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Cat has pee and litter on her butt after peeing  

mizzle bus
Originally Answered: Cat has pee and litter on her butt after peeing

Hi! I recently realized my cat's butt would sometimes be wet with urine and stuck on litter after peeing. I switched to World’s Best cat litter in April (from pine litter) and started noticing occasional pee stains around the house. Only recently did I realize it was because her butt was wet after peeing. It can range from a little stuck on wet litter to completely soaked.

I’ve tried observing her while she pees, and I think the issue is she squats so low that her butt is almost touching the litter, so the urine pools and soaks her butt fur before it can be absorbed. She doesn’t really dig a hole before peeing either which probably adds to the issue. I have tried changing the level of litter in the box, moving the box, switching from top entry to open, etc. The issue persists. I don't think she had this issue with pine litter since urine doesn’t pool on top of pellet litter (but she had a different issue with pine litter - she was peeing fine in the box but pooping outside the box). I don’t think it’s a medical issue since she doesn’t have any other UTI symptoms and is not peeing outside the litter box.

It's not fun to have to chase her down every time she pees to wipe her butt. I'm really hoping the community here is familiar with the issue and/or can offer solutions!


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Aisling O'Keeffe MVB CertSAM ISFMAdvCertFB
Originally Answered: Cat has pee and litter on her butt after peeing

Hi,

Thank you for contacting us. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having this issue with your cat. It sounds like you’ve tried a few things already.

The litter that you’re currently using is a clumping absorbent litter so that shouldn’t be the issue but it might be worth trying a different absorbent litter to see if that makes a difference. We have some recommendations here which include an extra strength clumping litter;

https://allaboutcats.com/best-clumping-cat-litter

I would also make sure that the litter substrate is 2-3 inches deep and that the litter box is big enough for your cat to turn around and 1.5 times the length of your cat. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat plus one if possible.

I wouldn’t rule out a medical issue yet, especially since this is a new problem.  Sometimes cats produce larger volumes of urine (polyuria) which would cause pooling of urine in the litter box. This could be due to an underlying illness or disease (diabetes, kidney disease or hyperthyroidism). With other conditions e.g. cystitis, incontinence etc. they might dribble urine which would also cause her bum area to be wet. If she’s an older cat, it’s possible that she might have arthritis which would make it difficult to squat into the position to pee.  I would recommend a check up with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issues. They might do some blood and urine testing in order to do this.

I hope this helps and the problem improves, let us know how she does.

Aisling


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