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

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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