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Bloody Stool in Cats

Irritable bowel syndrome, intake of toxic and allergic substances and bowel cancer are some of the major causes of the presence of blood in cat stool. Your love, affection and timely veterinary care can treat the disorder.
Presence of bright red blood particles in stool in animals is medically termed as hematochezia. It indicates a lower intestinal tract bleeding. The main causative agents are parasites, allergens, bleeding ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders. Blood in stool of cats may be an easily curable problem or can be an indication of some serious underlying disease. An expert veterinary examination is required to ensure the overall health and wellness of your cat.

Symptoms of Bloody Stool in Cats
The prominent symptoms of bloody stool in cats are frequent vomiting, a marked increase in the bowel movement that is often accompanied with forceful defecation. There is a significant increase in the frequency and amount of urination. In many cases, there is sudden loss of weight and loss of appetite in cats. The cat is lethargic and shows reluctance to move, jump or do any sort of physical activities which she is very fond of in normal conditions.

Causes Bloody Stool in Cats
As already mentioned, bloody stool in kittens signifies bleeding in the lower intestinal tract. There can be a number of possible reasons behind it. The most important factor that can bring such a condition are microbial infection, especially by bacteria like E.Coli, Clostridium and Salmonella. This further results in an inflammation of the bowel. The infected and inflamed intestine often bleeds, and hence blood is found to be present in the stools. Other causes of bloody stool in cats include irritable bowel syndrome, intake of allergic or toxic substances such as rat poison or some kind of house cleaning agents. Invasion of parasites, like tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms often injure the intestine of animals and causes its bleeding. Therefore, worms in cats is another possible cause of bloody stool. Last but not the least, the reason behind blood in feline stool can be as serious as bowel cancer. The presence of benign tumors in the rectum and colon often cause the bleeding of these structures.

How is Bloody Stool in Cats Treated
Depending upon the cause of hematochezia, the veterinarian decides on the treatmen. Most of the time, it is the bacterial infection that causes intestinal bleeding. In such cases, the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics to your cat. If intestinal parasites are the causative agents of loose bloody stool in cats, de-worming medicines will help your cat to recover from the disorder of hematochezia. Antacids act as mucosal protectants, and thus prevent as well as heal the injured intestine. In some cases, the veterinarian may ask you to feed your cat on a hydrolyzed dry diet. It is a kind of diet that is based on chicken and soy. It boosts the digestive system of the cat and helps it to heal fast.

If no such dietary recommendation is made to your cat, you should take a precautionary measure from your side. Give your cat simple meals containing boiled rice and chicken for a few days. This will not cause any stress on the cat's digestive system. Give your feline friend enough rest. This will support the healing process. Follow the direction for medicines strictly and keep a close check on her cat behavior. In case of worsening of any of the symptoms of bloody stool in cat, inform the veterinarian so that he can make the necessary changes in the treatment strategy. You love your pet cat and this is the time to show it. Take good care of her.
By Kalpana Kumari
Bouquets and Brickbats
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