A cat's anal glands naturally express a scent-marking liquid when they defecate. But sometimes an impaction may occur that prevents the fluid from escaping. This can be painful for your cat and lead to further problems like infections. Some cats need help with their anal glands. If your veterinarian has recommended regular anal gland expressions for your cat, you can learn to perform the procedure at home assuming your cat is cooperative and save some money. It's not the most enjoyable experience for you or the cat, and it can be messy, so there's no need to be embarrassed if you decide to leave this job to the professionals.
Disorders of the Rectum and Anus in Cats
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There are several types of anal sac diseases, including impaction, inflammation, and abscessation. Clinical signs are related to discomfort associated with sitting or defecating. Diagnosis is typically made by physical examination, but may require microscopy, ultrasonography, or biopsy. Treatment may include manual expression, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications, or surgical drainage or removal. Anal sac disease encompasses several specific disease entities, including anal sac impaction, anal sacculitis, and anal sac abscess. Small breeds are predisposed; large or giant breeds are rarely affected. Apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinoma may also occur.
How to Express Your Cat's Anal Glands
Excessive licking of the anal area and hind end : All cats normally clean themselves, the discomfort of anal gland inflammation or infection will cause cats to repeatedly interrupt their activities to lick themselves. Scooting : This behavior is typical when a cat is trying to ease itching in the rectal area. The cat sits on the ground and pulls their body forward with their front paws, so that their hindquarters "scoot" along the floor.
Does your cat have a smelly bottom? Is she scooting across the rug? It could be an anal gland problem. If your cat is licking their rear end and scooting their butt across the carpet, they could have an anal gland problem. These small glands near the anus release fluid during bowel movements.