Hi I have two kittens 11 and 13 weeks old both male, I'm going to wait until they are both 6 months to get them neutered. I've been cleaning out their litter boxe(s) every other day but their rear end still kind of smells like cat litter/poop, these are the first cats that I've owned myself but I've lived with several cats when I was still with my parents and they didn't smell at all. The domestic longhair is the worse, but the domestic shorthair kind of stinks to. It isn't an overwhelming stink, but compared to my old family cat (male domestic shorthair tabby 5 yearish) they smell.
The previous owner of my domestic shorthair bathed her cat before she gave it to me and for the first few days he smelt great. Is it okay to bathe kittens? how would I do it? Do I need to groom my domestic long hair?
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I would ask the vet about them stinking more than other cats next time you go, just to make sure it's nothing medical. Or maybe you could try a different brand of kitten food and see if that helps?
About bathing them, I bathe my kitten and although she doesn't love it, she's gotten used to it. It's best to start it now when they're young if you're going to.
When you bathe them, remember to ONLY use a shampoo that's especially for cats and kittens, as human shampoos and soaps can be harmful. To make it less stressful, go slowly when you wash them and be very gentle. I gave my kitten short cuddle breaks the first time I washed her and that seemed to work. Also, instead of running the tap when they're in the water which can freak them out, get a cup and pour the water over them that way. Make sure to dry them with a towel when they're done and keep them someplace warm until they're fully dry. And don't wash them more than once a week, if that. I normally wash Luna maybe once a month.
Long haired kittens do have a tendency to get a stinky bottom and poo stuck in their fur but it usually follows diarrhea and not normal solid poo. So I would look into what you are feeding them. Maybe it does not agree with their stomachs. Especially if it's the short haired little guy too. Or maybe they have some sort of problem like a parasite that is making them have loose poo, so I agree that you should ask your vet about it . You can do what they call a "bottom bath" if all you need to wash is their butts. I just fill up a small dishpan with warm water (or else the bathroom sink) and use some kitty shampoo or even baby shampoo to wash their butt. No running water. That way you don't have an entire wet kitty to deal with. Just a bottom half to dry off. I can't say that mine like it. But everybody except Kira tolerates it well because the others were all bathed from an early age at their breeder.
Kira answered on 4/25/09. Helpful? / 1
As the other posters have said, yes, you can bathe kittens, and in the case of the long haired cat, getting him used to baths is a must, since he'll need occasional baths when he grows up. Generic cat shampoo or dish detergent (a lot of people like diluted Dawn dishwashing detergent) should do the trick.
No one has mentioned the posibility of stinky or impacted anal glands (they are on opposite sides of the anus). I had one kitten who was very smelly, not because he had poo stuck to him, but (I assumed) because he had very active anal glands which were somehow producing this odor. I only had him for a short while, and never had a chance to have this checked out by the vet (although he got checked out for everything else). If your problem is with anal glands, your vet can express them (get the gunk out) or you can do it yourself.
Lola answered on 4/25/09. Helpful? / 1
The bathing wipes work best (available at Petsmart, Target, etc.)! You can also heat them in the microwave on a plate for 10 seconds so they aren't cold on the kitten! MUCH easier than trying to bathe them!
Birdie King answered on 4/25/09. Helpful? / 1
Hi, what I would try is cleaning out their litter boxes twice a day. All cats are different when it comes to their litter doings, I have a friend who when we babysat their cats, we couldn't believe they only clean theirs every two days but while we were there we saw why, they honestly did not do a big poo and they covered it good and it did not smell, now Henry, he drinks lots of water which I am glad but we have to clean his box twice a day sometimes, not everyday. His clumps are huge, when he pees, he pees a lot and I call them boulders, lol, but that can smell too. So, you just sort of have to go by what you think will keep the litter box from not smelling and, sometimes. Henry gets poo stuck on him too and boy I don't like that job but if I do not get it off, he will slide his little hiney across the carpet and talk about tread marks!! lol. I wish you all the luck and hopes this helps,
HENRY DIED 9-6-09 answered on 4/26/09. Helpful? / 0
My last pair of kittens came from a farm. They smelled like the cow barn so they had a bath before they even entered the house. The best way I have found to give any cat a bath without a fight or blood shed is to not put the cat directly into the water. Get a large container and fill it with pleasantly warm water. Get a large plastic cup. Pour cups of water over the cat to get them wet. Shampoo and rinse again. To help keep the cat contained put them in the bathtub next to the water or if I am outside I put them in a large empty bin. They will try to get out, but after they discover how good the warm water feels they have stopped fighting and have been very good. I rarely have gotten scratched and have been employing this method for 20 years . It takes longer than putting them in the water. But they do not get frightened so neither you or the cat are traumatized or wounded. In the summer when it is extremely hot my cats enjoy a cup or two of water poured over their back.