My new kitten has started pooping on my bed!

by Phylis
(Palatine, Ill)

June Bug is the newest kitten in the house. We have one other cat who is under a year old. Within the last 2 weeks, June Bug has been pooping on my bed.


I have tried changing the litter type, adding a box and having her checked by the vet. She was just spayed, but she had done this before her surgery. Could that be connected?

My Thoughts:

I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having troubles, Phylis. Having her checked by the vet and adding a box are things I would have suggested, so you're ahead of me there. I wouldn't normally change litters right away, though, if it's the same litter you've used all along.

If she started doing this prior to the surgery, then the surgery itself obviously didn't cause it. I'm wondering how her relationship with your other cat has been developing, and whether or not there was a slow introduction process.

It can sometimes be subtle (or not), but if the cats aren't getting along well enough, or the introduction process was too quick, that could be the cause.

You might want to try confinement retraining to get her back on track. I would also go through the usual checklist and make sure her needs are being met.

For example, does she have a stable routine? Are you exercising her daily, grooming her, and giving her enough attention, etc.? Have there been any changes in the household?

If her needs aren't being met in some way, or there have been disruptions, that might be part of it.

I hope that helps and please let us know what happens.

-Kurt

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Apr 15, 2014
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pooping on bed
by: Yvonne

My oldest cat started peeing in corners, although not pooping. I think it was because of the other cats. You need to have enough cat boxes around in different areas. I ended up putting a box in the kitchen and it solved the problem. Also since it's a kitten, a small box would be good until she gets older.

Feb 15, 2014
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by: CHERYL

Did you change the kind of cat litter brand? That usually is the case sometimes.

Feb 14, 2014
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stopping the bed pooping
by: Anonymous

She may be upset about something and stressed. Feliway, a spray or infuser, is a mild vet approved way to help her de-stress.

Feb 14, 2014
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cat pooping on bed
by: Anonymous

I have a tortie cat who was urinating on furniture. My vet said to switch litter to a finer, more sand-like one, and also we put her on a tiny dose of Prozac. It did the trick and she's well behaved and happy now.

Feb 14, 2014
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awww, poor baby
by: Anonymous

Well, I had a similar problem a while back! Have you tried putting a smaller litter box for her only in one room of the house? Take her there when she poops on the bed again, bring the poop with you to her litter box, let her smell her own poop, but stay there with her and see what happens! Good luck!!

I did this myself with my baby and it worked, she will get use to the fact that she needs to go there and she will use the other kitties litter box but wait a while for several times as she does this! Then you can replace the new litter box, hopefully it will work for you!

Feb 14, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Like so many pets they sometimes try to mark their area. This kitten may end up being the dominant cat and is marking your bed that contains your scent, as theirs. Confinement may make it worse, try to place their poop in their own litter box and place near by something with your scent on it so they can tell that this is theirs and so are you. Also spray the area where they are not allowed with a citrus (I used orange). I've had luck with my babies (all 6 of them). Good Luck.

Feb 14, 2014
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poopy bed
by: Anonymous

Spray with orange or lemon scent spray or perfume squirt with water when you catch her at it!!

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