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I have a male cat who has been fixed and we can't be for sure but we are thinking this only started after he got fixed that it is like he is not cleaning himself. This is gross but it is like his bottom stinks bad all the time. What can we do to stop this? He can be on your lap and you have to push him down b/c the smell is so bad. We did pinpoint in is coming from him bottom. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? My boyfriend has always had cats and has never had to deal with this. Any info would be great! Thanks!
 

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Well I don't really have that problem with my cats but when they were little they used to accidentally step on some of their poo... which was very very smelly. I definitely recommend wiping your cats bottom with cat wipes, they're like baby wipes. Here is a link that make help you from a previous post. :wink:
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I looked at the other post and I am still unsure to what this might be. It only started after he has gotten fixed. My female does not do this and they eat the same food. So I don't see why it would be the food. They have also been on the same food forever. I am wondering if it is his anal glands. ???
 

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I have heard cats can get impacted anal glands and I'm not sure what that is exactly but I think you can take it to the vet to get it undone. Hope you find your answers soon! :lol:
 

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Hi,
My boyfriend's mom has a fat cat that always has dingleberries. It is the grossest thing when you are laying on the couch and the cat jumps up and you can see them there. She uses baby wipes to clean them off. I did catch the cat wiping her butt on the carpet. It was soooo funny but disgusting. Of course it was cleaned with cleaner. I guess cats do that outside so they think they can do it inside. I guess she said one time or a few she had to shave near the cats bum. When she isn't clean she stinks sometimes. Is your cat big? Maybe it's just lazy. I would check with your vet though. :)
 

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I think you're right on with the anal glands. There are sacs on either side of the anus that these glands fill with the fluid they manufacture. It's believed that it may have been a protective measure many, many years ago, like a skunk. Many cats can voluntarily empty their anal sacs, squirting out a pungent fluid, to this day.

If production of anal fluid is normal, most of the fluid is squeezed out of the sacs when your cat passes stool. Cats with consistently soft stool, therefore, may have a problem with emptying out the sacs involuntarily. Feeding a diet a little higher in fiber (like hairball formulas) may help. Even cats with normal stools may express the fluid if they're frightened, straining (like in grooming), or if there is any pressure on the anal area.

A lot of cats whose anal glands become impacted will scoot their bottoms along the floor to try to express the fluid. Your vet can express the sacs when needed. He can teach you how to do it at home, too, if you're brave enough! It's a very smelly, dirty task. Cats with chronically impacted sacs or overactive anal glands may be good candidates for having the glands surgically removed, since impaction can lead to painful infection.
 

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No, my kitty is not fat at all. They are both skinny. I know it is gross but we checked the female last night and she smelled too. So we are going to change the food they eat and see if that helps. He smelled so bad last night he could just walk by and it was so gross!
 

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How long ago was he neutered? Because if it occured recently, it might just be painful for him to clean himself in that area, and maybe even bending in that direction. I know that after my cat got neutered, he didn't clean himself as often as he does now but the vet said that somtimes some cats can be really sentsitive after being neutered. If it's been a while after he got neutered, I would take him to the vet, or even call them and see if anyone knows what's wrong.
 
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