Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

Don't you wish your cat could just talk to you when he or she is not feeling well? Of course the opposite happens because by design cats try to hide their illness so predators do not hunt them for dinner! It is up to you, as their protector, to find out if they are ill. A veterinarian visit might be in order especially if there are symptoms of pain or lethargic traits such as hiding and sleeping continuously.

When your cat has glassy eyes, a fever, and won't respond to you as usual, medication may be needed for an infection that has gone on too long or some other illness that needs immediate attention. Your cat may have ingested a foreign object or poison. Warfarin is a danger to pets and an ingredient in mouse and rat poison often used in households and outdoor neighborhoods.

If you found blood in your cat's stool it may or may not be something that is life threatening. It could be as simple as constipation. This occurs frequently when there is a lack of moisture in their diet or they simply are not drinking enough water. When your cat is constipated, tissue in the rectum becomes irritated and small tears can cause blood to appear when they finally do pass a stool. Hemorrhoids can cause bleeding in the rectum especially if the diet is lacking in fiber and water content. Many of today's commercial cat foods are lacking in moisture and "real" food, i.e. meat. If your cat is eating only dry food they are probably dehydrated which leads to many problems like constipation and urinary tract infections, along with other illnesses. Change your cat's diet to include canned food (which contains much-needed moisture) approved by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) so that you know your cat is receiving optimum nutrients for health. Always make sure your cat has fresh clean water available. Cats love those fountains that keep the water circulating so you may want to invest in one especially if your cat has constipation and urinary tract problems.

Reasons for blood in cat stool can also be caused by colitis or inflammation of the colon. Many times this is a result of dairy products, prepared human food that may have spices or additives, food allergies, intestinal parasites, bowel diseases and bacterial infections like Salmonella or E. coli can all cause inflammation in the colon.

Another factor for blood in cat stool could be stress. Are your kids chasing the cat? Does he have a place to relax and hide from unwanted loud noises? Is he petted and played with on a daily basis so he feels loved? Has something in your household changed? Cats do not like change and can develop stress and odd behaviors because of it.

You may also want to supplement their diet with something that contains vitamins or herbal remedies which will help them maintain a healthy immune and digestive system thus helping them to fight off infections and reduce stress.



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