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post #1 of 27
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My Max kitty just used the litter box while I was in the bathroom and I looked down just as he was about to cover it up and noticed there was a little blood in his poo.
I am freaking out.Does anyone have any idea what is going on??
I can take him to school with me on Monday and have our vet check him,but was just wondering if it could be something that needed attention asap.
Anyone have any idea of what this could be??
post #2 of 27
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I found a site about cat illnesses and the only thing I have found on there that causes this is colitis and round worms and I do not see any worms.
I feel sick.
post #3 of 27
really it could be anything Vettech . I am so sorry to read this and hope it will be nothing . I don't think it is life threadening , but you would know more then I do . Let us know how things are going .
post #4 of 27
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Originally posted by PurrfectCatlove
really it could be anything Vettech . I am so sorry to read this and hope it will be nothing . I don't think it is life threadening , but you would know more then I do . Let us know how things are going .
I have never had this happen and we have not covered this in school yet,so I am clueless.

I tried to call one of my professors,but she wasn't home.I got his poo and put it in a baggie so I can get a fecal done.
He is acting fine,but he sure has me worried sick.
post #5 of 27
It could be worms , but then it could be more serious . But right now don't panik . I know how it feels like when you are helpless . So hang in there , maybe the profesor will call back . Is this the new one you took in ?
post #6 of 27
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No it's not the new one it's my kitten that is around 7 months old that I bottle fed.He is the sweetest baby.He is always purring and thinks he belongs on my shoulder at all times.He is the most loving cat I have or have ever had.If something is bad wrong with him I will just die.
post #7 of 27
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I keep finding more and more things this could be and I am freaking myself out worse by reading all this stuff.I don't think it was such a great idea for me to go searching the net for possible causes.
post #8 of 27
Stop searching right now . You are going to make yourself sick with that . Worry later , not now . Did you leave a message by that professor ? If not call back and do so . Gosh I hope it is nothing at all .
post #9 of 27
OK, deep breath! You've studied enough in school by now to know the vital illness signs in cats. If the only thing you are seeing is blood in stool, then this is not an emergency. Realistically, can this wait until offices open on Monday?

I had a girl that had blood in her stool for a LONG time. We had tests run on her for 2 years straight with no conclusive results. Her problem cleared up when we lost the other female in the house to mouth cancer. Turned out to be stress related.
post #10 of 27
Momofmany , wow stress can couse that ? Wow I never herd of that one .
post #11 of 27
After spending countless dollars on various tests, and knowing that the other female would stalk her when she entered the litter box, it was more than coincidence that her bloody stool cleared up completely when her attacker crossed. It was the only conclusion that we (and my vet) came to.
post #12 of 27
Momofmany I do have to say that this is amasing , wow . Well we as people can do that too , so why not a cat . That make sense to me .
post #13 of 27
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Originally posted by Momofmany
OK, deep breath! You've studied enough in school by now to know the vital illness signs in cats. If the only thing you are seeing is blood in stool, then this is not an emergency. Realistically, can this wait until offices open on Monday?

I had a girl that had blood in her stool for a LONG time. We had tests run on her for 2 years straight with no conclusive results. Her problem cleared up when we lost the other female in the house to mouth cancer. Turned out to be stress related.
Yeah,I think it can wait until Monday.He is acting like himself otherwise and he is eating/drinking/playing and everything as usual.I just totally freaked when I saw the blood.Heck,I would have never even seen it,but I just happened to be standing there and for some reason looked down before he covered it up.He tried to cover it up and I ran over and got him out so I could take a closer look.LOL.He looked at me like I was nuts.


I did read(on my internet searches )that it can be stress related.
That is strange and I had never heard of this so ya learn something new everyday.

My poor baby.I just hope it isn't something serious.

I think I have calmed down a bit now.
post #14 of 27
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Originally posted by PurrfectCatlove
Stop searching right now . You are going to make yourself sick with that . Worry later , not now . Did you leave a message by that professor ? If not call back and do so . Gosh I hope it is nothing at all .
I have ended my search.The more I looked the sicker I got.
When I told Mike about all the things I found that it could be his words were "Knowledge is dangerous" LOL.He told me that my worst mistake was to go looking on the internet and told me to quit looking on there and to just take him and his poo to school on Monday.
So I am working on my veterinary terminology take home finals trying to keep my mind off of this mess.


No I didn't leave a message because she don't check them often so I will either e-mail her or call her after church tomorrow.
post #15 of 27
I agree about searching things and freaking out. When Zoey's lymph node swelled up I read all kinds of different scary things and completely worried myself for no reason.

Hope your kitty will be ok!
post #16 of 27
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Originally posted by vettechstudent
I just happened to be standing there and for some reason looked down before he covered it up.He tried to cover it up and I ran over and got him out so I could take a closer look.LOL.He looked at me like I was nuts.
That's a great visual! Haven't we all been there?!?!?!?
post #17 of 27
It could be a number of things, including parasites. JC had bloody stool when he was 7 months old. I tood him to the vet's immediately, paid for a "rush" overnight blood analysis at an outside lab, and it turned out that he had dysentery (Ruhr) from drinking out of the pond in the backyard (which I'd seen him do two days earlier). The neighbor's dog drank out of the pond, too, and also had it. The first thing the vet tested for was giardia (spread by contaminated water or feces). Several shots of antibiotics did the trick. We had the pond water tested, and ended up draining and relining the whole thing, and don't allow the pets to drink out of it now. Unless your cat is really bleeding profusely or exhibiting other signs of physical distress (pale gums, fever, etc.), I think you'll be okay waiting till tomorrow. Don't panic - it's probably just worms.
post #18 of 27
My kittens have had this problem, too. I'd see blood in the stool once daily or every other day. Sometimes a little bit on their little behinds.

I had several fecal cultures done for parasites, as well as bacterial causes. Our vet suggested a food change to an adult formula food (Nutro Natural Care), along with some canned food, and we did use an antibiotic for a few days. The kittens seem to be in great health otherwise and are growing appropriately.

Things have been clear for about a week, cross your fingers. Though it took several weeks to get to this point. My vet said that sometimes these things can be difficult to figure out, but are usually not a sign of anyting life-threatening.

I feel funny not feeding them a kitten formula food, so I think I'm going to try buying a bag of Nutro kitten and mixing it with the adult food. Though I'm afraid of messing w/the status quo, food-wise. Good luck and let us know what your vet says--I'm very interested.
post #19 of 27
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Ok.The culprit is hookworms.I was really relieved to hear that this is what it was.I had myself in a panic from looking on the internet.I took him to school this morning and one of the second year students that works in a vet clinic done a fecal for me.He said it was hookworms and I was like "Worms???I can handle worms."LOL.I'm just glad it wasn't something horrible.
So I go across the road to a vet clinic and get some meds.
I have gotten 8 done and have 5 more to go.
The cats are probably wondering what the heck is going on cause I put Advantage on all of them last night and clipped all of the inside kitties nails.Now they are all getting horrid yellow stuff squirted down their throat.LOL.Poor kitties.
Now I'm off to try to get these other 5 wormed.
post #20 of 27
Glad it wasn't anything more serious. A Cat Guru told me to completely empty the litter box and scrub it with a disinfectant on the third day after treatment. That will kill any worms left in the litter box.
post #21 of 27
Oh my gosh Vet....now you have me worried. My little budday has the same thing in his diarreah. Hope your little budday feels better and hope mine does to. I took him to an emergency vet clinic and he is now on medication. God willing both our cats will overcome the sickness.
post #22 of 27
I am so happy it is only worm related , phew . I was sweating for you . Get well kitties
post #23 of 27
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Originally posted by Sweets
Glad it wasn't anything more serious. A Cat Guru told me to completely empty the litter box and scrub it with a disinfectant on the third day after treatment. That will kill any worms left in the litter box.
Thanks for the tip.
I usually do try to disinfect the boxes once a week,but sometimes slip to 2,but I will be sure to not skip it this week.
post #24 of 27
I'm glad to hear it was worms. I know how frightening it is to find blood in a kitten's stool. I think my vet thought I was overreacting when I rushed JC in when he had it, but she got worried, too, when she took his temperature and the thermometer came out covered in blood! Disinfecting all the litterboxes is really important. Another (expensive) thing you could do is use disposable litterboxes until all the cats have tested negative. If we have them over here, they must be available there. We have a so-called "Catsanette", which is made of heavy cardboard, has an absorbant paper liner and non-clumping litter on top. They're meant to fit into a plastic tray, but you can cover the bottom with silver foil, or put them on plastic garbage bags. Actually, I guess you could do the same with heavy-duty cardboard boxes filled with your regular litter. I generally steam clean litterboxes to disinfect them. Anyway, I hope all the kitties are just fine soon!
post #25 of 27
Our female cat had blood in her stool for about a month and it seemed to get a little worse then better. We took her to the vet and he said it could be her diet try her on other food for a week and see how she goes (as there was nothing else wrong with her).

We were feeding her normal cat bikkies at 11 months as we thought they would have been fine but we found out that they are what was causing her the problem. We still to this day give our cats kitten biscuits (they are both going on 2yrs) and there is never any blood. The vet simply told us that because she is a small framed cat, the biscuits were more then likely scrapping her inside and causing her to have a small bleed when she pooped.


post #26 of 27
When i first got Rosie at 6 weeks, there was blood in her motions. I called my vet straight away, who said it could be due to straining,and with her being in a new environment, but if it had'nt stopped in a couple of days to take her to see him.
Thankfully,it did stop, and i hope your's is something as easy as what Rosie had!.
Susan
post #27 of 27
Hi
I read about your problem as I am facing the same now. I had Casper a month ago. He is 1 year age. I knew from his owner that he likes to eat Mackerel only. I was sure that he was vaccinated and I took him to examine him before getting him at home with my 3 cats.
When he came home, I found that he has diarrhea. I though may be because he changed his home and food. He started to eat from the same dry food (Friskis) that I present to my cats. Then I noticed blood in it. I took him immediately to the vet who had examined him before taking him home. He kept him under treatment for a week and told me that he is OK. He is still having it even after treatment and giving him anti-worms tablets. I wonder if dry food can do that to him> the vet says that may be he is eating so much (in fact yes) from it. Amany
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