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What is Scooting?

Scooting in cats refers to a physical action in which your cat will appear to scoot, or drag their rear end, across a surface, typically a carpet or roughened area. This behavior will appear as if your cat is sitting upright in a human posture or as if they are attempting to scratch their rear anatomy. Scooting refers to a symptom of a number of underlying anal, skin, and other rear-end conditions. Although this is not typically an urgent health concern, scooting can mean your cat is in discomfort and the behavior can also have serious hygiene impacts on your home.

Symptoms of Scooting in Cats

Scooting in cats typically appears in the form of your cat sitting and dragging their rear end across your carpet, grass or any other surface. At times, this may be accompanied by a foul odor or residue left behind. Cats who scoot will sometimes also experience diarrhea or other litter box issues such as painful or difficult defecation. Cats may also scratch at their hind end or rub their rear against other objects instead of scooting.

Causes of Scooting in Cats

Your cat scoots as an attempt to alleviate some form of discomfort in their anal area. This can include pain, itchiness, or general swelling or discomfort. Scooting in cats is typically a symptom of an underlying condition impacting your cat’s digestive system. The most common of these conditions deal with the anal glands, small pouches of foul-smelling fluid and oil that are normally secreted when your cat defecates. Common causes of scooting related to anal glands and other issues include:

  • Impacted or infected anal glands
  • Parasite infections, such as internal worms
  • Allergies
  • Fleas causing itchy skin

Diagnosis of Scooting in Cats

Diagnosing your cat’s scooting will begin with a thorough physical exam at your veterinarian’s office. Your vet will ask for a medical history of your cat, including if they have had any issues with scooting before. If your cat has been experiencing diarrhea, blood in the stool, difficulty defecating, or other litter box issues, these are all helpful facts that your vet should be made aware of. Additionally, you should let your vet know if your cat is currently on any parasite prevention and the approximate date of their last de-wormer treatment. 

Your vet will examine your cat’s hind legs, spine and neck to confirm that the scooting does not have a neurological element and is not the result of an injury. Your vet will also examine your cat’s anus. Here they are particularly looking for redness, swelling or any discharge that may indicate impacted anal glands.

Your vet will also collect a stool sample from your cat. Since this may be difficult to time, bringing along a sample from your cats most recent litter box trip may be helpful. Using this sample, your vet will test for parasites such as hookworms and roundworms. This is done by placing a small amount of stool in a special liquid and then examining it under the microscope for eggs, larvae, or other signs of worms.

Treatment of Scooting in Cats

Treatment for your cat’s scooting condition will depend on the underlying cause. In the most common case of impacted anal glands, your vet will be able to alleviate your cat’s symptoms by expressing the glands manually. This is done by the vet gently pinching your cat’s anus on either side of the opening, causing the excess impacted fluid to empty. 

If worms or parasites are determined to be the cause of the scooting, your vet will administer an in office de-worming medication. This is typically a liquid that is squirted directly into your cat’s mouth. Some cats experience mild diarrhea for several days after treatment. This will be followed up with a take-home prescription for regular parasite control. Most traditional heartworm medications also control a variety of intestinal parasites that cause scooting. 

For itchiness, allergies, or other conditions that are causing scooting-like scratching symptoms, your vet will be able to prescribe topical medications or dietary changes to address your pet’s discomfort.

Recovery of Scooting in Cats

In the majority of cats, the prognosis for recovery from scooting is very good. In most cases of impacted anal glands, the original cause of the condition is unknown. There is some connection between a primarily wet or canned food diet and scooting, suggesting that cats that have recurring bouts of scooting may need a higher content of dry food or food that contains more fiber or bone meal elements to aid in proper bowel expression. Prognosis for recovery from an infection of intestinal parasites is also good, with most cats being completely cured within several weeks of treatment. 

Scooting Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Xena
Domestic shorthair
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puked up food
Soft/Runny Stool
scooting

Got two new kittens April 11th. They were originally eating kitten chow from purina, and I had gone to a pet store and was given samples of a different high quality kitten food. After starting the transition on that we decided on Acana cat food instead because of the more natural ingredients. We started our transition to the newest food on April 14th. One of our kittens had a soft/runny stool a couple days later so i thought maybe i was transitioning too fast, i then made the amount of new food less and she has gotten better and now has normal stools. Except my runt kitten has now puked up her food, and has had soft stools the past 2 days. She has also scooted her butt on a surface once. Is there something wrong with the food or could there be something medical going on with her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1252 Recommendations
Kittens are very prone to parasites, and that is my first thought with what your describing. It may be related to a food change, but may be complicated if there are parasites that need to be treated. It would be best to have both kittens seen by a veterinarian, and have a fecal checked to make sure that nothing else is going on.

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Tilly
Domestic shorthair
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scooting, Blood from anus

After using the litter box my cat scooter across the floor. I could see pop on the carpet from her scooting but when I looked at her ants it was bleeding. She has now cleaned herself and is happier.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2740 Recommendations
There are many causes for scooting in cats which may include gland disorders, constipation, parasites, trauma, foreign objects, tumours among other causes; without examining Tilly it is difficult to say what the specific cause may be, however you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and in the meantime ensure that the anus is kept clean by wiping with chlorhexidine wipes after defecation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Crookshanks
American Short Hair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool
Bloody stool, pained meows

My cat has been scooting on and off for about a month now, generally accompanied by pained meows and foul smelling poop. Not every time, but sometimes i will find blood in his poop. The blood is bright red, not darker, which leads me to believe it could be an irritated anus or something along those lines, not so much a parasite, but i would love an expert opinion

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2740 Recommendations
There are many different possible causes for scooting and blood in the stool which may include parasites; but more often involve anal gland disorders, infections, irritation of the lower gastrointestinal tract, tumours among other causes. This should be something you should have your Veterinarian check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lyle
Domestic shorthair
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

scooting

Neutered cat scooting once or twice a day. He was tested for parasites and came back negative. He has no diarrhea or vomit. Eats Hills indoor and a teaspoon of wet fancy feast. Stool look normal. What could it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2740 Recommendations
Generally parasites, anal gland issues or allergies are common causes for scooting; the anus may be irritated for a variety of reasons so you should try bathing the area regularly with a dilute antiseptic especially after defecation and apply some petroleum jelly to the area to easy any irritation and see if there is any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in urine, constipated,

My cat, Tiger, suddenly two days ago started limping and could not use his left hind leg at all. We rushed him to the vet as we thought he was hit by a car. The vet took X-rays and saw that nothing was broken. He was constipated and he lost a lot of blood through his penis?... they kept him overnight and put him on a drip while doing blood tests and urine tests. Results for cat aids and leukemia came back negative. Kidney and liver function was 100%. They tested for crystals and FIT and that was negative. Any idea what it could be? They sent him home with catcam anti inflammatory pain meds and laxitives. He doesn’t want to eat or drink and he is not pooping. His urine is still pink with some blood

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2740 Recommendations
Without examining Tiger it is difficult to say what the specific cause may be; infections, inflammation, tumours, trauma among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. However if no traumatic injury, masses or other anomalies have been seen on x-ray, you should give the prescribed medication a few days to work and monitor for improvement; you should return to your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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