Q: My cat is 13, was last wormed just over a month ago and has been rubbing his bottom across the floor.
Q: My cat Sammy is 13 and I've noticed today that he doesn't seem able to go for a number two! Also he has been rubbing his bottom across the floor
(outside luckily)! He is on Advocate and was last wormed just over a month ago. I work nights so would be easier to take him on my night off on Friday, but do I need to rush him down now? He's eating and drinking fine and seems his normal self.
A: If Sammy seems otherwise well in himself, the problem is unlikely to be urgent and should be able to wait a couple of days until you can take him to the surgery. However, if you notice any other problems (for example, if he loses interest in food, becomes lethargic, starts vomiting or seems unable to pass faeces) then you should take him to your vet immediately.
The two main reasons why Sammy may be rubbing his bottom on the floor (also known as "scooting") are tapeworms or impacted anal glands. Tapeworms are transmitted either via fleas (which Advocate should prevent if you are using it regularly every month) or through eating wildlife (mice, birds, etc). Advocate does prevent roundworms and hookworms, but is not active against tapeworms. If you are not using any other wormers with the Advocate, ask your vet to prescribe Sammy a tapeworm preparation.
Anal glands are two scent glands located just within a cat's anus, and they can occasionally become blocked. Your vet should be able to express them quite easily, especially if this is the first time they have blocked. With more long-standing anal gland problems the glands can develop a lot of scar tissue, become quite difficult to express, and may need other treatment.
There are other reasons for scooting as well, for example wounds or small lumps in the area. If you take Sammy to see your veterinary surgeon he/she will be able to examine the area thoroughly and determine the source of the problem.
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