My cat has poop stuck in his butt

by Anonymous

My cat has a dirty bottom (poop still in his butt, yet he used the box to poop)!

We became cat owners as a stray cat in the neighborhood needed a home, and all of the cat shelters in our area offered dire solutions for the poor baby.

We have a small house (875 square feet) and already have two dogs). Anyway, this cat is extremely friendly, is not fazed by either of the dogs, but does sometimes have a little poop clinging in his bottom that needs to be cleaned up.

This has happened pretty regularly. He has left some stains on our beds and little pieces of poop on the floor. I have taken him to an initial vet visit (he is getting neutered on August 3), and he was treated for worms, nothing else.

We are feeding him Blue Buffalo Blue indoor healthy cat and there don't seem to be any issues with eating (he loves his friskies cat treats, as do our dogs)!!

I appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you.

My thoughts: Thank you for adopting! If the vet says he's healthy, then I'm wondering if he has a lot of hair in the gut that's causing this problem? This isn't all that uncommon in my experience.

One of my cats, Frankie, had that problem as well. She had longish hair, and it would sometimes prevent the poop from coming all the way out.

She would sometimes race from the box (as cats will do), and drop some of the poop on the floor. Other times, she was fine, and yet other times, I'd have to hold her and pull the remaining poop out of her butt.

Not too pleasant, but that's what cat parents do. :)

If that's the case, talk to your vet about doing something about the hair in the gut, and you'll just have to watch him and do a "butt check."

Also, if his poop is dry, he may be constipated and that may be a problem as well. Some of my readers have found that adding a small amount of olive oil to their cat's food has helped with that, and most cats seem to like the taste.

Another option is adding some unspiced canned pumpkin to the food, which you can buy from Amazon.

Getting your cat to drink more water and feeding wet food can help with the constipation as well. Most cats don't drink a lot of water, and if you're feeding dry food, the moisture content is too low. So that's something to think about.

If necessary, there are other treatments for constipation and too much hair in the gut that you can explore.

I hope that helps and please update us on his progress,


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Oct 19, 2018
Huge chunk?
by: Kurt (Admin)

@Anonymous with kitty with huge chunk,

If I had a cat with stool that was too hard and too large to pass, I would seek medical attention for him right away.

Oct 19, 2018
poor kitty
by: Anonymous

This didn't help my poor kitty has a huge chunk trying to pass but his butt is too small - how does it pass! That is what I am trying to find out.

Jul 20, 2015
by: EugeniaRita

I agree with the anonymous comment about cutting the hair around your kitty's butt hole. I have a long haired cat too and I've been cutting his hair all over his body. When it gets so long he looks like a big puff ball. And he also has the poopy accidents just like your kitty. But I've never cut the hair around his butt hole cause it's never been that long there. But now that I've read about your problem and the response you've gotten I will be trimming the hair there. Thanks to you and all the responders who have brought this issue to my attention. Ain't cats fun??? (smile)

Jul 16, 2015
Poopy Kitty
by: Grace

I have a Manx who sometimes has this problem. I learned that Manx are not only missing their tail but they are also missing the "structure" for a tail that begins further up the back. This also means that they are missing some of the muscles that control pooping.

I also have a Ragdoll who has problems similar to yours. Seems that they are prone to constipation.

She has learned to be quite calm and patient when I stick her rear end in the sink to wash her off. This seems to be the only solution as attempting to wipe the area just makes more mess.

Good luck. This is unpleasant for all involved. Most of all, thank you for rescuing this kitty!!!!

Jul 15, 2015
poopy butt
by: Anonymous

Trim the hair around his backside that's what we do for our long hair cat.

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