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What does it mean if my cat has blood in his poop?

What does it mean if my cat has blood in his poop?

This morning’s loose stool can lead to dehydrating diarrhea overnight. Blood in the stool, red or black, is always concerning. Digested dark blood can signal a serious condition while red blood can be anything from benign food changes to cancer.

What does it mean if your cat has blood in its stool?

Blood in your cat’s stool can appear bright red. Blood in your cat’s stool can also look very dark red or black and tarrylooking. Bright red blood in stool (hematochezia) is fresh and black blood is older—it appears black because it’s been digested or partially digested by the cat. Black or tarry looking stool is an emergency.

When to worry about your cat’s bowel movements?

You should contact your vet if your cat’s bowel movements are abnormal for a few days, even if you don’t see blood in the stool. Dealing with the GI problem can prevent blood from appearing in the stool. If your cat’s poop has been normal and you see some blood one time, watch your cat closely for the next day or two.

How often should you grade your cat’s poop?

If your cat has abnormal stools, you can “grade” the feces. Grading the fecal quality and estimating the quantity can help your veterinarian more quickly, and correctly, diagnose your cat’s condition. Most cats defecate once daily. The odor shouldn’t knock you out.

What should I do about my cat’s poop?

Your veterinarian will most likely perform a fecal smear of your cat’s stool in order to check for parasites that may be irritating your cat’s intestine. This is typically performed quickly in your vet’s office. Your vet will also test in-office for parvovirus using a similar fecal test.

Blood in your cat’s stool can appear bright red. Blood in your cat’s stool can also look very dark red or black and tarrylooking. Bright red blood in stool (hematochezia) is fresh and black blood is older—it appears black because it’s been digested or partially digested by the cat. Black or tarry looking stool is an emergency.

You should contact your vet if your cat’s bowel movements are abnormal for a few days, even if you don’t see blood in the stool. Dealing with the GI problem can prevent blood from appearing in the stool. If your cat’s poop has been normal and you see some blood one time, watch your cat closely for the next day or two.

If your cat has abnormal stools, you can “grade” the feces. Grading the fecal quality and estimating the quantity can help your veterinarian more quickly, and correctly, diagnose your cat’s condition. Most cats defecate once daily. The odor shouldn’t knock you out.

What kind of blood is in your stool?

There are two different types of blood in the stool, Hematochezia which appears as bright red blood and in smaller quantities, or black, tarry blood. Blood in the stool is typically a symptom of an underlying condition.