Based on an old wives' tale - about smearing butter on a cat's feet when you first bring it to a new home - according to the legend, the cat will always remember where it licked off the butter and will never get lost ..... I used the same "folk logic" and wondered if I could help Sam to remember to clean his butt. This worked like a charm!
Grab the cat, smear butter on its bottom and then put him / her in a room where you won't mind if he / she sits on something - in my house its the laundry room - only place to sit is the floor and the floor is easy to clean if we wind up with a greasy spot on the floor.
Take about 1/3 - 1/2 of a teaspoon of butter and let it melt on your finger tips - should be just about dripping off your fingers. Grab the cat, smear it on his / her bottom. Toss the beast into a "safe room" and check out the cat after about 1/2 hour.
I won't ever publicly admit that I put butter on my cat's butt, but I have ... and now Sam's got a clean bottom and I don't mind when he sits on the back of the couch with his rear legs hanging over each side!
If others try this, please post results because if it works as a general solution, we can help pets become better family members! This approach seems to be the least traumatic for the cat - kind of rough on the owner, but I'm sure you've all done worse!
Keyword(s): Butt, Anus, Bottom, Dirty