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Grooming Siberian Cats

Siberian Cat Tipday Thursday: How do I prevent poop clinging to kitty butts?

Sounds like a strange question but it’s actually one we get a lot though not as much from the 100% raw feeding homes.  It still happens though and perhaps more so in winter with the fuller coats.

So far we’ve not found a fool proof system but it helps to figure out what may be causing the issue to begin with.  It’s not just the long hairs though giving the cat a careful trim with some scissors just to get the hairs that straggle or hang too loose down the leg and underside of the tail can help.  Some cats if they get very bad can be given what groomer’s call a “Sanitary trim” usually for Persians where they use an electric trimmer to shave most of the fur off the back of the legs.

The cat can be causing this too by not crouching properly while eliminating and this can be caused by a litter they don’t like being “odd” to their feet, too deep, hard to walk on or keep traction or the litter box could be too small so that they have to slouch and scrunch up and cannot get the crouch right.  So, especially if you have a big cat make sure there’s a big enough box to fit at least two cats in.  If you have more than one cat make sure you have a minimum of one box per cat and one extra.  So three cats you would have four boxes placed around the home.  If a cat feels rushed or harassed while using the box she may not use her box correctly.  So, make sure she has options in case another cat is playing territory games not allowing others access to the litter boxes or the freedom to use them in peace.  Also other pets and children.

The next possibility is that the cat is not getting enough liquids.  Even with raw feeding they are missing out on the natural blood that would be in fresh kill prey.  Most processing of food animals starts first with a bleeding out where the blood is drained from the carcass.  Only one pet food company that I know of puts the blood back into the product and this is one of my many arguments for why even a 100% raw diet is not adequate in nutrients since the fresh blood is lost carrying with it many of the most important and bio-available vitamins and minerals not to mention moisture.  Cats being obligate carnivores and we believe descended from desert dwellers are designed not to need to drink water so they do not often even when they need to do so.  Dehydration can cause the feces to be too tacky or sticky so when it comes out without any mucus in the intestinal lining due to the dehydration it sticks to whatever surface it gets near including their fur, tail or even to their anus.

In order to make up for the loss of fluids in the food a simple fix is adding some filtered water into anything you feed especially commercial foods. This of course would negate the supposed “tooth cleaning benefit of kibble” but I find that difficult to swallow as believing Captain Crunch Cereal cleans children’s teeth.  We add about 10% water to any raw food we mix up especially if we add any powdered or granular vitamins and probiotics.

Next could be a lack of fiber in the commercial diets.  The unnatural grains in most commercial foods and even the non-grain ingredients like potato and peas can not move through as they should so adding a natural fiber can benefit them immensely.  And all cats can benefit from the cleansing action of some Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (only food grade, never commercial grade).  The DE cleanses out parasites, protozoa and helps also pull out toxins and viruses.  For information and studies on the efficacy of DE internally this article has several studies cited and quoted

Supplementing probiotics can help your cat digest his food better and the fecal matter is thus less abundant and less tacky/sticky as a result.  We highly recommend all pets are put on Primal Defense powdered probiotic and also we now supplement with others such as Jarrow.  We are looking into a more specific pet strain of probiotic to add and will be reviewing a new vitamin supplement that has it included in the weeks to come.

Last but not least we recommend feeding a quality high vitamin cod liver oil and also a fish oil such as sardine/anchovy oil by Iceland Pure.  These oils add important highly bio-available nutrients missing from the diet (again, including raw due to processing, blood loss, aging in freezer and loss of freshness plus the poor soil quality in many countries).  The oil can also act like a lube in the gut as any not digested will be eliminated and ease out stuck hairballs and help address constipation.

We hope this helps you get your cat out of that nasty mess so you can stop getting surprises found on floors and furnishings or when you pet your cat in your lap (eeew, we’ve all been there.  Surprise!! kitty has cling-ons).  Thank you to one of our kitten buyers and long time cat owner JM for submitting this question for our Siberian Cat Tipday Thursday.  If you have a cat related question, it doesn’t have to be just Siberian cats please submit it in a comment or contact us!  We can’t wait to hear from you.  Until next time, here’s to clean kitty butts!