If your kitty has a bout of diarrhea, or if she has trouble grooming herself and gets poop stuck on her butt, she'll need your help cleaning up. Note that feces stuck to fur can be a sign of a serious medical ailment. Your cat may have a gastrointestinal infection or a parasitic infestation, or she could be suffering from arthritis or obesity, both of which make self-grooming difficult, so if the problem continues, contact your veterinarian because your cat could be ill.
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Step 1: Prepare the soapy water
Dilute a little cat shampoo in warm water — you'll pour it over the cat, not bathe her in it, so you don't need a lot. But use a ratio of 1-part shampoo to 5-parts water, and mix well. Set it aside, then line a sink or plastic basin with a hand towel — to help your cat get a grip — and fill the basin halfway with lukewarm water. If your cat doesn't like baths, having her sedated and cleaned by your vet or a professional groomer could be your best option. Let a pro clip hair if clipping is necessary.
Step 2: Protect yourself from bacteria and scratches
Put on rubber gloves and clothes you don't mind discarding. Long sleeve apparel works best. Bathing a cat can be easier if you're in an enclosed space, like a bathroom, and if you have a second set of hands to help. If your cat's anus is red, use a gentle hand when cleaning her and apply an antibiotic topical cream to the irritated area when you're done with her bath. If there's swelling or inflammation, make a vet appointment to check for an underlying cause of the problem.
Step 3: Give the bath while your cat is relaxed
Catch your cat when she's sleepy or in a calm state of mind, such as right after she wakes from a nap, if possible. Talk to her soothingly. Cradle her with your less-dominant hand and gently place her in the water. There are also calming treats that can help ease her anxiety, if needed, but consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your feline's diet.
Step 4: Moisten and wipe poopy fur
Use unscented baby wipes — which won't disintegrate in water — or a clean rag to wipe away wet feces, to moisten dry feces or to gently pull away clumps stuck in the fur. If hair is matted with waste, remove as much as you can without hurting your cat using a fine-tooth comb.
Step 5: Soap up and rinse your cat
Pour the shampoo mixture over the affected areas of your cat and gently massage with your gloved hand. Use a hand-held sprayer to wash away the soap residue.
Step 6: Dry your cat
Gently remove your cat from the bath and dry her with a large towel.
Step 7: Clean and dispose of materials
Dispose of dirty wipes in a plastic-lined trash can and dispose of the bag since cat fecal matter can become infective after a few days. Disinfect your tub and tools with an antibacterial spray or bleach cleaning solution afterward. Clean your clothes and towels in hot, soapy water, or discard them.