Gland issue, common in Sphynx?

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  1. Annejo12

    Annejo12Senior Lairian Senior Lairian

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    Hi everyone:
    My Raphael has had plugged anal glands twice in the past 3 months. Is this a common issue for Sphynx cats? It happened the first time in June. I noticed her licking her butt vigorously so I took her to the vet thinking it might be worms. Then this month I noticed her licking her butt more often and she turned quite nasty towards me, biting for no reason. I had her at the vet again today who squeezed the glands out. Unfortunately for my Raphael her glands aren't located at the anal opening which is normal for cats but her glands are further back and down. We had increased her fibre intake in June and have increased it again today.

    Has anyone else had this issue? She screams when the vet has her finger up her bum squeezing the glands. I'm sure it is very painful for her.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks all.
     
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      We had a Bengal that had to have his anal glands expressed starting around age 18. Our vet shared often it means ongoing expressing of them....but our boy proved he was not one to be with the odds. We had his glands expressed twice and everything corrected itself after that. We do see increasing fiber through canned pumpkin can help ...[​IMG]not pumpkin pie filling, but adding a tablespoon of pure pumpkin with their food twice a day has helped some.
       
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      My peterbald had badly placed anal glands. We opted to have them surgically removed when he was 5 years old.
      I have not had a sphynx with anal gland issues but you are not alone. As a groomer I see a lot of animals with issues. Usually in high allergen seasons.
      Sounds like you are on top of the situation. More fiber in diet and watching your cat for symptoms.
       
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      • Annejo12

        Annejo12Senior Lairian Senior Lairian

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        Thank you. I will look for 100% pumpkin.
         
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          Thank you. I was going to check with the vet about gland removal if increasing her fibre again doesn't help.
           
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            I switched foods with my one pet - problem solved
            (Off Zignature food and no more problems )

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            The food I feed my kitty is recommended by the vet. I will try adding pumpkin to increase the fibre. Since the glands don't seem to be in the right place I wonder if she will always have issues. Thanks for your input. I always appreciate the input on this site.