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What products are best to clean feces out of a cat's fur?

My 7-year old cat is long haired, small (6 pounds) and has never had a problem with getting feces in her fur, but I've had to clean her several times lately from minor mishaps, and now there has been a second really gross clean up that is nearly impossible. She eats Good Life regular cat food and I give her Petco brand hairball treats as instructed. She isn't overfed and I give her enough water. Is this a medical problem? What can prevent this from happening?

This most recent one happened after I left her for 2 days with plenty of food and water, and I came home to a mess. The first time happened overnight while I was home.
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There are kitty shampoos at PETCO that help with the mess and odar. If she has diarrhea Maybe cut back on the hairball treats or it could be a medical issue. I have had long hairs and currently have one and as they get older sometimes constipation becomes a problem in either case I've found that trimming their hair around their hind end & back legs helps you & the Kitty out with this problem. >*;*<
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do you clip cats nails in store? If so whats approx. price ?

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I dont know if every Petco charges the same, but the the one I use charges $10.00 to trim the my cat's nails. Well worth it.
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Do you trim cats nails

She is a 2 year old Siamese miix
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Cats do need their nails trimmed. Buy cat nail trimmers or small dog trimmers and just snip off the sharp tip of the nail. Never cut them short because it will be very painful and cause them to bleed. If your cat's nails are clear/white you can see the pink "quick" in their nails which have all the nerves and blood vessels so do not cut that!! If your cats nails are black and you can't see through them, just make sure to snip the very tip of the sharp nail. If your cat squirms than just trim them while she is sleeping so then she won't fight you.
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What sort of brush would you use for a persian?

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We just adopted a Maine Coon mix with long, thick fur and ended up buying the Furminator. It works great for the deshedding and was worth the $50. We also grabbed detangling spray and a slicker brush. Hope this helps.
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8 mo old male cat, won't wash at all. Any way to have him or teach him to wash?

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Is The kitty around a lot of dirt or smells, like smoke or chemicals in the air? This will cause most animals from grooming themselves because anything in the air will adhere to their coat and it tastes really bad. Give him a bath i if this is the issue and he will begin grooming himself. Or you can be MOMMA KITTY and start with a wash cloth and wipe him down with luke warm pure water no additives and within a short time he will start the grooming himself but most cats need some help with grooming. wiping him down and a good brushing once a week to help with the hairballs and shedding. Hope this will be helpful. >*;*<
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I have 2 cats

I need them to be bathed,nails trimmed and hair cut on one of them.Do you do that?
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Most cats do not need to be bathed as they groom themselves. The only exception would be if the cats are exceptionally dirty and are frequently outside. The other exception would be if the cats are show cats (they have to look presentable and be used to being handled). Bathing a cat too much can dry out their skin, so no more than once a week.

We had to bathe our new kitten as he was diagnosed with ringworm and the vet prescribed a special shampoo and advised us to bathe him once a week.

I know of some people who have their long-hair cats shaved during the summer months, but I've heard that a cat's fur should not be cut due to preventing them from regulating their body tempertures (not sure if this is in fact true, but it's worth researching). However, do not trim a cat's whiskers, doing so will throw off their equilibrium.

We trim both our cats' claws with special scissors you can buy at Petco. We started this when they were kittens, so they are used to us handling their paws.
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My cat over grooms himself!

My cat was a rescue and over grooms his bottom to the point where it's drenched. I was told it was from stress, but how do I stop this without discouraging grooming all together?
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I am not sure if there is a way to specifically prevent the over-grooming, but it sounds like the solution is reducing the stress-level of your cat. Make sure your cat feels at home, has hiding places and gets to spend some quality time with you, especially with grooming. If that doesn't reduce the stress and the over-grooming, then I would recommend "Good Cat" by Pet Organics. We got our cat as a 7-month rescue, and there were times when he went 'crazy'. We started him on Good Cat, figured out the right dose (too high and he sleeps all day), and he was much happier. We weaned him off eventually (after a year). We also used it on our 2000 mile road trip, mixing his dry food with some water and good cat to calm him down in the car. This is a natural product that just calms and soothes your cat. Maybe this will help.
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Why has my 8 year old cat starting sitting in the litter box (doesn't make a difference if it is clean or dirty)

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Has there been any new stress added to the cat recently? New animals, loud noises, moving, anything like that. The cat could be trying to comfort itself by surrounding itself with its own scent. This is not a good sign. A cat should look at its litterbox as the outskirts of its territory and only use it to do its business.

You want to discourage the cat from seeking its box as refuge and encourage it to go elsewhere. If you don't have a cat tree or any vertical space, get one. If the cat box is covered, get rid of the lid, clean the box completely (wash it thoroughly) and try to make it less appealing to spend a lot of time in, say by moving it closer to the center of the room or into and open area. And of course make sure you are playing with it daily to encourage confidence and good behavior.
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can I bring my cat in to get groomed and nails clipped.

I asked the commack store and they said yes but I asked the rocky point store and they told me no. So now I am confused on the answer. If it is yes what location can I go to?
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I would talk with the Commack store. Different stores have different groomers, and many groomers are NOT prepared to deal with a cat. Cats are very different from dogs, not just in temperament, but the way their skin folds and how thin it is. So, contact the location that told you yes, and ask for the person that does the cats. Also, try to find a groomer that can handle your cat without sedation - in some cases that may be difficult (I don't know how aggressive your cat is, but mine is very) because sedation is actually really hard on them (my vet recommended no more sedations for my eldest; I have to trim him myself these days).
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can i get my cat de-clawed? how much?

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As tempting as it may be it is really bad for your cat's health for it to be declawed. In some ways it is a form of animal abuse. It might completely change the personality of your cat. If you really love your cat, then reconsider this decision. Imagine your parents removed your fingernails when you were a baby, wouldn't that bother you. Try other options like a scratching post to shorten nails or ask your vet for other tips. Declawing should be a last resort option!
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How do I get rid of Hair clumps on my cat?

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I'm thinking that if you meant "mats" you would have said so. Clumps often appear when cats are shedding heavily. The undercoat, which can be dense and cottony in some breeds, often pulls out unevenly. You will often notice it around the necks of cats who scratch themselves and inadvertantly pull out a "clump" of loose undercoat with a back claw. It's time to get out the brush and comb. First, find the right equipment for your cat's coat type. The red rubber brush and teflon-coated fine-toothed comb I use on my siamese would be completely useless for a long-haired cat. Start slowly and be sensitive to the cat's reaction, especially if this is the first time you're grooming the cat. Many cats will take to it well, provided you try to make it a pleasurable experience for them and they haven't had a previous bad experience with grooming. Take lots of breaks, reward with praise, and don't try to get it all done in one session. If the cat reacts badly, is painfully matted, or has some difficult-to-remove foreign substance in it's fur like tar or burrs, it might be better to seek professional, even veterinary assistance.
Owners of short-haired cats sometimes make the mistake of thinking that their cats are self-grooming, and for the most part they are. But at periods of heavy shedding, it is better to help the cat look it's best. Kept up as a weekly routine, it's a great way for you to bond with your cat.
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how much to shave my himalayan cat like a lion?

i like to leave the mane booties and end of tail hair on my cat. he's declawed
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Most Petco's I've gone to don't have a cat groomer, or are between cat groomers. As a baseline, I can tell you what I pay for my himmies here in Fort Lauderdale for the bath, lion cut, ears, nails, etc. They do a package, no ala carte services. I currently pay $65 per cat for their service (not a Petco). Hope this gives you an idea of what is a reasonable price, depending on the groomer, and the area you live in.
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grooming for cats

My cat is 1yrs old and I am taking him to get his first grooming..how do I keep him from freaking out?
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I take my cats to the VET for grooming, they usually sedate the cats...because as you know cats are very unpredictable, and you don't want them to injure the groomer...ask your VET about it.
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What is the best shampoo to clean my newly adopted lovable but very dirty, matted Norwegian Forest (long-haired/very thick coat) cat?

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Any of the following would be an excellent choice:

Earthbath Mango Tango Totally Natural Pet Shampoo & Conditioner in One (SKU: 744395)
Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Totally Natural Pet Shampoo (SKU: 747548)
Italian Pet Honey & Lavender Spa Shampoo for Dogs & Cats (SKU: 1080555)
Four Paws Magic Coat Tearless Shampoo for Cats & Kittens with Protein & Lanolin (SKU: 170534)

Have fun with your new kitty cat!
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PETCO ships worldwide using which third party company?
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how can i stop my calico from shedding

male calico 4 yrs old leaves hair all over the place, every time i pet him my
hand is full of hair.
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how do i bathe my cat? will it control shedding?

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Dry paw pads

My cat has very dry paw pads from running around on our carpet all day. Are there any good lotions for this? Link please if you could. Thanks in advance!!!
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cats nails need clipping do you make house calls

shes old and have hard time getting her in carrier she was traumatized recently made trip from R.I. to Ms. won't go near carrier
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Do you do grooming on cats (declawed)

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