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Cat rubs its butt on floor
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tedsthe1 posted:
My cat has rubbed its butt on the floor (carpet and wood) for about 3 years now. He does this primarily after a bowl movement, but sometimes just seems to be scratching his butt. Our vet has checked for worms and has checked the rear glands. Nothing. Any ideas?? Have you seen this in cats before???--Thanks--Tedsthe1
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Mama2littleBoy responded:
Sounds to me like your cat needs his anal glands cleaned.
 
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Drew_Weigner_DVM_ABVP responded:
If a cat scoots on the floor, it means his butt itches! Seriously, that's exactly what it means. Your veterinarian's job it to find out why. There are several causes, including parasites and anal gland issues. Other common causes are cystitis (urinary tract disease) and diarrhea (should be obvious.) Some cats just do this because it feels good. One of my cats started doing this when she had diarrhea and continued for a while after it cleared up. I had to convince her this was not acceptable behavior. Lastly, a very common cause of this in cats who have or had fleas is tapeworms. This particular parasite rarely shows up on diagnostic tests. There is an injection that is very effective that won't harm a cat who doesn't have them, so it can be given to see if it resolves the problem. Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP The Cat Doctor


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