Help Me!! My cats have blood in their Poop

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Hello everyone

Please help me. I have five cats, a mother and a father who are over two years old, and their three kittens are two months old, and all of the five have blood in their poop, and some of them vomit. The vet told me that they had worms and I gave them worm medicine from six days, but the blood is still there .. Is this serious?? What should I do?😞
 

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Any blood in the stool, at any time, is virtually always something to call the vet about.

Yes, worms can cause bleeding. Worms can cause vomiting, too.

You might see the worms in the cat's vomit or in the litter box. I suggest you look in both.
You might see something that looks like thin spaghetti or tiny threads. You might see something that looks like grains of rice. You might not see anything but the cat can still have worms. A vet would need to perform tests to make a diagnosis.
If you suspect worms, call the vet. Even if you have wormed a cat, already, it can still have worms. Sometimes, it can take two or three courses of medication to eradicate the worms.

This could also be caused by Giardia or coccidia. These are single-celled organisms that spread from cysts in another cat's feces or from the environment. Giardia and coccidia can be difficult to eradicate, often requiring multiple treatments.

All of these parasites are easily spread from cat to cat. If one cat gets sick from any of these things, ALL of the other cats are at risk.

You need to be Super-Duper, Loop-de-Looper, Alley-Ooper careful about keeping litter boxes clean and disinfected. Give the rest of the house a good going-over, too...especially if any of the cats have a habit of going out of the litter box.

If any one of your cats are diagnosed with a parasite, it would be good prudence to have all of them treated at the same time because cats can pass these illnesses back and forth, between each other.

There are other things that can cause vomiting and blood in the stool but I can't think of any good answers for you without knowing more.

How long has this been going on? When did it start? When were the cats treated by a vet? Were they ALL treated? What was the treatment? Did you follow the treatment instructions to the letter?

When did this problem of vomiting and blood reoccur? Did it ever stop? When did it start again?

Did one cat get it first? Did it seem to spread from one cat to another? How long did it take?

Are the cats indoors only? Outside cats? Indoor-Outdoor cats?

Is there any chance that the cats could have eaten something they shouldn't have or gotten into something harmful?

How are the cats, right now? Are they eating, drinking, peeing and pooping as often as they normally do?
Do they act normally? Do they play and go about the house the way they usually do?
Do they let you touch them as much as they usually do?
Do they lay about the house and/or sleep all day long in a way that's out of character for them?
Do they meow and make noise more than usual? Do they meow and make noise LESS than usual?

When they move around, do they stumble or seem clumsy or dizzy in ways that aren't usual for them?
Do they act "hyper" or more skittish than usual?

These are some things you need to take stock of then call the vet and tell them what's going on.

Does your vet have a weekend answering service? You should call them and have the vet give you a call-back.
Some vets can do it by e-mail, too. (Because of the virus, going around, more vets are getting into tele-medicine.)

Is there an emergency vet in your area? Usually run by a local animal shelter or Human Society.

If there aren't any of these options available to you, call your regular vet, bright and early on Monday morning.

Without knowing more, it's hard to say but, if it is just worms or parasites, your cats probably aren't in immediate danger but you STILL need to call a vet, ASAP.
 
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Any blood in the stool, at any time, is virtually always something to call the vet about.

Yes, worms can cause bleeding. Worms can cause vomiting, too.

You might see the worms in the cat's vomit or in the litter box. I suggest you look in both.
You might see something that looks like thin spaghetti or tiny threads. You might see something that looks like grains of rice. You might not see anything but the cat can still have worms. A vet would need to perform tests to make a diagnosis.
If you suspect worms, call the vet. Even if you have wormed a cat, already, it can still have worms. Sometimes, it can take two or three courses of medication to eradicate the worms.

This could also be caused by Giardia or coccidia. These are single-celled organisms that spread from cysts in another cat's feces or from the environment. Giardia and coccidia can be difficult to eradicate, often requiring multiple treatments.

All of these parasites are easily spread from cat to cat. If one cat gets sick from any of these things, ALL of the other cats are at risk.

You need to be Super-Duper, Loop-de-Looper, Alley-Ooper careful about keeping litter boxes clean and disinfected. Give the rest of the house a good going-over, too...especially if any of the cats have a habit of going out of the litter box.

If any one of your cats are diagnosed with a parasite, it would be good prudence to have all of them treated at the same time because cats can pass these illnesses back and forth, between each other.

There are other things that can cause vomiting and blood in the stool but I can't think of any good answers for you without knowing more.

How long has this been going on? When did it start? When were the cats treated by a vet? Were they ALL treated? What was the treatment? Did you follow the treatment instructions to the letter?

When did this problem of vomiting and blood reoccur? Did it ever stop? When did it start again?

Did one cat get it first? Did it seem to spread from one cat to another? How long did it take?

Are the cats indoors only? Outside cats? Indoor-Outdoor cats?

Is there any chance that the cats could have eaten something they shouldn't have or gotten into something harmful?

How are the cats, right now? Are they eating, drinking, peeing and pooping as often as they normally do?
Do they act normally? Do they play and go about the house the way they usually do?
Do they let you touch them as much as they usually do?
Do they lay about the house and/or sleep all day long in a way that's out of character for them?
Do they meow and make noise more than usual? Do they meow and make noise LESS than usual?

When they move around, do they stumble or seem clumsy or dizzy in ways that aren't usual for them?
Do they act "hyper" or more skittish than usual?

These are some things you need to take stock of then call the vet and tell them what's going on.

Does your vet have a weekend answering service? You should call them and have the vet give you a call-back.
Some vets can do it by e-mail, too. (Because of the virus, going around, more vets are getting into tele-medicine.)

Is there an emergency vet in your area? Usually run by a local animal shelter or Human Society.

If there aren't any of these options available to you, call your regular vet, bright and early on Monday morning.

Without knowing more, it's hard to say but, if it is just worms or parasites, your cats probably aren't in immediate danger but you STILL need to call a vet, ASAP.
Thank you so much for your response, information and your time. I appreciate that. I will take them to the vet today
 

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Hi. If your vet will accept it, you could also collect a fecal sample to take to the vet for testing. I believe litter mixed in with the stool is acceptable, even if they would run a full PCR test which will look not only for parasites but certain bacterial/viral infections as well. Depending on the results, this might be an option for getting a treatment from the vet without having to take the cats into their office.
 

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Hello everyone

Please help me. I have five cats, a mother and a father who are over two years old, and their three kittens are two months old, and all of the five have blood in their poop, and some of them vomit. The vet told me that they had worms and I gave them worm medicine from six days, but the blood is still there .. Is this serious?? What should I do?😞
I agree with the others who posted on this thread. This definitely warrants a vet visit asap. I can only speak of my experience with a kitten I took in who had giardia. The kitten had an URI as well. The cat was put on antibiotics for the URI and a drug named Panacour for Giardia. I got it in powdered form and was able to put in the cats food. I had to give the kitty 2 rounds (10 days, because it was not cleared up on 5 days) of the stuff until she was free of the parasitic infection. I did not note blood in the kitten's stool or vomiting, just really odd smelly stools.
Anyway, let the vet examine the kitties and see what is wrong. Best of luck to you and the kitties.😺😸😺
 
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Hi. If your vet will accept it, you could also collect a fecal sample to take to the vet for testing. I believe litter mixed in with the stool is acceptable, even if they would run a full PCR test which will look not only for parasites but certain bacterial/viral infections as well. Depending on the results, this might be an option for getting a treatment from the vet without having to take the cats into their office.
That’s actually a good idea, thank you so much for your response🙏🏼
 
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I agree with the others who posted on this thread. This definitely warrants a vet visit asap. I can only speak of my experience with a kitten I took in who had giardia. The kitten had an URI as well. The cat was put on antibiotics for the URI and a drug named Panacour for Giardia. I got it in powdered form and was able to put in the cats food. I had to give the kitty 2 rounds (10 days, because it was not cleared up on 5 days) of the stuff until she was free of the parasitic infection. I did not note blood in the kitten's stool or vomiting, just really odd smelly stools.
Anyway, let the vet examine the kitties and see what is wrong. Best of luck to you and the kitties.😺😸😺
Thank you so much for your response and what happened to your cat, I was very worried, but your words reassured me🙏🏼
 
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