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 and was peeing and pooing in his litter tray.
Recently, he has started pooing behind the sofa on the carpet, the rug. So we kept him out of the lounge and let him have free reign around the rest of the house.
We then let him out in the garden, as we thought that may help and he would poop in the garden. He seemed fine, but today again instead of using his litter tray he came and pooed on the front door mat. I am very confused and do not know what to do, please help. Many thanks.My thoughts:
I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having issues. If he's got some sort of medical problem, only your vet can help you there. Bowel problems can sometimes be difficult to diagnose without a more extensive exam and testing, but assuming the vet clears him as healthy, here are some ideas...
If he seems to have a favorite spot, one "trick" is to place a litter box right on that spot and see if he uses it.
Some cats like to poop in one box and pee in the other. Do you have two boxes? If not, I would try that. I would also make sure the boxes are squeaky clean and use the same type of litter that you used when he was consistently using the box.
Can you identify a trigger? The way you describe the problem, it sounds like it's intermittent. Is there a recurring pattern here?
Was there some change in his life just prior to this problem starting? A stress point? If you can identify the change, stress point, or recurring pattern, that may give you a clue as to what is setting him off.
Do his stools look normal? Constipation can often cause painful straining, resulting in a negative association with the litter box.
In extreme cases with healthy cats that don't seem to have a particular trigger, isolation retraining can be a remedy.
I hope that helps and please keep us updated on his situation.