Feline anal gland

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Cats can be subtle about communicating physical discomfort. However, any cat who displays the following behaviors may need to be checked for anal gland problems:. Although cats are far less likely than dogs to have problems with their anal glands, it can happen. If the ducts or outlets from these glands become clogged, then the glandular fluid can't be pressed out in the normal way when the cat defecates. The glands can become impacted, and this in turn can constipate the cat and interfere with normal litter box usage.

Does Your Cat Have Anal Gland Problems?

9 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Cat Anal Glands - Catster

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. It is important to understand the function of anal glands also known as anal sacs in cats.

Disorders of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

Ever wonder why cats are so particular about where they poop? Like dogs , cats are highly territorial. They use scent as a place marker, a communication device, and a personal ID card. A well-placed pile of poop lets other cats know exactly who's in charge of a given space and who was just passing through. The stool gets its distinctive odor from fluid produced by pea-size anal sacs, or glands.
The anal sacs are glands located on each side of the anus. They are related to the scent glands in skunks and produce small amount of dark, foul-smelling liquid which is normally squeezed out during defecation. Anal sacs may become clogged impacted , infected, abscessed, or cancerous. Anal sac disease is much less common in cats than in dogs. In cats, the most common form of anal sac disease is impaction.