Cat Health Guide: “Cat Anal Glands.”

 of How to Express a Cat's Anal Glands was reviewed by  on January 3, 2017.
Your dog most likely needs his anal glands expressed. Anal glands are small glands found near the rectum of many mammals including dogs and cats. Normally when the animal defecates the sphincter muscles squeeze these glands and release a secretion. For various reasons, such as the conformation of your pet or a bout of soft stool, the glands are not released properly and need to be expressed by a veterinarian. If left untreated, anal glands can become impacted or infected. If you believe your dog (or cat) may be having anal gland problems, we recommend coming in for an anal gland expression. Other signs of a problem include excessive licking, straining after defecating or a foul odor coming from your pet’s rear end.
Your cat's foul-smelling anal glands are simliar to the scent glands in skunks.
The subject of anal glands, while a fact of life for all cats and dogs, may be a bit odious for the breakfast table. You’ll want to finish your tea and crumpets before reading further. Cats will also spontaneously express their anal glands when alarmed, much as skunks do.Anal gland blockage tends to be more common in dogs but can happen to cats, too.with anal glands. In addition, a brief discussion of indications and pros/cons of
Your cat has two small glands under its tail that are about the size of peas. These glands are referred to as anal glands or scent glands. Secretions from these glands mark your cat’s stool with an odor that identifies…
Your cat has two small glands under its tail that are about the size of peas. These glands are referred to as anal glands or scent glands. Secretions from these glands mark your cat’s stool with an odor that identifies your kitty from other cats. This helps your cat establish its territory.Your cat has two small glands under its tail that are about the size of peas. These glands are referred to as anal glands or scent glands. Secretions from these glands mark your cat’s stool with an odor that identifies…
Uncommonly, your cat’s anal glands may become full and not express properly. This can happen if the anal gland ducts are plugged by abnormally thick secretions. Anal gland impaction can lead to infection and abscess. Often, impaction is not recognized until infection is present.Under normal circumstances, the anal glands are emptied by natural pressure when your cat passes a bowel movement. Your cat may also spontaneously express its anal glands if alarmed or upset. The secretions inside the anal glands are normally composed of foul smelling liquid that is light gray to brown in color. It is not necessary to have your cat’s anal glands expressed unless there is a medical reason to do so.Your cat has two small glands under its tail that are about the size of peas. These glands are referred to as anal glands or scent glands. Secretions from these glands mark your cat’s stool with an odor that identifies…
Anal gland infection normally develops after impaction. You may notice your cat scooting, licking under its tail more, and you may even see visual swelling. Anal gland infection is very painful and should be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.Home care (after anal gland infection treatment) may require warm packing the area for 10-15 minutes twice daily. Your veterinarian may also prescribe pain medication and oral antibiotics.