Your cat's foul-smelling anal glands are simliar to the scent glands in skunks. Your cat's anal sacs, roughly the size of peas, empty each time Fluffy defecates. If these sacs fail to empty, they may need to be manually extracted. If you lift Fluffy's tail, you'll notice two anal glands located slightly below the anus on each side. While small in size, each anal sac contains a large number of sebaceous sweat glands that produce a foul-smelling odor.
A cat's anal glands naturally express a scent-marking liquid when they defecate or rub their hind end on the ground. When the duct inside the gland becomes inflamed or swollen, an impaction may occur that prevents the fluid from escaping. This can be painful for your cat and lead to further problems and infections. Assuming your cat has been examined by a vet, with no problems found with the anal sacs, you can help by manually expressing the anal sacs. It's not the most enjoyable experience for you or the cat, but it is necessary for your cat's health.
See files for Cats. Unfortunately not all the interactions we have with our cat are head rubs and cosy naps. There are responsibilities we have as cat guardians which require a little more intimacy.
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.