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Dragging bum on the carpet?!

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
MY cat just came out of the litterbox and dragged her butt all over the carpet?!

She's NEVER done that before!

I know with a dog it means that the glands need to be emptied, but I have no clue what it means with a cat!

Is this normal behavior or should I take her to the vet?
post #2 of 24
It could be worms.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
worms cause that?

I dewormed her(and my other cat) for roundworms and tapeworms about a year ago and haven't redone the treatment because neither of them(or my other critters) go outside.

I DID babysit a kitty last month though and she had tapeworms. I redid the tapeworm treatment for my cats and the cat I was babysitting though, but I didn't give them the pills for roundworms.

Hmmm...maybe you're right!

I'll see if the pills are still good for the roundworms. If not then I'll just take both kitties to the vet and get them dewormed this weekend.
post #4 of 24
Could be worms or maybe she just had some poop caught on her butt.
post #5 of 24
It could be worms or it could be an anal gland problem- it certainly signifies discomfort and I would take her to the vet.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, should I take her to the vet tomorrow, or give her the worm meds and see if that works first. It certainly doesn't hurt to save a bit of money, lol, but if she might have something more serious then I'd take her to the vet and not want to put it off by giving her the meds.
post #7 of 24
Doesn't hurt to have her looked at, but I know that Bella did this once because she got some poo stuck on her butt...luckily it was linoleum and not carpet

So, it may not be dire...she may just need some adjustment on the food if she's having soft poos and the vet rules out worms...
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by TortieBaby View Post
Well, should I take her to the vet tomorrow, or give her the worm meds and see if that works first. It certainly doesn't hurt to save a bit of money, lol, but if she might have something more serious then I'd take her to the vet and not want to put it off by giving her the meds.
It's always nice to save money but I would not be guessing about this....
get her checked by your vet for blocked scent sacs....
call and ask if you can bring in a fresh stool sample.
The vet can check for worms and suggest the right treatment.

Let us know what you find out.
post #9 of 24
You don't know what kind of worms she might have, or the correct dosage. I would take her in.
post #10 of 24
If it were me I'd take her to the Vet now, just to be sure.
I know my Gracie started dragging her butt on the carpet a couple of years ago.
I was 99.9% sure that she didn't have worms so I took her to the Vet, her glands were blocked.
Once the Vet opened them up, no more bum dragging.
post #11 of 24
My Himmie usually does that when he gets poo stuck around his butt. Usually if he ate something that didn't agree with him and he has weird poo or something. I check their poo all the time and any vomit I might find for worms. If you have SEEN any worms then you can just treat them based on that. Tapeworms look like rice and roundworms look like spaghetti. If it has been a year you could always deworm them again as routine yearly thing, just in case. Mine get dewormed every year for round and tapes. Just make sure you are using the RIGHT dewormer from the vet or the pet store. There are a variety but you have to look for the correct ingredients. PM me if you would like me to explain this further. Dosages are right on the box or bottle.

But it could also be anal sacs that need to be expressed. Which is not something you want to put off.
post #12 of 24
Take her in and let a professional help you with this...
better safe than sorry.
post #13 of 24
The one time Wally did that, it was when he had diarrhea due to a food change...he just had some poo stuck to his bum. As the vet put it, he was using the floor as toilet paper.
post #14 of 24
Unless you really know what you are doing,
I would not worm my kitties on my own.
Many cats have been harmed by on overdose or a dose that was ineffective.
post #15 of 24
The vet worming treatment is much safer and more more effective than home worming treatments.

Did you get poop all over the carpet after she did it? If so, I would guess she had poop stuck to her bum - my kitties have had that before. If there was no poop though, I'd guess worms. If she does it again, make an appointment for the vet.

ETA: I'd also try to check around your cat's butt to see if you can see any worms.
post #16 of 24
Ugh, one of our cats had some poo stuck to his bum but rather than use the carpet, he decided to do the poo scoot on my bf's jacket right before he was due to go out to a meeting.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by whuckleberry View Post
The one time Wally did that, it was when he had diarrhea due to a food change...he just had some poo stuck to his bum. As the vet put it, he was using the floor as toilet paper.
Tonka is known to do that! He's long haired and uses my floor for TP
post #18 of 24
Do you have an update?
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey! Sorry, I forgot to updat ya'll.

I took Bestia to the vet and the vet said it was probably worms since there was nothing visibly wrong with her(except a red bum from rubbing on the carpet, lol). He gave her some of the liquid dewormer.So far so good, no more rubbing!
post #20 of 24
I'm glad you finally got to the...excuse the pun..."bottom" of her problem!
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Graciecat View Post
I'm glad you finally got to the...excuse the pun..."bottom" of her problem!
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Haha. I guess that's a good way to put it!

She's got diarreah too, so maybe that will go away now as well. :/ They've been on Innova Evo for over 2 months now, but I think I'm going to switch the kitties to Chicken Soup next week. I'm sick of having to scrape liquid poo from the litterbox rake(it's electric). :x It's good food, but not worth the mess and stench!
post #23 of 24
Wow, this is caused by worms?


One of my cats has been doing the same thing lately on my bed. (disgusting)
He will drag his butt across the bed. I thought he was just doing it to wipe his butt.
post #24 of 24
It CAN be caused by worms, but there are other reasons for it too.
Like with my Gracie, she needed her anal sacs expressed and like others have said sometimes they have poop stuck on their little bums.
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