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post #1 of 6
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I am the proud parent of 2 adorable little black kitties. They are my whole world. Starting in late November, they had a string of health problems we had to attend to t keep them with us through the new year, but here it is, the end of February, and I finally have 2 healthy active playful kitties again. My problem now is, that Spookie seems to have taken a disintrest to bathing his paws when he gets out of the litter box, and he is just walking around with poop stuck to the sides of his paws! EEEWWW!!!!!!!!! I don't know what to do. He's recently been to the vet, so I know he isn't sick. I don't know why he would be doing that? Cats are usually so clean. And he bathes the rest of his body, just not his feet. Go figure? Does anyone have any suggestions or tips, because I am getting tired of chasing him around with a wet washrag! I love my kitty, and I'd like to be able to let him on the bed to sleep with me at night, and he doesn't understand why we keep kicking him off. Poor baby!
post #2 of 6
What kind of litter are you using? If its a clumping kind, try a different one or stronger clumping. How soft is the poop? That might be part of the problem if the poop is soft. They get it stuck on the feet when trying to cover it.
post #3 of 6
I think GoldenKitty gave you some good advice to try. I haven't had experience with poop on the paws however, I do have a cat that gets it stuck on his butt sometimes and he doesn't like to clean it. I'm guessing it's because it is a larger amount? I've had to trim around his butt just a tiny bit so the poo doesn't get stuck there. Not sure what to tell you about the paws though. My guess is that it's a kitten thing and he'll grow out of it. Maybe he just doesn't understand how to avoid stepping in it!
post #4 of 6
And what size is the litter box?
My Sho used to step in his all the time before I switched to a large rubbermaid container (do note that Sho is big and not exactly graceful ), a larger box did solve the problem.

Even if you think the box may be larger enough some kitties just don't know how to maneuver.
post #5 of 6
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Now that I think about it, I notice him with poo on the paws more in the bedroom than the living room, and that box is a little smaller. You wouldn't think that 2 or 3 inches would matter, but that could be it. Also, his poo has been rather soft lately. It's been like that for a little while now, but he is on medication for a upper respitory infection. Do you think the medicine could be doing that?
post #6 of 6
My two kittens have an URI too and we've noticed that their poop is softer. I wouldn't be surprised if it was due to the medication, or maybe it could be the mucus in their system from the URI. Perhaps keeping a box of baby wipes handy for when you need to clean his paws?
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