Originally Posted by jread
She's 13.5 pounds, which is overweight for her size but other people are telling me that their cats are larger and still have no trouble cleaning themselves. Also, I've noticed that she gets poop stuck in the hair around her butt and this may be what she's trying to get off. I don't know why she doesn't clean herself the way other cats do... maybe she doesn't know how.
Ok, that explains a few things. It sounds like she's a long hair kitty, so that's why she's got poopie stuck on her hair? I just replied to another thread about cutting their kitty's hair around the butt area so there's less sticking. Long haired cat.
Maybe that's something that would help you?
13.5lbs don't mean much in itself. Could be right, chubby, or grossly overweight, depending on her build, but generally that's chubby for a typical female cat. You're probably right, she may not know how to clean herself either. In which case, shaving her behind may help her and you a lot.
So if other people are telling you that their cats are larger
and still clean themselves, then we can strike from the list the "weight preventing it". Again, only you know what your cat can do (do you have pics somewhere? We love pics
) Still, it's a good idea for her general health and well-being to get to her right weight.