Can cats get hemorrhoids?

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Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 2:37pm PST 
Um, embarrassing, red face but Mom wondered if cats can get hemorrhoids, maybe an internal one? Nothing is visibly wrong back there -- no redness or swelling -- everything looks normal. But I sometimes have trouble setting my butt down -- something is uncomfortable.

Lately I have come running and screaming out of the litter box a couple of times, very much in pain after a poo-poo. Mom told my vet about it and will talk to her again. I'll probably be going back to the vet, soon -- either mine or a specialist -- and might be having an ultrasound for other issues. I just had blood and urine tests (with not the greatest results) but the vet didn't do a hands-on exam because I turned evil, so Mom and Dad took me home rather than stress me further -- I'm almost 18 1/2. But Mom was wondering if this could be what's causing this particular problem, or if they should be looking for something else. I have a few other health issues, too. One of the biggest problems is how poorly I handle vet visits since I got older. frown

I've also had funny tufts or clumps of fur growing around my butt lately. They're falling out now -- they fall out in big clumps, but it doesn't leave bare spots. It's like I just grew a bunch of extra fur there, then it falls out. I had it happen once before, but this time the tufts only grew on one side. Anyone else ever had that?

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

Bucket of Fuzz

Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 2:59pm PST 
Ouch! My poor, sweet Scooter! *comforting cheekrubs*

I'm not sure about hemorrhoids, but I had a problem a few years ago with an infected anal gland. I hope whatever it is, it's as easy for the vet to take care of as mine was!

I don't know about the hair thing...I get clumps that fall out sometimes. Maybe you're losing your winter coat? wink

Hope you're feeling better soon, Scooter!!!


Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 3:02pm PST 
I wonder if your anal glands are full and need expressing. If they are full, they could be causing some discomfort when defecating and potentially while trying to sit. the other thing I wonder is if you are developing arthritis. Since you are 18, your bones don't work like they once did and maybe that is causing you pain.

Although I have not had those clumps of hair that you are describing, mom knows exactly what you are talking about. She often sees them on cats that don't groom themselves, either by choice or not (ie. overweight). If you are having back or leg pain, you may not want to stretch yourself around to clean yourself as you once did. Mom/dad may have to do more brushing to help prevent these clumps from 1. forming and 2. becoming mats.

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 4:49pm PST 
Thanks, Arthur and Hunter. Mom doesn't see anything that looks infected, but perhaps my anal glands are full. I'm sometimes a "scooter" so she thought I'd be scooting if it was that. I guess I can look forward to the vet getting personal with me. frown

You're right about the grooming, Hunter. I don't do a lot of it. Mom brushes me quite a bit, so she'll try to sneak a few brushstrokes back there, though I really don't like that. Luckily I've never developed any mats from those clumps.

I do have some arthritis but I already take a full Cosequin every day to help with that and with bladder problems.

Mom just started adding "The Missing Link" to my food (I won't eat a proper diet, either), hoping the fiber in it will make my trips to the litterbox less painful.

Spice- (1988-May- 27, 2005)

And I resent the- accusation...
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 5:24pm PST 
Scooter, we are sending prayers and purrs your way.
I know how it goes as our girls get older. Spice started having a lot of stress from any vet visit which caused her to become quite hostile. On one of the later visits, they tried to take her blood pressure because we knew her kidneys were going. So, what do they do? Try to put this thing that looked like an elastic on her TAIL. She totally freaked. Leaped off the table hissing and growling. It took me over 10 minutes alone in the room with her (tears streaming down my face because my dear Spicey was acting feral) before I could calm her down enough to get her back in the carrier to take home. Needless to say, we all decided that taking her blood pressure was REALLY not that important after all.

It does sound like Scooter needs a trip to the vet, though. Knowing how bad these trips are on our older kitties, I would ask if she could maybe take a tranquilizer before her trip...and maybe they can even give her something to make her a bit dopey before they start doing undignified things to her.
Please keep us posted. You know how much we all love Scooter!

Angel Spice

Edited by author Mon Mar 12, '07 5:26pm PST



Knocking stuff- off a shelf near- you!
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 7:46pm PST 
I agree with the others who say it is probably something to do with your anal glands. Mine bother me from time to time, and although I've never had an infection, I do need them to be squeezed out every few months (I actually had this done today, how embarrassing!) My cat sister Matilda is 18 years old also. She is so cranky I can't stand it! The worst one at the vet though is my cat brother Leaf. They practically put him in a kitty straight jacket! Anyway, please keep us updated and feel better soon!!!

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 7:58pm PST 
Thanks, Yoda, and thank you, Spice, Phoebe and Mommy, for understanding how hard the stress is on me, as well as Mom and Dad. Mom will talk to my vet about your suggestion.

I've gone feral, as you say, Spice, and stayed that way for two days after vet visits, hissing and growling at even Mom and Dad. I quit eating altogether after one vet visit. I changed vets, tried house calls, and changed vets again. Now Mom and Dad halt the visit when I show signs of going feral, as long as it doesn't threaten my health. After my last vet visit, I was back to "normal" within 10-15 minutes, so it seems to work.

I also go through 7-10 days of massive shedding after a vet visit, plus not feeling as good as usual. So stress is not a small issue.

Yet, I was very good at the vet's until I was about 16. I was scared, but all I did was try to hide. I didn't hiss or growl. Somehow, my "evil twin" started taking over my body the last couple of years, and she's been causing me all kinds of problems.

I have a typical Olde Furt memory -- furgetful -- but I'll try to update here after I see the vet again. Thanks!

Zack Beloved- Angel- (1995-2009)

True Blue to My- Girl Kiwi
Purred: Mon Mar 12, '07 10:59pm PST 
Scooter, at home I am the friendliest cat to strangers! At the vet, I turn into a monster! Even mom or dad can't touch me. The vet either sedates me, or he gives dad a shot to give me 20 min before hand while we're still home. As far as anal glands, I have had that issue, and I licked myself raw, so I really don't think that is the problem, but it still may be. Good luck, & we all hope it isn't serious. We'll watch for your response after your visit.
Oh, mom just reminded me, try Feliway spray in your carrier, and take it with you and spray the exam room before you enter. Zack

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Tue Mar 13, '07 7:54am PST 
Thanks, Zack. Now Mom remembers that my sister licked herself a lot when she had an anal gland problem. She also licked a LOT when she had urinary problems. I have urinary problems, too, but I don't lick myself for that, either -- I cry. Hmmm... confusing.

The vet I was the worst at used Feliway -- it was cats-only. I'd growl as soon as I was through the door (Mom couldn't detect any smell at all, like at most clinics). That's also the vet who made a housecall, and I started to freak as soon as she came in the house (then I stayed under the bed as "evil twin" for two days afterward). Mom thought perhaps I could sense the Feliway and I associated it with a bad experience -- she's been afraid to try Feliway since then. Is she just being weird? Maybe she'll try using it when I'm not really going to the vet, to test whether I have a bad reaction.

Mom's calling the vet this morning, and she'll ask about a sedative. I've had some bizarre reactions to drugs, too -- another challenge.

Thanks, everyone. Mom welcomes all suggestions!

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Tue Mar 13, '07 11:03am PST 
Not much of an update. My own vet is out of the office until 3/20. I could see another vet, but Mom is going to hold off on that unless it becomes an emergency.

Now I'm scheduled for an ultrasound on 3/21 with the Internal Medicine specialist. My vet had recommended that anyway, because of chronic sterile cystitis I have -- yeah, to see if there are tumors. frown He'll examine me at that time, too. His tech thought I would be licking or scooting if I had full anal glands, but I don't always follow the patterns, so it could still be the problem.

Thanks again.

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