Seeing blood in your cat’s poop can be kinda scary, especially when your kitty seems just fine. But it can give you hints about your cat’s health. So, let’s dive into what it could mean and when to chat with your vet.
What’s Blood in Cat Poop Look Like?
Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, a big-time vet expert, says there are two main kinds of blood you might see:
– Dark blood, which turns the poop black
– Bright red blood, which you might spot in the poop, if they have diarrhea, or even near their tail
There are pictures out there that show the difference.
For tiny kittens, their poop can have many colors because of different health stuff. There’s a handy chart that breaks it down and says when to get help.
And if you see bright red spots when you’re cleaning up? That might be blood in their pee. This can mean several things and needs quick vet attention.
Why’s There Blood in the Poop?
Dr. Bragdon says a bit of blood once in a while might not be a big deal. But keep an eye out.
“The main reasons for blood in cat stool are trauma associated with cat constipation or blood from colitis [inflammation of the large intestine or colon]. Other reasons include a foreign body, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, an infection—there can be a lot,” Bragdon says
Even some bugs like worms can sometimes cause it.
Keeping track of when you see blood and any other odd stuff will help your vet figure things out. Dr. Bragdon mentions “If feces are black, it could indicate bleeding in the stomach and small intestine,”
Here’s some quick stuff she shared:
– Bright red blood might be from the large intestine or near the tail.
– Hard poop with red blood? Maybe they’re constipated.
– Soft poop with red blood? Could be an inflamed large intestine.
Also, if you see blood and gooey stuff together in their poop, don’t panic. A bit of goo (mucus) is okay, but too much with blood means a vet visit’s due.
What to Do if Your Cat’s Poop Has Blood
First off, snap some pics and keep an eye on your kitty’s actions. Even if your furball seems okay, Dr. Bragdon suggests jotting down what you see for a few days. This helps your vet get the full picture.
Signs your cat needs help soon (like in a day or three):
- Feeling super tired
- Having a hard time going potty
- Throwing up
- Smelly poop
- Not munching or drinking
- Lots of blood, like you need a few wipes to clean
- Diarrhea that sticks around or comes and goes
- Really hard poop for days
- Not going potty at all for a couple days
Why’s My Cat Acting Chill with Blood in Their Poop?
Don’t just jump to home fixes if your cat’s poop has blood. Maybe their tummy’s just upset and a small change in food could help.
“If stool is firm and difficult to squish between a paper towel, feed your cat wet food and water,” Dr. Bragdon suggests. “If stool is watery or soft, feed plenty of water and consider a bland diet.”
But remember, even if a cat seems cool but has some blood in their poop, it’s a good idea to see a vet in a week or so. Just to be safe.