Cat Always Gets Poop Stuck in Fur

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Charlie in litter box
Charlie in litter box

Cat poop stuck in fur is not a natural problem for cats. Cats’ systems are actually designed to poop properly without getting any cat dingleberries stuck in their fur.

So what’s the problem?

The number one culprit is diet. Think about it: what we eat as humans affects the consistency of our poop, and it’s the same way with cats. If we eat too much fat, we will have sticky poop (an ex-boyfriend’s father once told me – “If you have to wipe more than once when you poop, then you have too much fat in your diet.”). For cats, the problem is usually dry food, so switching your cat to wet food might actually be the simplest solution to the “my cat keeps getting poop stuck in their fur” situation. You might also start keeping a food diary to document what your cat is eating and how it affects their poop. Other possible issues besides dry food could be that there are allergies or a litter box that is too high.

Here are a few other suggestions for how to get dried poop off a cat:

  • Using a tissue to pull off the dried poop nugget
  • Washing or using a wet wipe
  • Getting a sanitary shave for your cat from a groomer
  • Trimming using blunt scissors, scissors with guards, or a bikini or beard trimmer

Many readers like to use the Scaredy Cut to trim their cat’s pantaloons.

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Two very important notes of caution about these suggestions: One, be very careful with using scissors, because this can cut skin and possibly lead to sutures from the vet or worse. Even when owners try to protect their kitty by keeping their fingers between the skin and the scissors, people still report accidentally nicking a cat or mistaking skin for fur. Two, don’t use any shampoo or wipe that leaves a residue a cat would have to lick off—yuck!

Overall, remember that cats should not naturally have an issue with “poopy butt,” so if it’s happening, it is worth consulting a vet and reevaluating their diet. In the meantime, make sure you clean their bottom in a healthy and safe way!


How do you get rid of cat diarrhea stuck to fur? What other tips do you have for how to clean a cat’s bottom in a safe way? Share here!

Comments (2)

  1. As a lifelong cat lover, I’ve dealt with this problem many times. A cat bathing bag is very helpful! The bag I use is made of mesh, has a small top opening for Kitty’s head and an open bottom end for the area that most needs washing. (No idea where mine came from, but Amazon offers a wide variety.) A bag will keep Kitty stabilized and save you from getting ripped to shreds.
    Kitties experiencing chronic diarrhea should be seen by your vet. A common cause these days is hyperthyroidism. Quick diagnosis and daily medication can improve your senior cat’s health and quality of life while giving you more good years together. Our Holy Tara was on hyperthyroid meds for three years before she passed away at 18 1/2. My Baby Mew gets a little ointment in her ear every day, is 17 and doing great.

  2. Excellent topic, Jenny! Thanks for all the great advice and info, as usual! 🙂 <3

    I keep Miss PSB's pantaloons area trimmed every 3 months. I trim and Daddy holds her. I'm always very careful to have my fingers between her fur and the scissors. This seems to be the easiest way for us. Since her diet is a mix of wet and dry food (the dry food part is non-negotiable with my stubborn hubster) we do see the odd dirty but fir once or twice (usually when it's getting close to fur trimming time). When that happens we just assume our positions and I remove the dirty area with my trimming scissors. I do want to get that Scaredy Cat set eventuall, though. Peg highly recommended it to me last year. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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