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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-16-2015, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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My kitty Betty has been with us for over a year. She was 12lbs when we got her and had some teeth issues. A year ago she had her teeth removed and has began eating more and has gained 5lbs.

Since she has put on some weight her back end is a mess. She gets pee and poop all over her fur and she will not let me clean it. I actually take her to the vet every week or so to be professionally cleaned has anyone had this happen to their cat before?

I can sometimes clean her every other day with a wet washcloth but literally her back end is so moist and smelly it's going on a year now and it hasn't gotten better.

Looking for some friendly advice. I have walkin hours tomorrow with her new vet to get her cleaned but I feel as though my cat is the only one who is like that.

Thanks!
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Hi Ashley!
Awww, poor Betty probably doesn't enjoy feeling like that either!
It sounds like you need to request a 'Potty patch' trim for her, it will clear the important areas for her...and you!

What kind of litter are you using? What kind of litter box?
Are you dealing with diarrhea?
What are you feeding her?
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Hello! Thanks for your help 10cats2dogs

My Betty is on a steroid for her teeth every other day and sometimes has dierrieah which causes it to stick to her.

The liter I'm using is a multi cat unscented arm and hammer. She doesn't like anything else! I also got her the biggest litter box at the store. I noticed in her little box one she sits in her pee and we haven't used that one.

I feed her science diet WD high fiber food to help with her poo. Ugh she's a mess I love her but it's been like this for a year.

Weekly trips to the vet are taking its toll!
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Hi again!
If Betty is having diarrhea issues...why did the vet prescribe a High Fiber diet? That doesn't make sense at all! Many of us have had 'differences' of opinion, when it comes to our vets choices in food!:rolleyes: Vets get kickbacks, for promoting 'certain' brands of food...
Are you feeding her canned or dry food?
I hope some of our 'Super Foodies' chime in here for you, with some good food options for Betty!
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Hi Sharon,

Oh no am I not to feed her a high fiber food? Her dental vet prescribed it to keep her fuller and have her poop be more firm. She actually loves it and is also picky on food. Her food is dry. She doesn't like wet food that's like pate it has to be tuna like.

Any foodie suggestions for my kitty? Her poo is mostly formed unless I give her these friskie treats then it's soft.
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Snowy has the opposite of Betty which is constipation. My vet recommend feeding him the Royal Canine Gastrointestinal Dry Food. I know Royal Canine is not the best brand around but I read a lot of rave reviews for the Royal Canine GI Dry Food written by people with cats who has a diarrhea problem.
My other vet say the Royal Canine GI Dry Food is more for cats with soft stool problems so I haven't been feeding a lot of it to Snowy (I try to give as much wet food as I can instead), but maybe you can give it a try
I hope it will help poor Betty.
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Is she overweight? If she's small-framed, 17 pounds would be enormously obese.. my two girls are small-framed and are only 7 pounds full-grown, and they're a perfect weight. But if she's large-framed, she may be considered a normal weight at 17lbs, so I thought I'd ask.

This is a common issue when cats are overweight... they can't reach to groom themselves anymore, and are too large to situate themselves properly in the litterbox, resulting in a messy rearend.

Is she grooming the rest of her fur properly? Or is it looking bad, too?

I agree with Sharon, a "sanitary trim" or shave in that area will help IMMENSELY, especially if she has longer fur. It will prevent the mess from caking up in her fur, and since it is only a partial shave/trim it's usually very affordable at groomers (or the vet, if your vet offers those services).

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Steroids increase the appetite, they eat more, they gain weight. As M&E said, 17 lbs is pretty hefty and may be a significant contributor to the lack of grooming.

While diarrhea can be a side effect of steroids, it's not really all that common. Since you mention that feeding Friskies treats makes the diarrhea worse, it seems that she is sensitive to something in them. That could very well be the case with the food as well.

The use of fiber is fine for both filling her up and for helping with the diarrhea. Fiber will help normalize poop whether a cat has constipation or diarrhea.

My suggestions would be to get her on a higher quality food, something with no corn, wheat, soy, by-products etc. Many of the weight loss formulas are high in fiber to help fill her up. Something like Natural Balance Fat Cats actually has more fiber than the W/D.

Oh....and if you're free feeding...don't. Measure her portions.

I also recommend that you get some wet food in her diet. There are plenty of non-pate options available. Again...high quality, no junk fillers.


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Thank you everyone for the help and advice!

My Betty was 12lbs when we got her and the vet called her a big girl. So I think she has a bigger frame but I do know 17lbs is too much and have been trying to get her to lose weight. I feed her three 1/8 scoops a day breakfast, lunch and dinner.

She's always so hungry and I feel bad for her but I'm trying to be strong to keep her from getting diabetes. Betty has a short neck and she tries to get to her back side but can only get to her tail.

She goes to the vet one a week to get cleaned so for now I guess that's what I'm going to have to do with her until she loses the weight.

Any suggestions for wet food? Thanks a bunch!
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Ashley,
I'm so happy and relieved that Doodlebug stepped in to clear up the fiber issue!
For some reason, I was under the wrong impression...my apologies...

Do ask about a Potty Patch trim tho'...
And I hope someone has some good suggestions for canned food for her!
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