Cat is defecating on my livingroom carpet

by Anita
(Euclid, Ohio USA)

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 livingroom carpet.

I have done this before when travelling. I took her to my cousin's house and took her home with no behavior changes. I believe she is urinating in the litter box.

I have never had a problem with my cat's behavior before.

My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear your cat is having problems. I'll start with the usual caveats.

1. If your cat has a medical problem, you can't fix the situation by looking at behavioral issues.

2. Cats are very territorial. They love a routine, and they hate change. Taking a cat out of its usual environment can put a lot of stress on the cat and is always a risk.

It can take several weeks or more for a cat to readjust.

I'm curious to know if his diet remained constant while you were away. That may be a factor.

I'd also wonder if he perhaps had a bad experience while using the litter box at your cousin's house.

In any case, assuming he's healthy, I'd consider keeping him in a single room while he acclimates to the house again. I'd also consider Feliway, and I'd be sensitive to the fact that he may be feeling insecure.

He's been displaced, and his scent isn't as strong in the house as it was before. I would lead him around the house and see if you can get him to rub his cheeks all over everything.

I hope that helps and please keep us updated.

-Kurt

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