If you see a red cylindrical mass coming out from your cat or dog’s behind, take them to the vet immediately.
The rectum is the final part of the large intestine that terminates at the anus. Your cat may develop rectal or anal prolapse if it is suffering from digestive disorders that cause chronic constipation or diarrhea. Rectal prolapse can also be caused by:
- presence of worms or other intestinal parasites (common in kittens and puppies)
- inflammation of the intestines
- inflammation of the bladder
- rectal or anal tumours
While the vet is able to place the prolapsed tissue back into the anus, the underlying cause should be identified and treated to prevent recurrence of prolapse.
Animals with rectal prolapse should be taken to the vet as soon as possible. Left untreated, the prolapsed tissue may become traumatised, diseased and eventually die off.
Keep your kittens parasite free with routine deworming and tick and flea prevention. Provide plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration and constipation. Watch out for any signs of digestive, gastrointestinal or urinary tract problems. Recurrent prolapse may require surgery (colopexy).