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Have A Cat With A Raw Booty? Try These Solutions

July 31, 2013

Digestive issues and cerebellar hypoplasia can be a messy mix.

Early on after we had adopted Ellie, there were a few weeks that we battled diarrhea. The most memorable moment was when she asked to be placed onto our bed one night, and as I nuzzled her in the dark, I realized she was caked in poop and litter all on one side like a breaded chicken cutlet!

Photo courtesy justinbaeder.

During those weeks, Ellie had a number of baths – and since I’ve learned that we weren’t alone in our CH/diarrhea adventures.

No matter if your cat has CH or is “normal,” odds are at some point you may have to deal with some diarrhea issues. (Click here to find more diarrhea-related posts; who knows, your cat’s food may be the cause!)

And sometimes those diarrhea issues means a raw booty. A few weeks back, Naomi posted on the CH Cats & Kittens Facebook group about her Dolly’s raw booty, which was tender from all of the baths she had after her bouts of diarrhea. She reached out to the group to find out if they had any suggestions.

Some of the recommendations included:

  • Vaseline
  • Neosporin
  • A&D ointment
  • Cold compress
  • CVS brand wipes
  • Any human baby butt ointment that does not contain zinc (such as Desitin).

Before you start any treatment, I’d recommend giving your vet office a quick call to find out if they approve any of the options above. You’ll want to make sure that the product you use is gentle and safe enough for your little one. They may be able to offer other best practices too, that will encourage healing.

And of course, you’ll also want to focus on solving the diarrhea issue as soon as possible, as it can lead to dehydration.

Do you have any other recommendations? Please share in the comments!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    July 31, 2013 8:14 am

    I have a product from my vet called Neo-Predef. It is a light powder that is great for the raw booty, wounds and other gooey skin problems. I always have this on hand. But check with your vet for specific uses.

    • Becky Slater permalink
      October 9, 2018 5:11 pm

      How much is the Neo-Predef?

  2. July 31, 2013 11:38 am

    thanks for mentioning the zinc. I’d heard to not use butt ointment and wasn’t sure why.

  3. Andee permalink
    July 31, 2013 5:24 pm

    I have fostered many kittens and have 4 CH kitties of my own. I find cornstarch to work well for wicking up the moisture from a bath or wipe and it’s soothing to the raw skin. I put it in any type of shaker and shake it on!

  4. July 31, 2013 11:52 pm

    Since my Dimity wears a diaper every day, and sometimes has a bowel movement when I’m not home (or don’t notice — modern baby diapers are SO full of deodorant, whereas in my day, 40 years ago, you could smell the poop!) she sometimes gets sore down there. I got a powder called Neo-Predef from my vet, which can be sprinkled onto whatever part of her bottom is sore. It has both an antibiotic and a pain reliever in it. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way, and it relieves me of the worry that an ointment might get into her urethra and create an obstruction.

    Dimity also detests baths (gets hysterical and tries to bite), and I’ve found that wiping her clean with a wet washcloth does the job with much less stress. I sit on the toilet seat (lid down, of course!) and fill the sink with warm, not hot water, and wipe and rinse out the rag repeatedly until she’s clean. I put her on a towel on my lap so I don’t get soaked. Sometimes I blow dry her — not so much during the summer, but definitely during the winter when it’s cold down there at floor level. She enjoys the blow-drying, but I know that not every cat would. If your cat doesn’t, then you have to be sure to towel it off thoroughly and maybe let it rest on a warm heating pad until it’s dry.

    • ANN permalink
      April 11, 2017 9:46 pm

      Try baby wipes that have NO fragrance or alcohol. I buy some from Walmart that are gentle and hypoallergenic.

  5. May 3, 2015 1:52 pm

    Desitin has more zinc oxide than zinc oxide ointment. You need to change this.

  6. Julie permalink
    October 1, 2016 3:06 pm

    My cat is 16 and has recently been diagnosed with a thyroid problem and kidney problems. R vet has given us tablets for thyroid and special food but has told us all we can do with kidney problems apart from slow the process down with medication which we have now started. I am at the moment concerned that her Anas is sore and swollen and was wondering if there’s anything I can do to help her feel more comfortable. I have been reading about A&D cream and Vaseline to help does anyone know if this would be OK for lottie considering her underlining medical conditions. Just feel so sorry for her she seems really uncomfortable which is understandable 🙁 Thanks everyone

    • ANN permalink
      April 11, 2017 9:45 pm

      Why not ask your Vet ?

  7. Lisa Morris permalink
    January 16, 2017 7:05 pm

    my cat Stitch is 20lbs and 2 years old..well..his butt I red swollen and inflamed..he wasn’t like this till bout 2 months..ago he injured ha foot.
    well got to where he wasn’t grooming himself well. ..which caused matted hair and tags in that area..I’m assuming his fur had pop stuck in it.which I bathed him. several his butt is so raw and sore..or looks it..I feel so bad..I’ve tried putting vasrline and A&D aiontment..and even trimmed it..he is very hard to handle I think he needs to be sedating to shave him..down there..could you please recommend or help me..very concerned and pained about my kitty..

    • ANN permalink
      April 11, 2017 9:44 pm

      Take him to your Vet and see if he might have arthritis. Cats will stop being good at grooming themselves if they get arthritis. Cosequin {2 capsules a day} helped my cat a lot – she was back to being happy and more active, but still cleaning herself was still hard for her. She has to twist too much to do that. She’s going to be 14 years old though, so, I use baby wipes. Wipe from the butt up towards the tail – with female cats especially it has to be done that way in order not to give them infections. But – see a Vet. I’m just saying what worked well to help my cat in general, and your case might be different.

  8. ANN permalink
    April 11, 2017 9:41 pm

    I was told DO NOT USE NEOSPORIN !!!!!! But my Vet said Bacitracin Zinc Ointment USP is OK, made by Walgreens. I believe it’s the most BASIC Bacitracin too – make sure because there are several types. Always clear it with your Vet, Alo I was told any baby diaper rash ointment is OK. And that “Aquaphor” {a lot like Vaseline} was most recommended.

  9. Paula Marker permalink
    September 21, 2018 11:05 am

    My cat gets constipated and I have to give her Catlax. Her stools are small and hard which causes her anus to get red. My vet said because she’s the type of cat with a stub tail they are more prone to canstipation. The vets assistant told me to use A&D ointment. I asked if triple antibiotic ointment would also be ok and she said “I don’t see why not”. Anybody have any thoughts on this and have you ever used this?

    • Karen P permalink
      February 12, 2021 12:21 pm

      How does the A&D ointment work for your cat?

  10. Anjana permalink
    October 2, 2018 4:36 pm

    Do not use people meds on cats without asking your vet first. Lots of them are toxic to cats. Sounds like your cat has a thyroid problem and too fat. so he cants reach his butt to clean. Vaseline is fine for cleaning, as it is an ingredient to relieve hairballs as well.

  11. Dakota Thrasher permalink
    November 15, 2018 12:01 am

    My kitten is 3 months old. He has had diarrhea for almost 3 weeks now and I’ve taken him to the vet about 5 times. We’ve tried two different medicines, deworming, and probiotics that I mix in with his 1/2 wet 1/2 dry food every morning. After a few days his stools started to harden. I noticed the other day that his bum was puffy, red, and leaking poo. I called his vet and they told me specifically to buy destin and put it on his little bum. I tried it and he obviously felt some relief so I thought he would be okay. The next day there was blood in his stools and they were runny again! He was meowing at me and I could see his third eyelids, he was obviously in pain. Is it because I used the Destin (containing Zinc Oxide)? Should I switch to something like Aquaphor or Vaseline? Anything helps. 😩

  12. Becky permalink
    January 18, 2019 7:48 pm

    You can also use coconut oil.

  13. Delilah Beck permalink
    January 25, 2019 9:32 pm

    My cat is walking funny n she has that roar sound in her meowing she doing it constantly n when she cleans her self it hurts more n it also her stomach too she gets that fighting sound when u touch her belly

  14. Chaz permalink
    May 6, 2019 10:32 am

    I was told empathetically not to use any petroleum based products on a cat’s raw bum until it can be examined by a vet. Her reason was that, while it is a good skin protectant, the genitals and anus are so close and the anal sacs could be effected. Petroleum ointments could retain moisture in the area (if kitty is scooting her booty, who knows where the ointment will roll?) and could increase the risk of developing infection.

    Misfit is going on 10 yo and is overweight partially due to eating habits, and partial because of a hernia. So when I come home after work my greeting includes giving her bum a wipe with a wet wipe that is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. When we were trying to change her litter in 2014, her bum was not happy, and she would plop her butt in the litter and feces. By the time I returned from work, she was miserable and her bum was red like an apple and raw from scooting over the carpet for relief. My grandmother applied Vaseline to protect her bare tail area until her vet appointment the next day, and by morning we knew it was a mistake. She yowled with pain all night and her red and raw bum now had inflamed genitals and her anal sacs were milky white dots.

    The vet shaved around the area and, after confirming infection, gave Misfit an antibiotic injection and EnteDerm ointment prescription. Poor Misfit was miserable and walked with her tail low to hide her bare baboon butt, that the other cats were fascinated with. Applying the ointment was a chore and punch my heart with every yowl and grumpy attitude she dished out, but in just under a week the redness was gone and the infection treated. We had stopped using the new litter, which was a popular brand that was scoopable and helped with litterbox smells, and switched back to the store brand from Petsmart with a sprinkle of Arm & Hammer to control smells. The switch had been for convenience as it was easier to stop by the local grocer instead of a half hour detour to the nearest Petsmart, the price was the same minus 10 lbs in net weight. After that stressful experience, it was agreed that going out of my was was much more preferrable than ever letting the cats go through that again.

    Vet visits can be expensive but it is worth it. There are now pet health insurance companies and some health insurers can even add your pet to your plan. I used Care Credit in the past if I couldn’t meet the full cost (Misfit’s sister Rascal had a heart defect that needed medication and yearly check ups, and the tests, oh my!) but this visit with the injection and ointment was just under $200 total in Misfits case. Also ask if the vet has payment options.

    • alex schmelig permalink
      April 18, 2021 3:07 pm

      what ointment did he prescribed?

    • Mary permalink
      April 26, 2022 1:09 pm

      Chaz – Thank you for a really complete note. My cat is also young and sits in his litter box when going. Weird and then he has problems when the litter sticks to him. I am so glad you mentioned in detail why not to use Vasoline as I was considering it. I think I need to change litters and see if it will help.

  15. Andrea permalink
    July 25, 2019 8:19 pm

    I’ve noticed the suggestion of using a human diaper rash cream not including zinc, such as desitin. Desitin is mostly zinc.

  16. marv acelli permalink
    January 27, 2020 7:44 pm

    Raw butts? Gently wash with soap and water. Dry kitty butt. I’ve rescued about 100 cats and kittens, many surviving parvo or severe herpes infections. keep kitty behinds clean as possible; clip butt coat if you have to; only use a protectant or drying product that will not poison kitten when ingested. Feed as fresh food as possible such as boiled chicken or turkey with a high quality kitten food (some adult foods will cause severe diarrhea); if kitty is a real baby kitty, goat milk is a miracle.

  17. Jalina permalink
    June 6, 2020 1:33 pm

    Thanks everyone it was very fruitful

  18. Naureen permalink
    November 11, 2021 9:34 pm

    My car has been licking her butt the vet prescribed an ointment and a collar to be put ion but it is making her very aggressive so I took the collar off.
    How long should the ointment need to be on atleast to heal before she starts licking,as putting a collar on her is impossible

  19. Susan Gaddis permalink
    July 15, 2022 3:23 am

    I’ve tried s few things to keep my large long-haired cat’ bottom clean. The hair is very think and long on her neither regions and she would prefer that no one bother that area as she has still not forgiven the vet that did a snip-snip procedure to her when she was about 4 or 5 months old. No one goes anywhere near those areas without being scratched or bitten, understandably. Because of diabetes, she isn’t as agile as she one was, so this area is difficult to clean. She is a long haired older cat (13+ years old) and isn’t able to reach places that were simple when she was younger. She has neurophy in her hind legs from the diabetes. Is there an easy way to keep her bum and surrounding area clean that doesn’t involve a difficult ordeal such as putting her in a bath tub. I don’t want the built up of urine and feces to cause any infections and I would like for her to spell pleasant again, and I’m sure she would too. Any suggestions? She is a mix between a maine coon and a Turkish angora. Rather large, about 25 pounds and 37 inches long. Solid muscle.

  20. amanda1190 permalink
    December 27, 2022 8:18 pm

    My cat has a swollen booty and its red. He hasn’t been to the vet because I cannot afford to take him right now. He keeps licking it more than normal, what can I do to make him more comfortable and make the swelling go down?

  21. Heather J Cunning permalink
    March 3, 2023 6:39 pm

    So, A and D ointment without Zinc is good?

  22. Erin permalink
    April 4, 2023 3:04 am

    I just googled whether or not desitin or neosporin are ok for a cat’s rash. NO. They contain ingredients that can send your cat into shock. Please do more research!

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