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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. Its important to treat an infection right away or it may turn into an abscess. If the anal glands are inflamed or infected, they become swollen and tender. Your cat may try to relieve the irritation by scooting his rear on the ground or frequently biting or licking at it. Your veterinarian can express, or empty, the contents of the anal glands and treat for infection, if needed. An infection may only be the beginning of the problem if our cat has problems with their anal glands. If our cat has liquid coming from their anus as described in the previous section, we should take a look at the gland itself. When the gland becomes red, then purple as well as enlarged, we can suspect an abscess has formed. Feline anal glands become problematic when the ducts become blocked, a condition called anal sacculitis. Problems can also occur if your cats anal sacs are making too much fluid. This keeps the substance from coming out of the ducts, causing it to get thicker and possibly allow infection to form. A cats pea-sized anal glands are located beneath the anus, at about the four oclock and eight oclock positions. They release a cats distinct scent whenever the cat defecates, along with clear, oily. 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. Dogs arent the only ones with anal gland issues! Find out what causes issues with cat anal glands and how theyre treated. Infection leading to abscess infected anal glands become swollen, painful, and red. If caught in time, the infection may be treated with antibiotics, however, abscesses must be drained by a veterinarian. These glands secrete fluid every time your cat has a bowel movement.