How do cats clean their asses?

Cleaning a cat that no longer does it itself

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    Take your cat to the vet.If the cat is finding it difficult to groom, it is likely that the cat has an illness that makes grooming painful or uncomfortable. In this case, it is helpful to understand the underlying causes and to help the cat become more comfortable. Hopefully, as soon as she gets better, she'll start cleaning up again. She may need dental treatment or pain relievers if she is older and has osteoarthritis. [2]
    • If their fur is already very matted, you can have the felty areas removed by the vet. It is very stressful for a cat to have large areas of fur removed and therefore it is often easiest if it is anesthetized beforehand so that it notices as little as possible of the procedure.
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    Make brushing a daily routine. If your cat is no longer cleaning itself as well as it used to be, you should incorporate regular brushing into your daily routine. When the cat is combed from head to toe, old hair, dirt and other foreign matter will come off; the blood circulation and the production of the sebum glands is stimulated. In this way, the fur regains its shine and fullness and the formation of annoying matted areas is avoided. This is especially true for long-haired cats. [3]

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    Wait until the cat is relaxed before you start combing it.Don't comb her if she is nervous or tense.[4]Caress her gently and talk to her very calmly. Then she's more likely to put up with combing.
    • If your cat is not used to combing it, it will likely be reluctant to comb it. Try to make it clear to her that it is a positive experience and only comb your comb for a short time the first few times so that the cat doesn't lose patience.
    • Try brushing the cat right before you feed it so that it associates the brushing with a treat - the food. So she's more likely to put up with it.[5]
    • Remember that brushing can create a special bond between a cat and a cat owner if done carefully enough. However, if the animal is stressed and restless, it is more likely to associate negative associations with brushing.
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    Be careful not to let the cat scratch you and try to keep it calm.In some cases, you should clean your cat right away, even if she is not ready to do so. If the cat has become soiled with feces, it should be cleaned immediately, even if it is struggling. There are several ways to get them under your control and keep them calm in this case.
    • Use a towel. If the cat needs immediate cleaning and is very nervous, it can be wrapped in a towel so that only the dirty part of its fur is visible. Some cats also calm down by covering their eyes. With teeth and claws in the towel, you protect yourself against scratching and biting.
    • Hold your cat by the neck. Some cats calm down if you hold them by the neck, which is the fur behind their neck. When the mother cat touches her young behind the neck, they calm down. This effect persists in some adult cats. However, you shouldn't pick up the animal this way. Simply grab the skin over her shoulders and hold it firmly in your hand while the cat lies securely on a flat surface.
    • Work at a height that makes it easy for you. It will likely be easier to clean the cat if you put it on a higher table. You don't have to bend down and you won't strain your back. Put a towel or blanket on the table to make the cat more comfortable and to keep the cat from sliding around.
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    Think about how often you want to brush your cat. Long-haired cats need more brushing, preferably every day.[6] Otherwise, their fur will lose its shine and it can get dirty. Short-haired cats don't need brushing that often. Two to three times a week or as needed should be enough.

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    Be careful with the cat's fur while brushing. Take enough time to do this so that you don't pull too hard on the fur and startle the cat. Older cats with joint pain and arthritis will hiss when you use the comb on their joints. It is so easy to hit the bony cat's hips, shoulders, elbows or knees with the comb and hurt it. So proceed very slowly and carefully when you get near these areas.

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    While you are brushing the cat, you can also look at its skin.Take some time to spot any abnormalities such as bumps, hairless spots, or other problems. If you find anything, you should discuss it with the veterinarian as soon as possible.[7]
    • Also, check for fleas while you are brushing the cat. Use your fingers to pull the fur apart and look for small, brown, shiny insects that are about the size of a grain of sesame seeds. Also look for flea eliminations. These look like small specks of dirt. Place these dots on a cloth made of damp cotton or cotton wool. If it is excrement, the moisture will draw this water away and then an orange ring will form.
    • Feel your cat's body and check for lumps and bumps. If you find a new lump, or an existing one that has enlarged or bothers the cat if you touch it, the cat should also be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
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    Remove debris with a metal comb.You can use a metal comb to comb out dirt and other bits of the cat's fur. The metal comb is also good for combing the fur smoothly and removing knots in the hair, which is especially important for long-haired cats.[8]
    • Start combing the cat's stomach and legs. Then you comb your back by combing up and towards your head. Finally comb out the tail as well.[9]
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    Untangle any knots you find. If the cat has long hair, extra care must be taken when untangling any knots. They should always be removed immediately before the hair becomes matted further. Once you find a knot, gently pull it apart. You can do this with the fur brush, with a blade comb or simply with your fingers.[10] No matter what you're working with, it's always important to hold the hair down by the bottom, very close to the skin so that you don't pull on the skin while you break up the tangles.

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    Remove any tangles that cannot be disentangled.If you find matted areas that you can't resolve, cut them out with a clippers rather than scissors. You should definitely avoid damaging the cat's skin.[11]The cat's skin under the fur is very delicate. A tiny cut is enough to cause inflammation. In the worst case, the cat even has to be sewn.
    • If you don't feel comfortable cutting out the matted areas, you can contact a groom who has experience with cats or the vet.
    • If you don't have a clippers, you can try scissors. Be careful though! Slide the comb between the skin and the bottom of the matting. Then you cut the fur above the comb on the side of the knot. This is the safest method. The comb protects the skin and prevents you from accidentally injuring it. If you cannot get the comb under the knot, you should consult a professional groom or veterinarian.
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    Use a brush to remove loose hair. After you've combed through the fur, use a brush to remove any loose hair.[12] Removing any loose hair will feel good to the cat. Short-haired cats also need to be brushed, otherwise the hair that falls out will get stuck in the fur.