Ever wonder why cats are so particular about where they poop? Like dogs , cats are highly territorial. They use scent as a place marker, a communication device, and a personal ID card. A well-placed pile of poop lets other cats know exactly who's in charge of a given space and who was just passing through. The stool gets its distinctive odor from fluid produced by pea-size anal sacs, or glands. As the cat defecates, the muscles of the anal sphincter push the anal sacs toward the stool, causing them to squeeze out their contents.
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Use these tools to manage your health care profile across the Adventist Health System. A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between your rectum and your vagina allowing stool to leak from your bowel into your vagina. The symptoms of a rectovaginal fistula often cause emotional distress as well as physical discomfort.
Hemorrhoids are usually caused by increased pressure due to pregnancy, being overweight, or straining during bowel movements. By midlife, hemorrhoids often become an ongoing complaint. By age 50, about half the population has experienced one or more of the classic symptoms, which include rectal pain, itching, bleeding, and possibly prolapse hemorrhoids that protrude through the anal canal. Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can be a recurrent and painful intrusion.