Cat keeps getting poop stuck to butt – how to stop

Here are the most common reasons for cats that repeatedly get poop stuck around their butt (sometimes referred to as a fecal mat). It’s a bit of pain for cat owners if they have to clean the butt every time the cat does its toilet business.

Unbalanced diet

Poop is more likely to get stuck to the cat’s butt if it comes out at a certain consistency. Runny poop or diarrhea, for example, is highly likely to leave a mark around the cat’s butt. Runny poop could be a result of unhealthy eating habits, such as eating too much fatty food. It could also happen when the cat eats something new. Try to minimize frequent changes in your cat’s diet. Make sure the cat is getting plenty of fluid and a healthy balance of nutrients.

Anal gland issues

The “poop” that is getting stuck to the cat’s butt might not actually be poop. It could be the dried secretion from the cat’s anal glands. The secretion of the fluids would normally occur during a cat’s bowel movement so it may be nothing to worried about unless the stuck “poop” is accompanied with other concerning symptoms and behaviors, such as scooting and excessive licking.

Poop stuck in hair

Poop might continue to get stuck because of the long hair surrounding the cat’s butt. A gentle and careful trim might prevent more poop from getting stuck the next time the cat is in the litter box. Professional grooming service might be necessary if your get cat doesn’t stay calm in the presence of a scissor or a clipper.

Dirty litter boxes

How often do you clean the cat’s litter box? Cats are quite particular about their “bathroom”. They may end up having to poop in an awkward stance if the stools are not getting scooped out on a regular basis. The awkward stance may lead to poop getting stuck on the butt fur.

It’s perfectly normal for poop to get stuck to the cat’s butt from time to time. We would highly recommend having delicate cleaning wipes ready in case it happens again. These wipes will soften the hardened poop and make it much easier to get rid of them from the cat’s butt.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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