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.
What Is an Anal Gland Removal in Cats?
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Anal gland removal is the surgical removal of the anal glands, located on either side of the anus. These glands secrete a pungent smelling odor when the pet defecates or is frightened or alarmed. Although anal gland problems are relatively uncommon in cats, surgical removal of the anal glands is indicated whenever the anal glands are severely infected, continuously obstructed or a tumor develops in the gland. Preoperative tests depend in part on the age and general health of the cat as well as the cause of the anal gland removal.
Cat Anal Gland Info
They connect to the anus by means of small canals called ducts. Anal sacs produce and store a dark, foul-smelling fluid. These are the same types of organs that a skunk has to scare away its enemies and mark its territory.
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