Are cats dirty

You may have seen the refrigerator magnet that reads, “The only self-cleaning thing in this house is the cat.” Felines have a well-earned reputation as immaculate creatures.

Are cats dirty

“Healthy cats fastidiously groom themselves, ” says Victoria Voith, DVM, MSc, MA, PhD, DACVB, a professor in animal behavior at Western University of Health Sciences.

Although reports vary, a healthy cat grooms himself up to 50 percent of the waking day, Dr. Cynthia McManis of Just Cats Veterinary Services tells

How do cats groom themselves?

The cat’s barbed tongue serves many purposes. It:

  • Removes dead or loose fur
  • Strips away the scent of food from the whiskers and the fur, reducing the chance of being detected by nearby predators
  • Helps rid the coat of fleas and other parasites
  • Increases circulation
  • Controls body temperature
  • Speeds healing
  • Feels good

Do I need to give my cat a bath?

While most dogs need to be bathed frequently to fend off doggy odor, cats seldom require baths. They may need a close encounter with shampoo and water because they unleashed the wrath of a skunk or got into something unhealthy. Otherwise, regular baths simply aren’t necessary. However, cats still might need help cleaning their inner ears regularly as they cannot clean that themselves. Particularly if the cat scratches his ears of if there is smell in the ears. Over the age of 12 years, the majority of cats have some form of arthritis which might make them less flexible and less likely to be able to clean all parts of their body. (Learn more about grooming your cat.)

What if my cat isn’t grooming himself?

Cat parents can use their companion’s grooming habits to help gauge feline health. Too much or too little grooming can indicate that the cat has a health problem and needs to see a vet. And since a healthy cat should never smell, the presence of body odor or foul breath also requires a trip to the animal clinic. (Learn more about the subtle signs of a sick cat.)

But doesn’t the litter box make cats dirty?

For the same reason kitties have to scrub all traces of food from their coats, they also bury unconsumed prey: to remain invisible. They don’t want the neighborhood coyote to find the leftovers. Burying waste, a much appreciated trait according to most cat parents, also hides evidence from predators, and shields a kitty’s presence from more dominant cats.

“Cats will [bury their waste in] a litter box, if litter boxes are used [and provided] appropriately. You have to maintain [the box] and use substrate [litter] appropriately, ” Dr. Voith says.

What if my cat stops using the litter box?

According to Dr. Voith, cats may stray from proper hygiene if the litter box goes unscooped for days or the substrate is offensive to the cat. Going outside the litter box could also be a warning that your cat is sick. As with a change in grooming habits, a departure from litter box etiquette is another cue you should take her to the vet.

To keep kitty properly using her litter box, the pan should be scooped daily and changed whenever the litter itself begins to smell. Every time you scoop, simply take a quick sniff of the remaining litter. When you start to notice the aroma of ammonia, it’s time to rinse out the box and refill with fresh litter.

How can I help my cat stay clean?

While all cats strive to keep themselves and their environment clean, you should have your feline friend spayed or neutered. Unaltered cats, both male and female, publish their personal ads in urine. Altering kitties cuts down on the possibility of marking inside the house. (Learn more about cat spraying.)

Keep your cat exclusively indoors, as indoor cats are at less risk of contracting disease and attracting parasites. (Learn more about indoor vs. outdoor cats.)

Are cats dirty

Every day your cat’s paws come into contact with the surrounding environment, which can transfer pathogens onto the paws as well as pathogens from the floor onto surfaces. But how dirty are a cat’s paws and how does this contamination occur in the first place?

Organisms are living life forms that include parasites, protozoa, bacteria and fungi and are everywhere, in the air, on surfaces, floors as well as in and on our bodies. Viruses are also everywhere but are not technically living, however, for the sake of ease, are included in the above definition of an organism.

Our immune system does a good job keeping most organisms in check. Many organisms are not harmful to humans or animals, in fact, our bodies contain a flora of helpful bacteria on the skin as well as the intestinal and genital tracts which help to digest food as well as keep pathogenic (disease-causing organisms) in check.

Pathogens on shoes and paws

Good Morning America (GMA) carried out tests on the soles of 8 people and the paws of two dogs found 66 million organisms on one person’s shoes, while Dr. Charles Gerba, microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona found nine different species of bacteria on shoes including E. coli, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia ficaria. As far as I can ascertain, there has been no research on how dirty cat paws are.

Cat paws come into contact with the floor at home, which can contain pathogens from shoes. Outdoor cats are exposed to pathogens in the environment. Parasitic worm eggs are excreted via the feces of the infected host into the environment. From there, they can be picked up on the soles of shoes, bare feet or animal paws who are allowed to free roam.

The two dogs in the GMA test came in fifth and ninth place for contamination, one dog had been walking in the rain which may have affected results, but the paws are smaller than human feet, and therefore carry fewer germs.

Where does this leave cats?

Our cat’s paws come into contact with the floor of their home as well as the environment (if free-roaming) where they can pick up dirt and pathogens. Cats can also inadvertently contaminate their paws while burying feces in the litter tray and track litter. Young children who are crawling are at increased risk as their hands are frequently on the ground and toddlers haven’t learned to keep their hands out of their mouth. On the flip side, children exposed to household germs, pet dander and roach allergens during the first twelve months of life have a lower risk of developing allergies and asthma.

One potential risk to people is toxoplasma gondii a protozoan parasite (and not a bacterium, as it is often referred to). Cats are the definitive hosts, which means the parasite is only able to reproduce in the cat, but it can infect other species, including humans. If infection occurs for the first time during pregnancy, the parasite can cause birth defects in the developing fetus. T. Gondii oocysts are shed in the feces and are can survive months or years in the environment. The good news is that oocysts do not become infective for 1-5 days in the environment. Removing feces from litter trays twice a day reduces the risk of transmission greatly. Cats who roam outside have a higher incidence of contact with infective oocysts.

Are cats dirty

One of the appeals of cats is that they are fastidious groomers, and spend a considerable amount of their waking time cleaning themselves.

Are cats a risk?

Potentially, yes, but looking at it objectively, the risk is minute. Most of us aren’t crawling on the floor and putting our hands in our mouths. There is also a potential risk if cats walk on kitchen benches.

Bear in mind, there is a bigger risk of us bringing home pathogens and parasites on the soles of our shoes than the risk to our cats, and zoonotic infection (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) is not common among people with healthy immune systems.


  • Regularly treat your cat for internal and external parasites
  • Keep cats indoors to prevent roaming and hunting
  • Clean litter trays at least twice a day and empty, disinfect and refill with clean litter once a week
  • Keep cats off kitchen benches (easier said than done) and if they do climb onto benches, disinfect before you prepare food
  • Take your shoes off when you arrive home and wear indoor-only slippers around the home
  • Regularly sweep or vacuum floors and mop


Are cats dirty

Julia Wilson is the founder of Cat-World, and has researched and written over 1,000 articles about cats. She is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. Full author bio

There are a lot of misconceptions about feral cats, and one of the most common ones is that they are nasty creatures who are dirty and spread disease.

It’s very easy to see why people think this about feral cats, as they spend all their time outside, tend to be flighty and make it difficult to get close to them.

Since feral cats don’t live in a home and don’t have regular access to vet care, then people assume that they are filthy and nasty. In fact, the truth is far different.

Feral Cats Aren’t As Disease-Ridden As You Think!

All animals, including pet cats, are at risk for carrying disease, but many people do not realize that their indoor cat is just as likely to have medical problems as feral cats.

Are cats dirty

Indoor cats that are given outdoor access are exposed to the same diseases and sicknesses as feral cats, but, they have the benefit of vaccinations.

Catching, vaccinating, and releasing feral cats is the best way to decrease any chance of the spread of disease, even though it is already fairly low.

Feral Cats Generally Stay Away From Humans

A lot of people have the idea of feral cats trying to enter their home, cavorting with their family pets, or coming up to people and bothering them.

This is very unlikely to happen, as feral cats will do everything that they can to stay away from other animals and from humans.

Are cats dirty

Since feral cats prefer to be on their own, they will not come to the house of a family.

This means that even on the off chance that they are sick, they won’t spread illness to family pets. Always use caution when approaching feral cats in case they are rabid

All Cats Clean Themselves

Even though feral cats may look a little rough around the edges due to broken and kinked tails or ripped ears, they are still fastidious about being clean.

Are cats dirty

In this way, they are no different from pet cats.

When feral cats get dirty they will give themselves a bath to clean off. While they don’t have access to human baths, most pet cats do not like these either, so they both take care of their own hygiene.

Cats Always Look for Clean Areas to Sleep

No cat will pick a wet, moldy, or smelly location to sleep if they can help it. Feral cats prefer to sleep in warm and dry areas, which means that they will be out of the rain and mud.

This prevents them from getting dirtier and limits their exposure to disease. There are many options for you to provide them with their own place of shelter.

Are cats dirty

The more access that a feral cat has to warm and dry sleeping areas, such as a barn or outbuilding, the healthier and cleaner they will be.

Understanding the truth behind feral cats will give people a whole new appreciation for them and ensure that they do not think too unkindly of these felines.

Feral cats, while unsocialized and not wanting to be close to humans, are not dirty creatures. They take care of themselves, do a great job avoiding sick animals, and are not very likely to spread disease.


Not in the UK there isn’t, the dog licence was scrapped donkeys years ago.

Maybe dog owners have to clean up after their animals because they let their dogs crap on pavements, on kerbs and in public parks/ grass verges where us humans walk a lot and dogs never bury their faeces? whereas you don’t see a cat stop and take a dump in pedestrian heavy areas, they tend to crap somewhere private.

Also how do you know it’s cat poo? Could be fox or hedgehog even?

personally I find people who leave soiled nappies lying around in my local park more disgusting than some cat crap in my garden.

Not in the UK there isn’t, the dog licence was scrapped donkeys years ago.

Maybe dog owners have to clean up after their animals because they let their dogs crap on pavements, on kerbs and in public parks/ grass verges where us humans walk a lot and dogs never bury their faeces? whereas you don’t see a cat stop and take a dump in pedestrian heavy areas, they tend to crap somewhere private.

Also how do you know it’s cat poo? Could be fox or hedgehog even?

personally I find people who leave soiled nappies lying around in my local park more disgusting than some cat crap in my garden.

What an odd thing to write!

Properly brought up cats use their own gardens in the area provided.


Not if properly cared for (which most are). As you’ll know if you read the other thread you posted in (don’t know why you bothered).

Far worse are the chavs with their status dogs. I’ll bet they don’t get wormed for toxocara canis regularly (I mean the dogs, of course).

nepotism46 chll. You are entitled to your opinion, no need to hammer the point home :rolleyes:. We get it, you think cats are dirty.

Personally, I find cats are one of the cleanest and cutest creatures on earth:) .

nepotism46 chll. You are entitled to your opinion, no need to hammer the point home :rolleyes:. We get it, you think cats are dirty.

Personally, I find cats are one of the cleanest and cutest creatures on earth:) .

Plus I’ve told my neighbours if they think my cat crapped in their garden, to let me know and I will happily go and clear up after them.

Or maybe poopcorn given the subject matter.


I would recommend you seek legal advice before you go down the “anti climb” paint route. Cats have a legal basis of free roam and you may find yourself in hot water if you intentional use this product to cause harm to an animal and you may find yourself being taken to court by their owner for any damage to their furnishings.

Also if you are NOT a homeowner and are a tenant or in council property you will have to seek advice before you do anything like that to your garden (as it isn’t legally yours).

Also a catapult could cause injury to an animal so you will get done for that.

Just use a water pistol and get some rubber spikes to go on top of your fences. Google is your friend for “keeping cats out my garden” advice and gadgets.

Are Dachshunds Smelly?

You’re thinking of getting a pet, but you’ve heard stories about whether cats or dogs are cleaner and the last thing you need is a smelly apartment. The main difference between them is that cats mostly take care of their own hygiene, but dogs need help from their owners.


Cats typically have complex grooming routines. They often spend up to 50 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves and other cats. They use their barbed tongue to lick and comb through their fur, and dig out dirt with their teeth. They moisten their forepaws with saliva, and use them to wash their faces and any other areas they can’t reach easily. By contrast, dogs groom only their feet and their private parts, although a few breeds including basenjis, canaans and Siberian huskies reportedly clean themselves like cats. To keep your dog clean, she needs regular bathing and brushing.

Toilet Habits

Both cats and dogs have very specific toilet habits. Cats prefer privacy when performing their “business,” whether they do it indoors or outdoors, and usually cover the feces with sand or cat litter afterwards. Indoor cats are particularly fussy about the cleanliness of their litter boxes, and may refuse to use a dirty litter box or to share one with another cat. Dogs, however, are very seldom particular about where they go potty, although they generally prefer grass to hard surfaces.

Cat Odor

Cats seldom have body odors unless they have a medical condition, or they have difficulty grooming themselves because of age, illness or obesity. These can lead to dried urine and feces accumulating around their private parts, which may cause a body odor. Indoor cats’ litter boxes tend to produce the odor commonly known as “cat odor” if you do not keep them scrupulously clean, and cats are known to soil outside their boxes if you do not change the litter regularly. This makes the cat odor in a house much worse.

Dog Odor

Dogs are not able to clean themselves like cats do, so the dead skin cells or dander clinging to their coats develop an odor. In addition, the dog’s skin produces oil, and they give off a light perspiration from their paws and hair follicles, which carries a chemical scent. They also have glands inside their ears that have a slight odor. All these scents combine to give the dog his normal “doggy” odor, and ear or skin infections can make the smell a lot stronger. Bathing and brushing the dog regularly will help keep the odor to a minimum.

Shedding Hair

Both cats and dogs shed hair, which tends to contribute to the general dirt in the home. Certain breeds of dog such as poodles shed less than other dogs, while cats such as the almost-hairless Sphinx have very little to shed. Even the so-called hypoallergenic dog and cat breeds constantly shed dander, however, which helps to create dust and is the main cause of pet allergies.

Oral Cleanliness

Dental care is necessary for both cats and dogs to keep their mouths as clean as possible and avoid plaque build-up and gum disease. No matter how often you clean their teeth, however, both animals carry bacteria in their mouths that cause problems if you get bitten. Dogs use their mouths for all sorts of activities, including checking out each other’s private parts, so letting your dog lick you isn’t the best idea. Cats use their mouths and teeth for grooming as well as eating raw meat or fish if that’s what you feed them, so the bacteria in a cat’s mouth is not species-specific as it is with dogs.

Smelly Ears in Cats

The insides of your kitty’s ears should be pink and clean, with perhaps a bit of black or brown wax. There are a few conditions that can cause what looks like dirt inside your cat’s ears. Some can be treated at home, while others require veterinary treatment.

Ear Wax

Ear wax can look like black or brown buildup. Like humans, it is entirely possible that a cat can have heavy wax buildup inside his ears. If this is the case, your cat should not scratch his ears excessively, shake his head, flatten his ears back or rub them against things. In short, wax buildup alone will not make him act like there is something wrong with his ears. Your veterinarian can provide you with a solution for cleaning wax from your kitty’s ears. Dampen a gauze pad with it and gently wipe the wax away until your cat’s ears are pink and clean; monitor them daily. If wax buildup was the only problem, it will take a long time to come back.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are another potential cause of dirt-like buildup inside the ears of your cat. They are a parasite that live on the skin debris, cell fluids and blood inside the ear and are highly contagious. Mites cause your cat’s ears to itch, causing him to shake his head, flatten his ears or rub them against things. There are over-the-counter treatments available, but they are not always successful in killing the mites. One remedy for ear mites is to put a few drops of mineral oil in your cat’s ears, massage it into the base and wipe it out with cotton balls or tissue. The mineral oil will paralyze the mites. Then apply the ear mite solution to the ears. Follow up with a flea treatment that contains an element that controls and kills ear mites.

Ear Infection

Cat ear infections are another potential cause of dirt-looking buildup inside their ears. Infections can be caused by yeast or bacteria. As you might expect, they require treatment with antibiotics. These are usually in pill form and usually are given for 10 to 14 days. This treatment typically is accompanied by daily cleanings with a medicated solution from your vet. He also may prescribe medicated ear drops.

See Your Vet

Any and all of these conditions can cause what looks like dirt inside your cat’s ears. The problem is that you cannot know exactly which one he has without a diagnosis from your veterinarian. Without this, you might be treating him for ear mites at home, for example, when he actually has an ear infection. If this is the case, the condition will not improve. So see your vet for an exact and proper diagnosis and treatment, and your kitty’s ears should clear up in no time.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

Are cats dirty

Taking care of your cat’s ears is easier than you might think. There are many reasons why cat ears get dirty, and it’s important that you rule out any underlying health condition first. Some cats are just prone to getting gunky ears, even if they’re completely healthy.

We’re seeing more and more cases of yeast issues that surface in many kitty’s ears. Heat makes yeast rise, so it’s common to see yeasty ears if this is what’s happening with your cat. The ears are a warm spot. However, yeast is a result of a gut problem so in addition to keeping the ears clean you’ll want to be sure to support your cat’s gut health with diet and supplementation.

How We Clean Our Cat’s Ears

If you notice that your cat is scratching their ears or shaking their head then you’ll want to get the ears checked by a veterinarian. If they don’t seem to be bothering your kitty, however, then you’ll just want to keep them clean. Our cat, Zorro, has gunky ears from time to time. When we rescued him and his sister they had ear mites, so we trained them young to get used to us cleaning their ears. Zorro just produces more wax, so I clean his ears a few times per month.

If you don’t keep your cat’s ears clean it can result in a bigger problem. Keep an eye on how often they need a cleaning and try to do this proactively. Cleaning the ears regularly will help avoid inflammation or infection.

While Zorro is laying down or sitting still, I simply take a Q-tip, dip it in Oxy-Cat and gently clean the crevices of his inner ear. We used this same product to kill the ear mites and it also will kill yeast. It’s the perfect product to clean kitty’s ears!

Cats sometimes do their business outside the box

Are cats dirty

Are cats dirty

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Are cats dirty

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Cats are fastidiously clean animals. They constantly groom themselves, don’t like to be wet or dirty, and bury their waste matter when they use the litter box. But sometimes cats end up tracking their litter and poop outside of their box. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to keep the mess to a minimum.

Why Do Cats Track Litter and Feces?

There are a few reasons why your cat might track litter and feces. Some of these problems are easier to resolve than others.

Kittens learn many behaviors by watching their mothers and litter-mates. Bottle-fed kittens and young rescue kittens miss out on being properly taught how to use a litter box. Many simply benefit from a quick poop-covering lesson. When your cat is in its box, gently take its paws and show it how to cover its poop.

Medical Issues

If a cat is in pain it can have difficulty entering or exiting a litter box, or pain covering up its waste. Declawing is an example of a surgery that causes both acute and chronic limb pain in a cat, resulting in reluctance to use its paws or legs to cover poop.

Arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other chronic ailments make it uncomfortable for cats to jump in an out of litter boxes, cover their poop, or self-groom. Talk to your vet if you think your cat is in pain. They can prescribe pain medications or suggest environmental modifications to help your painful cat use their box. For example, switching the location of your cat’s box could make it easier for them to use it. Litter boxes with “walk up” entrances, or low-bottomed entryways are easier for cats to use than boxes they have to hop in and out of.

Litter Box Issues

Cats are notoriously fastidious and many will not use a litter box that is less than pristine.

You should have one more litter box than you do cats. This means if you have one cat, you should have two boxes; or if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes. Boxes should also be placed far enough away from each other that the cat can only see the litter box it’s using.

If you determine your cat has an issue with the litter box, chances are you can put a stop to any poop tracking.

Tips for a Cleaner Litter Box

A clean litter box means no poop can be tracked around the house. Some people have success stacking a few litter boxes of the same size on top of each other, with holes in alternating places along the bottom of the box.

When you lift the top box, clean litter is sifted into the box below. You can dump waste collected in the top box into the trash. You then replace the empty litter box on the bottom of the stack, making sure the holes in the bottom of the box are not in the same location as the box immediately on top. For some people, this is a quick alternative to scooping a box. Automatic litter boxes can scare a cat and cause litter box avoidance.

Simple rugs can help keep litter and poop from being tracked throughout your house and there are even specially designed mats that help catch the litter particles. Place one of these mats at the edge of your cat’s litter box so that they will walk on it when they exit their litter box.

Some types of litter are designed to help keep litter tracking to a minimum. If your cat is not particular to the litter you are currently using, consider trying one of these products. Different pet brands offer litter that isn’t made from clay and might be the solution to your litter problems.

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Get a Larger Litter Box

Litter boxes sold in pet stores are often designed for kittens or small cats, not large, full-grown adult cats. If your cat is having trouble finding the right spot in its small litter box, hanging over the edge to eliminate its waste matter, or you are finding urine or feces on the side of the box or outside it, you probably need a larger litter box.

Storage containers, utility tubs, kiddie play pools, and sandboxes all can be used as large litter boxes. Don’t feel restricted to what the pet store has available. If you can put litter in it and your cat can easily get into it, then you can use it as a litter box.

Trim the Fur on Your Cat’s Feet

Long-haired cats often have a lot of fur in between their toes. If you can keep the fur on their feet trimmed, this means less material for litter and poop to stick to.

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Stool Consistency

Cat poop should be formed, firm, and consistent. If it is watery or especially soft, talk with your vet about your cat’s poop consistency.

Soft stools and diarrhea could indicate a health problem such as inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal parasites, food allergy or other issue. Dietary changes, certain cat foods, and stress can also cause loose stools in your cat. Any of these conditions can cause stool to be softer than normal and contribute to poop being tracked around the house. Formed, normal cat stool is more difficult to make a mess of than diarrhea.

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Some discharge is normal. I’m not sure if what you describe would fall into the category of Normal because each cat is different. Does he go outside? Have you asked a vet what this could be? I would think that this could be caused by ear mites or ear mite treatment but you said he does not have ear mites. I would consult with a vet.

Thank you so much for responding. he is about 5 now. I clean his ears when ever I think of it. he actually likes it so that helps alot. He is an inside cat, declawed and neutered.

He is a big boy about 25 lbs, but not really fat. his belly don’t hang on the floor. LOL

I haven’t asked a vet, I am not working right now, and they’ve always been like this, when he was a kitten, the vet never said anything. I clean them about once a week, sometimes less. but if I cleaned them now they’d prob be dirty again in a couple days. Gross I know!

No, he’s not itchy and doesn’t go outside, indoor cats for me only. I love them too much to let any one hurt them. some people are just too cruel to cats and I would never take any chances. But, as I said, the other 2 cats are just fine. One of them also likes his ears cleaned. 🙂

I am sure it’s nothing, but I just wanted to get some other folks opinions. Thanks

awww krissy you are such a good mom 🙂

Well if he seems bothered by it then I would ask a vet. Cats have an art for concealing pain and discomfort but I honestly think we know our felines, especially those that are indoors, way too much to not realize something wrong is happening. Trust your instincts. If you think that at this point there is no need to see a vet then great. But if you need some peace of mind there is no one like a vet to give you that. I’m sure you got a handle on this 🙂 You know your cat better than anyone.

Well, 25 lbs is huge!! lol I’m sure he is very pretty. I’m trying to get my older cat to eat less as he is overweight and diabetes could be a problem later on. I have another cat who eats more than my older and is still slim. Do I have a situation or what LOL

When it comes to stereotyping animals in media, dogs are always messy, and cats are always clean freaks when they don’t act like royalty that expect to be pampered all the time.

Now while we might get a good laugh out of these deceptions, just how accurate is it? Are cats cleaner than dogs? Or is this just a myth such as dogs having cleaner mouths?

The truth isn’t as clear cut as you’d expect, as “cleanliness” in both dogs and cats isn’t the same as with us humans. In fact, sometimes being a bit dirty is completely normal for both a dog and cat.

Are cats dirty

So, Are Cats Cleaner Than Dogs? Yes. Cats are cleaner than dogs. A cat may spend as much as fifty perfect of their waking hours meticulously grooming themselves or others. A dog, meanwhile, will lick their paws and their privates, but not much else. Some breeds of dog like the Shiba Inu, do exhibit similar grooming practices to cats, but for most, they’re perfectly fine being dirty.

If you’re looking for a pet that cleans itself, look no further than a cat! Of course, as mentioned at the start of this article, the answer isn’t as clear-cut once you delve into it.

Why Are Cats Cleaner Than Dogs?

Let’s look at the real reason cats are the cleaner animal. Is it because they just hate dirt?

Well, yes, they do but at the same time, cats don’t have an understanding of “cleanliness” like humans. The same reason why they don’t understand the concept of a house plant isn’t something to chew on. The grooming behavior of a cat runs much deeper than just being clean.

For starters, let’s look at the tongue of a cat. It’s barbed, which is perfect for working through their hairs. The barbed tongue removes dead skin, loose hair, parasites, and even promotes healing of wounds.

Hence the old phrase “licking their wounds”, which works great for cats. So their tongue does a great deal of work keeping their body free of dirty, dead skin and hair, along with fleas and ticks.

They’re also flexible, able to reach any part of their body for grooming. This is opposed to dogs who are much more ridged and who aren’t able to lick themselves clean. Even if they could, their tongues aren’t barbed for dead skin and hair will get trapped in their coats.

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In the wild, the ancestors of dogs would roam in packs and would assist in grooming one another, along with having coats that were easier to groom.

Due to thousands of years of breeding by humans, modern day domesticated dogs just don’t have that ability to be as clean anymore. Cats, on the other hand, do despite humans having also bred them for thousands of years.

That being said, the tongue of the cat isn’t only for cleaning. It also serves for socializing and for providing their own, natural “perfume”.

Cats will lick and groom one another, and you, as a show of bonding. Grooming cats are known to be much more closer than cats that don’t groom one another, and if your cat is licking and grooming you that’s a good sign that they like you!

Even as kittens, the tongue plays an important part in the life of a cat. The mother cat will like their kittens to simulate expelling waste, to simulate appetite to suckle, and of course for cleaning.

As for the oils, cats much like dogs, use scent in their day-to-day lives. Whereas dogs will mark territory with urine, cats essentially cover themselves in their own scent which is why they’ll rub up against something they claim or leave scratches. This moves their oil, or perfume as some like to call it, off of themselves, and to the object they wish to mark.

Because this oil doesn’t naturally return to a cat’s coat, they need to apply it daily. Which is the other reason why they groom themselves so frequently; restoring the oil back to their coat, which they then use to mark their territory or place claim to objects or people.

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Can Cats Be Too Clean?

Yes. While cats are well known for grooming, there is such a thing as too much grooming. Either due to a medical condition or anxiety, a cat can continuously lick itself or certain spots until the hair is gone.

Dogs can be like this too, and with both species, excess licking not only leads to bald spots but also infections. So if your cat is grooming too much, contact your vet and see if there is an underlining medical condition.

Can The Cleanliness Of A Cat Benefit You?

Cats are cleaner than dogs, but what does this mean for you? Well, for a start there are less frequent bathes for a cat compared to a dog. Dogs need their owners to assist in grooming, including brushing and bathing, and while cats don’t need as frequent bathes they will need to be brushed. Either daily for cats with longer-or-medium coats, and once a week for short-haired breeds.

Because they still have coats that shed, both cats and dogs aren’t going to be a good match for anyone with allergies to pet hair. No matter how much grooming is done by either you or your pet.

And finally, while a cat might keep their coat clean as best as they can, the same can’t be said for their mouths which do require you to brush their teeth least they develop infections or bad breath.

Final Thoughts

A cat is certainly a cleaner animal than a dog, and less likely to drag mud into the house unless you have an outdoor cat, but this cleanliness doesn’t mean spotless and never smelly.

You’ll still need to help them out in that regard, and some breeds of cats will even require more maintenance with grooming and bathing than dogs! For cats though, grooming isn’t just for cleaning, but instead important for their bonding and marking behavior.

Are cats dirty

In YouTube Posts by Hlarson February 27, 2014 1 Comment

I love adorable kitty-cats as much as the next non-monster, but, as the poets say: “Just because you love something doesn’t mean it can’t deliver a necrotic puncture wound that will cause your extremities to rot off!” A new study on the dangers of cat bites found that, while dog bites might be more crushing and dramatic, at least they just rip your flesh open in a way that can be easily cleaned and sewn up. Cat teeth are like little disease syringes that can essentially inject bacteria and debris deeply and directly into your tendons and bones.

Via the New York Times:

In a three-year retrospective study published in the February issue of The Journal of Hand Surgery, researchers reviewed records of 193 people who came to Mayo Clinic Hospital with cat bites to the hand.

Thirty-six victims were immediately admitted to the hospital, where they stayed an average of three days. Another 154 were treated with oral antibiotics as outpatients, although 21 of them eventually had to be hospitalized. Complications included nerve involvement, abscesses and loss of joint mobility.

…”The tendon sheaths and joints are superficial in the hand, and cat bites penetrate easily, seeding those spaces with the germ, ” he added. “Once it’s in there, it can grow quite rapidly in fluid-filled spaces that don’t have blood circulation, and surgery is often required. That’s an important message: don’t ignore a cat bite.”
One time my sister got super sick and went to the hospital and they were like, “Shoot, looks like cancer! Get ready to die!” And then she called all her family and friends and tearfully delivered the bad news, and then the doctor saw some cat fur on her jacket or something and was like, “Wait, do you have a cat? OH, MY BAD. YOU JUST HAVE CAT SCRATCH FEVER.” And then they gave her some antibiots and she was fine.

I mean, I was pretty young when it happened. But that’s basically how I remember it. Point is, if your cat bites you, go to the hospital, and if they tell you you have cancer, throw a cat at them.
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I work with wild & feral cats. I also house 10+ cats. I’ve received more bites than I can count, each time I treated & cleaned it immediately. Never have I had any issues. This “study” left out two major factors on this. One, house cats, if kept in a clean home, do not have bacteria ridden mouths…due to its environment, personal hygiene, an eating habits. The danger comes from wild or feral cats, the same as any wild or feral animal. Second point, majority of these injuries started as minor bites or scratches. Due to improper care, they became infected or abscessed. That is from the lack of care from the person…not exactly the cat. Unless it was rabid or seriously diseased, minor cuts, bites, or scratches do not send a person to the hospital…even if the cat [or any animal] had a bacteria ridden mouth. Home care products kill 99.99% of that bacteria…iodine, alcohol, peroxide, medical soap, anti-bacterial soap, triple antibiotic….even just plain old cold water. Don’t blame the cat, too much…they are animals, and everyone should know to treat any wound immediately.

Do cats get mad when their litter box is dirty?

That way, you’ll know how the cat feels when he steps into a dirty toilet. Originally, cats are difficult animals that are particular about keeping their fur and paws clean . So the idea of ​​using a dirty toilet is just as disgusting to them as we are.

Do cats care if you watch them use the litter box?

Another reason cats hesitate to use the litter box or visit without the litter box may be that the litter tray is already in use and dirty. Cats are very noisy with dirt and filth in the litter box and may reject used litter boxes to keep their paws clean!

Why do cats use the litter box while you clean it?

Why do cats like to use a newly cleaned toilet? If your cat has a more dominant personality, they may be remarking their territory . The smell of fresh garbage tells them that they need to regain their territorial claims.

How often should a cat’s litter box be cleaned?

The general guideline for changing clay debris is twice a week, but in some situations you may only need to change it every other day or once a week . If you clean the toilet daily, you may only need to replace the aggregated toilet every 2-3 weeks.

Do cats pick a favorite person?

In a multi-human home, cats seem to choose one family member who wants to spend more time. According to a study conducted by a Canadian nutrition company, they found that the hardest people are their favorites.

What happens when you don’t clean your cat’s litter box?

In addition to bacteria, cat excrement is inhabited by parasites, which can cause hook worms, roundworms, and ring worms in cats . If the toilet is dirty, it will be easier for parasites to enter the cat’s body and land in the gastrointestinal tract.

Do cats feel embarrassed when they poop?

Cats don’t have these experiences, so don’t feel embarrassed . The smell of flatulence can be unpleasant, and it makes me feel embarrassed to give off a bad smell. Cats like to stay clean, but don’t feel embarrassed when they’re dirty or cluttered with fur.

Do cats get embarrassed when they fart?

Cats are usually odorless and there is no reason to be alert. In fact, they are unlikely to be embarrassing because they are an unobtrusive part of the cat’s presence.

Do cats like privacy when they poop?

Many cats like to have some depth to dig. Even if you have a bed with deep litter, you should still scoop it up every day. Place the box in a quiet place where the cat does not get in the way. Cats like privacy when they work.

Why do cats freak out after they poop?

When cats poop, it stimulates the nerves of their body that give them a euphoric feeling , which may explain why your cat gets zoomy. The stimulated nerves are called the vagus nerves and run from the brain of the entire body, including the entire digestive tract, Shojai said.

Why do cats poop as soon as you change the litter box?

The cat may be due to knowing that after cleaning, the toilet will be clean and daydreaming .

Do cats like clean homes?

Things that your cat likes to be well organized & amp; Clean Garbage Areas should always be kept clean and uncluttered. No exceptions. In a 2017 study of how cats go to the toilet, researchers found that cats prefer clean toilets with odors and visual impairments .

How many times a day should you Scoop cat litter?

In most cases, all experts agree The toilet should be scooped 1-2 times daily . “The litter box needs to be scooped at least once or twice a day. It would be even better if the cat could go to the litter box as soon as he finished work,” said Dr. Stephanie Janeczko in this featured article on Petfinder. ..

What’s the average lifespan of a house cat?

13 to 17 years old is the life expectancy of indoor cats, but some cats have a much shorter life expectancy, while others live up to their twenties. One kitten, Cream Puff, has reached the age of 38! Cats don’t complain if they feel sick.

Can breathing in cat litter harm you?

Living in an atmosphere filled with these ammonia gases can cause great discomfort and problems with breathing . These smokes cause inflammation of the bronchial membranes of the lungs, causing increased sputum production, coughing, and dyspnea.

Do cats get jealous?

Like some people, cats can be jealous when they feel excluded or when the environment changes dramatically or suddenly . Jealousy can be caused by various events. With more attention to objects, people, or other animals, cats may show signs of jealousy.

How do you tell if your cat has bonded with you?

Shows that your cat is your big fan Do your cats want to interact more often? This is also evidence of a closer bond if you are in more physical contact, for example sleeping on your knees or shoulders.

How do you tell if a cat hates you?

The insider talked to some experts and found clear signs that your cat was uncomfortable around you. Their tails are horizontal. A hanging tail is not a good sign. they keep hiding from you. they bite. they walk away from you. they give you hiss noise. they are friendly to everyone except you.

Why would my cat pee on the floor right in front of me?

Frustration, stress, or anxiety can cause cats to change their urinary habits . Changes in daily life, such as new people in the house or moving, can cause changes in urination. They may also “mark” home spots with their urine as a means of marking their territory.

Can a cat laugh?

Can your cat laugh? No, your cat can’t laugh technically , but they have other signs of being happy. Throat is the main way to express that a cat is happy. Some even think that snorting is equivalent to the laughter of a cat.

Do cats fart?

The answer is yes. Cats breathe gas . Like many other animals, cats have gas in their digestive tract, which is excreted from the body through the rectum. Cats are usually quietly gassed and have little odor.

Do cats feel love?

It’s a problem that many cat owners are wondering. And the answer is certainly yes! Cats often have a very strong affection for their owners and other peers . They are sometimes a little more subtle about it than dogs.

Do cats say sorry?

But in the end, science shows us that cats are much more complex and emotionally harmonious than we give them credit. They may not say that they are as sorry as humans. But they apologize in their own way.

Do cats know when they did something wrong?

I don’t know when the cats did something wrong because it’s not bad behavior in their eyes. Cats are intelligent animals, but they cannot understand what is right or wrong. But if you wonder, “Do cats know when you are angry?”, The answer is yes.

Does my cat know when I poop?

Cats also probably know that we are a captive audience when we are in the bathroom — Today we are busy and distracted so much Cats are probably looking for an opportunity to pay close attention to us! “Cats may also enjoy” the cool, smooth surface of sinks and tiles, “or even water, Delgado adds.

Are cats dirty

Cats are fascinating creatures and popular companions. Part of that popularity stems from their being self-sufficient and fairly low maintenance compared to some other animals. Yet while cats often manage all their own grooming, their ears may need some inspection and cleaning from time to time.

Are You Supposed to Clean Your Cat’s Ears?

It’s a good idea to regularly check your cat’s ears, along with the rest of the skin and coat. Look for signs of infection such as odor, redness, pain, discharge, or itchiness. If you notice any of these signs, ask your veterinarian to do an examination to determine the cause of the problem and the best treatment.

Do not attempt to clean your cat’s ears at home if they show any signs of infection (like redness and swelling), discomfort, or injury. If the ears simply look dirty and are not causing any discomfort, then cleaning them at home may be an option.

Of course, if you are not comfortable cleaning your cat’s ears, your veterinary team can assist you.

What Can I Use to Clean Cat Ears?

There are over-the-counter ear cleaners that are safe for cats, but it’s good to check with your veterinarian first to determine which specific cleaners are best, depending on your cat’s health.

A cotton ball soaked with an approved cleaner can be used to gently clean the inner part of your cat’s “ear flap” or pinna. You might want a second person to help gently hold your cat, and you may find wrapping your cat with a towel helps calm them during the process.
Do not use a cotton swab to clean your cat’s ears as this may push any debris in the ear into the ear canal and potentially damage the eardrum.

Cat Ear Cleaning Steps

Find a comfortable area and position for you and your cat. You may find wrapping your cat in a towel helps keep her still during the cleaning.

Carefully apply a cleaner approved by your veterinarian to the ear canal, either by squeezing some from a saturated cotton ball, or by squeezing a small amount directly from the bottle into the ear canal.

Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds and then allow your cat to shake her head.

After your cat shakes out the excess cleaner, gently wipe the ear flap and visible opening of the ear canal with a cotton ball or with a finger wrapped in gauze.

Repeat with the other ear.

Reward your cat with her favorite treat or with some affection!

How to Clean a Cat’s Ears FAQs

How much does it cost to get your cat’s ears cleaned?

An ear cleaning is sometimes included in the cost of an exam with your veterinarian or could be a separate smaller fee. It’s best to call your veterinarian to ask what they charge for this service.

What is the black stuff in my cat’s ears?

Black debris in your cat’s ears could simply be normal waxy discharge or could be a sign of an infection with ear mites or yeast.

Cats are known for their personal hygiene and general cleanliness: They’re easily litter-trained and, unlike their canine compatriots, rarely find themselves with an open jar of peanut butter stuck to their snoots. Still, being a cat owner does involve a fair amount of home cleaning and care. So let’s review a few quick things you can do to help keep your home (and your cats) clean.

1. Bathing. Most cats don’t like water, which can make bathing them a struggle.

Luckily, cats are fastidious self-cleaners, so they require far fewer bats than dogs. Also, overbathing a cat can remove essential oils from the animal’s skin, causing dryness and increasing dander. Still, the occasional bath can remove dirt hidden deep in the fur (especially among long-haired breeds and cats who spend much of their time outdoors). When bathing your cat in the sink, place a rubber, non-skid mat down first—it’ll help you keep even a wet disgruntled cat from slipping away. When bathing a cat to treat fleas, be sure to follow the directions on any products you use—many are not safe for very young kittens. If you have questions about choosing a pet shampoo, ask your vet to recommend one.

2. Grooming. Fortunately, most cats enjoy being brushed, so you shouldn’t have much trouble coaxing your feline friend into some quality grooming time. Brushing daily does several good things for your pet: it removes dust and debris from the fur, it prevents tangles, mats, and hairballs, and it distributes healthy natural skin oils throughout the cat’s fur. It also catches dead fur that would otherwise end up clinging to your furniture, carpets, and drapes.

3. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. There’s no way around it—even the most diligently groomed cats shed. That makes your vacuum one of the most essential appliances in the house. How often and thoroughly you vacuum your furniture, carpets, and drapes depends on how many cats you have, whether they’re short- or long-haired breeds, and whether the fabrics in your home are “fur magnets.” If fur is a major problem, or if someone in your home is allergic to cat dander, you may want to consider adding a few special attachments to your vacuum’s attachment arsenal.

4. Litter pans. Nobody likes a dirty, smelly litter pan. So regular and frequent litter changes are essential. Using a clumping litter and scooping the pan daily can limit odors between litter changes. Also, consider an enclosed pan to keep litter from getting kicked and pawed outside the box. If you want to go high-tech and don’t mind a little extra expense, you may want to consider a self-cleaning pan.

5. Automated feeders and water bowls. While we’re discussing high-tech pet solutions, there are several products on the market that help dispense food and water to your cat in regular adjustable portions. Such devices can help reduce food spills and can aid in limiting overeating by obese cats.

6. The Rubber Glove Trick. No time for a thorough vacuuming? A quick and easy trick to remove cat fur from furniture: put on a dish glove and get the palm surface slightly damp—then run your gloved hand over fabric surfaces where fur gathers. Static electricity will pull the fur from the fabric to the glove, where it will quickly gather in easily disposable clumps. A lint roller can pick up any stray hairs your glove missed.

7. Air Filters. Air filters and purifiers can go a long way to removing airborne dirt, dust, and dander from your home environment. They can reduce both odors and allergens and can help your home smell fresher longer, even if you have multiple cats.

We hope these tips will help you keep your home—and your pet—clean as a whistle.

Editor’s Note: if you are a first-time cat parent, check out this guide for new cat owners for information on everything from introducing your cat into your home to basic cat healthcare.

Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.

If you’ve got a cat you’ll probably know that most felines are pretty much allergic to water, as in they hate baths and everything to do with them. A cat’s curiosity will take it many places and if your pet gets excessively dirty you might wonder if whether or not you should help it to get clean and how to go about it?

In this article we’re going to help by resolving your doubts so that you know how to clean a cat without bathing.

  1. Self-Cleaning Cats
  2. When They’re Really Dirty
  3. Other Body Parts

Self-Cleaning Cats

Cats are very clean animals which spend much of the day licking every inch of their coat to get rid of dirt and tangles. It’s no wonder that they occasionally suffer from the well renowned hairballs.

These animals can spend more than 4 hours a day cleaning and preening themselves, to such an extent that even stray cats can look neat and tidy. Its tongue is rough and rugged which allows it to get rid of accumulated dirt in the areas of its fur which are most difficult to get to.

Other than fur, cats need your help because they should also clean their eyes, ears and mouth; delicate areas which are difficult for them to access themselves.

When They’re Really Dirty

If your cat has come home looking particularly dirty, you can think about washing it yourself. Sometimes it’s better to act proactively before your pet swallows dirt which can lead to infection. In these instances, there are various tools that can help you keep a clean cat:

  • Firstly, there is dry shampoo which you can find in any shop that sells pet products. These are especially suitable when the animal is particularly resistant to water. It’s foamy in texture, but all you need is a comb to remove the product. They’re a very sensible choice for fidgety cats as they might not even be able to tell they are being cleaned.
  • If you don’t have the time to go and buy a specific product, you can clean it a little bit with baby wipes. Do it slowly and gently to mimic the cat’s own licking method. By doing so, it becomes a social interaction which will make your cat trust you and make further cleaning easier.

Remember that by regularly brushing your cat you can stop it swallowing hairballs or dirt and prevent the appearance of parasites. Find a brush that it likes, so that you can spend time with it and make it feel comfortable when it’s by your side.

Other Body Parts

As discussed above, there are three areas which the cat finds difficult to access and these can be even trickier than cleaning fur:

Cleaning the ears of a cat is not an easy task, since it’s an appendage with very delicate components and can be easily damaged. There are specific sprays for maintaining clean ears, although you can also perform a more superficial clean using gauze. Consult your vet to find out the best way to do it.

Eyes should also be taken care of, and you’ll sometimes need to clear them of rheum. This can be done with a gauze or damp cloth. Don’t use the wipes here as it can agitate their eyes.

Finally, the mouth can be a concern for owners wanting to keep a healthy cat. Plaque build up is inevitable, which is why you should carry out a regular cleaning using specific toothpaste and toothbrushes for cats. Giving it chew toys and dry feed will also help to keep healthy teeth and gums.

If you want to find out more about how to look after your moggy, check out these articles on Home Remedies for Deworming My Cat and How to Help a Kitten Defecate.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Clean Your Cat Without Bathing, we recommend you visit our Fur care category.

Can Dirty Litter Box Make Cat Sick

Inhaling cat litter can lead to serious health problems, as we will discuss below. These parasites are common in cats, but not all. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether it is present in your lungs from cat litter dust. Andrew Weil MD says there is no way to know if dust can actually cause illness. The doctor reported that he did a search in medical literature to determine if any studies had been done linking cat litter dust and human health.

He found none. Some cat owners opt for litter that is not clay-free, like those made of wheat, corn or pine, due to their concerns over litter dust. FelinePine can be found here.

Can a dirty house make a cat sick?

A dirty litter box makes it easier for parasites to get into your cat’s body. This infection can either be caused by single-celled microorganisms or worms. These infections can cause serious health problems.

How often are you supposed to clean a cat’s litter box?

Clay litter should be replaced twice a week. However, depending on the circumstances you have, it may only need to be changed once or twice a week. You might not need to replace clumping litter if you are cleaning the litter box every day.

Can dirty litter box cause infection?

Cats can get kidney, bladder and urinary tract problems from dirty litter boxes. Simply stated, if a cat sits on a heap of feces, bacteria may rise to the surface and cause infection. Unclean litter is not acceptable for cats.

Do cats care if their litter box is clean?

As a cat owner, one of your most essential responsibilities is to keep your cat’s litter area and box clean. Your cat might look for other places to take out their litter if it gets full or dirty.

Can Dirty Litter Box Make Cat Sick

Inhaling cat litter can lead to serious health problems, as we will discuss below. These parasites are common in cats, but not all. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether it is present in your lungs from cat litter dust. Andrew Weil MD says there is no way to know if dust can actually cause illness. The doctor reported that he did a search in medical literature to determine if any studies had been done linking cat litter dust and human health.

He found none. Some cat owners opt for litter that is not clay-free, like those made of wheat, corn or pine, due to their concerns over litter dust. FelinePine can be found here.

Can a dirty house make a cat sick?

A dirty litter box makes it easier for parasites to get into your cat’s body. This infection can either be caused by single-celled microorganisms or worms. These infections can cause serious health problems.

How often are you supposed to clean a cat’s litter box?

Clay litter should be replaced twice a week. However, depending on the circumstances you have, it may only need to be changed once or twice a week. You might not need to replace clumping litter if you are cleaning the litter box every day.

Can dirty litter box cause infection?

Cats can get kidney, bladder and urinary tract problems from dirty litter boxes. Simply stated, if a cat sits on a heap of feces, bacteria may rise to the surface and cause infection. Unclean litter is not acceptable for cats.

Do cats care if their litter box is clean?

As a cat owner, one of your most essential responsibilities is to keep your cat’s litter area and box clean. Your cat might look for other places to take out their litter if it gets full or dirty.

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That is very strange. I’ve had cats a very long time-over 30 yrs-and have never seen the “dirty” face before! It looks like scabs on the nose and the right side of the face! Does it feel like scabs to you? Could she have gotten into a fight with one of your other cats?

That’s about all I can do is guess! I wish that I could see her in person! Let me know if it feels like scabs! If it doesn’t, then I’ll have to think about it and get back to you. Hopefully, some of the other members will help me brain storm here. =D

Could it be some sort of fungas?

The reason this comes to mind, is when we first got our cat she was very sick and she had a black crust on her nose. Not on the top like your cat, but a build up on the side and tip. We think it was from her eyes running chronically. Initially, we thought our cat had an all black nose, but it peeled off like you say happens with your cat. She ended up having a fungal infection called cryptocaucus.

Ok, I just thought of something else. it could possibly be fleas. I’ve seen those scabby things on my cats before, but it was on their bodies, NOT the face. I think it’s still a possibility. Try looking through your cats fur and see if you can find some fleas!

Alrighty, a couple of questions. Is your cat acting healthy, other than the scabs? Do you use any type of flea treatments?

I just uploaded two pics of our cat when she was ill. Look at the second pic. on the right side of her nose (right side of the pic). see the crust? That shouldn’t be there and a lot had come off by the time this photo was taken.

So sorry, but I don’t know how to enlarge the first photo before downloading, but that’s also a fair example of how she looked before we took over her care.

Absolutely NO Tea Tree Oil! No! It is dangerous. Cats have died because of it. Please do some research so you see what I’m saying. When my cats had ringworm I tried it only once, and just a little tiny bit. Then I researched on it. Come to find out it is dangerous. I almost died, thinking my two babies could have died because of me.
Take her to the vet first and let us know, k? We really are speculating here about everything. Until we know exactly what she has, there is no way we can suggest the right treatment (or advice even ).

PK is correct. I hope you don’t think I’m saying your cat definitely has a fungal infection. I am, of course, just speculating simply because your cats face looks similar to how our cat looked.

Very best of luck. I’m very curious now as to what is wrong with your cat?

I saw your cat’s pictures and yes, this kitty and your cat seem to have the same ‘thing’. She (Jade) still looks cute though 🙂

Yes, I noticed right away how “familiar” this cat’s problem looked. Hopefully, rey’s kitty doesn’t have a fungas, but if she does, the good news is, it’s completely treatable. You just have to be diligent with the meds, is all.

That’s what my poor girl looked like when I first met her and she continued to look worse and worse. The people who owned her acted like she looked normal!

Thank you for the compliment. I thought she was adorable too in spite of all her problems.

Cats yearn for the great outdoors. They rush to the front door every time it opens, or sit at the window yowling like the world’s saddest cat because they can’t go outside. No doubt, cats want to roam. But is it safe?

There are pros and cons on both sides of the indoor/outdoor cat debate. Your kitty’s environment can affect their behavior, health, and lifespan. Read on to get the information you need before making a decision about letting your cat explore the great outdoors.

Will My Cat’s Behavior Change if He Goes Outdoors?

It’s possible! Cats that are allowed outside may be less likely to develop behavior problems like urinating outside the litter box and stalking and “attacking” people in the home. According to International Cat Care, these actions can be the result of boredom and frustration. They’re also less likely to scratch furniture since they’re already clawing trees and other things outdoors.

Does That Mean I Need to Let My Indoor Cat Roam Outside?

Not necessarily. Cats who are kept indoors can still get the stimulation they crave without stalking the neighborhood songbirds. You just have to make an effort to create an environment they enjoy, according to the cat experts at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Cats need to climb, scratch, hide, and jump.

To keep your indoor kitty busy, provide toys, a scratching post, and a cat tower with hiding holes. Cats also love to watch what’s going on outside. Encourage the habit by giving your fur baby a window seat or perch. Having a bird or squirrel feeder right outside the window will keep your cat entertained for hours, too. There are plenty of ways to enrich your cat’s indoor environment!

At your vet, they will check for worms and give you vaccines for some common kitty ailments, but a great deal of your pet’s health is up to you to maintain. This is important both for the healthy life of your cat and your own.

Most often it is your commitment to cleanliness when it comes to your cat’s litter box that is the most important factor when making sure that both you and your feline friend remain healthy. The litter box is a magnet for bacteria, harsh chemicals, parasites, and disease so make sure you are wary of how you maintain it.

If you are not diligent about cleaning a cat’s litter box it can have dire consequences for your cat’s urinary tract. Cats are notoriously finicky and will turn up their nose and their tail at a dirty box (yes, this is the same animal you caught gnawing on a dead chipmunk). Instead, a cat will try to hold in their urine (yes, this is the same cat that marked every cushion in your living room). Holding it in is bad for the feline urinary tract and can cause Feline urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and kidney failure.

While these diseases are usually not fatal, there is some significant cost associated with their cure. Additionally, the pain associated with the condition can cause your cat to abandon the idea of using a litter box altogether. And that’s something we all want to avoid.

Humans are at risk as well. While a dirty litter box is a danger to your pet, it is also a considerable danger to humans.

Risk of Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that infects nearly an estimated one-third of the human population according to a study by the University of Chicago. Most healthy immune systems can fend off any effects of this parasite, but it is dangerous for pregnant women who can pass it to their unborn children. In a fetus, toxoplasmosis can do considerable damage including leading to blindness and permanent brain damage.

Cats are the primary host for Toxoplasma Gondii and infected animals can excrete hundreds of millions of infected oocysts per week! Just one can contaminate a human host.

The full effects of the parasite are not known and there is no known cure. Scientists believe that, because of its effect on dopamine and testosterone, the infection even alters human behavior. It may make people impulsive and it has been linked to schizophrenia.

One interesting aspect of the infection is that it might make a host less wary of predators, something that is a pretty good perpetuating strategy for a parasite that wants to live in cats. Accordingly, cats get the infection from hunting and consuming raw animal meat.

Just like most people with the parasite, very few cats that are infected exhibit any symptoms, however for anyone with a compromised immune system, exposure can be deadly. Humans and cats alike can be infected by contact with cat feces. That is why it is so crucial to clean your litter box thoroughly and avoid contact with fecal matter (and why you don’t eat raw meat too).


Avoiding contact with cat urine and feces and keeping a clean litter box may seem counterintuitive, but that’s a very good reason to invest in an automatic litter box. If you want to know more about some of the best products on the market, Your Best Digs did a recent study starring their own cats Kit Kat and Jelly Bean. The results speak for themselves. And at the bottom of the review, you can find homemade cat litter recipes with a free label to save money on cat litter costs.

Giardia is another infection that can be caused by exposure to cat feces and urine. While this is treatable, giardia causes some severe stomach issues that will definitely have you calling in from work – like flatulence and diarrhea.

Exposure to Ammonia

Because of how cats break down their food and drink, their urine and feces gives off a distinctive smell of ammonia. The fumes can become overwhelming if given a chance to build. Cat urine is concentrated with ammonia which can pose risks to anyone with a compromised immune system or pulmonary or respiratory issues like asthma.

A person exposed to concentrated ammonia over time can develop bronchitis and pneumonia. Children and seniors are at the most risk and people have been known to asphyxiate from exposure.


Keep your litter box away from carpeted areas so that ammonia does not soak into the fabric. Also, a tray liner can help avoid spills. There are a number of products that break down the ammonia smell in your cats urine, but using one with cedar or pine sawdust can be useful because they have absorbing properties and naturally neutralize ammonia odors.

Bacterial Infection

Cat Scratch fever is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae, which creates a virus that can be contracted by exposure to cat urine and feces. Usually, the symptoms are relatively mild, infection can cause swelling and pain in lymph nodes (as well as a mild fever — thus the moniker). While the initial contact may be minor, the virus may present itself up to 7 weeks after initial exposure. The disease is long lasting and can cause fatigue and headaches for months!

Salmonella poisoning is another potential risk from infected cats which again is contracted from cat stools. This can cause terrible diarrhea, fever and stomach pain for several days.


In addition to keeping the litter box clean, try to avoid scratches and bites by not rough-housing with cats or kittens. Also keeping them from hunting raw meat will help avoid salmonella. Make sure you wear gloves or get an automatic litter box.

The lesson to be learned is a simple one – clean your kitty’s litter box thoroughly every day. Be careful when cleaning and use gloves or an automatic box to lower your risk. Allowing their business to build up causes health risks for your furry friends, for yourself and for your family.

So be as tidy as you can with your cat. No matter how tired you may be, it’s not worth the risk exposing yourself or anyone else you love to potential illness.

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Sarah is the Content and PR Manager at Your Best Digs. She’s passionate about evaluating everyday home and pet products to help consumers save time and money. When she’s not putting a product’s promise to the test, you’ll find her hiking a local trail or collecting new stamps in her passport.

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Mayo Clinic says the threat of infection is greater

Are cats dirtyAsk your mail carrier about dog bites. They’ll tell you it’s an occupational hazard. According to the American Humane Society, about 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year.

What you don’t hear much about are cat bites. There aren’t nearly as many but, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, cat bites are extremely dangerous.

Their jaws may be tiny compared to a dog’s but their tiny teeth can do real damage, injecting bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection.

One indication of the danger is the required treatment. A Mayo Clinic study covering three years shows that one in three patients treated for a cat bite had to be admitted to a hospital. Of those requiring a hospital stay, two-thirds needed surgery.

The study found that middle-aged women were the most common cat bite victims.

Perfectly-designed injectors

Cats’ mouths contain no more bacteria than do dogs’, the researchers are quick to point out. It’s simply the fact that cats’ sharp little fangs are perfectly designed to inject that bacteria deep into tissue.

“The dogs’ teeth are blunter, so they don’t tend to penetrate as deeply and they tend to leave a larger wound after they bite,” said senior author Brian Carlsen, M.D., a Mayo Clinic plastic surgeon and orthopedic hand surgeon. “The cats’ teeth are sharp and they can penetrate very deeply, they can seed bacteria in the joint and tendon sheaths.”

It doesn’t take much of a wound to cause the damage. Just a pinpoint bite mark, says Carlsen, can inject bacteria into the tendon sheath or into the joint where they can grow with relative protection from the blood and immune system.

The bacteria from a cat bite can include a strain common in animals that hard to treat in humans because it is particularly hard to fight with antibiotics.

Unpleasant treatment

Are cats dirtyPatients admitted to a hospital for a cat bite often must have their wounds surgically irrigated, or flushed out, and infected tissue removed, a procedure known as debridement. In the Mayo Clinic study eight of 193 patients needed more than one operation, and some needed reconstructive surgery.

The wrist or any joint in the hand is usually the worst place to receive a bite. In the study it had a higher risk of hospitalization than wounds over soft tissue. A hand, unfortunately, tends to be where a cat will strike, as the victim tries to pet the animal or offer food.

Why would cats bite the hand that feeds them? That’s probably an unanswerable question. Suffice it to say that cats can have personalities as varied as human – from Mother Teresa to serial killer.

Infants and cats don’t mix

More so that dogs, cats can be highly aggressive when the mood strikes them. They’re hard-wired to use teeth and claws to hunt and defend themselves. While your cat may turn up its nose at the fanciest commercial cat food it nonetheless may take great delight in stalking, pouncing on and devouring small animals that enter its domain. If there are no small animals about, your cat may decide to stalk you or other family members instead.

That’s why if you have children in a household with a cat, don’t encourage rough play, scratching or biting. Things can quickly get out of hand.

Most importantly, infants should never be left alone with a cat. Any cat, no matter how seemingly docile and domesticated, can respond aggressively when certain instincts are triggered. Infants can be severely harmed in just a few seconds. A photo of a baby sleeping with a cat may be cute but a follow-up photo of the stiches won’t be as attractive.

Cat fanciers should always be on the lookout for subtle changes in your cat’s behavior that could indicate a change in mood is occurring. In particular, dilated pupils and rippling skin could indicate your cat is ready to pounce.

When your cat does, in fact, bite the doctors at the Mayo Clinc say you need to take it seriously. When patients have inflamed skin and swelling, it probably will require aggressive treatment.

“Cat bites look very benign, but as we know and as the study shows, they are not,” Carlsen said. “They can be very serious.”

By: Chewy Editorial Published: October 6, 2016

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6 Common Misconceptions About Feral Cats

It’s a familiar sight in most neighborhoods: the outdoor cat. Perhaps you encounter them skittering across the street, materializing on your deck when you’re grilling, or yowling in the night during a heated cat-on-cat brawl. While some of these freewheeling neighborhood felines are simply pets roaming for the day, most fall into one of two categories—stray cats, who have been lost or abandoned, and feral cats, who are, to a certain extent, wild.

The Humane Society estimates that there are 30 to 40 million of these “community” cats living throughout the U.S. And while some neighborhood residents consider feral cats a nuisance, there are plenty of people and groups that implement Trap-Neuter-Return programs (TNR) that manage populations without harming the animals. These cat activists are trying to dispel the myth that feral felines are bad for communities. As the Maryland-based Alley Cat Allies points out, outdoor cats have coexisted with humans for at least 10,000 years, and they deserve the same protections as other wildlife.

We’ve compiled a list of common misconceptions about these neighborhood cats in an attempt to reverse the negative stereotypes.

Feral cats are a different species from domestic cats.

According to Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, many people don’t realize that the only difference between feral cats and domestic cats is the way they behave. “Cats have always lived outside,” she explains, “and in our country, cats are in urban settings and wild settings.” But these outdoor cats are still part of the domestic species, she notes. “‘Feral’ is just a behavioral description—they’re just not socialized.”

So how do you tell the difference between a feral cat and a pet that has strayed? It’s pretty easy, according to the ASPCA. Stray cats tend to rely on humans—living close to them, seeking cat food and exhibiting friendly behavior like meowing or rubbing against legs. Feral cats, on the other hand, are more elusive, avoiding human contact and living together in close-knit “colonies.”

Feral cats will attack humans and pets.

Some people—especially non-cat-lovers—may fear the thought of cat colonies roaming their neighborhoods alongside their children and other pets. But there’s really nothing to fear, says Audrey Stratton, clinic supervisor at San Diego’s Feral Cat Coalition. “Unless they are forced into a situation they cannot escape from, feral cats generally avoid human interactions,” she says, adding that some can even become “friendly” toward caregivers who feed them. Robinson agrees. “These cats are absolutely not a danger,” she explains. “Even after veterinary care [through TNR programs], they remain in their colony site.”

Feral cats are equally unlikely to tangle with our beloved pets. A 2011 study published in Wildlife Managementfound that due to vastly different behavioral patterns, pets and feral cats rarely cross paths. Feral cats are nocturnal and more active in colder months, while owned cats are typically more active in the daytime and in warmer weather. “There are communities all over this country that are coexisting with colonies—families—of cats,” notes Robinson. “And they’re coexisting just fine.”

Feral cats will spread disease.

Just as people fear aggressive feral cats, they often worry about the spread of rabies or other common cat diseases. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s actually quite rare for cats to spread diseases to humans, and even more rare when it comes to feral cats, who mostly avoid humans. “Feral cats really pose no threat to humans,” Stratton says, adding that “there have been no cases of rabies transmitted from cat to human” in her state of California, which has a significant feral cat population.

And while there is a possibility that feral cats could spread disease to stray or owned cats, Stratton notes that TNR programs throughout the country are minimizing this risk. Cats who have been spayed or neutered are less likely to fight with one another (a common method of spreading disease), and those treated at clinics like Stratton’s are even given a rabies vaccine.

Feral cats are pests that beg for food.

If you find a cat at your door mewling for a taste of dinner, odds are it’s a stray or pet cat, not a feral cat. According to Robinson, feral cats are more than capable of finding food without human interaction. “The way cats have always lived with us, starting 10,000 years ago, is because of agriculture—because there were food sources for them,” she explains. “It’s not really any different today. They’re living next to our dumpsters and our trash sites, and a lot of people don’t even know that they’re there.”

The aforementioned Wildlife Management study also notes that feral cats are excellent hunters, occupying far-ranging habitats and changing locations seasonally to find prey. Because they are fearful of humans, you can rest assured that they will keep their distance—unless, of course, you start leaving food out for them. Then, like any cat, they’ll be unable to resist.

If you find a feral cat, you should take it to a shelter.

When some people see an outdoor cat, the first reaction is to call the local animal shelter. But if the cat is exhibiting feral behaviors, a shelter is not a good idea. “People may not know that taking a cat to a shelter means it’s highly likely that they are going to be put down,” Robinson says. And even if the cat is not euthanized, the Humane Society notes that keeping a feral cat caged in a shelter, even briefly, can be stressful and damaging—not just for the cat in question, but for the shelter’s other animals.

A better option is to contact an organization that practices TNR, so the cat can be humanely captured, altered and monitored. “While living outdoors has its hardships, feral cats can live a good life,” Stratton says, particularly with “dedicated caregivers who TNR and provide fresh food and water.”

Feral cats can be adopted and kept as pets.

Some cat lovers who observe feral cats in their communities may have the impulse to try to socialize and adopt these cats. “If there are kittens,” Robinson notes, “we will typically socialize them and put them in homes.” But adult feral cats are usually too scared of humans to ever be kept as indoor pets.

Even though they don’t fit the description of your standard pet, many communities choose to welcome the presence of feral cats, treating them as a valued part of the neighborhood. “A lot of people enjoy having these cats around,” Robinson explains, citing an example of an Alley Cat Allies community in which children named the cats and thought of them as pets. “That interaction and that compassion extends beyond the cats that we have in our home,” she says. “There is such a power there that we need to recognize and embrace.”

Maura McAndrew is a freelance writer based in Oklahoma. She also writes for Paste Magazine and HelloGiggles.

It’s official: Cats are mysterious. Here are some explanations for their odd behaviors.

It’s official: Cats are mysterious. I got a cascade of questions from curious cat people this week, proving that even their owners can’t fathom them. I hope these answers to your Ask Your Weird Animal Questions will make your feline a little more relatable. (See “What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised.”)

Why do all my cats like the smell of my stinky shoes? They can’t seem to get enough! —Anne Deason Spencer via Facebook

In nature, scents are messages, so in general “animals tend to be attracted to smelly surfaces,” said Carlo Siracusa, a veterinarian at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia. Smelly shoes are likely to come with odors, including pheromones, from other cats or animals. When a cat rubs on smelly shoes, he probably wants to ‘rewrite’ the message on the shoes, adding his signature; he may also want to exchange signals with the owner who is a member of the same social group.”

Can an FIV+ cat (one with feline immunodeficiency virus) live happily and healthily with a non-FIV+ cat? —Lisa Reddy via Facebook

Julie Callahan Clark, also of Penn Vet, said it depends on the relationship of the cats. The virus, which lives only a short time outside the body, can’t be transmitted by sharing water bowls or by mutual grooming and is primarily transmitted by biting. (See National Geographic readers’ pictures of cats.)

“Therefore, if the cats know each other and have no aggressive tendencies towards one another, they could coexist happily,” Clark said, though a cat fight could transmit the disease.

Clark noted that “transmission of FIV in multi-cat households is considered to be an infrequent event.”

Will clipping a cat’s claws make them not scratch things as much? My husband says when you clip them, they scratch more to re-sharpen them. —Ellen Sherman Jewel via Facebook

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Scratching is a complex behavior which serves many functions,” such as keeping the nails sharp and functional and communicating with other cats, said Siracusa.

Barbara Sherman, of North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, added that even declawed cats will scratch, and that this characteristic behavior may have to do with stretching and “conditioning their limbs.”

“It’s usually done after a nap, so often we try to put a scratching post for a cat near their resting site,” she said. (Learn about National Geographic’s Little Kitties for Big Cats initiative.)

She encourages owners of indoor cats to trim their pets’ nails, which they can learn to do with the help of a vet—and a few treats. This can minimize damage to the home and injuries to the cat, as well as avoid the surgical procedure of declawing, which provides no medical benefit to the animal, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

How can I stop one cat from clawing my door sills and the other from urinating in the bathtub and sink and on floor mats? —Melissa Dempster-Daly via Facebook

Sherman laughed and said this doorsill scratcher “has made a personal choice.” Cats have a need to scratch and stretch, and there’s just something about this surface the cat likes, she said. In order to save your sills, provide the cat with an alternative, like a scratching post, that she will like and use (it might take a few tries).

Once that need is met, then cover the doorsills with double-sided sticky tape or a similar product. “We’ve got to barter with the cat, to say, ‘We don’t want you to use the sills anymore, but we want to give you what you need,’” Sherman said. (See “How Cats and People Grew to Love Each Other.”)

The cat that urinates outside the litter box may have an underlying medical problem, she said. Cats prefer a loose, absorbent surface as a latrine; if urination is painful, the cat might associate the litter box with that pain and “may go to a place that’s very different and try it and see if it’s less painful.”

Last, owners shouldn’t yell at or punish a cat for either behavior, Sherman said, especially for urination. Cats may just be trying to communicate something to you, so you have to learn how to listen.

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I’ve recently started letting my cat outside, which she really enjoys. However, one of her favorite things to do out there is to roll around in the dirt, which of course leaves her filthy. She’s visibly brown and you can draw in the dirt on her with a finger. There’s a cloud of dust when she shakes herself or you pet her.

It doesn’t seem to bother her at all, and she is somehow clean again by the next day, but I wonder if licking all that dirt off herself every day is an issue. There are no pesticides or fertilizer or anything in the dirt, it’s just dirt. (She only goes in my fenced backyard, so I know this for a fact.)

Like most cats, she doesn’t like to be wet, and I imagine bathing her would be traumatic for everyone involved. I did try rubbing her with a damp paper towel, and she seemed to tolerate it, but it’d be a lot of effort to get her to even resemble being clean, so I don’t know if I should bother. Should I take any action here or let her handle it?

And before someone comes in with a comment about how cats destroy ecosystems and shouldn’t be let outside: she’s older, doesn’t jump or climb, and is horribly inept at hunting anything more sentient than a leaf. She stays in my yard and is not bothering anyone, I promise.

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Cats are self-cleaning, so as long as she isn’t rolling around in something that could be poisonous (like fertilizer or weed killer), let her take care of that.

Yes, the dirt will probably annoy her when she grooms later. If it annoys her enough, she will learn to be more careful about getting dirty. But if she doesn’t mind, then you shouldn’t either.

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There are reasons you may want to consider bathing your cat if it gets covered in dirt. For one, of course it’s going to track that dirt all over your house, and then there will be a lot more cleaning necessary. For two, dirt can contain things like germs or parasite eggs. Some parasites actively spread through ingesting soil that contains their eggs, such as the roundworm. However, at the same time, I wouldn’t really expect bathing the cat to be good enough to completely prevent infection from ingesting soil, as there’s a fairly high chance if you find the cat covered in dirt that it’s already attempted to groom itself and has eaten some anyways. Therefore, since you know your cat is likely to eat dirt, you should keep particular watch for signs of parasites. Some of the possible symptoms include:

  • potbellied appearance
  • visible worms in stool or vomit
  • diarrhea
  • coughing
  • weight loss
  • dull hair

However, your cat may have no visible symptoms at all as well. It would be a good idea to tell your vet on your regular visits you know that your cat is eating dirt, and so you are concerned about parasites. Your vet may choose to test your cat for parasites or recommend some sort of treatment.

It may also be a good idea to inspect your cat’s skin some just in case. Cats may roll around in dirt just because it feels good to them, but sometimes it may also be because their skin is itchy for some particular reason. If you notice other signs your cat is particularly itchy, it may be a good idea to ask your vet about that as well.

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Taylor Swift as Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s Cats.

What has ears, tails, Andrew Lloyd Webber music, and the Idris Elba/Taylor Swift duet you’ve been waiting for all your life? That’s right, it’s Cats, the new film adaptation of the musical that became a surprise smash in the 1980’s. The movie directed by Tom Hooper, who also made the Les Miserables adaptation that won Anne Hathaway an Oscar. Cats wrestles with how to present a variety of cat characters, dance numbers, and even a drug-induced catnap.

The audio was produced and edited by Jessica Reedy.

From time to time some cats will have a black or yellow discharge in their ears, orAre cats dirty smelly ears. This may be a sign of a problem. Here are some of the causes of cat ear odor and discharge.


Your cat may have an ear infection. The doctor will be able to diagnose the type of infection with an exam and ear cytology. The most common infections we see are yeast or bacterial. Once a diagnosis has been made, the appropriate medications can be dispensed. Topical ear treatments are most common, but depending on severity oral antibiotics or steroids may be added.


Your cat may have a food or environmental allergy. This can cause symptoms such as itchiness of ears, odor, discharge, and shaking of the head (to name a few). In addition to ruling out infection, the doctor may recommend allergy testing, diet change, or antihistamines. Depending on the allergy, your cat may show symptoms seasonally or year round.


Although more common in kittens, adult cats can also get parasites in the ears. Some of these pests include ear mites. Ear mites are easily treated. An ear exam and mite check easily determine if these critters are the cause of a cat’s ear problems. A topical prescription for affected ears will get rid of the mites. Some heartworm and flea medications for cats will control ear mites. This may be the best choice to prevent recurring problems for some cats.

These are just a few and most common reasons for ear discharge and odor in cats. The best way to resolve these issues is to have your beloved feline friend examined by a veterinarian. They will be able to identify the cause and dispense appropriate medications. Our veterinarians may also make suggestions for changes in food or environment to reduce future ear problems.

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I’m privileged enough to have written several books on the subject of cats and my life with them. I often get questions about certain topics and realize that there’s no better way to answer them than to reference what I’ve already written. This is one of those times.

This excerpt is from my latest book, Total Cat Mojo.

Keeping Cats Indoors

By Jackson Galaxy

If there’s one topic that causes fights to break out (and I mean of the human variety), it’s whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. The indoor/outdoor debate centers on the concept of quality versus quantity—the idea that cats’ lives are of a better Mojo quality when given access to their original stomping grounds, and that cats love being outside and it goes against nature to restrict their movements. At the same time, if they are given that free access, dangers abound and their lifespan can be shortened.

To be fair, both sides of the fence here make very strong arguments. Are cats innately “happier” when allowed access to the outdoors? I believe so. Are there problem-solving opportunities and challenges from both their environment and through practicing the Raw Cat HCKE that are difficult to replicate? Again, yes. Some say they need to be outside, and by denying that, we’re making their lives miserable. In the same breath, people acknowledge that the threats outside are numerous and can be fatal. Between the transmission of diseases like FIV that come from the inevitable fights with other community cats, and the usual suspects of cars, people, and predators from both air and ground . . . it’s rough out there.

Where do I fall in the debate? I believe that cats should be kept indoors. I don’t believe that we should even be getting into the debate about quality versus quantity of life. We can replace the perceived loss of quality by involving ourselves in our cats’ lives more. My personal model of parenting dictates that I want my animal children around for the full natural duration of their lives. Do they love being out there? No debate. But I loved riding the subway around New York City as a teenager. I still had a curfew.

That said . . . it’s a personal choice whether you’re going to let your cat be indoor or outdoor. But if you do fall on the outdoor side of things, consider at the least these additions to you and your cats’ lives, which will give them access to the outdoors but keep them safe at the same time:

Catio: This is a real game changer. A catio is basically a space that you can make for cats (which of course you can share with them) by enclosing your existing patio or creating an enclosure. There, you can offer great vertical spaces, wooden objects that they can scratch on, different grasses including catnip that you can plant and they can enjoy—even hunting that can happen when critters make their way inside.

Harness Training: Enjoying the great outdoors via a leash isn’t just a“dog” thing. If your cat demonstrates that he really, really wants to get outside(not just because you think he should get out there), he can be trained to a harness and leash, and you can spend quality time every day cruising around the neighborhood with your cat.

Window Boxes: Sometimes you can’t even take them outside because of your schedule or your apartment lifestyle, or you determine that they didn’t want to go out badly enough to train to a harness. Or perhaps once they were trained, the outdoors just wasn’t for them. There are kits that fit in your window just like an air conditioner that allow your cats to enjoy the view. Getting in the window box can become a wonderful hangout spot with a front row seat to Cat TV.

Fencing in Backyard: There are more and more companies offering different versions of the existing, fairly foolproof method of fencing in your backyard. You can attach toppers to your existing fences or purchase a free-standing system. Either way, your cats won’t get out, and just as important, nobody else can get in.

Still want to let them out? At least make sure your bases are covered just in case. Consider the following:

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Why are my cat’s ears so dirty?

Dirty cat ears are a popular complaint among cat owners and can be caused by a number of things. The most common include:

  • Debris – A build up of skin cells, ear wax and environmental debris. Completely normal.
  • Ear Mite Infestation – Identifiable by a substance resembling coffee grounds, dirt or dark brown/black wax and accompanied by shaking of the head, scratching at ears or head-tilting.
  • Yeast Infection – Ears will produce a very distinct odor, may become red and warm to touch, brownish debris may be visible in ears. Your cat may scratch or shake his/her head.
  • Bacterial Infection – Ears may produce a foul odor and a yellow-ish discharge. Head-tilting, scratching or rubbing ears are common displays of irritation.

Please contact your Vet if you think your cat may have an infection or infestation! They can show you how to clean your cat’s ears and/or prescribe the appropriate medication to treat them.

Have you checked your cat’s ears lately?

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dirty_cat facilitates machine-learning on non-curated categories: robust to morphological variants, such as typos.

SuperVectorizer : a transformer automatically turning a pandas dataframe into a numpy array for machine learning – a default encoding pipeline you can tweak.

GapEncoder , scalable and interpretable, where each encoding dimension corresponds to a topic that summarizes substrings captured.

SimilarityEncoder , a simple modification of one-hot encoding to capture the strings.

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API documentation¶

Vectorizing a dataframe¶

Easily transforms a heterogeneous data table (such as a dataframe) to a numerical array for machine learning.

Dirty Category encoders¶

This encoder can be understood as a continuous encoding on a set of latent categories estimated from the data.

Encode string categorical features as a numeric array, minhash method applied to ngram decomposition of strings based on ngram decomposition of the string.

Encode string categorical features as a numeric array.

Encode categorical features as a numeric array given a target vector.

Data download¶

Fetches the employee_salaries dataset.

Fetches the medical charge dataset.

Fetches the midwest survey dataset.

Fetches the open payments dataset.

Fetches the road safety dataset.

Fetches the traffic violations dataset.

Returns the directory in which dirty_cat looks for data.


dirty_cat is for now a repository for ideas coming out of a research project: there is still little known about the problems of dirty categories. Tradeoffs will emerge in the long run. We really need people giving feedback on success and failures with the different techniques and pointing us to open datasets on which we can do more empirical work.

Patricio Cerda, Gaël Varoquaux. Encoding high-cardinality string categorical variables. 2020. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering.

Patricio Cerda, Gaël Varoquaux, Balázs Kégl. Similarity encoding for learning with dirty categorical variables. 2018. Machine Learning journal, Springer.

Can Cat Litter Dust Cause Bronchitis

Cat litter can be potentially dangerous to people. This is often due to the chemical content. There are several chemicals required to remove odors from the litter and prevent clumping when it comes in contact with liquid. A chemical commonly found in clumping litter is sodium bentonite. It is a powerful clumping agent and expands when in direct contact with litter.

It is responsible for making your cat’s urine easy to scoop and expanding to make it easier to collect. Although this chemical can be helpful, the dangers to humans who come into contact with it could make it extremely hazardous. Numerous poison centers have shown evidence that humans can be toxic to prolonged exposure to sodium bontonite. This is especially true for those who inhale litter dust frequently. It can also be potentially hazardous for cats if it is dangerous to us.

Another common component in litters is crystalline silica, which is known to cause lung cancer in cats and humans. Do you think it is harmful to inhale silica dust made from cat litter? Even if the dust is not inhaled regularly, this can cause serious lung problems that could affect our ability to expand. Silica dust has been found in many mass-market cat litters. This can cause upper respiratory problems for both cats and humans. Ingestion of this substance can result in gastrointestinal distress and even death for cats.

Can cat litter cause respiratory problems in humans?

Ammonia from cat urine is one of them. These ammonia fumes can lead to severe respiratory problems and discomfort. The fumes can cause irritation to the bronchial membranes, which in turn causes an increase in phlegm production, difficulty breathing, and increased coughing.

Can dirty cat litter make you sick?

Cat urine can cause mild health problems if litter boxes are left open for several days. Exposed to high concentrations of concentrated ammonia, especially in cat urine or litter boxes, can cause respiratory disease and inflammation.

Can cat litter cause respiratory problems in cats?

Cat litter boxes may contain the culprit. Inhaled dust from low quality litters can cause breathing difficulties.

Can a dirty litter box make you cough?

You can also get roundworms by using a dirty litterbox. Roundworms are found in the cat’s poop and can cause nausea, vomiting, weight loss and coughing.

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Why Do Cats Lay On Dirty Clothes

Why Do Cats Lay On Dirty Clothes. Reasons why cats like lying on my clothes. (for a cat, it may role in the scent) since cats don’t view us as superior, it probably is trying to claim its area or at least you.

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I’ve tried different litters, boxes, different locations of the box, removing access to clothes, towels, etc. One reason why cats lay on their owner’s clothes is that they retain their owner’s scent. Cat continues to urinate on fresh pile of laundry.

“we have this problem a lot with households that. I’ve tried different litters, boxes, different locations of the box, removing access to clothes, towels, etc.

Cats rub on dirty clothes because they enjoy your scent. In this article, we’ll go over why cats lay on their owner’s clothes.

Clean or dirty clothes, my 6 year old female cat pees on them. Human testosterone is especially “loud” to cats, so a pile of sweaty dude clothing is hard to ignore.

Marking behavior is common when a cat shares territory with other cats. Primm puts it, your clothes bear your scent and it is like a sign posted for your cat that says, ‘i have checked these items out and they are alright.’.

The explanation for a cat peeing on clothes will have a medical or behavioral origin. Clothes are warm and comfy, that’s why we enjoy wearing them.

Cats often mark their territory with urine to claim it. So, why do cats rub on dirty clothes?

Cats often mark their territory with urine to claim it. A lot of workplaces require special clothing such as fire resistant or have just extremely oil/dirty environments.

When cats are attracted to dirty laundry, it’s because they sense your smell. Cat does this for some time before human figures out that cat has uti.

Cats like to lay on your clothes for a variety of reasons. Well, cats can’t wear our clothes, but they can sleep on them and enjoy the warmth and comfort.

If your cat wants to climb straight on top of clothes that have just come out of the tumble dryer, been ironed or. Cat either battles uti or human figures it out and takes cat to vet.

You Might Notice That Your Cat Is More Likely To Sleep On Wooly Or Thick Items Of Clothing Over Thin Shirts To Back This Up, I Know This Is The Case With My Cats And Why She Lays On My Clothes For Sure.

Human testosterone is especially “loud” to cats, so a pile of sweaty dude clothing is hard to ignore. Of course, that doesn’t entirely explain the details of this behavior. Your cat’s pissed at you.

Because The Cat Has Developed A Substrate Preference Based On Conditioning.

Cats also rub on dirty clothes for comfort, closeness, and security. Marking behavior is common when a cat shares territory with other cats. Reasons why cats like lying on my clothes.

As We Mentioned Before, Cats Are Drawn To Certain Scents.

Clothes are warm and comfy, that’s why we enjoy wearing them. There are few things in your home that smell more of you than your shoes do. It’s a barcode to keep track of what company is renting it at the moment among other uses.

The Cat Will Surround Itself With Dirty Clothes To Increase Its Body Heat.

They would be in your living areas where your cat naturally hangs out and they would probably be there even if you are away. The first and foremost sign of cats approving you as their parent is when they start rubbing their head on the limbs. A cat that pees on clothing could be seeking attention from its owner because it’s jealous of another pet.

Your Cat’s Preference To Lie On Your Clothes May Also Be Related To The Fact That Your Clothes Are Comfortable, Soft And Handy.

Your scent is also a feeling of safety for you pet. Clean or dirty clothes, my 6 year old female cat pees on them. Why does my cat sleep on my dirty clothes?

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Cats, especially curious kittens, can get into all sorts of messy and smelly situations as they explore their environment. They also have a well-known aversion to water. While it’s certainly true that cats are excellent groomers, in certain stinky and sticky cases, bathing your cat can become necessary. It can also help cats maintain a healthy coat and healthy skin.

Whether you’re looking to pamper them or clean them up from their latest adventure, be sure to gather these supplies first and learn how to give your cat a bath to prepare for a positive cat bath experience for the both of you.

1. Help from a Cat Handler

Although you may not think of another person as part of your must-have list, don’t underestimate the power of an assistant. Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help out can be a good idea, especially since managing four paws with two hands can be a challenge. For obvious reasons, a fellow cat lover who understands how to properly handle a cat is best.

2. Brushing Ahead of Time

Brushing your cat on a regular basis can help maintain their coat but it can also be helpful before bath time to remove excess dirt and to remove tangles and mattes. Never try and cut matted hair out with scissors because you risk cutting your furry friend.

3. Have Towels on Hand

You will need one big bath towel to wrap your cat up after the bath but it never hurts to have extra towels on hand for the unexpected.

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4. Choosing a Shampoo

You’ll find a wide range of cat shampoos at your local retailer or online. Read ingredient labels carefully, and, as VetStreet advises, do not buy shampoo meant for dogs or humans as it may irritate your kitty’s coat and skin. Some cat shampoos don’t require water but ask your veterinarian first to be sure this type of cleanser is appropriate for your cat, and that they don’t have any allergies to any of the included ingredients.

5. Treats Can Help

It may be a good idea to have some of their favorite kibble or an extra special reward on hand to reward for cooperating with the bath time experience.

Let the Bathing Begin

Once you have the right equipment within reach, you’re ready to start the bathing process. A bathtub or large sink with a gentle spray nozzle is best. If you don’t have a sprayer, you can use an unbreakable cup. Start by placing your in about 2 to 5 inches of water. Always use lukewarm water and carefully follow the shampoo directions. Gently wet and shampoo your kitty, starting with her face and avoiding her eyes, ears, and nose. For cleaning her body, you can use your fingers to lather her up. When they are soaped up, gently but thoroughly rinse her off with the lukewarm water (use a third clean washcloth for rinsing if no sprayer is available). Rinse out all the shampoo (again, steering clear of eyes, ears, and nose) to avoid irritation. She’ll groom herself for a long time afterward, and you don’t want her to lick any shampoo residue.

After the bath, wrap up your cat in a fluffy towel and dry her off, especially her paws (you don’t want wet cat prints all over the house), as much as she lets you. Both of you deserve a reward after a cat bath, so have a few pieces of her favorite kibble ready to thank her for cooperating and give her space–she probably won’t want to cuddle up in your lap right away. Let her come to you when she’s ready.

With patience, trust, and persistence, you can incorporate a bath into your cat’s care routine without too much fuss. Bathing your cat successfully isn’t just a myth, and now you’re armed with the supplies and tips for giving your feline friend a good soak to keep her clean and shiny! But remember, bathing a cat doesn’t need to be a regular activity like it might be with dogs. Because cats are such excellent groomers, meticulously cleaning themselves, you will only need to give your cat a bath in unfortunate (and stinky) situations like if she gets sprayed by a skunk.