Quite a common problem with which the owners of the pets appeal to the vet is a sudden change in animal behavior. If the cat suddenly begins to scratch the place under the tail, trying to wipe the anus on the carpet or otherwise shows concern, you should carefully examine the affected area.
When Is It Normal?
Long-haired cats may experience discomfort after defecation. If faeces remained in the fur under the tail, clean animals try to do their best to get rid of them. Usually this manifests itself when a cat is itching bottom on carpet after going to the toilet. This phenomenon is absolutely normal in the wild cats often use grass and leaves for this purpose. However, the problem must be addressed, since a cat can stain carpets, linens, or the floor. The owners of long-haired animals, there are two options – either to wash the cat’s bum after using the toilet, or to trim long hair under the tail. The first option is difficult to implement, as it is not always possible to catch the time when a pet goes to the toilet. The best way out of this situation will be trimming the wool so that pieces of feces do not remain and sand from the cat tray did not get stuck in the hair.
Helminths in Cats
In cases when a cat has itchy anus, the problem may be due to infection of worms. The owner should carefully examine the anus of the animal and examine the contents of the tray. Abundant infection of the cat with worms, which is accompanied by itching, cannot go unnoticed, as the parasites are necessarily found in the feces. This problem most often occurs either in very young kittens or animals under natural feeding. Insufficiently cooked meat and fish retain the eggs of worms, so the cat can get infected even if it does not walk in the street.
Note!Treatment includes taking drugs against worms. Such drugs are toxic and can cause poisoning of the animal, so they should be prescribed by a vet. When cat has itchy anus it is necessary to take the pet to the veterinarian and take a stool test, by the results of which the veterinarian will choose the best drug for treatment.
In some cases, simultaneous anthelmintic therapy may be required for all family members and other animals living in the home, as the eggs of worms easily penetrate the body when there is contact with an infected animal.
Inflammation of the Oara-anal Glands
Para-anal glands are located on either side of the anus and serve to generate the particular sharp-smelling secretion, which is used by cats to come into contact with others. For a number of reasons, these glands can become clogged and inflamed, which causes severe discomfort to the animal. You can suspect a blockage of the glands by the following symptoms:
- the cat is itching bottom on carpet;
- the animal is gnawing its own tail;
- the pet is frequently scratching and licking anus;
- there is an unpleasant smell.
Scratching the anus on the carpet in this case is nothing but an attempt to free the glands from the accumulated secret. Blockage of the para-anal glands with subsequent inflammation develops against the background of frequent constipation and decreased muscle tone. Most often this problem occurs in adult cats older than 3-4 years. The inflammatory process is dangerous for the development of an abscess of the para-anal glands. Upon the opening of the abscess purulent masses can get in the bloodstream, leading to sepsis. In particularly severe cases, blockage of the para-anal glands can lead to death.
It is quite easy to identify the problem with the para-anal glands by the specific smell emanating from the cat, and the release of thick liquid when pressing on the area around the anus. The most effective method of treatment is mechanical cleaning of the glands. An inexperienced person should better contact a veterinarian for such a procedure. The vet presses the areas around the anus with his thumb and index finger, as a result, a thick, sharply smelling secret is released. This procedure is repeated several times until the complete release of the glands. It is enough to see once the course of the procedure, the next time you will be able to cope with the cleansing of the glands on your own.
With a strong blockage, when external influence could not completely eliminate the ducts, the introduction of a finger into the anus of the cat is carried out, followed by pressure on the glands from the inside to remove the accumulated secret. At the initial stage of development, the inflammatory process can be stopped with the help of drugs-anti-inflammatory candles with Ichthyol or levomycetin in the composition.