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Speckla
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My Shadow is identical to your Smudge. Do you find a long haired cat gets um....well, poop stuck to the fur and then smells like it? I'm not sure what to do. Daily bath? Clipping long fur? Flowered bloomers?

Speckla
My cat has very long fur, and has never had that problem. Remember, cats clean themselves (gross as it is). Are you sure that your cat doesn't have a digestion problem?
My cat has very long fur, and has never had that problem. Remember, cats clean themselves (gross as it is). Are you sure that your cat doesn't have a digestion problem?
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I agree. My Belle is long haired and I've never given her a bath. I'm afraid to.
The short-haired males have all been bathed, though. The youngest used to regularly smell like poop when we first rescued him so he had baths often.
We have a shower head that's detachable which makes the job so much easier. When I wash them I also hold them by the front legs close to the elbows with one hand, and do everything else with the other hand. Have towels close by on hand for drying off after.
If you don't want to bathe her you can try clipping the soiled fur so she can clean the rest of herself.
There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
If you don't want to do a full-on bath, you could try baby wipes. If they're good enough for babies...
To piggy back on Elionwy's reply, I've found wipes made specifically for pets in the pet-care aisles of Target. We use them when our kitties get into something we don't want them to lick off and they seem to tolerate being wiped down pretty well.
Purchase the Pet Wipes from your local Pet Store. They are pet safe.
You don't want them ingesting anything harmful from other types of cleaning wipes.
Smelly cat...smelly cat...It's not your fault
Ditto Bagercurls! We were posting at the same time!
My long-haired cat never gets dingleberries, or if she does, she must take care of them herself. My dog, on the otherhand, is the queen of dingleberries...ugh...I use wet paper towels on her...or sometimes throw her in the tub if it's really bad.

I guess you're just going to have to clean her butt yourself. What fun...
Cat Bathing As A Martial Art*

  1. Know that although the kitty cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more than four feet square, we recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)
  2. Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. We recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face-mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.
  3. Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule.)
  4. Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have now begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life.
  5. Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings, so don't expect too much.)
  6. Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple compared with what you have just been through. That's because by now the cat is semi-permanently affixed to your right leg.
  7. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.
    You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath. But at least now he smells a lot better.
- by Bud Heron

*Disclaimer: Do not try this anywhere, at any time!

The gist of it is, it's so hard to bathe a cat you may want to avoid it if possible. Those pet (not baby) wipes mentioned before can do wonders. Also, as someone above mentioned, you may want to get the vet in on this in case kitty has something physically wrong. Sometimes not cleaning their bloomers is due to being overweight and unable to reach them.

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ah..the joys of long-haired kitties.

you can wait until she's sleeping and give her a haircut back there OR take her to a grooming center and ask for a hygienic trim (they'll shave around there, which makes it easier for kitty to clean her/himself)
Is it possible that she's getting lazy with her tail and draping it across the poop? I've seen that before with cats, where they let their tail drag across the poop (gross!) and then the cat ends up smelling like poop and you end up saying repeatedly Does it smell like poop around here? Did the cat poop outside the litter tray? Honey, do you smell that?
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My cat Pita will walk around with a piece of poop stuck to her butt like it's a trophy. She is not good at bathing herself at all. And she doesn't catch mice or scratch furniture. She's pretty much a failure as a cat. I just wipe her off with a wet paper towel if she lets me.

And because there's nothing better than a good poop story -
My sister and brother-in-law were staying with me over the holiday. We were in the living room watching TV and my sister kept yelling at her hubby to quit farting or go outside because it was so disgusting. And he kept saying "I don't think it's me!". And it kept getting worse and we were laughing and making fun of him. But it got to the point where it was gagging all of us so I started looking around and sure enough Pita decided to poop behind the couch. I think it was a welcoming gesture for our company. : )
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I'm sorry, Speckla, but your subject line is cracking me up!!

We all know that RCW is an authority on certain things, such as active skin are and gyn nursing....but cat poop?!!

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We all know that RCW is an authority on certain things, such as active skin are and gyn nursing....but cat poop?!!
LOL...I think my name's in the thread title because I have a long-haired cat like the OP's. I'm certainly no cat-sh1t expert.
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We all know that RCW is an authority on certain things, such as active skin are and gyn nursing....but cat poop?!!
LOL...I think my name's in the thread title because I have a long-haired cat like the OP's. I'm certainly no cat-sh1t expert.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
lol! My son thought your cat was our cat.

Turns out he had a piece of something stuck to his tail. I gave him a good flea bath and now he smells fine.

*thanks

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