Why do cats and dogs rub their bottoms on the floor?

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We love them, our pets! Even if we don’t always understand them… Especially when they frantically rub their behinds on the ground. But why the hell are they doing this?

‘Cause they just don’t have arms to scratch their ass

Our furballs rub their butts on the floor simply because it’s the easiest way to scratch. Just like humans, pets sometimes get itchy spots on sometimes inconvenient parts of their bodies. And when a pet’s bottom gets itchy, dragging them on the floor is the easiest way to relieve that untimely itch.

Necessary monitoring if your pet rubs too regularly

Sometimes it’s just itching with no consequences, every once in a while it looks like they’re boogie-woogie. However, in other cases, it can be symptoms of more serious things.

The irritation of the anal sacs can for example be one of the triggering factors of these comical movements. The anal sacs are two small glands located on either side of the cat’s or dog’s anal opening. Experts aren’t quite sure how useful they are, but some vets believe the fragrant fluid the glands release lubricates and flavors their feces. It thus marks their territory or attracts a partner. In dogs, it is relatively common for the sacs to become infected or clogged, but this is less the case in cats. The animal may move onto the buttocks due to this severe irritation, potentially leaving feces or blood behind.

When completely blocked, these anal sacs can swell and eventually burst. It’s best to take your pet to the vet before this happens so they can empty the anal glands, clear the blockage, and end the irritation.

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Those pests again!

Intestinal parasites are another common cause of the famous “boogie-woogie”. Pets can’t smell the parasites in most of their intestines, but they can feel them wriggling near their poor anus. If your pet has a parasitic infection, veterinarians can diagnose it using a fecal test and administer appropriate deworming treatment.

Either way, keep an eye out!

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