My 12 year old cat has pooped on the carpet 3 times

by Jenny
(UK)

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.

On the first occasion, the door to the room her tray is in was shut by mistake and she didn't meow to get out she just pooped at the side of my chair.

Three nights later she did the same but the door to her tray was wide open and again she didn't ask to get out.

Last night I was watching TV when she appeared through and she was quite unsteady on her legs and very strange.

She then went to the same place and pooped. She is very nervous going to the vet and gets very stressed so hoping to get some ideas before I go there.

My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear your cat is having problems. If she's unsteady on her feet and acting strange, the best thing you can do for her is get her to the vet as soon as possible.

I know it's hard to think of putting her through the unpleasantness of a vet trip, but it's what I'd do if she were my cat.

I can't diagnose her condition, but I do know there are a whole range of things that could result in unsteadiness, strange behavior, and inappropriate elimination. Given her age, she's subject to ailments like kidney disease, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism.

In general, as cats get older, they may have a harder time controlling their bowels, and this can result in accidents. If this is happening to Jasmine, she may need more litter boxes spread around the house so that she's always close to a box.

Acting strange and unsteadiness, however, are not a normal part of the aging process or a behavioral problem. She needs to be seen by a vet right away.

Please let us know how she gets along.
-Kurt

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Apr 07, 2017
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Old Lady
by: Anne

My dear sweet 21 year old female cat, Lily, has been sort of wobbly and stiff for several years. She makes a lot of small poops now and only one out of three make it to the box. We confine her to the kitchen where it's easy to clean and are still able to enjoy each others company.
Thirteen seems a little bit young for this behaviour though.

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