My 9-year-old female cat started having anal gland problems last year

It is true that the only function of these glands is the identification of members within a specie. Problems with anal glands are very common and here is what’s causing them- loose stool. If the stool of your cat is always firm she won’t be having problems with anal glands because anal glands usually empty when the cat defecates. On the other hand, if her stool is soft it may not exert enough pressure on the glands. Then the glands will fail to empty.

Symptoms of this condition resemble other problems with adrenal glands in cats including:

Anal gland problems do exist in cats, but it is infrequent compared to dogs. As we have shifted our pets to premium-quality foods containing no fillers, it seems that some pets need a bit more fiber than others to create enough stool volume to enable evacuation of the anal glands. In a few pets, the anal glands become a source of enough difficulty that the pet is better off without them.Because cats and dogs have been domesticated for so long, they have lost the ability to voluntarily empty the glands; recurrent impaction or infection makes the pet miserable. Cats really do not need anal glands, so surgical removal is always an option. The surgery is uncomfortable for the patient during the healing process, but it cures the problem. If dietary changes with added fiber combined with annual expression of the glands do not alleviate the problem, consult your veterinarian about a surgical solution.

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So, basically, one of the main causes of cat’s anal gland problems is the human owner. One of my cats had anal gland trouble, etc. when she was more overweight. I was feeding her one of the dry formulas for overweight cats and it made the problem worse because it was constipating (and it was messy when she'd become "unplugged".) For awhile, I was taking her to the vet for shaves that were called "poop shoots" just to try to keep that area clean since her size made it hard for her to clean herself.

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My indoor cat, who is quite nervous, gives off a noxious odor from his anal glands frequently. It used to be only when frightened, but now my bedroom reeks every morning. The vet found no problems with his anal glands – not even full. He’s a great cat and we can’t give him up, but we need to find a way to coexist without gas masks!

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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. This case is illustrative because the majority of urinary problems in cats are not caused by bacterial infection. Many are caused by anal glands problems and crystals in the urine caused by diet. Obviously, a urine analysis is critical to sorting these problems out and treating the situation correctly. Often people attribute these pooping and peeing out of the box to behavioral problems whereas 90% of these turn out to be due to physical problems- often –anal glands problems.