Sunday, November 9, 2014

Anal Glads and Cats

Anal Glands and Cats….

Most dog owners, especially those of small breed dogs, know the anal glands need to be expressed on a regular basis to prevent the glands from becoming impacted.  In the United States, many groomers will express the anal glands of small dogs for a small charge.  Did you know it is illegal for groomers in other countries to express anal glands?  Countries such as Canada considers expressing anal glands an invasive procedure that should only be performed by a veterinarian.

Cats verses Dogs, two different species.  Both need their Anal juices to mark their territory and lubricated their bowl movements.  However, felines also release their anal glands when they are angry.  Kitty’s Purrfect Spa, does not need to offer anal gland services because an irritated, stimulated or angry cat will naturally release their anal juices.  When a family member is playing dress up, tea party, or warriors with kitty, and kitty escapes because kitty smells, that is what happened.  Out of irritation, kitty’s juices started flowing.  This is a natural feline response.

During the grooming process, kitty will express their own glands at least three times.  The first being the moment kitty realizes it does not have a choice and will be groomed.  During the bathing process while kitty’s bottom is being cleaned, and during the drying process when the room temperature forced air hits kitty’s private parts.  If kitty is having any kind of shaving in that area, it will release their glands another time. That being said, if your cat is struggling to defecating, you need to seek the advice of a veterinarian.

Thank you Pudge, a regular client, for showing us your before and after picture!

June 2014 Kitty's Purrfect Spa Newsletter

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