medication

My cat was constipated about a month ago we took her to the vet they did an enema and fluids under the skin as well as a liquid medication to give her and wet food more frequently with miralax crystals mixed in the wet food. Recently she’s been having problems again. When we last took her to the vet they gave us extra of the liquid medication. Her behind is red and swollen slightly. She’s passing small amounts at a time. One last night around 8 and the other in the middle of the night. This morning I noticed she has some poop at the rear of her anus I could see it when I lifted her tail to check. I gave her more of the medication since it’s every 12 hours. If she hasn’t passed that part by the time I get home is there anything I can do to help her get it out such as expressing anal glands. I’ve done it on dogs but not on cats. I’ll take any advice I can get. I got denied for care credit and am still paying back a family member for the first visit a month ago. She isn’t really eating of drinking anything. I truly don’t want to surrender her so she can be seen but I also don’t want her to be in pain. Sometimes she acts normal and others she just kinda lays in a ball on the floor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The main problem here is determining what the cause of the constipation is, I don’t want you inserting a finger and causing more harm than good; if Cali is still having trouble with medication then there isn’t anything I can recommend at home (without examining her first to determine the specific cause). If finances are a problem, you may try a charity clinic (not all make you give up your pet) another organisation which helps pet owners. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jay
DOMESTIC
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Sensitivity of anus

We just changed my kittens food from formula to soft food and he has explosive diarrhea. He also gets it all over himself. He is very sensitive around his anus, where he cry’s out if he sits on it or you touch it to wash it. I don’t know how normal it is when changing his food but I don’t know what else to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any change in diet (especially from formula to food) will cause some level of gastrointestinal distress; weaning should be gradual to minimise any gastrointestinal upset. However there are other causes of explosive diarrhoea in cats which may include infections, parasites among other causes. Wean over to the new food slowly, ensure that worming is being done and visit your Veterinarian if the diarrhoea continues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Einstien and Panthera
N/a
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

blood around Rectal area
Blood In Stool

A close friend gave me 2 kittens, she kept them outside and according to her they don't have their shots, and I do know they are pretty young but no less than a month old. since I've had them I noticed a few times that there was a little blood in their stool sometimes there was a smell, other times no, sometimes there was no blood, other times yes. I would check their bums and it seemed a bit inflamed other times it would look normal. I am not sure if they are in pain or not since they are still active and playful they are currently eating dry food Meow Mix they seem sensitive around that area since they are still able to sit on it. I am trying to take care of them as much as possible and I am looking for a nearby yet reasonable Vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for blood in the stool which may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, dietary issues, stress, anal gland issues among other causes. You should ensure that both kittens are wormed and add a little plain canned pumpkin to help with defecation; once you’ve found a Veterinarian you should get them vaccinated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
domestic short hair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red anus, uveitis.

I was wondering what type of inflammatory disease can cause the red anus issues. My cat has had a confusing medical history. She has had two bouts of minor uveitis and completely recovered. She is almost a year old and lives a very normal life. No obvious symptoms—she eats, poops, pees and plays like normal. My vet had originally diagnosed her with FIP on the basis of a positive coronavirus titer at 1:400, a high white blood cell count and her uveitis issues.. but those were the only symptoms. No fatigue, no fever, no other complications and it’s been months since that diagnosis. White blood cells being elevated obviously mean inflammation and now her bum looks a bit red and I’m wondering what, if any, kind of inflammatory disease she could have or what I should look into since the FIP diagnosis looks less and less likely the longer her life has been so normal (her first round of uveitis was December 2017 and the second March 2018 but completely normal between and since those issues).

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many things can cause a red anus, including allergies, parasites, food intolerances, and parasites. This may or may not be related to Luna's previous issues, but it would be worth having her seen by your veterinarian to see what might be going on and what treatment she may need.

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