How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?
I have never had a long-hair cat before. We just picked up two that we rescued, and brought them home.
One of them pooped in the carrier during the drive home. There is now poop in her fur.
I tried to get as much of it out with toilet paper, then a wet rag, but I couldn't get it all, and she was getting pretty upset.
What is the best way to clean up this mess? Do I need to give her a full bath? She doesn't know us, and she's in a new environment, so the transition has been traumatizing enough; I'd rather avoid a full bath if at all possible, at least for the time being.
To be honest, if you get most of the chunks out and blot the dampness up as much as you can, I'd let her clean the rest of it herself. Grooming is a self soothing activity, and since she doesn't know you, you cleaning her will stress her out.
The exception would be if you know (or suspect) that she has a poop borne illness, and want to prevent the other cat from potential contamination.
Make sure the room you confine her in is warm, and change her bedding every few hours until she gets it cleaned up. It's usually recommended to confine new cats to a small room (like a bathroom) for the first couple of days anyway, so in this case I would doubly recommend bathroom confinement.