Symptoms of hemorrhoids in cats

Updated November 21, 2016

Feline haemorrhoids is a condition caused by a combination of diet, lifestyle and even genetics. The condition is painful and can become life-threatening if left untreated or if improperly treated. Treatments include use of topical creams or ointments, oral medications and even surgery. If your cat displays any of the symptoms of haemorrhoids, seek veterinary advice immediately.


Swelling of the anal area is an indication of feline haemorrhoids. Swollen skin around the anus is a symptom of external feline haemorrhoids, while swelling inside the anus itself is a symptom of internal haemorrhoids.

Bloody Stool

Blood in your cat's stool could be an indication of a number of feline diseases. However, if seen in combination with other symptoms on this list, bloody stool could mean that your cat has haemorrhoids. Look for actual blood in or on the stool, or for very dark spots on your cat's stool.

Difficulty Passing Stool

Due to the discomfort of haemorrhoids, your cat may become reluctant to have a bowel movement or refuse to pass stool at all. If your cat is suffering from painful bowel movements, you will hear hissing, moaning, growling or whining while your cat attempts to defecate. You may also notice your cat straining to pass stool.

Difficulty Sitting

Haemorrhoids cause a constant, painful burning sensation of the anal area. This makes sitting down an activity that your cat may wish to avoid. If you cat has displayed other symptoms listed in this article along with discomfort or avoidance of sitting down, he may have haemorrhoids.

Behaviour Changes

Your cat may spend more time chasing his tail. This is because he assumes something back there must be causing the irritation he feels. Your cat may also bite, lick or scratch his anal area or rear end more than usual.

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