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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

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

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Punky
Gray and white tabby
Approx 2 months
Mild condition
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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,

Health Expert
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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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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
The reddening of the anus may be caused by irritation of the skin from the loose stool, you should bathe the area regularly or at least after each defecation and prevent Lily from licking the area; you should also make sure that Lily has been wormed with an effective anthelmintic as some parasites may cause irritation to the anus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moe
DOMESTIC
18 Years
Mild condition
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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?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
You should try to keep a close eye on Moe and check his rear end regularly for any faeces which is stuck, trim the hair around the anus to be on the safe side; the swelling may be just due to some inflammation from the faeces being in contact with the skin, bathing it regularly may also help. Other than that, just check him, but if you have concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mushroom
Domestic longhair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
If the antibiotic helped, you should visit your Veterinarian again for another examination and another course of antibiotics; whilst topical products can help, I am sure Mushroom would just lick the ointment off unless you were to place a cone on him. But you should get another course of antibiotics from your Veterinarian to continue with the treatment, especially if you noticed improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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

Has Symptoms

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

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
If the anal glands are impacted, then a simple emptying of them shouldn’t set you back more than around $30 (varies with location); other than that you can try to feed some plain canned pumpkin to help soften the stool to help it come out easier. But there are other issues which may be affecting Princess Buttercup so a visit to a Veterinarian would be best; there are charity clinics which offer low cost or donation only services (always leave a donation) around the country it may just be on the other side of the city. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Congested, runny nose, diarreah

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

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

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
If Gizmo’s anal area is sore, you should bathe the area with warm water after each defecation to remove any faecal material from the skin which may burn or irritate the area; also stop her from licking there as well as this will cause more irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Balinese
18 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

none

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
There are many different reasons why Blue may be licking around her anus which includes infections, parasites, trauma, perineal hernia, anal gland disorders among other causes; I would advise to put a cone on her and bathe the area with dilute chlorhexidine solution twice per day and if the skin is broken apply an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin - only if she is wearing a cone). Other than that, all I can suggest is to visit a charity clinic for an examination which would be useful given Blue’s age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Bengal
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Bleeding during defecating may be caused by various causes including infection, parasites, colitis, dietary intolerance, anal gland issues among other causes; it may be just that Duke is straining too much whilst defecating. Without examining Duke I cannot give much advice, but I would recommend feeding a little bit of plain canned pumpkin to help loosen his stool so that he isn’t straining whilst defecating, it may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mozart
tabby
17 yr
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

metronidazole

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
For a swelling this large in that area we would be suspecting either a perineal hernia or an anal gland abscess; without examining Mozart, I cannot say what the cause is but if it is a perineal hernia surgery would be the treatment of choice but given his age medical management may be all that is given. Try to give Mozart some plain canned pumpkin to help loosen his stool so he doesn’t strain but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination on Monday morning to check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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

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Lily
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swellon rectum

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It is important to stop Lily from licking the area as the application of any cream or ointment would only get licked off and may cause other issues with the ingestion of cream or ointments that are not intended for consumption. I would place a cone on Lily to prevent further licking and you may apply some hydrocortisone cream to hopefully give some relief until you see your Veterinarian on Monday; it may also be good to give some plain canned pumpkin to increase the softness of the stool so it doesn’t irritate so much whilst defecating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spencer
Short hair mix
7 Months
Mild condition
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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for this which may include infections, parasites, anal trauma, passage of foreign objects, anal gland disorders among other causes; it is important to keep the hair around the anus short as faeces may stick to the hair. I would clean the area around the anus with some water water and trim the immediate area; also make sure that Spencer is upto date with his anthelmintics and keep an eye on him. If there is no improvement after the weekend I would take him into your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Orange tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It is possible that Peaches has anal gland issues, parasites, foreign object, trauma to name a few. Make sure that Peaches is receiving an effective anthelmintic and try to keep the area around the anus clean, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost since there are a few possible causes and in some instances delaying treatment may be more costly in the long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Simese
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cleaning Anus frequently

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

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It sounds like a prolapse where the rectum may evert out of the anus, I’ve added a link to a picture below; it may occur due to straining, low fibre diet, tumours, foreign objects among other causes. It is important to keep Tiger’s stool soft to prevent any further tissue from passing through the anus and to take him to your Veterinarian to have it confirmed and place back, a purse string suture may be placed to help hold it in. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/vetstream/media/images/felis/18_280922.jpg

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

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