How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask DanaDVM Your Own Question
DanaDVM
DanaDVM, Cat Answer Team
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 998
Experience:  Cat Expert
11348
Type Your Cat Question Here...
DanaDVM is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What can I do about a cat who leaves feces stains where she sits

This answer was rated:

No Comment Added

 She may be incontinant so I would reccommend having your vet check her out. Sometimes the sphinxter muscle stops working the way it should maybe because of longterm bowel movement problems, neurologic problems or possibly genetic's. It could also be if her stool is alittle softer and her anus was irritated at some point that she just not able to hold it in as well. At any case, I reccommend taking a stool sample and her into your vet to rule out anything serious.


Good Luck!

Customer: replied 12 years ago.
Rejected ZooCVT's Post. Reason Given: I know I can take the cat to the vet, I was looking for something I can actually do to correct the problem.
The most common cause of fecal staining is actually obesity. When cats are overweight they lack the ability to clean as they once did. Overweight cats tend to leave small urine and fecal spots because appropriate cleaning is not possible. They also many times have an "unkept" look to the fur that they can readily reach either. Weight problems in cats, esp. female, can predispose to diabetes.
A vet can prescribe the most effective wt loss food for a cat instead of trying store bought types.
If your cat is thin then unfortunately there is no real advice except you occasionally cleaning with a babywipe, that can resolve this. A visit to the vet would be the only thing to reach a diagnosis.
Good Luck,
Dr.V
DanaDVM, Cat Answer Team
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 998
Experience: Cat Expert
DanaDVM and other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

Way to go Dr. V. !


It sounds like you are 'on the money'.


The only other thought that I could add is RE: anal gands in cats.  Perhaps the staining is actually anal juice, especially if the cat is obese, for all of the same reasons that you have described.  (I have often had to express anal glands in obese cats, especially long-haired varieties).


Dr. Katie

Hi There,

One of my own cats, has had chronic obesity, and though she has been on diets, approved by the vet, they haven't seemed to help her. She is on prednisone for asthma, and she too, has problems with "cleaning" herself down below. What I find that she does, is scrapes her rear end along an outdoor type rug, that I have in my home, and it doesn't seem to leave any stains, but I do agree with Dr. V about taking a wipe or just a soft and wet with warm water, paper towel, and wiping her backside off whenever you get the chance.

If she is having any kind of loose stool, or diarrhea, then you may definitely want to change her diet, or get her checked if that doesn't work, at your vet's when you can.

She is probably not comfortable, and does not intentionally leave the marks, but if you have light carpeting, etc. I can understand that it can get pretty disgusting to see stains all over. Also, Dr. Katie is correct about the anal glands sometimes being the problem. You can learn to express them yourself, as I have another female cat, and when I even pick her up, especially if she is upset with me moving her to a different area (such as off the counter, when she sneaks up to it), she shoots off her anal gland liquid, and that is a VERY RIPE SMELL.... ugh... they can become infected and they are what cats use to mark territory sometimes. You will know if you smell that kind of smell. But, if they need to be expressed, and you learn how to do that, you may not have her leaving stains in your home. That could be the problem.

Take care and good luck!

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Previous | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Terri

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    20381
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/purrfectkitty/2008-07-10_084515_2006-06-10_me2.jpg Terri's Avatar

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    20381
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    966
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CE/Cerecita/2011-3-16_2565_JAPIC500x500.64x64.jpg Cher's Avatar

    Cher

    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    10545
    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/kydoll/2008-11-26_190500_me.jpg Lori's Avatar

    Lori

    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    3325
    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mccprn/2009-11-20_185102_JA_profile.jpg Micki's Avatar

    Micki

    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    3153
    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    3128
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    2125
    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician