You may notice additional symptoms including licking of the anal area, redness, irritability, diarrhea, discomfort, or changes in litter box habits.
To deal with feline pacing, it’s best to see your vet for an examination to get down to the bottom – no pun intended – of the problem. The good news is that hurrying cats is often easy to treat once the underlying cause has been identified, and treating the cause of the problem often resolves the hurry problem.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about cat prospecting and what you can do to help your cat solve this embarrassing problem.
What is the fastest cat?
If you’ve ever caught your cat rubbing its back against the carpet, as if trying to wipe itself – you’ve watched an episode of Cats! Cats and dogs act this way if they feel itching or discomfort in or around the anal area. You may also notice other signs that your cat is uncomfortable, such as licking the area frequently, redness, swelling, discharge, or a foul odor.
Sometimes the bout of speeding only happens once, and then your cat will be fine afterwards. Other times, your cat may continue to rush a lot or appear depressed.
If the latter occurs, it may be time to visit your vet to determine the cause of your cat’s rapid behavior and to begin appropriate treatment for the problem.
Reasons for hurrying cat
One of the most common causes of cat rushing is the anal glands being affected. Anal glands – properly called anal sacs – are small sacs located inside your cat’s anus between the internal and external anal sphincter. These cysts contain sebaceous glands that naturally secrete the fluid that is expressed from the cysts when your cat defecates.
This fluid is used as a signal to other animals to mark the area and can also be released when the animal is stressed or frightened. If the anal sacs cannot empty normally due to an impaction, infection, inflammation, or mass in the anal sac, fluid builds up in the sac causing discomfort which may precipitate.
Cats may also fuss if the anal area is irritated for other reasons, such as itching due to allergies, dermatitis, or parasites. Inflammation and discomfort can also be caused by diarrhea, constipation, curly hair around the anus, or other medical conditions, so it’s important to see your vet for a checkup if your cat is hurrying too much.
When do you see a vet to ride cats
Sometimes you’ll catch your cat running once and then never see it happen again. If your cat is otherwise healthy and has no other symptoms, you probably don’t have to worry.
But if your cat is on the move frequently or has other symptoms such as licking the anal area, redness, irritability, diarrhea, discomfort, changes in litter box habits, or other changes in health or behavior, it is best to see your vet for an examination to determine the underlying cause. The behavior of speeding up your cat.
Your vet is likely to ask you some questions about your cat’s behavior, such as when it appears and how often it occurs. He will then perform a complete physical exam and may recommend some additional tests such as a stool sample analysis or blood work to help determine the underlying cause of your cat’s rapid behavior.
Your vet will also be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment to help ease your cat’s discomfort and help stop the scurrying.
Elizabeth Racine, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Racine is a Small Animal General Practice Veterinarian covering all matters relating to pet health and wellness.
How to treat cat speed
Since rushing behavior is often the result of a problem with the anal glands, the first thing your vet will do is perform a rectal exam to check the anal glands and extract fluid from them. If the anal glands are full, expressing this foul-smelling fluid is often enough to ease your cat’s discomfort and resolve the rushing problem.
Some cats simply need to express their anal glands once and then they are good to go and have no other problem. Other cats may need to express their anal glands on a regular basis to prevent problems. Your vet will likely recommend monitoring your cat for any recurrence of the speeding behavior and interfering for other anal gland expression if this occurs.
If your cat has chronic infections or inflammation of the anal gland, or if an anal gland tumor is your cat’s discomfort, the anal glands can be surgically removed in a procedure called anal anal resection. Your veterinarian will tell you if this procedure is necessary for your cat’s health.
If your cat’s discomfort is due to other underlying causes, such as diarrhea, allergies, or parasites, your veterinarian will prescribe the appropriate treatment to address these issues. In these cases, treating the underlying cause of the discomfort will resolve the cat’s rushing behavior.
Home Remedies for Fasting Cats
Although there are many home remedies on the Internet for cats rushing, most of these remedies are ineffective because they do not treat the underlying cause of the rushing behaviour.
If your cat is running off quickly, it is best to see your vet to address the problem head on. In general, you should not try any home remedies or over-the-counter remedies without first consulting your vet for advice.
One of the home remedies that are usually recommended for cat hurrying is to add canned pumpkin to your cat’s diet. The theory is that by adding fiber to your cat’s food, you will “bunch” the stool and increase the likelihood that the anal glands will be expressed when your cat defecates.
While this home remedy is not likely to work, it is not likely to harm your cat. However, if you decide to try this treat, make sure you are using regular canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling that contains sweeteners and spices that may be harmful to your cat.
While cat rushing may seem harmless, it is a sign that your cat is uncomfortable and needs veterinary care. Fortunately, most speeding behaviors can be resolved relatively easily, but sometimes speeding is a sign of a more serious problem.
Your vet will help you determine the best course of treatment to speed up your cat, so your cat and your cat can get back to normal!