Health

July 2013 Issue

An Unmistakable Sign of Anal Problems: Scooting

The glands can become impacted, inflamed or infected if they’re not emptying normally.

Scent is one of the ways cats communicate, and their anal glands help in that effort. The pea-sized glands, or sacs, produce an odor that aids in establishing identity and territory. When a cat defecates, the scent glands empty through two ducts located at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions of the anal sphincter, the band of muscle encircling the anus.

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