Anal sac problems in cats
Your cat has two anal sacs in his bottom. Similar to a skunk's scent glands, they help mark his territory. They produce a dark, smelly liquid. If a cat has several episodes of anal sac disease, and diet or supplements do not relieve the problem, the anal sacs can be removed surgically. A cat's anal glands can become impacted so they no longer release their scent- marking liquid. Learn how to manually express your cat's sacs. Cats have anal glands which produce fluid into sacs that are located on either side of the anus. Anal sac disorders involve impaction of anal sac fluid, inflammation of the sac(s), and abscess of the sac(s), which can lead to anal gland rupture. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of the disorder here. For instance, inflammation can cause the opening to the anal gland duct to swell and close off the exit route for the secretions. Causes of Anal Gland Problems. Sometimes the stools don’t exert enough pressure on the glands to allow them to release the fluid. This can be a problem in cats with chronic soft stools. Ask your veterinarian about. It is not very common for cats to have recurrent anal sac disease, though some cats do (especially if they are overweight). The anal sacs of obese cats do not drain well, thus these cats are predisposed to recurrent problems. If a cat has several episodes of anal sac .