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kitten Has Swollen and irritated Anus

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I have a six month old kitten named CoCo. She ahsnt been using the litter box lately to deficate in but she urinates fine. she eats ALOT and drinks fine and she has also increased in her sleeping patterns. This morning i noticed that her anus at the top was swollen and very red. Does anyone know what this may be caused by? my guess is either a hemroid or constipation. I am very worried about her I just want it to be nothing serious. Can anyone help me please? any and all help will be greatly appreciated. oh one more thing she also has bad breath any known cause for that and could the two be related her teeth seem fine. like i said she plays, eats, drinks and urinates normally but her appetite seems to have increased along with her sleeping. she is dewormed and is generally a healthy kitten. Thanks alot for any help
post #2 of 28
Have you taken her to the vet for an exam? I also suggest a stool sample test, as it's possible she has an intestinal parasite.
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
no we havent taken her to the vet yet. we dont have alot of money to take her to the vet. I guess i should take her to the vet. well She hasnt pooped all day i dont think and she is sleeping way to much im really concerned about her.
post #4 of 28
Are her stools very loose or bloody at all?
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
no she has normal stool. there is no blood or anything. her bum just looks very sore and tender the swelling has seemed to have gone down and she is drinking and everything she may just be constipated
post #6 of 28
Mama had a rectal prolapse. Literally part of her anus came out of her and was hanging out her rear end. She survived outside in subzero temps for 4 days until I caught her.

She was eating perfectly fine, when they sedated her at the vet the poor baby puked her little guts out and she was full of food so she had been eating without a problem.

They stuck it back it and it popped back out so they did it again and it stayed. She spent a week in the hospital and then came back. Since they had her on only wet feed and since she and all the other outside cats eat only dry they told me to keep her in for 2 weeks. She let herself out after a week but since she had been on all dry at that point for a day or 2 I let her go, she wanted to join the rest of her family, her daughter and 3 grandkids.

She wasn't thrilled to be inside. She was feral when we first started feeding her so she is a lot happier outside and had her full thick winter outside Maine Coon coat so I know she had to be awfully hot in here. When I see her outside I always check her butt but she'd been fine since. Honestly Attitude, Nuts and Maude weren't thrilled she was inside either.

She really needs to be seen by a vet to make sure she is ok. With Mama it was very obvious as she literally had her guts hanging out of her butt but if she isn't pooping them she has to be seen before she gets really sick.

Constipation with straining can cause a prolapse so it needs to be addressed before it might progress to that.

Taryn
post #7 of 28
She might possibly have infected anal glands, which can look like an infection, and smells terrible. A vet can pretty easily take care of the problem.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
She might possibly have infected anal glands, which can look like an infection, and smells terrible. A vet can pretty easily take care of the problem.
That's what I was thinking also.
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
She seems to be fine today. she pooped last night after i posted this thread. THe swelling and the redness are gone. she seems to be alot better i will still tkae her to the vet when possible.
post #10 of 28
Cats normally empty those glands when they poop normally.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by smorrow View Post
no we havent taken her to the vet yet. we dont have alot of money to take her to the vet. I guess i should take her to the vet. well She hasnt pooped all day i dont think and she is sleeping way to much im really concerned about her.
So if your kitten is only 6 months old and you admittedly can't afford vet visits, is this something you considered prior to taking a cat into your life? We're very glad to help on forums such as these but they are in no way a 'free substitute' for needed veterinary assessment/treatment. Having a pet is a huge commitment; emotionally and financially. Our pets rely on us 110% to take good and proper care of them. Cats are notorious for hiding their pain. All the more reason to seek proper vet care. I hope you will examine your financial situation and either think up ways to put aside money for Vet visits, or consider finding your kitten a home with someone who can afford to own a cat.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Taryn View Post
Mama had a rectal prolapse. Literally part of her anus came out of her and was hanging out her rear end.
This exact thing happened to my friend's cat Missie (RB kitty 2008) and interestingly enough, she too was a Maine Coon. Missie healed eventually -with proper vet care of course. That episode did not send her to the Rainbow Bridge. Old age did.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by the_food_lady View Post
So if your kitten is only 6 months old and you admittedly can't afford vet visits, is this something you considered prior to taking a cat into your life? We're very glad to help on forums such as these but they are in no way a 'free substitute' for needed veterinary assessment/treatment. Having a pet is a huge commitment; emotionally and financially. Our pets rely on us 110% to take good and proper care of them. Cats are notorious for hiding their pain. All the more reason to seek proper vet care. I hope you will examine your financial situation and either think up ways to put aside money for Vet visits, or consider finding your kitten a home with someone who can afford to own a cat.
Okay there are lots of people in the world who dont take their animals to the vet and they live fine lives. Just because you have alot of money and can take care of your vet bills that means not everyone can. so stop looking down your nose to the less fortunate i find this post of yours incredibly offensive. I can take care of my animals just fine thank you. I dont need you telling me that i cant afford to own TWO cats not just one. Unfortunately we arent the richest people in the world. but we do just fine. Trying to put ourselves through college so if you dont have anyhting nice to say about my healthy cat then just zip it. i dont need your two cents worth. stop being rude to people, richy rich.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by smorrow View Post
Okay there are lots of people in the world who dont take their animals to the vet and they live fine lives. Just because you have alot of money and can take care of your vet bills that means not everyone can. so stop looking down your nose to the less fortunate i find this post of yours incredibly offensive. I can take care of my animals just fine thank you. I dont need you telling me that i cant afford to own TWO cats not just one. Unfortunately we arent the richest people in the world. but we do just fine. Trying to put ourselves through college so if you dont have anyhting nice to say about my healthy cat then just zip it. i dont need your two cents worth. stop being rude to people, richy rich.
Did you read the RULES of this FORUM? NUMBER 1 is this

1. No online advice can replace direct veterinary intervention. If you suspect that your cat may be ill, please contact your vet immediately. You are welcome to look for advice in the health forum while waiting for that appointment, but never delay proper veterinary care waiting for Internet advice. Remember that cats, and especially kittens, are very adept in keeping pain to themselves and delaying treatment may cause irreversible damage.

BEFORE a person takes on a LIVING Responsibility one should be sure they can care for said being. This includes Food, Water, Shelter and VET care as needed... Most will say at least ONE exam at the vet plus any illnesses a year.

If you truly cannot afford vet care , PLEASE consider re-homing or giving this kitten Up to a shelter or rescue. I have been a college student who made payments for my animals vet care as I did not have enough money on hand to care for a BIG issue that came up.
post #15 of 28
At 6 months she is due to be spayed, so you could roll a vet visit into that so you are not paying the visit fees (they may not spay her if it turns out to be something), it could be so many things.

Do you drive? I don't know of any cheap vets in London but know of some in Brantford that are very affordable.
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
yes I drive and we can talk care of our animals all i was saying is that it turned out to be nothing i was just concerned i wasnt replacing the info i got on here with vet care so stop throwing that at me okay im sick of people i am incapable of doing things I can and will get her to a vet when the time is right and right now the time is wrong. she is fine it turned out hse was just constipated okay so stop telling me to give up an animal that I am attached to let me see oyu give up your cats thats right you probably cant so there.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by smorrow View Post
Okay there are lots of people in the world who dont take their animals to the vet and they live fine lives. Just because you have alot of money and can take care of your vet bills that means not everyone can. so stop looking down your nose to the less fortunate i find this post of yours incredibly offensive. I can take care of my animals just fine thank you. I dont need you telling me that i cant afford to own TWO cats not just one. Unfortunately we arent the richest people in the world. but we do just fine. Trying to put ourselves through college so if you dont have anyhting nice to say about my healthy cat then just zip it. i dont need your two cents worth. stop being rude to people, richy rich.
Regarding the bolded portion of your above quote. There are a few, very lucky, animals that live out their lives and don't get sick.

But IF and WHEN they DO get sick it is your personal responsibility to get them vet care. If your cat is sick and you won't take it to the vet you are NOT taking care of your animals "just fine."

And I pray you get your cat neutered.
post #18 of 28
JUST a FYI ... CONSTIPATION can KILL a cat ... I know I nearly lost one of my boys to it... In that case unfortuanately I ran into ER vets who caused the issue to get worse and I was lucky he held out till he got to his reg vet
post #19 of 28
Nobody is trying to be mean, but they do have a point. Your kitty may have a very serious problem, and I think you already know this. The longer you wait, the worse and more expensive it's likely to get.

Part of adopting a cat is considering the financial responsibilities - if it's a kitten, do I have the money for the up front vet checks, spay/neutering, vaccinations etc. If it's an older cat, do I have the money for more regular senior work ups, and the extra health problems that can go wrong? Do I have the money set aside for known costs such as annual vet checks and vaccinations? Do I have a fund set aside for emergencies? I think it's the same for children - people should have the means of supporting children. Pets and children are completely reliant on us for their care, and we can't give it to them, then they are in a lot of trouble.

Yes, there are plenty of people who take in animals who cannot afford them, and I would consider that irresponsible - just like people who keep having children but can't afford their care.

If you cannot afford these sort of emergency expenses, maybe you could consider pet insurance? That way you can pay a small amount each month and know that if anything like this comes up, they are covered, and it usually covers annual check ups too. There are many members here who have limited finances, and get pet insurance for that reason.

I do think that you have a kitty who needs a vet, and you can call up all the vets in the area, see what their prices are for a general check up, and explain the situation. You might find one who will let you pay whatever you can now, and the rest later.

Good luck!
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by smorrow View Post
Okay there are lots of people in the world who dont take their animals to the vet and they live fine lives. Just because you have alot of money and can take care of your vet bills that means not everyone can. so stop looking down your nose to the less fortunate i find this post of yours incredibly offensive. I can take care of my animals just fine thank you. I dont need you telling me that i cant afford to own TWO cats not just one. Unfortunately we arent the richest people in the world. but we do just fine. Trying to put ourselves through college so if you dont have anyhting nice to say about my healthy cat then just zip it. i dont need your two cents worth. stop being rude to people, richy rich.
Was it not that posted here, obviously CONCERNED, because you noticed that your kitten's anus was "swollen and irritated"?

Wasn't it you that wrote the following?

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She ahsnt been using the litter box lately to deficate in but she urinates fine.
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she has also increased in her sleeping patterns.
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This morning i noticed that her anus at the top was swollen and very red.
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she also has bad breath
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her appetite seems to have increased along with her sleeping.
Each of these things you posted are of concern. Add them together and I'm sorry to tell you but a Vet visit is in order. There is no other way to say it. I don't believe I was the least bit rude or uppity in my response. I was writing based on the best interest of your poor kitten. I'm sorry that as a college student it's tough financially and you have "TWO cats" but again - if you cannot afford a Vet visit when your cats are displaying very significant symptoms that need to be investigated, then this is not in the best interest of your cat. If you are so sure that this isn't the "time" to take your kitten to the Vet, I'd ask you how you can be so sure.

Your cat is not pooping in the litterbox because he/she is associating "pain" with doing so. This is Cat Care 101. Sleeping more than normal is not something to dismiss. A reddened, irritated and swollen anus is absolutely 100% not something to wait around with and try to "diagnose on your own." How do you know it's not a prolapsed rectum?

Say it is constipation (which you do not even know for sure but apparently you've decided now that that's the culprit) -- this is not normal in a healthy kitten. Constipation that's not properly and safely treated can lead to a partial or full bowel obstruction; which is life threatening, and requires emergency surgery to save the cat's life.

I am not "richy rich" as you so immaturely called me. I am a single person with 5 cats, only one income, a mortgage, insurance, utilities, etc. I have to be very careful with my money to ensure i have an "emergency fund" for my 5 cats. Of these 5, I adopted 2 of them from the local Humane Society over the past year. And I did so upon careful consideration of whether I could afford more cats. I don't believe in taking pets into my life if I can't properly provide for them.

If you love your kitten, you will do the right thing and see the Vet as soon as possible.

Cat forums are a great source of support and information but they are absolutely no substitute for proper veterinary care. None of us here are Vets. We cannot physically see your cat. The best we can do is speculate and guess. Your cat deserves so much more than just a "guess."
post #21 of 28
You need to have a fund for your pets to see the vet when necessary. My fund has been depleted by getting Attitude spayed and I spent the money to get Nuts neutered for Mama's prolapse. However I will find a way to get any of my cats to the vet, I don't care if I have to beg on the streets, if they are sick. Mama isn't technically even 'my' cat, she is a cat who lives outside who I feed. I called rescues trying to find one to help Mama, they were all full. Luckily one told me of a low cost vet clinic and offered to give me the last $25 out of their 'kitty fund' for her to receive vet care. This was the day after I got Attitude spayed. I didn't have the money to get her help but I did anyways because that is what you do, you help animals who can't help themselves.

I did not want to lose Mama nor give her to a rescue but I was willing to do that to make sure she got the care she needed. Every time I see her outside, or pet her or she lets me pick her up(and she has darn near scratched Paul to death when he scooped her up for her to go get spayed) I know I did the right thing and she is thankful for me for doing the right thing.

I could have just said "oh well, not my problem, she's not my cat, she'll just have to die" but I couldn't. I loved her enough to know if I had to let her go to a rescue and never see her again but that she would get the help she needed and went on to live a long healthy leukemia positive life then it was worth it. Yes, she has FeLV and I only called the ones I know will adopt out positive cats instead of just putting them down due to it. Attitude and Nuts my inside cats are also positive, and that can produce vet bills. I am a single mother who is currently unemployed, so if you want to talk about poor go ahead, my only income is child support, so I know I'm a lot more poor than you, but I would give Attitude and Nuts up if they were sick and I couldn't afford a vet, it called being a responsible pet owner. I fond a way to take my cats to the vet if they are sick, if you can't then you need to let them go to someone who can.

Yes, this might be harsh but what I said is the truth, you should never own more animals than you can afford to take care of and that includes VET care.

You get no sympathy on the 'poor' defense because as I said I have a lot less money than you but I make sure my pets get proper vet care. If you are so 'poor' that you can't even afford vet care for issues that pop up then you don't need pets.

Taryn
post #22 of 28
Hello everyone,
I have recently adopted Tommy from a vet (not my regular) he is 11 weeks very happy, playful everything a healthy kitten should be, but this morning I noticed a small red lump on his bum it doesnt appear to be bothering him his stool is normal twice a day, been fully wormed and treated for other parasites fleas, mites etc eats high quality wet food twice a day and half a cup of high quality dry food daily. He doesnt drag his bum or lick it constantly. There's no stool stuck to it. I'm just a little confused at what it may be I am going to take him to the vets this weekend but just until then does anyone know how I may be able to stop this getting more inflamed until then?
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by ilovemyzoo View Post

Hello everyone,
I have recently adopted Tommy from a vet (not my regular) he is 11 weeks very happy, playful everything a healthy kitten should be, but this morning I noticed a small red lump on his bum it doesnt appear to be bothering him his stool is normal twice a day, been fully wormed and treated for other parasites fleas, mites etc eats high quality wet food twice a day and half a cup of high quality dry food daily. He doesnt drag his bum or lick it constantly. There's no stool stuck to it. I'm just a little confused at what it may be I am going to take him to the vets this weekend but just until then does anyone know how I may be able to stop this getting more inflamed until then?

This is an old thread so you should start your own. I would take him to the vet ASAP.
post #24 of 28

Happens alot with kittens and cats change of diet worms stress i saved a litter of kittens with only 1 having issues and i know worms have their part in it and doing what i can to help them and find them homes i myself dont have money for the vet either but i do know pedialight helps alot with diarrea and constipation i just put bag balm inside the opening and the constipation passs but atm m dealing with just the ooposite with one of my kittens fpiv =cat flu does that too

post #25 of 28

Amen!

post #26 of 28
I have noticed the same thing with my kitten me and my mam think that it may be just something that all kittens go through but just in any need of help I would recommend that you put some warm water in his/her food and if he/her is on the jelly food still add water but one thing not to do is try and give it dharria as this May make it worse so try and avoid that way of thinking any way possible and also I would think about taking it to the vet but at the minute we have not yet taken Mr T my kitten to the vet as it is expensive in England sometimes to get a checkup hope this is good advice and you will take my suggestion into consideration as it helped with my own kitten bye bye and good luck xxxxxxx:D
post #27 of 28

@Anna and Mr T...Thank you for your reply! The kitty's anus seems to have gone back to normal, and it may have been she was just constipated, or something. If she were definitely our cat, we would have taken her to the vet if there was no improvement.  Of course we would have helped this one as well, but this is an outdoor kitty, and I am yet uncertain whether she already has another home, because in bad weather she does not come around. We have 2 other kitty's who stay indoors

post #28 of 28
I'm glad my advice worked for your kitten and I'm glad that she/he is back to normal:wavey:
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