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Old 05-20-2009, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have noticted about every 3 weeks to a month where Bailey scoots his butt on the bathroom floor after he uses the litterbox. I have to track him down where ever he is in the house and clean the poop off his butt. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening?!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, even my girls do that when they get a piece of dookie stuck to their butt, which isn't often, thank goodness!

I'm sure the sight of me chasing a kitty who's trying to run as fast as she can away from me while dragging her butt on the rug is something they laugh about while I'm at work.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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From what I understand, I think this could be a fiber problem? If the cat doesn't have enough fiber in their diet it is more difficult for them to fully evacuate their bowels. Another indication of a problem, is cats who have diarrhea (similar to a lack of fiber) and cats who have anal gland problems, will do the butt-scoot.
A vet exam could identify a problem with anal glands and if they need to be manually expressed. You could bring the cat in periodically for the vet or a groomer to do it...or they can teach you how to do it yourself.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Im thinking maybe its because im not giving wet food on a daily basis, or a few times a week.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have him on purina kitten chow and it has 4.00% of fiber in it..
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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haha.. I guess they just love to make a mess for us to clean
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are you cleaning up diarrhea or is it solid and just stuck? If it's diarrhea, you need to look at his diet...Cat Chow is a pretty poor quality food with possible allergens that can cause diarrhea. Since I don't have any background on Bailey, there are other possibilities for diarrhea (like parasites), but the food jumps out with the info you provided.

If it's solid but just stuck...is Bailey the cat in your avatar or one of the kittens in your signature? If he's one of the kittens, it looks like they're long haired....might need a potty patch...a shaved area around the butt to provide clearance for the poop.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My sister's kitten, Keanu, would always butt-scoot after going poop. He had worms, and the runs and always had stuff stuck to his butt. I would supervise him and wipe his butt after he went, be he'd scoot anyways, even when it was all clean.

Maybe he had an itch? I don't know. He stopped doing it when his poop improved with his new diet.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well i don't know for sure but i weaned some kittens with Purina kitten chow and they all ended up with really hard poo and one kitten ended up with a prolapsed anus that had to be surgically put back in. that was the dry stuff some pumpkin helped the other kittens.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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doodlebug- luckly its soild. I plan on switching his food when this bag is halfway done so I can slowly switch him over to the new food.
btw-Bailey is the one in my avatar...

anyone have any good kitten food to recommend that doesn't cost a whole lot. Im a first time kitten owner and I have no clue whats good and bad in the ingredients..


thanks for everyones input, I appreciate it..
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