Hello again! Back with a bathroom issue :(
Hey everyone! I was a new member to this forum a while ago and then my hard drive decided that it was time to retire after a good life and lots of usage. Bummer, but it happens! Anyway, I lost a lot of stuff including my favorites and without the link, I forgot all about this awesome cat site!
I have a lot of reading to catch up on; I love just reading posts and learning more about other people's cats and the complexity of the cat psyche in general. You can never learn too much, you can never know everything!
I have several issues to post about, I will keep this post to just one of them. You have all been really friendly and helpful the last time I had cat issues to post about, I really appreciate it!
So here it is... We have three cats, one of them is a 7 year old male Himi/Persian named Tao (the kids named him and mis-pronounced it from day one lol - "Tay-Yoh"). His picture is up to the left. He is a wonderful, accepting, affectionate cat who never seems to have a problem with anything. A while ago he started having problems with his butt and his bathroom habits. He is very furry and long haired, which creates problems on his underside, matts and dreads have to be brushed frequently. Subsequently, he has a pretty furry pooper. He will come in sometimes from being outside (where they go to the bathroom) and have crap all over his butt and up the base of his tail! It's almost like he forgets to clean it (or doesn't want to) after he goes, and then just sits down on the whole mess. We keep him groomed in the spring and summer, but it gets cold in the winter and we don't want him to freeze and never go out. We trim his butt fur from time to time, usually at bath time, but he hates it like nothing else (the trim not the bath). It's the only time he has ever growled or hissed at us! Every time he comes in all crappy we have to wash him; he hates the increased frequency of his baths and thinks we are punishing him, and I am worried that we are washing him too much (skin/fur issues?)
I just don't know what to do, my girlfriend (his mamma) is sick of washing his butt all the time, and I am worried about how Tao is through all of this. We had the vet check him out to make sure it's nothing physical/internal and he checks out ok.
Might anyone have any suggestions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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