Temporarily of course.
He's understandably upset and confused, I can hear that in his miaowing, but I have good reason.
You've all seen his wonderfully bushy tail, and this is where the problem is.
Angel has somehow managed to get a blob of soft poo stuck in those tail hairs, right up near his body.
He's been trying to clean himself, but won't let me help by washing the area.
I can't have him sleeping, or even lying, on my pillows, (his favourite place), or on the couch, until he is clean again, so I shooed him outside to the back porch. I certainly can't have him up on the table until he is clean.
I put his water and food bowls out there, and his litter tray too.
Then I dropped a few "greenies" into his bowl. They are a dental aid treat for cats and he loves them, so while he crunched away I lifted his tail and did a very quick "finger comb" of the area.
It helped, I removed quite a large blob before he turned on me, so I left him to it and went to scrub my hands. Several times I scrubbed. I think I removed a layer of skin.
I left him for an hour, then took out a couple more "greenies" and a wet flannel. While he crunched, I lifted his tail and washed as much as I could as quickly as I could.
Then I went back inside and removed another layer of my skin.
He is still out there, I took advantage of the situation to get the house vacuumed without him dashing about chasing the brush head.
I think if I leave him for the rest of the afternoon that will give him time to get himself cleaned up and I'll do another quick wash, if he lets me, before I allow him back inside.
He's probably going to be angry with me for shutting him out, but I don't see any other solution.
It's a very warm, sunny day and if I leave the doors propped open he would spend most of the day out there voluntarily anyway and he seems to have settled down, he's not miaowing or scratching at the door right now.
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