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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand your cat is scooting on the ground. I am curious if you have observed small white flakes on her rectum or hair that may resemble grains of rice? Also, can you please tell me if you know if Finnegan has ever had a history of fleas?
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Thank you for the added information about the flakes and fleas. A common cause for scooting in cats is either parasites (as you stated) or impacted anal sacs. Tapeworms are the most common cause of parasite that will cause scooting and they appear as small white flakes that may resemble grains of white rice. They usually will be found sitting near the anus.
Impacted anal sacs is another issue that can affect some cats. These are located at approximately 7:00 and 4:00 positions below the anus. Occasionally they can get impacted with fluid and be painful. This results in a scooting behavior to help soothe. If this is the case then the best thing to do is to have them expressed. If they are impacted and the fluid is unable to get out, then the anal sac can eventually rupture. This is not a dangerous situation, but it is typically uncomfortable and will require antibiotic treatment. If the anal sacs are able to be expressed then that can prevent the rupture.
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