Can cats get hemorrhoids? – Will
Hemorrhoids are a swelling of the veins in and around the rectum. The prevailing opinion — some vets may disagree — is that cats do not get them, but as with many health-related concerns, if your cat is acting in a manner that makes you think he has them he needs to see his vet.
• Is your cat crying in his litterbox or straining as he uses it? Is he showing increased interest in his under-tail area when grooming or scooting his behind on your carpets and couches? He might need to drink more water or have a diet revamp to improve his digestive health. He might need to have his anal glands expressed. Or he could be fighting a worm infestation.
• Have you seen a hemorrhoid-like protrusion in his anal area? If so, he must see a vet immediately. A cat’s digestive tract is more delicate than our own and this swelling could be an anal prolapse, a serious, life-threatening emergency.