General information on Proctitis
Proctitis is the inflammation of the anus and rectum area. Anal inflammation can occur when feces stick to the hair around the anus area or the cat is trying to pass dry stools or hard and sharp objects. Other causes can be mass amounts of diarrhea, parasites, insect bites, colitis, allergic or inflammatory disease, masses like tumors and polyps, or trauma.
Symptoms of Proctitis
Some of the symptoms for proctitis may be straining when trying to pass a stool, constipation, scooting, pain when trying to pass a stool, blood in the stool, and excessive licking and biting of the anus area. Due to the rough tongue of the cat, ulceration and other forms of discomfort may also occur from the licking.
Treatments for Proctitis
The treatment for Proctitis is typically directed at the underlying cause. Should hair and feces be present at the anus region, clip them away to air out the skin. Ointments and creams can be applied to the anus area to reduce irritation. If the underlying cause is parasites, the cat should be dewormed. If the underlying cause is an infection, antibiotics can be applied. If the underlying cause is allergic or inflammatory disease, anti-inflammatory medication can be applied. Stool softeners or a low fiber diet can be used to make it easier for the cat to pass a stool. Should the cat keep licking the affected area, your veterinarian can give you a bad tasting ointment to apply.
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