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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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He has started to scoot his on the carpet like rubbing it

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he has started to scoot his butt on the carpet like rubbing it has become alittle bit of a winer the last couple of days and has hissed at me twice this morning not normal is eating ok and looks ok
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: spanky not quite sure but alittle under 2 years
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about spanky?
Customer: no 1 of 3 the newest one about 9 months now very very playful the two older don't care much for him
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Although many vets would immediately assume that Spanky's anal sac glands are infected/impacted, the most common cause of his scooting is anusitis and perianal inflammation due to an allergic dermatitis - atopy (allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc.) - or food intolerance. For now, you can rub a liberal amount of an over the counter hydrocortisone cream thrice daily on to and around his anus which might suffice to normalize him. Severely affected cats can be treated with a systemic glucocorticosteroid such as prednisolone. Have Spanky's vet express Spanky's anal glands to assess for infection/impaction but if not found, consider treatment with either the cream, systemic steroid, or both.

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