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Scooting Problem?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Has anyone had a cat that scooted its hind end on the floor? My cat keeps doing this and is leaving marks all over my carpet. She is a little overweight and she does not have diarrhea. I'm not sure what to do about this. Ohh..she doesn't have worms eitehr..she was just to the vet. Any suggestions ?

Leigh Ann
post #2 of 13
It sounds like your cat may have impacted anal glands. You should take her to the vet to check. If she does to have them expressed (or drained).
post #3 of 13
Yeah, it's time to go back to the vet. Scooting is a classic symptom of impacted anal glands. This is serious, as it can become infected, so definately get your cat checked out.

Good luck.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. How easy of a fix is this anal gland problem at the vets ?

Leigh Ann
post #5 of 13
I've never had a cat with this before - in general though I get the impression that it is not particularly difficult to treat.
post #6 of 13
mine also do this if they have a Klingon, but i assume you've checked that.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by leighann75 View Post
Thanks for the replies. How easy of a fix is this anal gland problem at the vets ?

Leigh Ann
If there is no major infection they will just need to express (empty) the anal glands and perhaps your kitty might need some antibiotics.

But don't let this go - anal gland can become impacted if left untreated.
post #8 of 13
Hi Leighann,
I have never had to have the anal glands expressed for a cat, but I have for one of our dogs. It takes about 10 minutes and cost me about $20 and then if you are lucky you are rid of the problem. You probably will not even need an appointment. I know of people who do it themselves but it is truly gross and I am happy to pay the $20 to have the vet tech do it.
post #9 of 13
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Hi Leighann,
I have never had to have the anal glands expressed for a cat, but I have for one of our dogs. It takes about 10 minutes and cost me about $20 and then if you are lucky you are rid of the problem. You probably will not even need an appointment. I know of people who do it themselves but it is truly gross and I am happy to pay the $20 to have the vet tech do it.
Same here...she showed me how to do it, and I left with my 130 pound dog thinking, "Gee, I'm not ever sticking my hand near there...I'll just bring him back if I need it again."

It's an easy, quick, painless process...you'll probably notice she'll smell a little better too
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by leighann75 View Post
Thanks for the replies. How easy of a fix is this anal gland problem at the vets ?

Leigh Ann
It won't take long at all. Less than 5 minutes. Your kitty will not like it, but it will make her feel better.

If the problem continues, your vet may suggest adding fiber to kitty's diet to bulk up the stool, so the anal glands can express themselves.
post #11 of 13
What are some things that would add fiber, PurrPaws? My cat recently had to have his anal glands expressed. And you're right, he didn't like it a bit. If I can, I'd like to avoid the necessity of having to have that done again.
post #12 of 13
You can add some pumpkin to the diet (pure pumpkin, not spiced). It doesn't take much, maybe a tsp to a tbsp per day (and you may not even need it every day, but once or twice a week). Some cats even like the taste.
post #13 of 13
Yes, pumpkin, metamucil mixed in with the food, all-bran cereal, bran muffins. My vet has some chewable fiber tablets. Unfortantely Polly has been through all these options and doesn't like them much. But your cat probably will.

Prego loves pumpkin; he a spoonful some everynight and licks the bowl clean.
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