Poo (feces) sticks to my cat’s hair – what can I do?


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Our question this week was:

I have an 8-year-old long haired domestic cat and when she goes to "poo" the "poo" sticks to the hairs around her bottom and stays there. We have had to have her put under to trim this hair 2 years ago and have now got to have the procedure done again. Are there any tips you can give on how to avoid this problem or make it easier to cope with without having to have her euthanized.


Helena Watson


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that feces (poo) sticks to my cats hair –and want to know what you can do.

Great question with no easy answer. This happens to some cats. Really, you have three options – the first is to ensure that your cat is an ideal weight. This seems to be a more common problem with overweight cats.

Second, keep your cats hair trimmed. This is a more common problem in long-haired cats. It is easier for feces to stick to the long hair.

Lastly, make sure the feces are nice and firm. It is easier for really sticky or loose stool to stick to the hair. Some diets produce firmer stools than others. You can try a gradual change to a new food – try it for a few weeks and observe your cats stool.

In some pets, the feces can stick to the hair so much that they can't push out any new stool. This condition is called Pseudocoprostasis. This article might help you as it gives some additional tips.

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 PetPlace.com, 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.