Troubled by Cat Defecation Problems?

If your cat is pooping outside of the litter box, you'll find suggested solutions here, as well as a whole lot of company. In short, this is where the cats with defecation problems hang out.

If you and your kitty are troubled by this issue, you're probably suffering through the mess, the smell and the uncertainty of wondering what's wrong with your cat.

Your cat is suffering, too. Under normal circumstances, your kitty wants to use the box.

You're wondering what the cause is, if it's something you might have done, and if there's anything you can do to fix it. Or even if it's fixable at this point. Either way, you need some relief from the stress.

You may even feel as though you want to give up your cat, or perhaps your spouse or significant other is fed up.

In many cases, it doesn't have to be this way.

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As best I can, I've tried to include everything you need to know to approach these types of problems and fix them. But, sometimes a little personalized response or even just telling your story helps you to think it through.

Below you'll find visitor questions and answers surrounding inappropriate elimination. Each one was submitted by a visitor, who like you, had a problem and was trying to think it through.

Each one has a different story behind it, but the problem solving is pretty much the same.

If you're looking for some relief, you might just find some contained within these question and answer pages.

If not, you can submit your story tell us about the problem you're experiencing and I'll point you in the right direction.

Cat Defecation Problem?

Is your cat defecating outside the litter box?

This is our discussion forum where you can help and be helped by other Cat Lovers Only readers!

You and others can comment, and vote on submissions so that other readers can know which solutions work most often.

Check back here in a while to see your post as submissions need to be approved. I'll do my best to get to them as soon as possible.

Defecation Problems from Other Visitors

Click below to see problems posted by other visitors to this page...

Inside-outside cat never used a litter box 
My cat is an inside-outside cat and has never used a litter box. Instead, she goes outside, but lately she's pooping on the dog's bed. They are best buddies. …

6 year old Ragdoll poops outside the litter box 
In past 2 months, our female Ragdoll has begun pooping outside her litter box. We have 2 litter boxes for her, on different floors of the house. Initially …

8 month old spayed kitten keeps pooping outside her box 
My 8 month old black kitty keeps pooping in precarious places in my carpeted house even when I have just cleaned her box. She will poop most times in …

My 12 year old cat has pooped on the carpet 3 times 
Jasmine is nearly 13 years old and never had any problems before. She has only ever used her litter tray in an emergency as she always likes to go outside. …

My cat poops everywhere but the litter box 
I adopted my cat when she was 3 months old. I actually rescued her. At the beginning she did not pee or poop in her box and did not poop for a very …

Constipated cat defecating outside litter box 
My cat is only defecating every two days. She is ten years old and never been sick. She is urinating in the litter box but doing the other outside. …

Cat pooping upstairs 
About 4 weeks ago, my husband and I left for a week for my baby shower and had some guy house sit. But he did a terrible job and didn't look like he was …

Blind cat poops on the carpet when I'm not home 
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 …

Rescue cat poops in front of litter tray 
My rescue centre warned me that Ron always pooped on the floor at the window of his pod and so may not use the litter tray when I got him home. He does …

Cat didn't like new litter box 
The old litter box was a covered one. Pretty old and getting beat up, so I bought a new one. It has tall sides, but is open top. My cat peed in it but …

My cat pooed in the shower! 
My cat wouldn't go outside for the day, so I let her stay inside. When I got back at the end of the day, she had pooped in the shower tray and she somehow …

Just adopted Bubba and he's using the bathtub 
I do not know what could be wrong. Could it be stressed related? I just adopted him and he's not using his litter box. Instead he just poops and pees …

My cat is ill, gets diarrhea, and goes outside her box 
Recently my cat was diagnosed with a small lymphoma and bowel disease. She is on prednisone and a medicine for diarrhea. She uses her box fine for regular …

My 11 year old cat has started pooping on the floor! 
For the last couple of months, my 11 year old female cat has started making a mess on the floor. She's an indoor cat and has never had a problem using …

My cat has poop stuck in his butt 
My cat has a dirty bottom (poop still in his butt, yet he used the box to poop)! We became cat owners as a stray cat in the neighborhood needed a home, …

My 7 month old kitten has diarrhea 
First let me start by saying I'm really sorry this is such a nasty topic but I need some help. LOL. My 7 month old kitten got diarrhea and he just ran …

My cat keeps pooing on the carpet 
My Kitten, approximately 6 months old, keeps pooing on the carpet in the lounge. When we first brought him home he spent most of his time in our lounge …

Percy keeps pooping on my chair and bed 
We have 2 cats, Percy a 7 year old male Burmese and Kitty a 5 year old female moggie stray. The 2 cats have been neutered and live happily together. We …

12 Year Old Yellow Female Defecating Outside the Box 
We have two 12 year old females. "Molly", our long haired yellow/orange has started defecating on the floor at night. She does urinate in the box. Our …

Defecating outside the litter box only at night 
Einstein is a laid back Ragdoll that is full of hell, and he is my wife's second child. Our only problem is he started pooping outside the box but only …

Small hard stool next to bed, on carpet during the night 
My cat was born outside, part feral. He was brought inside and never had a problem using his box. Last summer he had the expensive and successful surgery …

Cat defecating on couch and chair 
His name is Simon. He is 13 years old and has never had a problem with the litter box until about 3 weeks ago. He has gone to the vet and they say he …

Fiber in diet not resolving cat's constipation problem 
My cat has a constipation problem. The vet put him on a fiber diet. The doo was soft and the cat now didn't want to wait until finished. The rest ends …

Cat pooping outside litter box for 2 months 
About 2 months ago my cat started pooping outside his litter box yet he uses the litter box to urinate. This problem is driving me crazy. I keep his …

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12 year old cat won't poop in the litter box 
I have 5 cats in total. My 9 year old neutered male cat whom I have had for 5 years has always been aggressive toward the cat in question... I tried …

My cat is pooping out of the box 
My cat is 4 and 1/2 and is fixed. She is pooping right outside the litter box door. We had the litter box in the dining room, but when she kept doing …

My kitten has decided to poop in the bathroom 
My kitten has decided to poop in the bathroom instead of his litter box. Even before I washed his litter box and after, my cat poops in the bathroom. …

2 of my cats will pee in the box but won't poop 
I currently have four male cats, all adopted within the last 2 plus years. About a week ago I changed litter as I was really not happy with the one I was …

Cat poops next to litter box 
Cat has been pooping and peeing next to the litter box after scratching some litter on the floor. My Thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your …

Cat is pooping next to the litter box? 
My cat is about 2 years old and all of a sudden the last week he started pooping outside the litter box? I can not figure out why he has this issue? …

Cat pooping on floor near door where outside cat is 
My cousin's 9 month old cat uses the litter box regularly. She is an indoor cat. There are feral cats that come to the porch to be fed. Lately when …

Cat started pooping on the rug 
My cat just started pooping on the rug. He has always been the best cat about using the litter box but just lately has used the rug instead. I am …

Cat pooping next to the litter box 
We have a cat who is about 13 years old. For about the last 4 months, she has been pooping next to her litter box. She had occasionally peed there as …

13 year old cat will not poop in litter box 
We have two indoor cats, a boy Oliver, and a girl Marie. They are brother and sister and we have never had major litter box problems with them ever. …

My cat keeps pooping out of the box a couple times a day 
My cat keeps pooping out of the box a couple times a day... with diarrhea. I have 2 cats. The cat Oliver I am having trouble with. They share a cat …

My cat poops outside the litter box 
I have a Maine Coon cat 14 years old. She started about 2 months ago pooping outside the box. The poop is about 8 inches outside the box on the bathroom …

Cat pooping on the floor 
Ok I am cat-sitting for a friend. The cat is a super nice male. There is one problem - he started pooping on the carpet in the corner of my dining room. …

My cat poops on clothes , rugs,etc.. 
My 12 year old cat has been pooping on any type of clothing, rug, comforter, sheets and sometimes just on the floor. He will find the one item on the floor …

Moe Will Not Poop in Litter Box 
Moe is a large 10 yr old Tabby. In the past, he would poop on the floor rarely, but he would always hide it and then he would hide. He has had some …

Indoor/outdoor cat litters in the neighbors yard 
My next door neighbor had complained that our cat litters her yard. We have the indoor litter box and he uses it on a regular basis, but obviously does …

Pees in box, poops on carpet 
Rescued a lovely 8 month old male. Does great urinating in litter box, continues to poop on carpet. I use cleaners to absorb smell to decrease association. …

8 year old feline started to poop on the beds Not rated yet
I have had my 2 cats, Chloe and Oscar, for 8 years now. They both used their litter trays early in their life, but then preferred to always go outside …

Ragdoll cat pooped upstairs on bedroom carpet Not rated yet
My Ragdoll cat is nearly a year old and has recently started to poo on the upstairs carpet. I have recently moved out, so he just lives with my ex-partner. …

Cat is defecating on my livingroom carpet Not rated yet
I went out of town for 2 1/2 weeks. I took my cat to my cousin's house while I was gone. Now that I brought her home, she has decided to defecate on …

My 12 year old spayed cat poops at the front door Not rated yet
My cat has never had this problem. I keep a towel at the bottom of my front door to keep drafts out and my spayed 12 year old cat started to occasionally …

My 14 year old cat poops on my carpet Not rated yet
My 14 year old cat has started to poop in the house, on the carpet. We have cleaned it up, stuck her nose in it, said nothing, stroked her. We have tried …

After neuter, pooping outside the litter box Not rated yet
After my cat got neutered I changed his litter as to not get the regular litter in the incisions (to paper litter). About 2 days prior to going back …

Blind cat poops on herself Not rated yet
For a couple months now, our cat has been pooping on herself while using the littler box. Naturally it sticks to her fur and starts to smell... for some …

Cat poops on rug when I take the other cat on a walk Not rated yet
I leash walk both of my cats but can only do it one at a time. After I walk the first one, she poops on the rug while I take the other cat out (15 minutes.) …

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One year old female cat defecating on carpet Not rated yet
My year old female cat is defecating on my carpets and not in the litter box which she used to use. My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your …

Kitten pooping all over the house Not rated yet
I took in a 12 week old cat, and I trained her in my room to use the kitty box with no problem. I put the kitty box in the basement and showed her where …

Kitten tries but can't bury poop in litter box Not rated yet
Our kitten poops in the litter box, but when she tries to bury it she paws all of the edges of the litter box. Before she goes she digs a depression …

My neighbor is complaining that my cat is pooping in her yard! Not rated yet
We just started renting a house 7 months ago. I have Korean neighbors next to me and they have just started complaining that my cat is pooping in their …

My cat poops once in the litter Not rated yet
My 7 month old desexed female tortoiseshell cat poops only once in her litter and then on the floor beside the litter tray. Help, what can I do to stop …

Cat pooping on beds and in the litter box! Not rated yet
We recently adopted a stray tabby into our home, she looks to be around 27 weeks. She must have been litter box trained before because she immediately …

Kitten keeps standing in his poop! Not rated yet
Hi, my 16 week old kitten is using the kitty litter just fine, but doesn't seem to know how to bury the poop. He uses his two front paws to try and …

My cat pees in his box(es) but poops on the floor Not rated yet
My husband and I have an 8 year old cat that we've had since he was a kitten. A couple of years ago he decided he no longer wanted to poop in his litter …

My cat has started pooping outside the litter box Not rated yet
We have 6 cats (4 are Maine Coon). One of the boys has started pooping outside of the litter boxes (we have 6). I see him poop upstairs in one of the …

Cat pooping in one spot Not rated yet
We've had our kitten, Misha, for 8 weeks - he's now 14 weeks old - and for the first 6 weeks he was using the litter box with no problems. Misha sleeps …

My cat poops on the floor even when the litter box is clean!! Not rated yet
My boyfriend and I have a 3 yr old female cat that uses the litter box, but at least 2-3 times a day she poops on the floor. We have 2 other males one …

All of a sudden Mustard wants to poop in my living room! Not rated yet
I have a 4 month old male cat named Mustard. He's used the litter box since we got him. Then one day he went on my bed... and now he just goes in the …

Cat poops on litter mat instead of in box Not rated yet
My cat all of a sudden started pooping right outside the box on the litter box mat. He is 10 years old and has never had any problems with the litter box …

2Cats, one pooper on the floor; mystery Not rated yet
We have a brother and sister team, almost 8 yrs. old and all of a sudden we've noticed that one of them has decided to poop 'outside the box'. We haven't …

Cat holds a grudge, poops on floor Not rated yet
My wife and I have had our cat Magnolia for 7 years. The first year, she (the cat, not the wife) used her litter box like a champ. No problems whatsoever. …

My cat rubs herself on my rugs almost always after pooping Not rated yet
PLEASE, I am at wits end. My cat is 3 years old and almost every time she poops she rubs her hiny on the rug. My vet has cleaned some stinky glands …

Problem: Refuses to poop in the box! Not rated yet
My Cat is diabetic. We keep tabs on his blood sugar to make sure it is in normal range. But he refuses to go in his box! Once in a great while he will, …

All of a sudden pooping on the hearth Not rated yet
Wizzy is 7 years old and all of a sudden after always going outside (he has never had a litter box), he looks to the hearth (where there is ash) or a quiet …

Little poops on the carpet and scooting marks Not rated yet
Just in the past two days my 8 year old female cat started leaving little dry poops on the carpet and what appears to be scoot marks along with them - …

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