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My female cat is 18, she reguarly keeps squatting in random

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My female cat is 18, she reguarly keeps squatting in random places and leaving a bloody discharge wherever she has squatted. We are unsure where the discharge comes from but it is from her backend.
The discharge is very watery but usually has a lump in it, the easiest way to describe the lumps is that they look like very little slugs around 1cm covered in blood.
I have taken numerous samples to the vets and they keep telling me the sample is to old etc and too bring another one I have done this and each time they give a different excuse for not diagnosing the problem.
She also has a overactive phyroide.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi Kirk,


I am sorry your girl has this issue.


It is either her anal sacs or a UTI:

This is most likely a urinary tract infection. While this is much less serious in a female,, it is painful nevertheless.


UTI's must be treated with an effective broad spectrum antibiotic like Clavamox or clidamycin and for a long enough duration so all bacteria is eradicated. If not, they will refluorish, stronger and more resistant and re infect her . In addition, the bacteria can become tolerant of the same antibiotic so the medication should be varied for best results.

Anything new is very stressful to a cat because kitty's HATE change and stress can lead to illness so you want to watch for any developing symptoms.

Give her a teaspoon of plain yogurt every day. That will keep "good" bacteria in her colon.

She can also have one drop of unsweetened cranberry juice every day to lower the PH of her stool and urine.



Please let me know how she is feeling .


Sincerest best wishes for her,


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She has had her urine tested and it was negative for cystitis, I did state this previously but mispelled cystitis.
The problem has been ongoing for around 2years it comes and goes. When it starts up she tends to have it for around 1 week and then it goes away for a few weeks.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi Kirk,


Cats that test negative for bacteria can have a condition called Interstitial cystitis:


It maybe her anal sacs - they can become full. Feed her one half tsp of canned pumpkin in her food to help her empty them when she has these symptoms:


She is spayed, yes?


She should eat no dry food- only canned at her age:


Please let me know if you still have questions and how ahe is doing.


Best wishes for her,





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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes she is spayed, I don't think it is an issue with the anal sacs as the smell symptom does not exist and she doesnt have any issues with constipation.
It does sound like it could possibly be interstitial cystitis as the discharge is fleshy/mucusy and she can sometimes spend around 1-3 hrs squatting in various places trying to release the discharge. I read that there is no paticular treatment for interstitial cystitis and that anti biotics may not be effective, do you have any recomendations?
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi Kirk,


Talk to your vet about a drug called amitriptolyne (elavil). I would also try an antibiotic (clavamox) when she has an attack.


Please let me know how she is doing.


Thank you for your accept. Sending as an info request so you are not charged again.


Best wishes for her,