Originally published July 19, 2017
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.
Two very important notes of caution about these suggestions: One, be very careful with using cat 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!