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    Worried...about my cat

    Yes, I know how silly that sounds. But I just found a drop of wet red blood, about the size of a dime, on the floor in front of his litter box. I wiped it up and there didnít seem to be any fecal matter, just a bit of mucus (I didnít touch it, but I could tell from the way it reacted with the paper towel). He appears to be acting normally, as vocal and playful as always, and Iíve refrained so far from actually digging into the litter box to see if thereís anything in there. I know in the human body bright red blood is typically a sign of something benign, but I have no idea how a catís digestive system works. Trying not to catastrophize and rush him to the emergency vet. Heís an indoor cat and has always been healthy but I hate to think of him sick or in pain 🙁

    My husband swears he didnít cut himself and I know itís not from me. The litter box is in the laundry room and no oneís been in there today but me. Has anyone else experienced this with a cat?

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    I've had it once in my cat when it had a very bad food intolerance and bowel inflammation - the blood was mixed with mucous and diahorrea (sp?) when it occured.

    I’ve refrained so far from actually digging into the litter box to see if there’s anything in there.
    I think that honestly should be the first thing that you do, the vet will want to know if you do need to take your cat in what the other poos are like. I think you are best placed to know your cat, and its behaviour, more than anybody else. So, I think monitor very closely and watch when he/ she uses the litter tray ? I think I would also check the cat all over visually, paws and underneath and anywhere a small cut could have come from. Let us know what you find/see.....

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    Hi. I've suffered plenty of cat anxiety in the past so if you're silly, so am I. Do you think it was definitely from his rear end, or could it have been urine? Reason I ask is it's not uncommon for cats to have crystals in their urine, or "feline idiopathic cystitis". One of my female cats had it and peed bright red blood. I probably would have a root through the litter to check, as it can be more of a problem for male cats. When mine had it, she kept going to the litter tray a peeing tiny amounts. It was easily treated with a special food. If you think it's from the rear end, have you recently changed cat food? My cat has allergies and twice poo'd red blood after a diet change. It could also be something really simple like a little cut on his paw. I'd say check him over, look at how he's behaving, and get him checked by the vet if you're worried x
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    Another scenario: Just like humans, cats can bleed when they poop. Straining can cause this if their poop is very hard. They can also get hemorrhoids just like humans. If you see the blood continue, take your fur baby to the vet and the vet can examine his rectum and take a poop sample. Older cats often need stool softeners just like older humans
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    Re: Worried...about my cat

    Thanks, guys 🙂 I just scooped his litter box and found a poo that seemed to be about the same ďageĒ as the blood, but it looked normal. I didnít find any blood or anything unusual in or anywhere else around the box, only that one drop of blood. Heís also eating normally, having just howled for his afternoon bowl of wet food and he ate a normal amount. We havenít changed his food, so Iím hoping it was a one-off kind of irritation. Iíll definitely keep an eye on him, but for now everything seems okay.

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    Sitting at the vet waiting for the doctor. After a few days of normalcy he pooped blood again. Hoping my little guy is going to be okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckelley116 View Post
    Sitting at the vet waiting for the doctor. After a few days of normalcy he pooped blood again. Hoping my little guy is going to be okay.
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    Please update us and let us know what happened. Poor lil guy :S
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    I hope its all ok.....have been thinking of you and your wee cat.

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    Thinking of you, and hoping all will be well.
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