Blind cat poops on the carpet when I'm not home
by Rebekah Mathew
I got Stevie last October. He's only a year and 4 months old and he's blind.
When I got him home he would poop in his litter box, no problems. I left for the weekend to go to Vegas to see family, and when I got back was when he started pooping on the carpet.
I moved places and he continued. I switched litters and he was doing really good and going in the litter box for awhile and then he stopped and it's been on the carpet since.
He only does it when I'm not home, but will go in the litter box when I am home. I've started to give him treats when he goes in the litter box but that still doesn't do anything. He still goes on the carpet.
I don't know what else to do to get him to stop. He knows where the litter boxes are cause he pees in them all the time, so can't really say that since he's blind he can't find them.
I do have another, older cat but there's never been a problem with the litter box for him.
My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear your cat is having issues with the box. It sounds like your extended absence stressed him out, and now he might be experiencing anxiety when you're not around.
In extreme cases, and with a proper diagnosis, your vet can prescribe medication for anxiety, but I would first look into reducing his anxiety through other means.
I've posted about the litter box and reducing anxiety in cats here. Rather than repeating all that here, please click that link and have a read.
Also, if a cat is pooping outside the box on a particular type of surface, such as carpet, one of the suggestions from Dumb Friends League is to place a similar material under the litter box.
So, if your litter box is on a hard surface, you'd place some carpet underneath. This may not help in this case, especially if the reason he's doing it is because he's stressed and anxious because you're away, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Another tactic that I've mentioned a number of times is to place a litter box on the exact spot your kitty is using to defecate. See if he uses the box.
I hesitate to mention this one, however, because I'm not sure that moving things around or adding or taking away things is ideal when dealing with a blind cat. I have no experience with a blind cat, so your judgement will have to prevail.
I hope that helps and please let us know how it goes.