My cat is ill, gets diarrhea, and goes outside her box

by Stacey
(Staten Island, NY)

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 poop and pee, but when she has diarrhea she goes outside the box.

Many times beside it, but other times anywhere else in the house. It smells horrible. Once I picked her up and put her in her box to finish and she jumped out.

She feels bad and I comfort her, but why won't she use her box?

My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your cat is ill. It's not uncommon for a cat to not use the box when they have diarrhea. I believe there are several possible reasons for this.

1. In some situations, I think that lack of control is involved. In other words, it's just not feasible to get to the box at that moment.

2. My suspicion is that because cats often like a clean box, and diarrhea doesn't fit in with that plan, the cat isn't comfortable using the box while having diarrhea.

3. Cats have a limited number of ways of communicating. When a cat is stressed, ill, or feeling out of sorts, they will sometimes pee or poop outside the box.

Perhaps it's an attempt to make themselves feel better and feel more in control by marking. Perhaps it's a way of communicating to the humans that something is wrong.

If that's the case, I'm not sure that there is much you can do when she has this problem.

I hope that sheds some light. Please update us on her progress.
-Kurt

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Jan 16, 2016
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Her box
by: Anonymous

We found that cats associate the diarrhea as messy and she goes outside the box so as to not mess her box. I keep it clean. I put another box next to her reg one and it works sometimes. If I catch her going on floor and put her in it she will go in it. No I have not given her the egg yolk dairy isn't supposed to be good for cats and especially with diarrhea. She has it because of the illness. It's hard and a lot of work but some days are better. I will do what u have to for her. Thank you so much for the comments. I appreciate all the ideas.

Jan 15, 2016
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one of my kitties was as your is
by: Anonymous

Have you tried to give your kitty EGG YOLK???? We in the end tried it with Milo who was but 4 months old when he started with the runs. He also kept on going outside of the box, so we did a simple thing.

We took the lid off the litter box and when Milo had done what he needed to (yes it really does heave and smell the house out), we moved the stuff and the litter from around where he had been and in that place we cleaned we put fresh litter just there, then put the lid back on. It worked and by there being fresh litter and no smell of urine or poop, he started to use his litter tray again.

It was hard work made harder as 5 more cats were using the same litter box (our litter box is really huge) and is cleaned out whenever one or another kitty uses it but the trick is not only to scoop the poop part but all round it and under it. It is time consuming and for the time they are ill will probably need extra litter, but the love of my cats made the expense worth it and I am on old age pension so money is tight but love came before anything.

Jan 12, 2016
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for the replies and hugs. My girl is my life. She is an amazing cat. Yes vet Meds are very expensive and I don't have a lot of money. I tried the people stuff. Didn't work. She is on stuff that's supposed to be like Imodium. It's helping some . I crush it and put it in her good. I also had her prednisone made into liquid so I can drop it in her mouth easier. It's so sad. Kills me the thought of losing her so young.

Thank you all so much for caring.

Jan 12, 2016
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Pepto Bismal-pink gold
by: Paula

My heart goes out to you. OUR FURRY BABIES mean everything to us. I want to give you a mental HUG. You may not have a whole lot of money-and I have found that the Vet meds for diareaha is (or can be) harsh on their tummies. Thin out some pepto/ eye dropper and a wash cloth. A lot easier than shoving a pill down their throats. RoseAnne was my baby. She had cancer/tumor was removed. Thought we'd loose her but 6 years later--- yup. Keep your chin up. God Bless.And if pills are the only option- and they won't take it threw a treat-grind up the pill, disolve it in some warm water/eye dropper.

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