Do Cats Get Hemorrhoids?

cat hemorrhoidsWhile cats are not necessarily prone to hemorrhoids, there are several health conditions that resemble hemorrhoids so closely that their owners believe that is what the cat is dealing with. Hemorrhoids are so common in people that it only makes sense you would see them in felines. If your cat appears to have hemorrhoids, there are a few things you need to know.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are essentially veins that bulge out, usually resulting from straining during defecation. This extra pressure on the anus leads to a feeling that simply doesn’t feel (or look) good. It is also not uncommon for hemorrhoids to make an appearance during pregnancy. While this is true for humans, it is not true for cats. Cats do get constipated and pregnant, but their issues are slightly different.

What Happens to Cats?

Cats do occasionally experience swelling around the anus. This usually occurs when there is an abscess that blocks a duct in the surrounding glands. When it is clogged, the area appears distended. While not necessarily a hemorrhoid, it is quite similar. This condition is most common in cats with long hair who tend to get feces stuck to their hair. When the skin comes into contact with feces, the results can be painful.

Signs of Clogged Ducts in Your Cat

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to take your cat to the veterinarian to get the sacs examined. If they rupture, your pet can experience intense pain.

  • Scooting on the floor
  • Obvious mild discomfort
  • Purple or red swelling around the anus
  • Anything that looks like a hemorrhoid

Treatment for Clogged Ducts

Treatment is typically easy for a condition like this. Cats may require pain killers and antibiotics, but the vet will likely focus on trimming hair, providing some ointment, cleaning the area, and avoiding infection. Contact us to learn more about treatment for your cat.