Ever wonder why cats are so particular about where they poop? Like dogs , cats are highly territorial. They use scent as a place marker, a communication device, and a personal ID card. A well-placed pile of poop lets other cats know exactly who's in charge of a given space and who was just passing through. The stool gets its distinctive odor from fluid produced by pea-size anal sacs, or glands. As the cat defecates, the muscles of the anal sphincter push the anal sacs toward the stool, causing them to squeeze out their contents.
Does Your Cat Have Anal Gland Problems?
Anal Gland Problems - Cat the Vet
Dogs and cats all have 2 anal glands, which sit on either side of their anus. The role of the anal gland is to secrete a brown oily liquid as the stool passes. This brown oily liquid, holds a unique scent for each dog and cat. A bit like fingerprints in humans. The scent is used as a form of communication to identify each other and mark territories.
Anal Gland Problems
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The cells lining these anal glands produce an oily secretion with a distinct fishy, metallic smell. When your pet passes faeces, the faeces push up against these glands and empty them, coating the faeces with the natural anal gland secretions. Anal gland problems start when the glands fail to empty adequately on their own. The anal gland secretions then continue to accumulate and, eventually, the glands become impacted.