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What does it mean when my cat has bloody stools?

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what does it mean when my cat has bloody stools?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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Hematochezia (blood in the stool) has many etiologies. In the geriatric cat such as Maharajah I would need to consider simple constipation and his passing dry abrasive feces which is irritating his colon/rectum as well as the more serious neoplasias (cancer) in our aged cats.
A complete list of possible etiologies should include anal sac impaction, sacculitis, or abscess, strictures, and colitis (idiopathic, infectious, parasitic, inflammatory bowel disease, and stress related).
I don't "watchful wait" my older patients exhibiting hematochezia for more than 72 hours. They don't have the reserve that much younger cats have. It would be prudent to have Maharajah's vet thoroughly examine him at this time.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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