4 ways the cat butt can give you a bigger picture of your cat’s health
What do some cat veterinarians talk about when they are at a party together? Cat poop of course, says Dr. Jean Hofve, holistic veterinarian, author and founder of the Little Big Cat website. Why? Because a cat’s poop condition is one of the quickest ways to determine what could be wrong with a sick kitten. Poop is important to your cat’s health, so it stands to reason that the place it leaks, including the cat’s stub, is where it leaks. Here are four important things you should know about cat cob care.
1. Cat Butt Dingleberries
If you have a long haired cat like my Romeo, you’ve likely seen small pieces of feces cling to a cat’s butt every now and then. It’s especially impressive when you spot this right after your cat has jumped on your pillow and your face is two inches from the annoying lump.
Dingleberries can appear when your cat’s poop is soft and is especially common in cats with diarrhea. When your cat has the legs, it’s a good idea to have a veterinarian examine him or her right away.
The best thing that you can do to keep the berries in check is to rid the cat’s butt of excess fur. You can do this carefully yourself or take your cat to the vet or snow groomer for a “hygiene treatment”.
2. Should you wipe a cat’s butt?
It depends on. Does the affected cat butt need to be wiped off? Technically, your cat should be able to handle it on its own, says Hofve. However, she adds that there are circumstances in which he will need help.
- Soft poop: If your cat’s poop is softer than normal, it can stick to her bum. Usually your cat will come by himself, but he may not be getting everything so you may need to help.
- Overweight cats: If your cat is overweight, it can be difficult for him to reach all the way behind to clean up, explains Hofve. This is a good incentive to put your chubby kitten on a diet, right?
- Arthritic cats: If an elderly cat has arthritis, they may also have trouble bending enough to get to their manure chute.
Warm water on a soft washcloth is the best way to clean a cat’s butt, advises Hofve. You can also use baby wipes or pet cleaning wipes like Earth Bath All Natural Cat Wipes, which I sometimes use.
Wipes are fine if your cat can’t reach her bum on his own at all. But if your cat can reach but just hasn’t done such a great job, just use plain water. You don’t want your cat to lick itself and then ingest the mildest chemicals from the towels.
3. Cat Scooting
We have all seen this common problem with cat butts. Your cat jumps out of the box and immediately drops to the floor and appears to be wiping his bum with your carpet. Or sometimes it can happen out of the blue. Regardless, nobody wants to have to remove skid marks from their bright Berber carpet.
However, cat scooting is a good thing as it indicates that there is a problem. From diarrhea to allergies to worms, there is something behind that and your cat’s scooter should tell you that she is not feeling well. If your cat pulls her bum to the floor, see him at the vet.
4. Common cat cob related health problems
It is a good idea to pay attention to what is going on inside your cat’s butt. When you know what the outcome is, you are prepared for health problems. But also watch out for the cat butt area. If something strange is going on down there, take your kitten to the vet right away.
- A common problem that can occur with a cat butt is swollen anal glands. The anal glands, which are located on either side of the anal opening, secrete an important scent that covers the poop and is used for marking. Normal feces that come through the rectum put just enough pressure on the glands to release the odor. But if a poop is too hard or too soft, it won’t cause that release. Over time, the glands retreat and swell and feel uncomfortable.
- You will likely not be able to see the affected glands because “they swell inward,” says Hofve. But she says, “The shooting is one of the signs that the anal glands are affected. Or your cat will lick the area a lot or do weird yoga positions to try to reach it. “
- If your cat exhibits any of these behaviors, get them checked at the veterinarian. If the problem affects the anal glands, they will be emptied manually by your veterinarian. And, warns Hofve, don’t try to express the glands yourself. Improper technique can cause quite a mess.
- You may also regularly see small wiggling things (gags) in your cat’s poop or hanging out of the opening. If you do, take your cat to the veterinarian right away. These are likely worms and if they are hanging around in the exit area the problem is already advanced. Indeed, if something strange is hanging off your cat’s bum or in its poop (like string), take him to the vet. Even if the string seems to have come out all the way, there may still be a piece left in your cat’s body. Your veterinarian will do an x-ray or ultrasound to make sure there is no more string tangled in your kitten’s organs.
Who knew the cat butt was such an important area? When you stay up in your cat’s shop, you will be informed and informed of its health.
Tell us: What problems with cat butts have you encountered?
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This piece was originally released in 2012.