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What are Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus?

Young kittens are the most at risk of developing a protruding rectum. Kittens under six months are more susceptible to parasites, which can cause straining during defecation. Older cats may also develop rectal prolapse when suffering from injuries or rectal tumors. Chronic irritation of the rectum can weaken its state in the body. Intense straining in general can push the rectal tissue out of the body. If this happens, it is important to keep the tissue moist and immediately bring the cat to a veterinarian for treatment. 

In rare circumstances, a cat’s rectal tissue may protrude out of the anal opening. This is referred to as a “rectal prolapse”. The rectum is the end piece of the large intestine. Noticing tubular tissue coming out of your cat’s anus is a visual cue that the rectum has partially exited the body. Swelling and severe pain are common with this condition. The cat will not likely be able to pass stool, which can lead to death in a matter of days.

Symptoms of Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

While certain primary issues may lead to rectal prolapse, most symptoms of the prolapse itself are external and visible from the anus of the cat. Symptoms are as follows:

  • Tube-like tissue outside the anus
  • Bright red anus
  • Straining
  • Severe constipation
  • Swollen anus
  • Excessive anal licking
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Long capillary refill time

Causes of Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

Many different underlying issues can cause rectal prolapse in cats. Identifying the main problem can help in preventing prolapse from happening a second time after treatment. All known causes are below.

  • Gastrointestinal parasites
  • Dystocia (pushing while delivering kittens)
  • Cancerous or benign tumors in the rectum
  • Injury to the rectal lining
  • Genetic predisposition (as seen in the Manx cat breed)
  • Hernia
  • Ingestion of a non-food item
  • Constipation
  • Gastroenteritis from bacterial or viral infections
  • Urethral calculus (urinary stones in the urethra)

Diagnosis of Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

After you bring your cat into a veterinary clinic or animal hospital, the veterinarian will need to perform a complete physical examination. This will include visual confirmation of the symptoms present followed by a rectal exam. To differentiate rectal prolapse from an even more severe condition called intussusception (small intestine prolapse), a lubricated probe will be inserted into the cat's anus. If the probe enters with little to no resistance, intussusception is likely and emergency surgery is required. If the probe does not enter easily, rectal prolapse is most likely present. The cat will need to be sedated for the duration of this examination.

The underlying cause of the rectal prolapse needs to be identified to choose the proper form of treatment. A fecal analysis may prove useful in identifying any parasites that are present in the cat. Blood work, including a complete blood count to see if hemoglobin is decreasing, and a chemical panel for overall health assessment may be necessary. Urinalysis can also help diagnose certain issues that cause rectal prolapse. X-rays can be used to see the extent of internal damage to the rectum. 

Treatment of Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

The earlier a cat is brought in to be treated for rectal prolapse, the better chance for a successful recovery. Treatment has to be administered quickly to keep as much rectal tissue alive as possible. All treatments require general anesthesia and pain killers for the recovery period. 

Manual Resetting 

If most of the rectal tissue is alive, the veterinarian may be able to manually push it back into place. Sutures are then placed around the anus to keep the rectum in the body. Sutures need to be loose enough to allow bowel movements to pass. Sutures can be removed after 48 hours. 

Colopexy 

This is a mildly invasive surgery with an initial incision about the size of a spay incision. The rectum is pulled back into the body and secured to the body wall. 

Rectal Resection 

This surgery is used if rectal tissue has died and needs to be removed. Once dead tissue is amputated, the rectum is connected back to the anus. This is a very complicated surgery that is used as a last resort attempt to save the cat’s life. Complications are common.

Deworming Medication 

If parasites have been found in the cat, a full deworming is necessary to help the cat from having more rectal issues.

Antibiotics 

If bacterial infection has been identified as an underlying cause, antibiotics can be prescribed to eliminate the harmful bacteria from the body. Prescriptions generally last from two to four weeks.

Recovery of Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

If the underlying cause of a rectal prolapse has been identified and treated and the rectum has been successfully returned to its proper place, the cat can make a full recovery. If a colopexy or manual resetting have taken place, recurrence is possible. If rectal resection surgery has been performed, serious infections can develop through the healing process and permanent incontinence is a possible outcome. 

If any incision has been made, take proper care in monitoring the surgery site for swelling, pus, bleeding or any other signs of infection. Apply an Elizabethan collar to stop the cat from licking its incision. Stool softeners are often required and are sometimes paired with an anal gel to assist the cat in passing bowel movements and help reduce pain. 

Deworm your cat on a regular schedule to help prevent a parasitic infestation from occurring in the first place. Fecal exams can also help diagnose parasites at early stages. Your veterinarian may recommend that you give your cat a diet high in fiber. Lots of fresh water should also be available to your cat. These provisions can help prevent constipation from occurring.

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

Theodore
British Shorthair
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump pretruding out of anus

Hi, my 10 year old (slightly over weight) male cat has a small bump thing coming out of his anus. He’s eating well but does seem to be licking it a lot. The rest of the anus looks fine and he pops out to do his business. He lets me push gently on his tum with no problems. Doesn’t seem to be massively affected by it, some times it looks pink and other time red (I presume after a bowel movement)
He does not do well going to the vets! It really stresses him out and we are moving in a couple of weeks so he’s already picking up on it. Any advice please?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing this mass, I have a very hard time commenting on what it might be, or if it needs any treatment. If it doesn't seem to be bothering him and isn't getting larger or changing, you may be fine to monitor it. IF it does bother him and he is licking at it, it should probably be seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at it, determine what might be going on, and recommend any treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him!

did you find out what the issue was as my kitten is 9 weeks old and having the same thing happen

My kitten is 7 weeks old eats great and drinks fine he has been going to the toilet normal but noticed today that his bum was a little pushed out and pink its goes bk in when he lies down but come out a little when he gets up or ifu lift his tail what could this be please

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Albies
Cat
8 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Protuding butt hole, super soft stool

My 8 week old kitten has a swollen bum. I thought it was poop hanging out but then realized it was his anus. He has been pooping and eating, any idea what the issue is?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens sometimes have this problem, and it is often related to parasites. That needs to be looked at right away by a veterinarian, as those tissues can die if they are left outside the body for any length of time. A veterinarian will be able to check a stool sample, treat any parasites or other problems, and let you know the best steps to resolve this problem.

I got a 8 wk kitten from the hardware store. His tail is shorter than normal and his anus is slightly protruding, now red and open. He deficates constantly. His tummy is fat. I don’t have a lot of $ but being a cat owner, I know something is wrong n needs to be done. Please help me and tell me what to do

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ming
Cat
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

my cat is having a diarrhea i think because his stool is liquid. he is suffering from anus prolapse but he undergo surgery last december. it is possible that his anus will turn into normal
???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Shai is having diarrhea to the point where his rectum has prolapsed, he needs to be seen immediately by your veterinarian. The tissue that prolapses cannot survive outside of the body for very long, and if it stays like that, the tissues can die. I hope that he is okay.

My kitten had sutures put in and told to come back in2 weeks less then 2 weeks she prolapsed again cost me 700 now its in gods hands

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Tink
Feline
6 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Small round red around anus

I took my kitten to the vet today but don’t feel confident with the outcome, they told me something they weren’t sure what got stuck to her anus and they took it off, and or it could be worms but wouldn’t know until she is dewored

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tink I cannot really weigh in on a possible cause; worms are a common problem in kittens which means that kittens are normally dewormed every two weeks until twelve or sixteen weeks of age; monitor Tink for any improvement and return to the Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chowder
Siamese
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
broken leg

My cats anus is swollen after being hit, by a car. The car was moving very slow and it broke one of his back legs. I splinted it, but i want to know what to do about his anus.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Chowder has a broken leg, and a swollen anus, and was hit by a car, he needs to see a veterinarian. Splints can cause significant tissue damage if not placed properly, and without x-rays, you don't have any way of knowing what kind or where the break is. I hope that he is okay.

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Able
American Bobtail
9 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Protrusion

My male cat I think he's in-between 6 months and a year old he showed up at my house 3 w|is ago nothing but skin and bones but we connected so I started taking care of him I finally got him looking healthy but now he has a lump on his anus I saw for the past 3 days just a nugget of fecies one even on his the rocking chair with a coushion that he sits on I thought it was odd since he never went potty on the porch before I don't know what to do but I really love him so I don't want this to become life threatening unfortunately I don't have the money for any type of surgery if needed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lump on or around the anus may be caused by a few different issues including anal sac disorders, perineal hernia, tumours to name a few possible issues. Without an examination it is difficult to determine exactly what the cause of this faecal incontinence is; from a treatment point of view, just make sure that Able isn’t struggling or straining to defecate, if so add some fiber into his diet. I’ve provided two links below for charities with links which assist people who cannot afford veterinary care so you can at least get him seen to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aapaw.org/resources/vet-assistance-programs.html www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx

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Mittens
Cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

protrusion; swelling; lump

My 14 year old spayed cat not only has a protrusion but also has swelling to the right of her anus as well. She does not lick it. She does not appear to be having difficulty using the litter box What can it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for swelling next to the anus which may be due to anal gland disorders, perineal hernia, tumours or another cause; the prolapse may be due to difficulty defecating among other issues. You should visit your Veterinarian to determine the cause of the symptoms and to treat as necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My kitten was found in barn stall. Mamma left him wouldn't come back. He needs to go pop I think
? He had a bowel movement.
I have only had him 2 days and he still has a cord on his belly.
He is vibrant and alive. He eats very good. But his butt is sticking out a little. Can I help him with it? He may only be 3 or 4 days old?

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Lili
Crioll
2 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in the rectal area Purple colo
Pain in the rectal area

My cat has a rectal portrusion. She's 2 months. I took her to the vet however they did not do much to her. She is not able to defecate on her own, I usually try to help her..Any feeeback would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a protrusion, it may need to be replaced back and a purse string suture placed there; increasing dietary fibre with some plain canned pumpkin may help if it is tolerated at this age. Without examining Lili I cannot determine severity or give specific advice on treatment, certainly nothing which you can do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tobias
Cat
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarreah
Protruding anus
Bleeding from anus

my kitten is dripping blod fr his bottom. He aldo has diarrhea and it seems his little bottom is starting to protrude outside of his body. I am feeding him kitten milk from Petco as he is only a few weeks old. What ccan I doto help him until I get him to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tobias, I cannot determine the cause of the anal bleeding; you should keep his anus clean by wiping it with a chlorhexidine wipe and continue to feed him for now. However you should visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible to diagnose the cause of the bleeding and to get treatment for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nub
Tabby Cat
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have a 8 week old kitten who has been releasing feces ( diarrhea sometimes) out of her vagina.I’ve been keeping her clean but I don’t see a anal opening, I’ve been to a vet and all she did was clean her up and give her a shot for an std just in case. There a bulge right below her vagina that I don’t know what it is. She’s playful,sleeps like a rock, and I had her on kitten milk then moved to wet food, and mixing in dry food now. I don’t know what to do and google keeps giving the run around

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you are seeing feces come out of Nub's vagina, and you don't see an anal opening, this cold be a huge problem for her, long term. If the veterinarian that you saw did not address this issue, it would be a good idea to get a second opinion, as I cannot see what is going on, and she may need medical or surgical treatment.

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Cat
Siamese
2 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapse annal

My 2month ols kitten had a annal prolapse. The vet pushed it back in an put a sutter purse string on it. He had that for two weeks. And the cat took the thread out himself. After 3 days i took him back to vet to have him checked out. Cat had no prolapse for those 3 days.Then th vet stuck something im his annal and said hes fine. As soon as we got home, it prolapsed out a little. So 3wks go by with same problem. I gave the kitten a bath an now its really protruding out. What do ypu suggest i ask the vet to do for him next.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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He may need to have that pursestring suture replaced for a little longer. Sometimes the muscles and tissues of the anus are damaged and need more time to heal.

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None
Unknown
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

I have (2) 7 week old kittens that have diarrhea and swollen red anus areas, their momma passed away when they were almost 6 weeks old. so they went from her milk straight to hard food. Could this be the cause and how do I help them without going into a vet because I don't have the mpney?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Diet change might be the reasons for the diarrhea, but parasites are also very common in kittens, and these kittens should have a fecal sample looked at for parasites, and any treatment given that they need. Many clinics to offer a free or discounted first exam that would allow you to have them looked at.

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Cleo
mixed
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

It hurts him when I clean his anus
It hurts him when I

7 month old kitten has had these dark tint, tiny, tiny string that attach to his anus. I try to clean it off as sometimes it’s only one and it’s difficult to come off. What could it be? It is as small as an (l). It’s happened about 3 times. First two times it was easy to come off, 3rd time it was very difficult to come off.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Cleo and these strange strings, I'm not sure what they might be. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to see what they are, if they are a problem, and what to do about them. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Nebula
tabby
2 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness, excessive licking

So last night I noticed my 2 month old kitten licking her bum more than usual & I would just move her head away from it. This morning my husband noticed something sticking out so when I got home I checked it out & it was a small red thing, I called a vet & they said to bring her in for a check up but I won’t have the money (check up 110$ & surgery or meds cost 300-800$) for a few more days. In the mean time what can I do to make sure it doesn’t worsen? Is there anything I can feed her so she’s not struggling to push her poo out? Is there over the counter ointment or anything I can rub her bum with? I’ve been feeding her dry food & one small portion of wet food (brand is Sheba) daily, also only giving her luke warm water. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by the anus thing other than her licking it somewhat often. Oh!!! Also when she was pooping earlier there was some left hanging that didn’t completely fall out onto the litter. I can’t afford visiting a vet until Thursday 7/5

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, if you have a charity clinic or other organisation in your city, visit them immediately; if not you should ensure that Nebula is hydrated and you may add some plain canned pumpkin to the food to help keep the stool loose so that she isn’t straining too much. You should ensure that the area is clean and she isn’t licking it, but the longer it is out (if it is a prolapse) the more difficult it would be to correct. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewy
Egyptian Mau
3 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My kittens buthole is slightly starting to protrude and I don't have the money to bring him to a vet, is it possible for me to to anything at home, possibly push it back in or something?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to try to soften Chewy’s stool so that there is less straining during defecation which may help in the short to medium term; plain canned pumpkin and canned tuna with some oil (no other additives) may help lubricate the stool for easy passage. Ideally though a visit to your Veterinarian would be best and they may decide to place some sutures around the anus or take a wait and see approach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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gray
tabby
12 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

can not defacate properly

have a small kitten with protrusion of the rectum what can be done i have been able to squeeze it to get some fecal matter out and i have given some worm medicine i got at Walmart round worm control piperazine

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens can heave parasites that need to be treated with specific medication, and Gray may need a different food that she is able to digest better. If her rectum is protruding, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as those tissues can't survive for very long outside of the body. l

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Pepper
mixed
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slightly swollen anus

About 3 months ago we took in a stray cat and we think she was about a year old. We took her to the vets to see if she belonged to anyone or if she was pregnant and turned out she was. They did a scan and she seemed all healthy. A little over 3 weeks ago she gave birth pretty easily and all kittens look healthy yet about a week ago I noticed her bum is a little swollen. There have been no other signs of anything. She seems to use the litter box fine. I did notice the swelling has gone down a little in the past 2 days but I noticed her bum hole looked a bit wide every now and then and I think there was a tiny bit protruding briefly this evening after she used the litter box to urinate. Last week I gave her worming stuff wasn’t sure if that had anything to do with it. Also she is emitting a bad smell occasionally. Not sure if any of this is normal after her giving birth. Can’t afford to take her to the vet yet and get a big bill at the moment. Next month I will financially be in a better place. Is there anything I can do? She doesn’t seem in the slightest bit distressed or in pain. She is eating quite a lot of wet food and dry. There’s no blood in her stole and it seems soft not hard although a few days ago it was hard. Any help would be great

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling around the anus may be due to a few different causes which may include parasites, anal gland issues, constipation among other causes; you could try to feed some plain canned pumpkin to help make defecation easier, after defecation clean around the anus with a chlorhexidine wipe. If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charming
tabby
8 Weeks
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red anus

He's pooping fine and uses the litter box multiple times a day. He doesn't sleep with his leg up in the air and he only licks it when he needs to clean himself. His anus looks like it's sticking out but only by a little bit, would it help him to pass stool if we changed him to wet food instead of dry kitten kibble? Would we still have to take him into the vet and if so how much would all of the examinations and fees for everything cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can try adding some plain canned pumpkin to the diet to help soften the stool or feed some wet food; however you should still visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and for a general checkup. Pricing is very difficult since the severity and whether or not sutures will be placed will have an effect on pricing; also your location (country, city etc…) as well as your Veterinarian’s pricing will have an effect as well but budget around $200 to start with. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Airabella
Cat
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed uncontrollable bowels
Paralyzed

A kitten was thrown from a car and I picked her up she’s paralyzed, her butt looks like it’s swollen, her tip of her tail is odd looking and black what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Airabella may have sustained serious injuries when she was thrown from the car. That is very sad. She should be evaluated by a veterinarian to determine if she has any hope for return to normal function. I hope that things go well for her.

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Marley
Maine Coon
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Redness
Swelling

My cats rectum is very red and swollen. It has just started about a day ago. She licks a lot, but doesn’t seem to be in too much pain. What would be a good medicine for that?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the underlying cause for the swelling and redness, but it would be a good idea to stop her from licking the area by placing a cone on her; also wiping around the anus after defecation with a chlorhexidine wipe, putting a dab of petroleum jelly on the anus and giving some plain canned pumpkin to soften stool all may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salem
American Short Hair
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mass, bloody, swollen

My cat had one kitten last night and now there is a long, red bloody mass hanging from her anus. She is still jumping and running around and drinking water. She doesn't seem to be in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Salem had a prolapse whilst pushing the kitten out, if the prolapse is still out (especially if large) and she hasn’t had any further kittens you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as I cannot determine the severity and I don’t recommend you trying to reduce the prolapse yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yoyo
I don't know
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Pooing

Medication Used

Nothing yet

I noticed my 4 month old female kitten has a rectal prolapse about 4or 5 cm with difficulty in defecation. I manuallly reduced it back but it prolapsed again. No bleeding. Some dirt sticking to it. No signs of dehydration. Deworming done 1 and half months ago. She was playing well yesterday and it only happened today. She seems to be in pain now. How didn't notice for how long she had constipation because there's is six cats at my house . I can't take her to the vet right away and until next week. Is it emergency? How should I clean her and what should I feed her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Yoyo. She should see her veterinarian sooner than next week. Often times, rectal prolapses in kittens need to have a temporary suture place to keep it in place while the source of the difficulty defecating is resolved. She may need to be put on stool softeners in the meantime. If the prolapsed tissue has a chance to dry out, have dirt sticking to it, or litter, or whatever else she sits in, those very delicate tissues can die. If that happens, she would need an extensive surgery to resect that part of her colon. Your veterinarian will be able to direct you as to the best treatment once they see her, but she should go in today to be seen.

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Chance
tabby
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapse

My five week old kitten has anal prolapse so we took him to the vet and paid about 200 for treatment including a stitch. A few days passed and he was fine & now it has popped out again & I don’t know what to do . He cries ALOT bc he wants to get out but I have him secluded bc I don’t want it to get dirty but now it’s bleeding a little. We can’t really afford another vet bill especially if it doesn’t work. What are our options?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to return to a Veterinarian (your regular one or a charity clinic) for another examination and to remove the suture and assess the current state; without examining Chance I cannot say how severe it is or the best course of action as it varies from case to case and size of prolapse. You should try to increase fibre content in the diet to make defecation easier, some plain canned pumpkin may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitten
dsh
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rectal bleeding

I’ve been bottle feeding a 1-2 week old kitten. Rejected by Mom, (mother had kitten separated from litter, would not feed baby, went on for days) Kittens eyes are open, constantly on the move, either it cries or purrs. Wasn’t easy but I got it to feed from the bottle. It’s been 3 days, peeping frequently and this morning it pooped. The anus looked swollen and protruded, poo came out very slowly, wiped it up as it came out. I go to feed it for nighttime feeding, there’s more poo, blood and anus is...more open. The anus opening was small and now it’s bigger. Looks not right, it’s 1am now and emergency vets are out of the question. (Local shelter has very high euthanasia rates, which is why I’m trying) but I’m have a bad feeling something isn’t right. (Another kitten in the litter, something is wrong with its paw, it’s swollen and round looking) Maybe there’s birth defects in the litter. These are not my cats, it’s from a neighbor, in a neighborhood where there are cats/kittens everywhere. And I do mean everywhere.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for problems with the anus from prolapsing to congenital disorders or infections, foreign objects among other causes; without examining the kitten I cannot say what the specific cause is but you should ensure that all faecal material is voided (a warm damp cloth my help) and if there is a prolapse you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sarah
Manx
3 Years
Fair condition
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I inquired about a Manx cat and the foster mom responded to my questions and also told me the cat (about once a month for 1-2 days) has a prolapsed butt which goes away naturally. The foster mom said that this is normal for the Manx breed and is due to constipation because of diet and that a vet said no treatment is needed. I was reading up on the condition and saw that a lot of times it requires surgery to fix the condition or that it can be due to parasites. Is the Manx breed an exception to this rule because of their lack of tails? What is the best diet I can give this cat to lessen the symptoms? Is there anything I can do to help shorten the time of constipation? Are there long term affects of this condition?
Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rectal prolapse is not normal in any cat, but Manx cats are prone to the problem due to nerve abnormalities that may exist because of their lack of tail. It is typically due to straining, whether that is from parasites, constipation, or foreign material in the stool like hair. If the rectum spends too much time outside the body, the tissues can die, and surgery would be required to resect that part of the colon - if the rectum prolapses and doesn't correct itself, veterinarians will place temporary sutures to keep it in until for a few days until things return to normal with the stool. IT would be a good idea to have Sarah examined by your veterinarian before committing to keeping her, see how severe her neurologic defect is, and discuss ways to make sure that she has normal stool. I hope that things go well for her.

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Milo
Maine Coon
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Swollen anus

My 8 week old kitten had poop stuck in his but I helped him get it out with warm water. But his Anus is a little red and swollen. Should I take him to the vet? I think I know what caUsed this. We just changed his dry food yesterday. And then this problem occurred. Do you think he is having allergic reaction?he was taking Purina kitten chow and then switched to blue wilderness for kitten. He is taking wet and dry food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sudden change in diet may cause issues with defecation, digestion etc… Try to add a little plain canned pumpkin to the food to help keep the faeces loose and continue to help him if he is having difficulty defecating; if this continues visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buttons Munay Michi Barrack
Kitten
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
Bright red anus

My 5 week kitten was trying to go poop by herself and when she did that the pink part in the rectum came out what should I do I can’t take her to a vet for 2 weeks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t something which may easily be treated at home and it is important to ensure that the prolapsed section is kept clean; ideally a visit to a Veterinarian (charity clinic would do) to reduce the rectum back and possible place a few purse string sutures in there to hold everything together. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yellow
tabby
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapse

I have a 5 month old premature kitten that has anal prolapse i don't know what to do, neither do i have the funds to to pay for her to have a check up or surgery of any sort, as if now she's in my carry case.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Rectal prolapses can be caused by parasites and diarrhea in kittens, and they do need medical attention so that those tissues don't die, as that can become a life threatening condition. She does need to be seen by a veterinarian, and many clinics offer a free or discounted first exam so that you can at least have her seen and see what can be done.

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Twilight
Siamese
3 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pus filled sac

Found a kitten and the dead mom. Have been using replacement milk and bottle feeding for 3 days. Seems to be thriving but this morning I noticed what appears to be a pus filled sac or lump on side of anus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Twilight it is difficult to determine the cause of this lump, whether it is an abscess or something more serious. You should ideally get the lump checked by a local Veterinarian so the specific cause can be determined and the correct treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Unkown
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen rectum

My Cat Went To Use The Restroom, Camr Up To Me And It Looks Like A Big Part Of The Anus Is Sticking Out. It’s Bright Red, Has Little Blood And She Is Licking It A Lot. She Is Acting Normal, Just Very Worried About Her Health.

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Ebi
Russian Blue
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Prolapsed rectum

Medication Used

Metronidazole, Mira lax

Adopted 7mo old female, with docked tail due to injury at 2 months old, last week. Uses box to Urinate. Seemed to be having difficulty with bowel movement. Constipated and frequent trips to box without producing poo 💩. When poo did eject it was hard and was when playing and leaping. Liquid also leaked from anus Noted anus swollen and perhaps prolapsed. Took her to vet the shelter used. Started her on metronidazole tested stool for parasites (came back negative). Poo still compact and nugget like. so vet added Mira Lax to soften stool. Consistency has improved, but still doesn’t use box for bowel movements. Anus protrudes when poo is near exiting and then Seems to just happen without any awareness. This morning after pooing, anus was prolapsed and a small amount of bleed was detected.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re noticing prolapsing during defecation, it may be that Ebi’s stool isn’t soft enough; in addition to the Miralax you can also add some plain canned pumpkin to help soften the stool up a bit more. But is may be a case that your Veterinarian may need to place a purse string suture around the anus to prevent further prolapsing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Tuxedo
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation
Lethargy

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

I just adopted Stella last Thursday from a local animal shelter. Since then, her anal glands have been swollen, along with scabbing and green colored pus, and is running a slight fever. I took her to the vet, where they did an exam and a decal sample which both came back negative. she said that Stella just had an infection from the diarrhea she was having, and prescribed her clavamox (oral) 2x daily for 10 days and metronidazole 2x daily for a week. I have been watching a close eye on her, making sure she gets plenty of food/water and sleep and that she’s comfortable, but she’s in a cone so that compromises a bit of her comfort. This is my first kitten, and I’m concerned because she does not seem to be feeling any better—she is extremely lethargic, is salivating, and seems depressed. I am just curious if there is a bigger underlying problem the vet did not catch, or if the antibiotics just have not kicked in quite yet. I’m so sad when she’s sick, I want her to feel better so bad! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can take some time for the antibiotics to start making improvement, but when they do kick in improvement is generally much quicker; you should ensure that you complete the course of antibiotics prescribed before returning to your Veterinarian. If there has been no improvement with the ten days of treatment, your Veterinarian may choose a different antibiotic or may do a culture and sensitivity test to determine if there is a more appropriate antibiotic to treat with. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrappy
Domestic long hair
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, gas

I just took in a young kitten that was found on a construction site, she is happy, healthy, and playful. However she has a protruding rectum and diarrhea. I have been feeding her kitten food and weaning formula and she eats heartily.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens sometimes have problems with parasites that can cause a prolapse of the rectum. It is important to get this taken care of before it becomes more serious, as if the rectum actually prolapses, it is a bigger problem. It would be best to have Scrappy seen by a veterinarian to have a fecal sample checked, and get any parasites taken care of as soon as possible. I hope that Scrappy does well!

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Tiger Pooh
domestic short hair
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

cat straining to defecate,and some times liquid droppings of soft feces in certain areas of house. He has protruding tissue in anal area, vet appointment next Friday. can my cat survive this until appointment? cat has other health issues.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If the soft tissue of his rectum is protruding, he needs to be seen much sooner than a week from now. Those tissues can become necrotic if they are exposed to the outside for any length of time. If he continues to strain, the tissue may not be able to return to its' normal location.

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Anastasia
Mixed bread
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

It’s a hole

Hi, my Cat has a hole next to her anus I’m not sure where it’s from, but she licks it often! I ca. See red like it’s an open wound, I’ve starting giving her antibiotics. The dr can’t see her until Friday

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing her, I'm not sure what the hole is that Anastasia has, or how long it has been there. If it is worsening quickly, she may need to be seen before Friday, but if it is staying the same, you may be fine to keep it clean and monitor her until then.

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Darcey
Domestic short hair/ Manx
One Week
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runt kitten
Underweight
Bleeding from anus

A cat that I rescued from outside about a week prior to birth has four kittens and the kittens are a week old three of the kitten seem to be progressing getting bigger eating enough but one I assume was the right because it's smaller than all the other kittens and doesn't look like it eats as much also its butt was bleeding and I just need answers please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding from the anus in kittens may be caused by a few different causes including irritation, trauma, worms, infection, prolapse among other causes; without examining the kitten I cannot say what the cause is for certain but you should ensure the area is kept clean and ensure that the kitten is wormed regularly. If there is no improvement you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
Mix
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rectal prolapse

Rectal prolapse and protruding material. We’ve been giving pedialyte for 24 hours to relieve the need to pass stool. Can not afford vet at all. Please help us help this 3week old kitten. His mother has abandoned him and he’s fighting to survive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately this is something which requires veterinary attention regardless of cost, the longer it stays prolapsed the more difficult it would be to place back. I understand that finances can be tight, but some things are not able to be treated at home; you should visit a charity clinic or reach out to a nonprofit (see link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Stanley
DOMESTIC
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bump

I noticed my cat had a small pinkish-white blister looking thing on the top of his rectum. I called the vet, and she instructed me to use a warm compress on the area, and to bring him in the following day. I did about 3 treatments of the warm compress and noticed that the "lump" was no longer there. He doesn't seem to be in any pain...still eating, playing, and using his litter box appropriately. The lump was not red, bleeding or cracked. I am just curious if this was just a fluke situation/keep a close eye on him, or should still take him in. I've searched the internet for different causes and can't seem to find one that is close to his situation!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Stanley may have had a rectal polyp, cyst or something similar around or originating from his anus; without seeing the ‘mass’ we cannot say what it was specifically, you should keep a close eye on the area. If it recurs or you have any concerns, pop into your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to put concerns to rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tail less
Manx
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Distended abdomen

My 8 week old male kitten has a distended hard abdomen and his anus is sealed shut. None of the adult cars will lick his butt I rack him. It seems they've given up on him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various ways to get a kitten to defecate, but in young kittens it may be a case that their anus is sealed closed which is a congenital anomaly called atresia ani where surgery or euthanasia are the two options. If wiping around the anus with a damp warm cloth doesn’t work, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination immediately as this is a medical emergency if it is atresia ani. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/surgery-stat-diagnosis-and-surgical-management-atresia-ani-small-animals

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Coco
Tabby Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constantly laying down white leg up

Medication Used

Lacsative 1-2 ml every 8-12 hours

My cat had surgery a few days ago for rectal prolapse and now she's very constipated and is struggling to pass bowel as it's very big, she is constantly pushing and I can see her bowels it seems to be stuck half way in and a little out not sure what do to, shes been having lacsative for two days now but is still straining and struggling to bust the big and hard bowel out! Help please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Coco is constipated, you should visit your Veterinarian especially if there is a purse string suture placed since this may be preventing any hard lump of faecal matter from passing through the anus and the last thing we want is any further complications from sutures tearing tissue. Visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to clear the blockage/obstruction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jackson
Persian Cat
1 Day
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

rectal protrusion
Bleeding

My cat just gave birth to a kitten... But I can see a red blob coming out of its anus. I have gone through many other sites, fearing it might be rectal protrusion only that I can see blood stains also. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible for a rectal prolapse to occur during queening due to the increased intraabdominal pressure, however if this has occurred you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to have it placed back. Without examining Jackson I cannot determine the severity, but you should visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poche
Korat
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Um hi my cat has a large cut opened wide from the side of the anus and i dont know rhar to do am verry concerned i gave him advil and i put hydrogen peroxide plz help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Advil (ibuprofen) is highly toxic to cats and shouldn’t be used as it causes kidney failure, you should visit your Veterinarian immediately to check Poche over; also hydrogen peroxide can slow the healing of wounds by damaging capillaries. Please take Poche in immediately to your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/

I think my cat is dying well she is giving birth to her kittens. it looks like her butt is coming out of her

Hi I jus noticed that my 6 month old cat is hahaving difficulty in laying straight, when I touch him on his leg he seems to be writhing in pain. I checked and saw that his anus had some sort of White creamy liquid. I started to touch him a bit more n he starting going off more in pain n he can't keep his legs flat onto the bed.. he keeps them up like he's stopping. It's really late here n I can't get a vet right now but I will in d morning. Please advice

My five week old kitten has anal prolapse so we took him to the vet and paid about 200 for treatment including a stitch. A few days passed and he was fine & now it has popped out again & I don’t know what to do . He cries ALOT bc he wants to get out but I have him secluded bc I don’t want it to get dirty but now it’s bleeding a little. We can’t really afford another vet bill especially if it doesn’t work. What are our options?

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Nabu
Bobtail
Three Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

She barely drinks any water

My kitten hasn't been drinking water and we have been feeding her soft food because we thought maybe it was the hard food messing with her but it's still protruding. What can I do to help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nabu may have parasites that are causing this problem, and the best thing to do for her would be to have her examined by a veterinarian and have a fecal sample analyzed so that she can get appropriate treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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lilly
tabby
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I was told it was a rectal prolapse I put ointment on it for 3 days but it is still sticking out I'm afraid to take her cone off her head should I take her back to the the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Lilly has a rectal prolapse that has not improved over three days, yes, she should be seen for a recheck by her veterinarian - if those tissues are exposed to the air for too long, they will devitalize and die. She may need a surgical procedure to help with her situation.

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Oreo
Not sure
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

Hi, I'm cyndiI have a ? About my cat oreo, i.just petted him this.morning as he was snuggled up to.me and I noticed on the in side of his Hine leg right side is like a big lump , and as I was trying to feel it he tried bitting me and got up and left. So, just was concerned thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Oreo may have an abscess, or a tumor, or another type of injury. Without seeing him, I can't say for sure what might be going on, but it does seem painful to him and it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to have that looked at and see what needs to be done.

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Bear
Kitten
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen anus
Swollen anus Incontrollable bowel

I rescued 2 male kittens about a month ago. Not sure about how old they are. They eat and drink just fine. I’ve just not had the money yet to take them to the vet. But my 1 kitten anus is extremely swollen and he has no control of his bowels. He is constantly licking his butt. Any advice is greatly appreciated! I will be taking him to the vet VERY SOON. If i had to guess he’s about 8-9 weeks old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are very commonly affected by parasites, intestinal infections, and infectious disease. Bear may have developmental problems that are causing this problem. A veterinarian will be able to look at him, test a fecal sample, and see what is going on. I hope that he is okay.

My cat mila is over a year old about and she has been sleeping next to my desk as I work all day since early morning I’ve seen her act fine al day sleeping she just got up and I noticed her licking her butt the. She would sit on floor and drag her but by sitting down n not using back legs I figured she had poop stuck i lifted her ta and pulled some of the poop out then noticed it felt real hard as I got closer to her butthole she was screaming like it hurt for me to touch it... I gave her new wet food last night only on occasion as a treat cause she gets diarrhea usually ... what should I do ? Is it just poop stuck ? Or is she going to need help immediately ??

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Nero
stray
3 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have no money to fix him he is such a sweet kitten that I found. he was fine at first over the last two weeks his rectum has started to protrude and is now hanging out about an inch to an inch and a half. I would love to keep him but I don't know how I can get him fixed. He has no tail or nub.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A prolapse this large isn’t something you can even try to attempt to correct at home, you should search your area for a charity clinic or other organisation which will be able to offer a low cost option for you. In the meantime keep the area clean and free of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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