stinky kitten butt

Tara ScarlettTara Scarlett RaynhamMember Posts: 196
edited 30 December, 2008 in Grooming
My 8 week old kitten has a stinky butt. She just has to walk by your face for you to smell it. Is this normal at all in small kittens? Will she learn to clean herself better? Is there anything I can do to help her out? (I've resorted to wiping her off once in a while with a baby wipe)

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  • Chrysee HinshawChrysee Hinshaw Member Posts: 474
    edited 21 October, 2008
    Does she just smell or does she smell because she hasn't cleaned herself after using the litter box? ie. loose stools and you can see stuff stuck in her fur? Is it just after she uses the litter box for solid waste or all the time? Are her litter habits otherwise good? Kittens taken from the mothers/littermates too early (ie. before they're 12 weeks old) sometimes have litter box related problems, since they learn this from their mother. I'm assuming since you said you've used wipes, that she does get stuff in her fur and doesn't clean it? If her stools are very loose, there is danger of dehydration in such a young kitten. You need to take her to the vet anyway, but make sure to take a stool sample to rule out parasites. Have you changed her food since bringing her home? Are you feeding a high quality food? Abrupt transitioning and foods with fillers cause alot more litter box waste and smells. A healthy kitten being fed quality food really will not have much of a smell to their litter box leavings and certainly not on themselves.
  • Tara ScarlettTara Scarlett RaynhamMember Posts: 196
    edited 21 October, 2008
    she's really good about using the box, and there is nothing really stuck in her fur. It smells more like stale urine with a touch of stinky cat food poo, so I'm guessing she just doesn't clean it well. Tasha was very good about cleaning her rear and she would do it as soon as she left the box, right on the bath mat, but 'Mina doesn't give herself too many baths... I've never had a small kitten before... do the wash more as they get older, or is she just a slob?
  • Chrysee HinshawChrysee Hinshaw Member Posts: 474
    edited 22 October, 2008
    Atrus doesn't tend to really clean himself very much or at all if he just goes in the box to urinate. But he doesn't ever seem to have a smell, and he's a big floppy lap cat so I'd probably notice if he did. I think a strong urine odor would be something to bring up at the next vet visit though. But some kittens just have different litter habits. Some are very neat, while others don't even bother to try to cover what they've done.
  • Tara ScarlettTara Scarlett RaynhamMember Posts: 196
    edited 22 October, 2008
    It's actually getting better... I think it may have just been whatever food she was getting at her Mama cat's house working it's way out of her system.
  • edited 23 October, 2008
    Try using a pet wipe instead of a baby wipe. Pet wipes have a deodorizer in them as well that will help. Also, baby wipes contain alcohol, which is hazardous to cats. Sounds like it is a grooming issue. A lot of kittens learn to groom themselves after a few more weeks away from their mom cats, so she'll learn too. %:D%
  • sarah searssarah sears OakridgeMember Posts: 952
    edited 24 October, 2008
    Daisy has the same problem, she's six weeks. But hers is from her poo getting caught in her long fur (I know nasty) and she does clean it but she still is a little stinky, we wipe her little butt with baby wipes like you do.
  • Annalisa Conserti-JonesAnnalisa Conserti-Jones Member Posts: 5,234
    edited 9 November, 2008
    I have stinky kitten butt. It's because sometimes I forget to groom after using the facilities. Also, my big brother usually grooms me, so a lot of time I rely on him to know whether I have stinky butt. If he forgets to inspect me and tell me (he usually sniffs there and then paws me on the head to tell me about it), I'll go up to mom for pets and will look at her quizzically when she says "peh-eew! goodness we smell!". :))
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 10 December, 2008
    I got my 2 show kittens at 8 weeks, they are about 14 weeks now. I did notice, when I brought them home, they smelled like the cat box. It took about 2 weeks, before they adjusted to correctly using the cat box, and poop to stop sticking to their butts, not diarea, normal poops, and to stop smelling. I think its just a period of adjustment. I also pick the cat boxes every day and use baking soda. You can use un-scented baby wipes, as long as they say hypoalerginic and alcohol free. Read that in Cat Fancy, and show people use them. :) :) :)
  • Allison Tuthill GaulAllison Tuthill Gaul Virginia Beach, VAMember Posts: 168
    edited 21 December, 2008
    Our Baby, Kali, had trouble with smelling when we got her. Her mother had been found pregnant in the wild. The family who found her left momma cat and the kitties in a box in their yard until they brought them to the shelter. All of the kittens got sick and one died. The day we got her, she started sneezing, and she pooped on the floor (too exhausted, sick to make it to the little box). She needed vitamins and antibiotics. She took a long time to learn how to groom. She'd lick one paw and wipe it over her eyes. I bought kitty wipes and wiped her with those and then our older cat, Tiger, took over and groomed the dickens out of her. She'd hold Kali down until she was satisfied. Between the two of us, we kept her clean and eventually she learned to groom herself, I guess from Tiger. Now she grooms us when we are sleeping if our hair is sticking up. She can't stand hair that sticks up. And she tries to groom people on the t.v. We recently got a flat screen used off some friends (an AMAZING deal), and so there is a lot of room in the t.v. cabinet in front of the t.v. for the cats to sit and watch t.v. Anyhow, I'd get the kitty wipes. I don't think baby wipes would be a very good idea. The kitty wipes are bigger, don't have the weird baby wipe smell, and are made for kitty baths. They worked well until Kali was old enough to groom herself appropriately. In a turn around, she now will straddle Tiger and groom HER and she will get Tiger to lay down and clean Tiger's butt. Our concern now is that Tiger is getting lazy about keeping her own butt clean! ::o Although from some of our reading, we wonder if it's a dominance thing. As if they are saying to one another something like this "I'm the momma." "No, I"M the momma." "No I'M the momma." I wish I knew what they were saying and thinking . . . . Allison
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 25 December, 2008
    I have seven 11-week old kittens, and they all have what is to me an adorable but faint smell of kitten poop--which smells different to me from adult cat poop. I have a feeling that it\'s just a stage that the kittens go through--when they were newborn and Momcat was licking their behinds to get them clean, they had the same odor, but I\'ve never had an older kitten or adult cat who smelled quite the same way. I\'d use the kitten wipes and just assume that they\'ll grow out of it. If you continue to be concerned, you might consult with your vet. If there\'s any diarrhea involved, go to the vet NOW.
  • Allison Tuthill GaulAllison Tuthill Gaul Virginia Beach, VAMember Posts: 168
    edited 27 December, 2008
    you must be a very busy kitty mommy! allison
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 27 December, 2008
    Yes, but not too busy to smell their cute little rear-ends! Which reminds me, today is b-a-t-h day--I want them to look their best for prospective adopters! It also occurred to me that your cat could have overactive or plugged-up anal glands. That can result in the cat being REALLY stinky ALL the time. I used to have a kitten like that, and frankly, I didn\'t want him on my lap. Cornell has a useful (if slightly disturbing) video regarding \"expressing anal glands.\" You could try it yourself (or get your vet to do it) and see if that\'s what\'s causing the problem.
  • Allison Tuthill GaulAllison Tuthill Gaul Virginia Beach, VAMember Posts: 168
    edited 30 December, 2008
    We discovered that Kali was getting stinky again. Mainly, just musty smelling and unpleasant. I actually haven't had them bathed in a long time, they usually smell good without it. Tiger smells a little like spices usually. But lately, Kali, in particular has smelled like warm musty kitty and she really made all the top layers of our bed smell bad. So off to the vet today to get baths. They also do the anal glands as part of the bathing. Kitty baths are not that much money. I wouldn't dare try to clean Kali, she was a strong as a man and as slippery as an eel when we had to feed her antibiotics and vitamins last year. She'd probably tear us up if we gave her a bath. My husband flat out refused. The money spent is worth it. It's only $20 a cat where we live. Allison
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