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To be honest, if you get most of the chunks out and blot the dampness up as much as you can, I'd let her clean the rest of it herself. Grooming is a self soothing activity, and since she doesn't know you, you cleaning her will stress her out. The exception would be if you know (or suspect) that she has a poop borne illness, and want to prevent the other cat ...


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The Centers for Disease Control, in an article about risks to pregnant women from toxoplasmosis (a parasite-induced infection), give the following advice on managing the litter box: If you own a cat, have a non-pregnant person change the litter box every day. If there is no one else to change the litter box, wear gloves and wash hands with soap and running ...


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If your food is giving your dog the complete nutrition they need, and they don't have anything else wrong with them, it can be either from boredom, from some sort of stomach upset (which is rare), or part of a range of compulsive behaviours (excessive grooming, licking, etc), or they just might like the taste of the dirt for whatever reason, usually due to ...


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The behavior in wolves is known as "scrape behavior"; it is also present in their domesticated relatives. According to Canine Behavior: Insights and Answers (Bonnie V. Beaver) the activity is commonly seen to be a visual marking, the scrapes, as well as a means of spreading scent to mark territory (as noted, dogs have scent glands in their paws). This ...


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Some ideas, since you are unable to identify the other dog: use a motion-activated sprinkler This will probably scare the dog and owner for the first few times, signaling that you don't want others entering over your grass and doing things spread a repellant or unpleasant odor ammonia, vinegar, citrus peels or oil, Liquid Fence. You won't need a great ...


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I think there are two concerns here (assuming colour is accurate) 1) the connection appears to be fur which suggests the rabbit has an increased chance of going into stasis/gut immobility from wool block 2) the colour of the faeces is quite dark, and maybe a bit small which can suggest a poor diet (unless this is an exposure issue with the picture?) a ...


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Generally, a domesticated dog marking its territory will simply encourage other domesticated dogs to add their own mark. I'm not sure this applies to feces, however, as urine is the primary means of territory marking. It is possible that getting your dog to mark your yard will prompt the other dog to mark instead of defecating, as most dogs are seemingly ...


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If you are looking for an environmentally friendly, convenient, and efficient way to clean up after your dog's waste, there are several products for this. There are products which are built for discreet and convenient waste disposal. They are basically a small cloth bag with multiple compartments, usually one to hold fresh bags and another to hold bags with ...


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Often with cats you have to adopt a "do a little at a time strategy" as many cats do not like being restrained or roughly held down. Whichever cleaning method you use start by petting and praising them to get them relaxed, then only wipe them a few times. Afterwards pet, praise them more and give them a cat treat. You want them to associate your handling and ...


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This is not calcium, but uric acid crystals. All animals produce ammonia (a nitrogen compound) as a waste product. Ammonia is toxic and must be converted to something else before being excreted (with a few exceptions of aquatic animals that excrete ammonia directly into the water). Mammals excrete their waste nitrogen mainly as urea, but most reptiles ...


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I have a cat genie which I seriously think is the best thing ever. Essentially, when the cat uses the litter box, it washes and dries the pvc granules, and all of the waste goes down the drain (they recommend either a laundry waste pipe or a toliet, but we also have one hooked up to a sink drain pipe, that took a bit more plumbing knowledge). Benefits: ...


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We have a Norwegian Forest Cat who often gets mats and into plenty of messes. I second the answers above for the most mild methods for helping your cat gently get cleaned. If you have an issue where the poop is not coming out by hand, however, you may want to consider a bath. We do the following to clean it up when it's too much for us to "wait out" the ...


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I agree with Beo and Zaralynda... both are good advice. I'd like to add some other tips and perspective here too. Cats, in general, hate bathing. However, if a cat is seriously soiled, especially with long fur that can get matted, I would try bathing the cat. The method that seems least painful (for the human at least) is the following- get into a close-...


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You didn't say, but I'm guessing your kitty has medium to long hair. If this is the case, you will need to take him to the groomers regularly so they can shave his "back end." Otherwise, it is difficult for your cat to get that area completely clean. Also, I'm guessing that you're probably still giving your kitten a lot of wet food. He is old enough to ...


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This has happens a lot with long hair cats, but if you keep their litter bin clean it will happen less. Cats hate the small of their pee and poo, this is why they try to bury it. They don't like dirty litter boxes and will poo outside of it if it gets too dirty. If it gets dirty they will try to poo away from the poo in the bin but sometimes it puts them in ...


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Zaralynda recommended a motion activated sprinkler for a dog problem I was having. If sensitive enough, I think this could work well for you. You might also try some plastic replicas of predators like owls and snakes and Fake peregrine falcons, but without movement these tend to only work okay at best. What you really need is something that flaps, like a ...


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Maybe you should consider training your cat to use the toilets. I find it has many advantages : no more time and money spent on litter ; ecofriendly (much less CO₂ and pollution and probably less water, since you don't need litter factories and transport of litter bags anymore — but you have to pay the bill for the toilet flush) ; odor-free ; and the most ...


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Given that you want to avoid a bath and that this is a rescue cat who doesn't know or trust you yet, I'd suggest the "little at a time" method. Depending on how nasty the poop is, you might want gloves for this (or simply prepare ample soap and water for yourself and your grooming tools afterwards), some brushes and sharp clippers. Your main goal is to get ...


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My 17 y/o had a colon resection and goes in her sleep so her butt, tail, and hips are soiled with feces daily. I wipe her after each elimination if I see it, with a dry, then damp, then dry cloth but usually she needs a butt bath once a week. Today I noticed she had dried feces in her feet...not there yesterday when I clipped her toes. I'll butt bathe her in ...


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In my experience a healthy cat or kitten will produce rather dry poop that doesn't stick to the fur. That suggests that your kitten is having stomach issues and may need a vet visit. Kittens usually have more sensitive stomachs than adult cats anyway, and from what I've seen a kitten with stomach problems is much more likely to have sloppy, messy poop than ...


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If the kitten has deformities that causes problems for its ability to defecate it is very little one can do. You need to talk with the vet and ask what is best for the kitten,there are times in life where letting go is the only responsible thing to do. Please take a look at the situation do you have the resources to give the kitten a good life or is this ...


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I have a long-haired cat who is generally tidy, although once or twice in his 14 years he's been stricken with diarrhea for various reasons. The way I clean his butt (and this only really applies to butts but I suppose it could be used elsewhere) is basically this: Get the kitchen sink running low pressure (not too noisy) and warm water. Wrap him gently ...


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My cat tries so hard but has never been able to get her bottom totally clean. I can see in her eyes that it makes her sad. I usually do this every other day. This remedy is quick and easy for both of us. I prepare ahead of time. clean comfy blanket on living room floor clean towel on bathroom floor pile of cheap wash cloths cut in half bowl of mildly warm ...


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I have a ragdoll Siamese mix with long fur, and I have found that a simple butt bath, that is, only washing the cats bottom with soap and water on a wash cloth then rinsing the cloth and using it to rinse the soap off while holding her close and speaking softly while you do, then cuddling him or her in a bath towel is very successful in cleaning a mess like ...


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You can try playing momma-cat and "licking" him clean with a damp corner of a sponge or washcloth... but remember that you're still dealing with an infant who's not yet entirely sure that tail is his...


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All I can say is that my father races pigeons and in the 20 years having dogs, chickens and rabbits, no animal became sick, so I wouldn't be too worried. A pigeon can become older then 20 years, but if the former pigeon owner is away from years, then it isn't his offspring. Pigeons needs food and if there's nothing to find, they leave... Our oldest dog, a ...


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