Why Do Cats Drag Their Butts?

February 15, 2024

If you’ve ever seen your cat dragging their butt across the floor or carpet, you may be a little grossed out. This behavior, called scooting, is more common in dogs but can happen to cats too. Cats scoot for a variety of reasons, but it can be a sign that something is wrong.

The first thing you should do if your cat is dragging their butt is examine the area closely to make sure nothing is stuck. A piece of poop or litter might be stuck under the tail and they can’t reach it with their paws. This might trigger them to lick and drag their tail in an attempt to get rid of the offending material.

Another common cause of butt dragging is that the tail is irritated or itchy. Cats have very sensitive skin, especially around the anus, and a small growth or skin tag can trigger a lot of itching. If you notice anything on your cat’s derriere, you should schedule a visit to the veterinarian.

It’s also possible that your cat is trying to stimulate their anal glands. These two small glands are located on either side of the anus opening. They are responsible for secreting a smelly fluid to lubricate the anus and help mark territory each time your cat poos. When the glands are stimulated, they release their scent and signal to other cats that a cat is in the area. The stimulation of the anal glands is also essential in nursing kittens from their mother.

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