How Can I Prevent feces being caught in my cats fur?


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Our question this week was:

My Ragdoll kitten, "Bodie" is 9-months-old and has long fur. Occasionally, after he uses the litter box, he has some feces caught in his fur. What can I do to prevent this? Is it his diet causing this or should I just clip the fur back there?

Leslie B.


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that your cat occasionally has feces caught in her fur along her backside. For long-haired cats – there is not much you can do. Keeping the fur trimmed can help. Trim carefully and I recommend NOT using scissors, as it can be easy to cut the skin.

Use clippers if you trim his hair.

An article that might be helpful to you is Grooming Your Cat.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.