Symptoms of feline hemorrhoids

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Symptoms of feline hemorrhoids
A cat with haemorrhoids might have trouble sitting. (cat image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Feline haemorrhoids refers to inflammation and swelling of blood vessels of the soft tissues in the rectum or around the anus, according to Hemorrhoids-Hemroids.com. Causes of the condition include genetics, lifestyle, diet, obesity, diarrhoea and old age. If your cat displays the symptoms of haemorrhoids, take him to the vet immediately for treatment.

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Swelling

According to Hemorrhoids-Hemroids.com and Healing Natural Oils, swelling occurs inside the rectum or around the anus. Internal swelling is not easily observed and might not present any symptoms, as there are few nerve endings in the anus. However, you can look for swelling of the skin around the anus, which could indicate external haemorrhoids.

Blood in Stool

A cat with haemorrhoids may produce bloody discharge in his stool. According to LuvMyCritters.com, this symptom might also indicate constipation, which is a temporary condition. Blood in the stool might be a symptom of a more serious condition if it occurs frequently, or there is a large amount of blood present. Possible causes include intestinal parasites and inflammatory bowel disease. If you see blood in your cat's faeces, collect some samples in a plastic bag. When you take the cat to see the vet, bring the stool sample for the vet to examine.

Pain

Haemorrhoids cause pain when defecating and difficulty when sitting, according to Hemorrhoids-Hemroids.com. It might also induce discomfort, burning and itching. You may observe your cat chasing his own tail or trying to relieve the itch by rubbing his anus against the carpet, furniture or plants. He might also lick and bite the areas near the anus.

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