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"I get less concerned with stool color than I do with consistency and contents,NHL Devils Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 Cases," says Dr. Benson.
Blood: If you see fresh blood Murray State iPhone 4 Casesin the stools, this usually means an abrasion of the colon, often caused by colitis. This can be a primary disease process, or secondary to oTexas State iPhone 4s Casesther conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, explains Dr. Benson.
Mucus: This gooey substance in a cat's poop usually indicates colitis.
This cat poop guide won't do you much good unless you commit to getting used to viewing your pet's feces on a regular basis, and then following up with your vet if you see anything concerning.
It's very important that you get comfortable wNew Mexico iPhone 4 Casesith the idea of inspecting your cat's poops on a recurring bNBA Miami Heat iPhone 4s Casesasis, because the caliber of a cat's stools can be indicative of any number of medical conditions including cancer.
For this artMLB Logos iPhone 4 Casesicle I consulted with Dr. Jules Benson, BVSc, and VP of Veterinary Services at Petplan pet insurance.
Consistency: Very soft stools (diarrhea) can be caused by many disease processes, and if this is a consistent finding in the litter box (or elsewhere!), or if your cat seems "off" and there is diarrhea, you should consult your veterinarian, explains Dr. Benson.
"Hard stools can also lead to constipation or GI blockage," says Dr. Benson.
He says that color is often related to diet. A healthy cat stool should range from very light brown to almost black.
Foreign materials: Cats are capable of ingesting non-food items, such as grass, string, stones and even Christmas decorations, says Dr. Benson.
Very haMonograms T - Z iPhone 4s Casesrd stools, such as small, hard balls rather than long, formed stools, can be "a more insidious marker of disease," he says. If your cat's stools are hard, this can iNBA Utah Jazz iPhone 4 Casesndicate any of the following: Underlying dehydration, kidney disease, diabetes, overactive thyroid, some forms of cancer and other conditions.Cat Poop Guide: Color,Jackson State Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 Cases, Consistency, Shape, Contents
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"Blood, mucus, parasites and foreign materials can all also indicate changes or problems," says Dr. Benson.
That's not all. Fresh blood in the stools can mean there's bleeding in the lowHalloween iPhone 4s Caseser intestinal/rectal region, possibly from cancer. However, colitis is by far more likely.
Parasites: Yes, it's possible for the owner to see segments of tapeworm, the size of rice,Rice Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 Cases, in the poops of outdoor cats. Dr. Benson urges you and your vet develop a reguNHL Colorado Avalanche iPhone 4s Caseslar deworming schedule. "Every annual exam, make sure you bring in a stool sample to be examined by your vet, even for indoor cats."
Dr. Benson urges cat owners to keep a lookout for the following in their pet's poops:
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