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Why does my cat have dark tar like stool?

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What to do if my cat is leaving dark tar like feces on the rug? What is wrong? This is a recent problem.

Submitted: 5 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear about Viola.

JACUSTOMER: I don't know what's wrong with her, but my mother and I both agree that it doesn't seem normal.
Dr Kara : Dark tar like feces can indicate digested blood in the stool. This can be from parasites, being exposed to an anti-coagulant toxin (like rat poison) liver disease or primary intestinal disease including colitis secondary to eating something she should not have. Does she go out doors? Any weight loss? Change in appetite?
JACUSTOMER: She doesn't go outdoors and when she does go outside, it's limited to the balcony. She doesn't have have any chances to her weight or appetite.
Dr Kara : How is she feeling otherwise? Is she spayed?
JACUSTOMER: She is also alert and not lethargic. Yes she is spayed.
Dr Kara : Thanks very much. So we may have some colitis going on here, unknown cause. Do you ever see any mucous with her stool?
JACUSTOMER: My mother says she has seen some at times.
Dr Kara : Ok. For now let's get her on a homemade bland diet of 2/3 boiled chicken and 1/3 boiled white or brown rice. Several small meals a day is best. If her stools seem too soft with this then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just plain pumpkin) to each meal. The increased fiber helps some cats.

As long as she's eating well and seems active and alert you can try this for 3 to 4 days. If it helps I'd recommend discussing a bland diet such as Hills i/d or Purina Veterinary diets OM as a long term diet. And I would recommend an exam and some blood work as well as a fecal check if she hasn't seen her vet in a while. She's still fairly young but I don't want to miss something that we could treat at an early stage.

JACUSTOMER: Thank you for your help.
Dr Kara : Very welcome. Can I answer anything else?
JACUSTOMER: I don't think so. This current problem is her primary issue. There don't seem to be any further problems except we do have a second cat. Our second cat is normal but she does eat the same food as viola, do we put her on the dietary change as well.
Dr Kara : If it's easier you can but you don't have too. You can just seperate them for meals.

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