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Blood or red jelly-like substance in cat stool.

post #1 of 27
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Please help, I discovered it last night, and have been checking the litter box ever since. So far that was the only one that had that stuff on it. I can't tell if it was blood or not, but that was the only logical explanation.

Please help. I can't afford the vet, or any treatment they offer. Could it kill him? What is the risk factor? What's causing it and how can I stop it? He's 8 months old, and acting normal, if that helps.
post #2 of 27

Blood in the stool could mean a lot of things. You'd have to take the kitty to the vet to get the right diagnosis. Are you sure it's blood? What does it exactly look like?

post #3 of 27

Depending on the cause, I have seen some cases of blood in the stool become lethal.  Most of the times they are not and can easily be treated with antibiotics/antidiarrheal type medicine.  Could you borrow some money from friends or family to get your kitty checked out by a vet?

post #4 of 27

Keep checking the stool. There's a CHANCE he ate something that would have shown up in the stool and appear red and isn't blood. Otherwise, blood can be caused by stool that's too hard to pass and tears the tissue it touches. OR serious issues like the others have stated.

post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by molldee View Post

Blood in the stool could mean a lot of things. You'd have to take the kitty to the vet to get the right diagnosis. Are you sure it's blood? What does it exactly look like?
It seemed thicker than blood, but I can't be sure. I panicked,mand it affected my memory, so I can't remember anything except it was red and on top of the stool, not mixed up or anything.
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Originally Posted by cprcheetah View Post

Depending on the cause, I have seen some cases of blood in the stool become lethal.  Most of the times they are not and can easily be treated with antibiotics/antidiarrheal type medicine.  Could you borrow some money from friends or family to get your kitty checked out by a vet?
No, we're having some money issues right now, funds are stretched, bills are getting higher... The usual stuff.
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Keep checking the stool. There's a CHANCE he ate something that would have shown up in the stool and appear red and isn't blood. Otherwise, blood can be caused by stool that's too hard to pass and tears the tissue it touches. OR serious issues like the others have stated.
I think this might be likely, as I haven't seen any more of it. That,and the fact that it seemed thick, maybe a little thick for blood.

Thanks to everyone.
post #6 of 27
Sounds like bloody mucus. Has the cat pooped since? Is the cat constipated?
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by peaches08 View Post

Sounds like bloody mucus. Has the cat pooped since? Is the cat constipated?
He is having regular bowel movements, nothing has changed, he doesn't strain, no signs of pain or discomfort, and he's still behaving normal.
post #8 of 27
If it's a one time occurrence, I'd document it and just keep watching him.
post #9 of 27

Bloody mucous is a classic sign of coccidia.

 

It won't be seen in every bowel movement but sort of more sporadic, but the bottom line is surely, he does need to see a vet asap.

 

Coccidia is an intestinal parasite.

post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by catwoman707 View Post

Bloody mucous is a classic sign of coccidia.

It won't be seen in every bowel movement but sort of more sporadic, but the bottom line is surely, he does need to see a vet asap.

Coccidia is an intestinal parasite.
What is the risk of death, and how sure are you that it is coccidia? I'm not even sure it was mucus. I'm not sure when we'll have the money to go.

Edit: I just did a little research, and it also said the cat would have diarrhea, but Indy doesn't. Other signs were:
Vomiting (None so far)
Depression/Lethargy (None, he still romps around like normal)
And oocysts (Not sure on the spelling, but he doesn't have those either that I know of).

He's also never in contact with other cats or feces, or any of the other risk factors listed. Now that doesn't mean he couldn't have it, that just means it's less likely, right?
post #11 of 27

To answer your questions, coccidia is not a death sentence but it does need to be treated and if left untreated can cause more serious problems.

There is no way I can state anything as a fact that it is coccidia for sure, it sounds like what you saw is blood/jelly like mucous, which is a classic symptom that there is a coccidia infection.

 

I understand when money is tight, most of us do. But for the health of your cat and his well being, and to prevent something worse happening because of it, you really do need to get him in as soon as you possibly can. It won't go away on it's own.

 

There are ways to get help financially if you want to look into it.

I will post the link as soon as I find it.

post #12 of 27
post #13 of 27
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I really don't have a way to get any money up right now. I'm too young for a job until this march, there are no vets or clinics nearby for me to get to, as I can't drive. I'll just have to save every bit I get until I have enough, but that will take awhile. Are there any ways to treat it without a vet? Or even diagnose it? Like I said, he shows absolutely no other signs, not even the ones claimed most common.

Thanks for the help though. I'll just have to keep watch for now.
post #14 of 27
Keep a close eye on the cat. If you see the bloody mucous again, you need to take it to a vet. Do everything possible to get some money. Ask friends, family.
post #15 of 27
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Just wanted to update everyone that it hasn't happened since, and he's still acting normal. He probably just ate something he shouldn't have.
post #16 of 27

I would still take the cat to the vet and ideally have x-rays done if possible. My cat did the same thing once but she was eating fine, no problems with stools or urination, and seemed just as healthy as she had ever been. About 2 - 3 months later she stopped eating one morning and then started to throw up water or anything that went into her so the next day she went to the vet. Blood tests were perfect so I had them x-ray her and she was littered with cancer and had to be put down. My cat was pretty old and she stopped eating the day after her 17th birthday and other than the blood she showed no sings of issues. I am not saying this is the same problem with your cat but behaviour like this is not normal and really should be looked into especially if this is an older cat..

post #17 of 27
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It's a young cat, and even if something were to be wrong, I still don't have the money to treat it.
post #18 of 27

The same thing could be caused by colitis. While that could have many different causes, you might want to eliminate any dry food because that can make the situation worse. Sometimes kitties with sensitivities or allergies to grains can get an inflamed colon that results in exactly what you've seen. Parasites can also be a cause for it (coccicida referenced earlier) but it isn't the only reason.

 

One of the features of colitis is that it can be occasional and mixed with issues of diarrhea or straining. There are diet things that can lessen the irritation such as doing away with any dry food and limiting the food to canned proteins-no fish.

post #19 of 27
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He still hasn't shown any signs of anything wrong. No straining, no diarrhea, no lethargy, nothing.
post #20 of 27
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It happened again. I took a picture. This time it wasn't on the stool, but beside the litterbox.

Edit, picture won't post.
post #21 of 27
Is it blood? Bloody mucus? Blood on stool?
post #22 of 27

My cat Scott would sometimes have blood at the end of his stool every once in a while. We switched him to grain free and it hasn't happened since!

post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by peaches08 View Post

Is it blood? Bloody mucus? Blood on stool?

I don't know. It seemed thick for blood. The first time it was on the stool, this time it was on the floor, and on the front of the box.
post #24 of 27

if u aren't old enough for a job where are your parents in all this?

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by mycatwasthebest View Post

if u aren't old enough for a job where are your parents in all this?

Working. 1,100 dollar mortgage, 3-700 dollar electric bill (depending on season), 400 dollar grocery bill, and a bunch of other things monthly. We keep some saved back now that it's winter though. Will have enough money to go soon.
post #26 of 27

OK, I'm in the same boat and would love to know if there is a guess to what this is.  I first noticed a thick jelly like substance on the wall around a month ago.  It's not in the litter box, I've only seen it on the floor.  I saw it again this morning on the floor by our bathroom.

 

Not sure if it's blood since it looks more like strawberry jelly.  Would blood remain red hours later?

 

Our cat is only a year old, she's a Devonrex and is very healthy.  She's not acting strange or showing any signs of illness, matter of a fact she's very playful.

 

Has anyone encountered this before?

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by dezmozegreato View Post
 

OK, I'm in the same boat and would love to know if there is a guess to what this is.  I first noticed a thick jelly like substance on the wall around a month ago.  It's not in the litter box, I've only seen it on the floor.  I saw it again this morning on the floor by our bathroom.

 

Not sure if it's blood since it looks more like strawberry jelly.  Would blood remain red hours later?

 

Our cat is only a year old, she's a Devonrex and is very healthy.  She's not acting strange or showing any signs of illness, matter of a fact she's very playful.

 

Has anyone encountered this before?

 

Likely coccidia. Mucousy blood.

Coccidia is an intestinal parasite, albon and ponazuril treat this, ponazuril being first choice by a mile if you have a choice.

 

Blood is from an inflammed/irritated bowel.

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