Do You Wipe Your Cat’s Butt?

Should you wipe your cat's buttSure, our fastidious furry feline friends are experts at grooming themselves and often get right to work “down there” after a litter box visit.

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.

Do you wipe your cat’s butt? Share in the comments below!




  1. Hi,
    I save old baby wipe containers or large coffee containers and wash them out well. Then, I simply place a roll of paper towels in a large bowl, wet them entirely with water and remove the cardboard insert. Then I put the paper towels in a large coffee container. I usually tear off every 2 sheets. It takes 5 minutes. I used to make a solution of 2 cups hot water, 1 tbsp. coconut oil and 1 tbsp. earth pet all natural pet bath wash but the paper towels with water work just fine. I wipe my 2 cats bums almost daily, or as needed. I studied essential oils and please note, they are NEVER safe for cats. Water and paper towels are just fine. I have them in tubs around the house for easy access. Be safe and enjoy your kitties!

  2. I just use parents choice unscented wipes. No reason to spend more money than you have to. Been using these for a long time and if you can use them on infants, then they’re definitely okay for cats and dogs. Save your money!

  3. I definitely wipe my cats bum. When I first adopted her she had a bad case of the runs for a few weeks and it drove me nuts as she kept getting it on her paws when she tried to cover it up and then walked all over the carpet and I had to wash loads of the carpet with washing liquid all the time.

    I decided that enough was enough and i would wipe her dainty little butt after each poop and help her scoop the litter over for her. She definitely did not like the wipes but it had to be done, poor girl. Now her poop has hardened up but i still like to give her a little wipe as it is piece of mind for me and then I am happy to let her roam the whole flat and let her onto anything knowing it should be clean.

    When she had the runs she would sneeze and bless her a little poop came out too! One time while she was curled up on my lap! She is so cute I just cannot get angry at her and its not really her fault at all.

    You bring the pet into your life so you have to be ready to look after it too.

    • Yr comment is very touching and holds a lot of truth. That’s exactly how i feel about my two cats. The 8 y/o is a little on the chubby side and she has anal glands, which have been a problem all her life despite the good food. Anyway, after her bathroom visits i have to wipe her behind or she’ll scoot to try to clean herself because she can’t reach her behind. She’s a handful, and not very nice. But i chose to bring her into my home (she was rescued from a dumpster at a few days old) and so i have to do right by her. Plus, she’s all over everyone’s beds!

      My 5 y/o mixed persian/maine coone is another story. He’s very affectionate, attached, communicative, but wakes me up at weird hours to feed him! Omg! But i love my cats and i can do anything for them! Lucky basards! Lol

  4. i wipe my cats tuchy with a regular human wipe…. she is not allergic to them but does hate the process!!!!!… i give her a bath once a month but at least once a week i use these same wipes (huggies) to wipe her fur all over… i have asthma and this helps me lots….you dont need special kitty wipes at all… i use chamomille baby shampoo to bathe her … there is no aftersmell and she is not allergic to that either…

  5. I wipe my Baylee’s butt EVERY night. He likes to lay in my bed and sleep with me. He’s is going to have a clean butt and paws. I use Johnson & Johnson baby wipes, unscented, all over maybe 3-4 times a week. The smell is just like a baby and he Loves it!!!! and he smells great all the time. His coat is shiny and glossy, healthy looking. Those kitty wipes are so expensive. The baby wipes do not have anything (as far as ingredients go) less than the ones they say are strictly for cats.

  6. Haha! You know, I thought that in having kitties instead of kiddies, I’d never have these conversations. Guess I was wrong! LOL!

    Most of the time, my 8 take care of themselves just fine; however, I have been known to wipe a bum or two when someone’s having a rough time. I also bathe them sometimes if they get really sick. (Thankfully, that’s rare.)

    I have kitty wipes, but they dried out. When I need to use one, I simply take one of the dry ones out of the tub, run a little water on it, and voila!

  7. Tripsie, being long-haired and having only one hind leg, can sometimes have trouble with dingle berries, and also with keeping herself clean *down there*. And Kitty’s arthritis also makes it hard for him to clean himself in those hard to reach places. We just get refillable baby wipe containers and use those.
    Sometimes though, when Tripsie gets a dingle berry and doesn’t want any help, she goes ZOOMing off through the house to shake it off. Made for some fun surprises when we moved our furniture.

  8. Ah, yes, I’ve done my fair share over the years of wiping many a cat’s butt. When I had my long-haired kitty she had dirty pants 70% of the time. I think she came to expect a wipe-down as part of the litter box routine!

  9. I also have 13 cats, but my Eli, lovingly nicknamed Mr. Poopy, has occasional explosive diarrhea episodes if he’s been upset or frightened. I keep a box of regular baby wipes handy for these occasions. He’s mortified when I have to wipe his butt, especially with the others watching, but he’s a much happier boy when he’s all clean!

  10. LOL!!! Just the title of this piece alone got me to laughing!
    While I don’t necessarily wipe off the butts of my male kitties, I DO end up PULLING pieces of dried poop off of the behind of my senior torti! Makes my girl VERY angry as it probably hurts, but darn it, I get so tired of seeing that piece of literally ‘carp’ sticking out from some area of her butt! Thanks for the link to the all natural, fragrance free and hypo-allergenic grooming wipes. Will definitely pick up some of this product.
    OH! You probably know this, but perhaps others don’t, when one’s cat IS scooting across the floor this could very well be a sign that your kitty has worms. Bring your baby to the vet for a check to make certain that there are no parasites making her/his anus itch!

    • Another thing that can cause cats and dogs to drag their butts across the floor is impacted anal glands, which can be expressed by a vet or (much cheaper IMHO) groomer.

  11. Yes, I have wiped kitty butts…and I’ll do it again, anytime they need me to 😉 I usually use a facial tissue, but I’ve been tempted to use baby wipes or my bird’s Poop-Off wipes. They’re non-toxic and very safe for birds, which are even more sensitive than kitties to some things. That said, I will be searching for some TushieWipes, just for the girls!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.