3 Cat Butt Health Questions

If your cat clearly has butt issues, one of these three cat health concerns might be to blame.

Why does my cat after she leaves her litterbox start dragging her butt on anything she can find? Sometimes there’s poop or a little blood on whatever she drags it on. —
Susan Tussing

Causes might include:

In addition to causing butt itchiness, worms — tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms — can lead to digestive issues, dehydration and anemia in your cat and problems for you as well.  Your vet can tell you which type of worm your cat has (if she does have them) and prescribe a treatment protocol. To limit your cat’s chances of infestation:
•    Keep her inside. Cats can get worms by ingesting an infected animal or licking her paws after walking across soil where infected animals have defecated.
•    Be vigilant about flea prevention. Fleas can have tapeworms, and if your cat ingests them she can get infected, too.

Your cat, especially if she has long hair, might not have as clean a behind as she would like.
•    Check out her poop. If it’s runny she may have a health issue or need a diet change. If she’s not pooping regularly she could be constipated. Both conditions are irritating.
•    Consider her physical condition. If she’s overweight or arthritic from old age she might be having trouble tending to her backside. You can help by cleaning the area with warm water or giving the hair back there a trim.

Cats have anal glands that are filled with fluid to help them mark their territory. It’s usually released during normal litter box visits, but the glands can get impacted. Your vet can take care of it.

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