Anal gland disease is a common problem in cats and dogs. The anal glands, also called 'anal sacs,' can become impacted, infected, and abscessed. Affected pets may lick the anal area, 'scoot' along the floor, or have problems with defecation. Cats will also spontaneously express their anal glands when alarmed, much as skunks do. Some veterinarians believe the anal gland is vestigial because it requires hard feces to properly express its fluid. Cats with ongoing anal sac impactions or inflammation may be treated by removal of the anal sac, which has no real physical function. Anal gland tumors, which are not common, will also be treated by removal of the whole sac.
You may never see a single flea on a cat with true flea allergy because they have such a reaction to only one flea and in their desperation to lick and groom, they swallow the flea. This is usually done in the case of recurrent infection or because of the presence of an anal sac adenocarcinoma , a malignant tumor. Yes, take the cat to the vet. Using your gloved hand, pinch the two anal glands under the anus, using your forefinger and thumb. That doesn't sound like feline anal glands secretions. This page was last edited on 31 May , at Can be large or small in size.
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