Is it ok to get a "sanitary cut" for a cat in the winter time?

I have a long haired cat that goes outside to do his business. He is elderly and gets messy if I don't get him the sanitary cut where they shave his back end

Asked by Irene

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Irene, it's fine to have a sanitary cut in winter, the amount of hair removed for that isn't likely to cause your cat to get too cold when he's outside. Has he always been messy with his toileting like this? If it's something that's started to happen as he's got older, there might be an underlying reason for it. Soft stools can be associated with thyroid or intestinal problems, or perhaps he has a touch of arthritis that makes it uncomfortable for him to squat fully. If he hasn't had a vet exam in a while, it may be timely to do that, and if you do, take a stool sample to have it evaluated. | 10.22.15 @ 23:48
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Irene — Thank you. He has only gotten messy in the past year or so. Now that you mention it his vet has said he does have arthritis so that could be a factor. He takes cosequin for his achy joints. | 10.30.15 @ 16:36
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