What Causes Cats to Get Hemorrhoids, and How Do You Get Rid of the Hemorrhoids?

Cat's get hemorrhoids because of genetic pre-disposition, low-fiber diets and sedentary lifestyles, according to The Nest. Topical creams or ointments, oral medications and surgery are methods veterinarians use to treat hemorrhoids in cats. Hemorrhoids can be fatal in felines.

Symptoms of feline hemorrhoids include behavioral changes, a swollen anal area, difficulty sitting, difficulty passing stool and blood in the stool, according to The Nest. Behavioral changes include frequent tail chasing. Though cats do this playfully at times, when a cat is trying to bite, lick or scratch his anal area frequently, hemorrhoids are often the cause. A cat with hemorrhoids may also scoot around on the floor, especially the carpet, in an attempt to scratch the itchy hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids cannot be seen; however, external hemorrhoids in females are visible, making the butt appear red and swollen. An affected cat may also have difficulty sitting. This is due to a painful, persistent burning sensation in and around the anus. The cat may struggle to remain seated or fidget. Cats with hemorrhoids also suffer constipation and often cannot pass stool. They may hiss and groan while trying to pass stool. Blood in the stool is another common sign. Cats with hemorrhoids require prompt veterinary treatment.