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.
Signs & Symptoms of Anal Gland Problems in Cats
Disorders of the Rectum and Anus in Cats - Cat Owners - Veterinary Manual
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.
How to Express Your Cat's Anal 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.
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.