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. If the fluid gets backed up, it causes discomfort for your pet.
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These small glands secrete a foul smelling fluid into the anal area via small ducts. In most cases glands empty naturally due to pressure from each bowel movement. Check out our video about anal glands! There is some debate on the true function of anal glands in dogs and cats. One theory is that they serve as territory markers, and even relay information about sex and age.
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. Defecating outside of the litter box : While this is usually caused by the cat's objection to some aspect of their litter box, it can also indicate discomfort or constipation due to anal gland inflammation.
Many mammals, including cats , have special glands called anal glands or sacs located around their rectum. These glands typically go unnoticed until a cat owner smells the secretions from the glands or there is an issue with them. Knowing the purpose of these glands, as well as the potential issues that they can develop, will help you keep your cat happy and healthy.