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Anal Sac Problems in Cats: A Painful Kitty Condition — 12 Comments

  1. You know the old saying “You are never too old to learn”? I just learned something which never crossed my mind. Thanks so much for opening my eyes. Great article Jo!!

  2. Very informative, as always! 🙂 Thankfully, I have never (knock wood) had issues with feline anal glands. I have a dog (I know…taboo) who has issues every now and then. But only three times in 9 years. I can handle that. Also, just another little bit of info I have gleaned from the vet…routine expressing (like when the pet is routinely groomed) can actually cause more problems than it solves. Her motto is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  3. Though I don’t see any evidence of this problem in the family right now, there have been incidents in the past with other beloved cats; the doctor has taken care of them effectively. Feeding a very high-quality diet and providing plenty of fresh, clean water at all times can’t be overemphasized, can it?

  4. First take kitty to vet to be sure the sac in not impacted or infected.

    Have vet teach guardian how to express the sacs when necessary and how to recognize when there is indeed a problem needing medical intervention.

  5. Lots of excellent information. Our long haired rescue has this problem occasionally. Our vet tuaght me how to fix her scoot problems so that I wouldn’t constantly have medical bills. Getting the word out is the important thing. Thanks for the information.

      • Many years ago I worked as a Cat Chat Host on AOL. One of the things I learned was that unless you are a professional it is best not to give advise. It is a good policy. My suggestion would be to contact your vet and ask him or her the best way to handle this chronic problem. If they say that the cat has to have this done at the office I would find a vet willing to explain the procedure. That way you are taught how to evacuate the anal sacs by a professional. It is not a hard thing to do. It is always a good idea to contact your vet.

  6. Michael,
    The video makers probably had no clue about what this behavior can point to- a potentially serious medical condition.

    Just like some people think fat cats are funny- this is another example of ignorance when it comes to feline health.

  7. Thankfully anal gland problems don’t affect as many cats as dogs, because the last resort surgery to remove them is quite horrible.
    We’ve only had one cat, Bryan, in 40 years who once suffered from the problem, we whisked him off to the vets where his glands were emptied and he was given antibiotics, thankfully it never happened again.
    Prompt treatment is essential, some people delay that by blaming worms for the irritation.

    • It appears that this is another example where greater knowledge amongst the cat owning population is required because if you go on you Tube you will see a number of videos of cats scooting which looks amusing to the video maker but there’s nothing below or in the video which refers to a health problem as is described in this article.

  8. Excellent article on a sometimes ignored cat health problem. It is not uncommon to see cats scooting and it looks cute and odd but a lot of cat owners don’t realise that it could be due to impacted anal sacs or infected anal sacs.

    My late lady cat scooted on the lawn and I diagnosed anal sac problems. As I recall the problem resolved itself.

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