But they don’t always do a thorough job on themselves, do they?
There are a few reasons why a cat won’t be able to get himself completely clean, according to Dr. Hofve, holistic veterinarian and author of the site Little Big Cat.
They’re Overweight –Chubby kitties sometimes have trouble reaching around their extra girth to reach their behinds.
They’re Seniors – Older cats might suffer from arthritis which can make it hard for them to bend and reach enough to get to their bottoms.
They Have Soft Poop – If your cat has diarrhea or soft poop, pieces might cling to his “pants” – the fur around his derriere. Your cat should be able to clean himself, but he may need help from you.
So what can you do to help your poor, poopy pet?
Wipes – Use fragrance-free, natural wipes specifically made for pets. Make sure not to use human baby wipes as they can be irritating to a cat’s skin and you don’t want them grooming themselves after and ingesting any chemicals. There are a few options for wipes just for this purpose.
Washcloth and Water – Dr. Hofve says warm water on a soft washcloth is also a great option.
Sanitary Trim – Keeping the fur around your cat’s bottom trimmed can make it easier for him to get there himself and also prevent poop from getting stuck in his fur. Use grooming scissors made for pets or even ask your vet to administer a “sanitary trim.”
You may feel a little silly wiping your cat’s tushie but in the long run you are not only helping him, you are also doing yourself a favor by preventing poop ending up in places you don’t want it.
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