I would definitely wait to see if your kitty has an anal gland problem before you try to mess around back there
. Look for signs of discomfort (the cat gets very angry when you go near his rear and tries to maul you, scooting on his butt [which Anne mentioned], redness or swelling of his butt [which could indicate an infected sac], a brownish stain on his butt not like what you may have seen from him not cleaning so good back there, and the gross smell [also mentioned by Anne]). If you notice just a bit of a smell and no other problem, you could try giving him a wipe back there every once in a while (better than dealing with the goop that comes out of the sacs
Hopefully your cat is one of the many that just expresses the glands normally when he has a bowel movement. However, if you end up having to do it and are having problems, try taking a look at this site:http://www.vin.com/PetCare/Articles/...tal/m00486.htm
It's worth a visit just to see the Flash animation :laughing: . Also, you could just leave the expressing to the groomer or a vet.