Surgery requires general anesthesia, which always carries some degree of risk, whether the patient is a cat or a person. Their cats will scoot, lick and bite at their rear end and take other steps to try and relieve the discomfort, pain and itchiness that is associated with this condition. Submit a Comment Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. However, cats tend to develop anal sac impactions, while dogs seem to be predisposed to developing anal sac infections or abscesses. This causes a problem in itself, but the follow-on is that the anal glands have filled with their normal sticky smelly stuff and then because of their location.. If you are unable to change the diet, these products may be helpful. What is the Deal with Anal Glands?
Anal Sac Disease in Cats
They coat the faeces with scent and they are why animals sniff each others bottoms. Healthy Pets Healthy Cats Reference. In domestic cats, the anal sacs are considered vestigial, although they do seem to play a large role in cat social dynamics. She starts scooting on the same day every month. If your pet has expressed their anal sacs before, you probably know the associated scent all too well; musky, fishy, and foul!
Expressing Anal Glands in Cats
My hand found the stuff on the sheet. Get Catster in Your Inbox! Surgery requires general anesthesia, which always carries some degree of risk, whether the patient is a cat or a person. Sometimes, I'll get the tell-tale smell when I pick her up. She was the culprit with anal sac issues per the vet and the vet expressed her glands and recommended a high fiber prescription cat food.
It is likely there is something else going on as a simple expression of the glands should not cause this much pain and tissue reaction. They are lined with glands that secrete a smelly substance. Get Catster in Your Inbox! Abscesses are quite painful and do require medical attention. You might ask your veterinarian about that the next time your cat needs the procedure done. I took my cat to the vet for a routine exam today, and she had her anal glands expressed for the first time. Anal sacs sit just inside a cat's rectum, around the 4 and 8 o'clock positions if the rectum was a clock.