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Anal Sac Disease in Cats

By: Dr. Cathy Reese

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  • Be familiar with your cat's defecation habits. This may sound strange, but it can be very helpful if you notice subtle changes in your cat's fecal size or shape, frequency of defecation, and manner of defecation. The more you are aware of what is "normal" for your cat, the quicker you will be able to notice something going wrong. As with most diseases, early detection and intervention is best.

  • Be familiar with your cat's body. Look under the tail, feel your cat's body. You should be able to detect lumps or weight loss in your cat.

  • Bring your cat to a veterinarian for an annual complete physical exam. Develop a relationship with one doctor so that he or she will get to know your cat's body and habits. This will help your veterinarian notice subtle changes from year to year.

  • If your veterinarian prescribes medications or instructions for treatment of one of these diseases, follow their instructions carefully to get the best results.

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