Cat is defecating on my livingroom carpet
(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.