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cats anal glands
snowflake1153 posted:
have a 2 year old cat who was scooting across floor. i took her to the vet and hey emptied her anal glands. then 3 days later i had to take her back again and they emptied them again. is here any kind of supplement that can be given to help with this problem. i am giving her pumpkin every other day that they recommended we try but shes still scooting.. should i change her diet? what can be done to fix this problem besides always emptying the glands. .please let me know if i should change her food. what would be a high fiber to give to cats. please help! thank you
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
"Scooting" across the floor means her rear end itches! Full or impacted anal glands can cause this, but emptying them usually solves the problem for several months. It's also possible she has infected anal glands or some other problem such as a urinary tract disease or intestinal parasites. If the problem continues, your veterinarian may need to look for other causes.

Adding fiber to her diet can help a little. Your veterinarian is the best one to ask for diet recommendations, since they know your cat.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice