I actually had no problem doing besides trying to keep him down. I actually realized one day that everytime I scratched on the side of his belly on the right side, he would slightly drop, so I tried to roll it back and then he just fell out. So when I was ready to clean it, I just rubbed that one spot and was able to get it out. I did have to reach up a couple times, but once you get a hold of it
(but don't grip too hard) and it will come down again. It helps if they have a spot :). I also asked the vet and she said that to get most of it off, but you don't have to make it squeaky clean. and excalibur is awesome!!