So, I do not bathe my cat, I do try to brush her. She is a long haired maine coon mix (that is what I call her anyway). So, her "rear end" always stinks. Here is why, because her hair gets peed on, and makes a little matt and then stinks like.. well, you get the picture.
Sorry to be graphic.
I know people trim their dog's hair in the rear end for this reason, but do people do this for their cats? I don't know if I would trust someone to shave her back there, and it would take an ARMY! She used to not have this problem, but she is getting older, and probably lazier and is not keeping herself as clean.
I COULD dunk her in the bathtub, but that requires serious armor on my part and is not worth the anguish it puts her through.
Thoughts? I just never got her used to bathing. She is about 9 yrs old.
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kdubbs, you don't really have to shave her back end. I have a long haired cat; so on occasion have the same problem. If you wrap her in a towel (this takes 2 people) take a small sharp pair of scissors to the most offensive area, and cut the hair. It looks much better, I think.You could also try and catch her, after she's gone to the bathroom, and use some baby wipes on her.It works for me; so good luck.
I wonder if you could, instead of giving her a full bath, maybe sorta "bird bath her". See if you can just get at her back end with a wash cloth and just concentrate on that area. She might take better to that then trying to submerge her whole body completely in water.
Be very, very careful if you use scissors! We were trying to use scissors to get a mat off of Cassie before, had her in a towel, one person holding her and one person snipping, and she jerked at the last second and it tore her skin open on the back off her leg! Nothing that a stich and 10 minutes of anesthesia couldn't fix, but I (as the snipper) felt horrible. And on top of that I had to deal with the moronic vet's office/ANIMAL HOSPITAL! we were using at the time, who wanted to turn us away since we didn't have an appointment, but then decided they could squeeze us in... after sitting in the waiting room (full of dogs, mind you) for 2 1/2 HOURS! But that's another story... suffice it to say we don't use that vet office anymore!
Of course you will be very careful with the scissors. The first person will be holding the cat firmly with the arms in the towel, the second person, will hold one leg at a time, and snip with small, sharp scissors. The other tool I find useful is a brush, just to catch any unwanted cling-ons. You should probably use gloves, and wear heavy protective clothing. Sounds silly, but a mad cat can cause some serious gouges.
I don't mess with scissors anymore. I take my long-hairs to the groomer once a year, in May, and shave them... all over. I know it's horrible, all that pretty fur, but they are so appreciative when the weather gets warm (My thermastat in the summer stays at 78F, 65F in winter). If we are too late with the shaving they won't let me touch them, and do nothing but lay on the linoleum floor all day keeping cool. But it takes a good while for it to grow back out, and brushing and handtowels and bathing keeps me from dealing with the stinky mat issue in the winter. Now, we get a hygenic shave done on my male corgi with every nail trim, about every 6 weeks.
I agree with Rainbowzoo on the scissors. I had a similar incident involving Bailey's tail, anesthesia, stitches, $450 and extreme heartbreak that I could do something so stupid to my baby. My vet was wonderful though. And they all know me well since I am in there often so even the doctor came and sat down with me to comfort me and tell me it wasn't so horrible. My cats all have long hair and I occasionally have to do "bottom baths" to clean up the hair back there. I just fill a small dishpan or the sink with water and get the towels and shampoo ready and bathe just the butt. The problem with the scissors happened when the bath didn't get it all clean so I tried to cut instead. I have also had 2 of mine shaved and it took about 3 months to get their full coats back. So I would imagine if you shaved the cat's back end it would be good for a couple of months.
I have a short haired cat but she can get kinda smelly... I find that putting more, cleaner water in her boal helps and since she is a nossy little cat she waits out side the door of the bathroom for me so sometimes I just tease her with a little spray of the sink it also helps though it can be a little mess it gives her some moisture to lick around and get out the smelly fresh out of the litterbox smell. YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS WITH A CAT WHO COMPLETELY HATES WATER BECAUSE THEY MIGHT ATTACK THE SOURCE OF THE WATER :(
There is a product called Luster Bath (Walmart carries it in my area)I use to use on a shorthair I had with some hygene issues. you just wipe on with a wash rag, then wipe it off with a towel. Kitty doesn't really get wet and my cat loved it. She just thought I was petting her. It kept her clean and got rid of and kept away fleas. I dont know how well it would work on long hairs though . . .
I also have a maine coon mix, that is getting older and also has a 'stinky butt'. I keep a container of Witch Hazel wipes in the room with the litter pan, and a couple times a week, he gets a refreshing wipe off. At first, he didn't care for it too much. Now, it's just part of the routine. Get your fur brushed, get your bottom wiped off. It's got a nice clean smell, and no more 'stinky butt'.
My older cat passed away a few weeks ago. What I have learned since is that as cats age it is actually important to brush them as it helps stimulate something needed for a healthy coat as they no longer can groom themselves very well. Also, I know many people who take a pair of scissors and trim the area around the rear so as not to have the problem with "odor". YOur kitty will appreciate it as she would probably love to be able to get rid of the odor herself but can no longer do so. Cats hate to be dirty.
I have a very large kitty who has trouble cleaning himself so I use wet wipes for him. My trick is that I wait until he is asleep and mellow. If you need to trim the backside use nail scissors that have rounded ends. I use the baby scissors that I used to trim my girls nails with when they were babies.
Hope that helps. Also keep in mind that some cats may have trouble with an anal gland. BEWARE! If you are cleaning him and it burst you will NEVER forget it!