How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 28976
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What does it mean when my cat has bloody stools?

Customer Question

what does it mean when my cat has bloody stools?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
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.