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Blood in liquid stool

post #1 of 6
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For the second time in 3 months, I've noticed red in a pool of my cat's liquid stool.

She's had problems with pooing on stuff for about 2½ years now. It started at my parent's place and I found out it was her when I caught her in the act of crapping on my bed(while I was right by!!!). I moved her to her litter box and she did her deed there. I thought it was stress because of the other (crazy) cat but it continued after I moved out alone(even though her general mood seems to have gotten better). She also sometimes had liquid stools that she doesn't cover and RUNS away from.

I went to see the vet, changed foods, found no worms or parasites, tried changing intestinal flora through a med. I think some of the problem may be behavioural since she often does them right after I get home or craps on the same spots if I'm gone for long. They gave me some meds last month but could not give them all to her and had no more money to buy some. Also tried changing food(hypoallergenic) but she would barely eat the new one.

I also have another problem now. I've just moved in with a roommate and apparently, it really smells a lot like cat poo everywhere in the apartment. She only did it outside the litterbox twice and it was cleaned properly while the litter boxes are scooped every 1-2 days.

The previous vets were nice and all but it's pretty far from where I live right now (45 minutes metro ride). So I'm wondering if maybe I should switch to another one. Maybe they could see something that the previous did not?
post #2 of 6
Hi,

Firstly, your cat should not have loose stool and certainly not blood in it. How often have you changed foods? Changing foods can cause diarrhea, particularly dry food. Wet food isn't quite as much of a challenge.

Is it possible to put another litter box out. Some cats do not like to pee and poo in the same box - crazy I know, but it happens.

Since you say the vet has cleared her of any parasites, etc., I would probably recommend you use one brand of food only for awhile. Don't change it until her body gets used to it and calms down. You can also buy some canned pumpkin (not the pie filling but the plain canned pumpkin) and add about a tsp. to her food each time. The pumpkin should help clear up the diarrhea. Since she has diarrhea also make sure she drinks enough water so that she does not get dehydrated.

Keep us posted as to what is happening with her.
post #3 of 6
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I've changed food only twice in her adult life. Once when the vet recommended it (and she LOVES it), then another time recently to the hypoallergenic one, which she did not like. I stopped wet food as a treat (mostly when I ran out of the dry one until the next day, once every 3 months) on the vet's recommendation.

She has had two litter boxes for a while, one of the first tips from my vet. She also drinks a lot (in fact, I just turned around and she was!).

Is canned pumpkin rare? Never heard of this...
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Olivier View Post
I've changed food only twice in her adult life. Once when the vet recommended it (and she LOVES it), then another time recently to the hypoallergenic one, which she did not like. I stopped wet food as a treat (mostly when I ran out of the dry one until the next day, once every 3 months) on the vet's recommendation.

She has had two litter boxes for a while, one of the first tips from my vet. She also drinks a lot (in fact, I just turned around and she was!).

Is canned pumpkin rare? Never heard of this...
Canned pumpkin is in the canned vegetable aisle of our supermarkets. In the US apparently it is in the pie filling section but it is important that it is not the pie filling mixture you get - just the plain pureed pumpkin. It's always available for us folks who love pumpkin pie.

I don't know why the vet would tell you not to feed wet food since wet food is actually better for your cat than dry food. But then again, most vets do not get training in nutrition, the emphasis of their education is on the medical area. Fortunately the newer vets are catching on and some are actually taking nutrition courses.

I can only hope your kitty gets better soon.
post #5 of 6
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She's still crapping everywhere around the house and it's been worse the last few days. We've had people over so I'm thinking it might be stress... Most of what is done outside the litters is liquid too... I'm gonna go see a new vet as soon as possible. The old one is too far and it might help getting another opinion...
post #6 of 6
If the blood in the stool was red (and how would you know it was blood, otherwise?), it indicates some irritation or inflammation close to the end of the digestive tract. Any farther up, and it wouldn't be red. Constipation can cause the problem, just for one thing.

Also, scoop those boxes at least every day, and preferably twice per day. Some cats are very picky about clean boxes.
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