When bacteria build up in the anal sacs, it can cause an infection. It can become so painful and itchy that your cat may show signs of fear or anger. It’s important to treat an infection right away Author: Kara Mayer Robinson.
Anal sac disease is a common and very smelly problem. If you have ever experienced an atrocious odor coming from the backside of your beloved cat, you have probably had the pleasure of smelling anal gland discharge. Anal sac disease can occur when a cat’s anal glands fail to expel fluid properly.
Anal sac disease in cats can be caused by bacterial infection or gland impaction. Bacteria can infect the anal sacs due to the close proximity of the glands to the anus. Feces naturally contains healthy bacteria from inside the colon, which can travel into the ducts during a bowel movement.
The anal glands are one of the anatomical areas where cats have it all over dogs. It’s unusual for a cat’s anal glands to become impacted, inflamed or infected, although some cats have overactive anal glands. If your cat gives off an unpleasant odor, that may be the reason why.