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  • savionna@aol.com
    Hi Morticia, In a message dated 3/5/04 12:14:16 PM, morticiaw666@yahoo.com writes:
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2004
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      Hi Morticia,

      In a message dated 3/5/04 12:14:16 PM, morticiaw666@... writes:

      << This morning I noticed ALOT of blood in his stool when he used

      the litter box. >>

      Any other symptoms (eg vomiting)? Any difficulty eliminating (eg straining,
      vocalizing)? Any change in frequency of elimination? Any change in the stool
      itself, besides the blood (eg, color, consistency, size, mucus, odor)? Was this
      the only incident or is there a pattern?

      Dark blood generally indicates that the bleeding occurs in the upper
      digestive tract, whereas bright blood generally indicates bleeding in the lower
      digestive tract.

      If the stool itself was loose, the accompanying blood may indicate parasites
      or inflammation. If the stool was "normal," it may indicate a problem with the
      glands. If the stool was hard and dry, it may indiciate difficulty passing.

      << He is eating and drinking normally. >>

      What does Spazz eat (brand, flavor, canned or dry)? A major contributing
      factor to elimination problems is diet; what goes in the mouth determines in large
      part what comes out the other end. A high-quality (quality in the nutritional
      sense), low-carbohydrate, well-balanced, meat-based diet with a small amount
      of soluble fiber that meets a cat's specific nutritional needs and maintains
      water balance in the gut increases the likelihood of healthy stool. Reaction to
      food ingredients...incl corn, wheat, yeast, chicken, beef, fish, mixed
      proteins, byproducts, soy, dairy/eggs, and synthetic preservatives (eg BHT, BHA,
      ethoxyquin), colorings (eg titanium dioxide, Red Dye #40), and flavorings...is a
      possible contributing factor to bowel inflammation that can lead progressively
      to bleeding.

      Other possible contributing factors include reaction to synthetic medications
      and mechanical/structural problems in the digestive tract itself. // Rosemary
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