We have one cat pooping and peeing on the floors and rugs

by kim
(Mesquite, Nevada)

We have 4 cats, two from her house, and two from mine. 3 were ferals, 1 is a longhair. We had two small boxes in the laundry room, and we moved them outside on a deck.


The cats have to use a kitty door to get to them, and we replaced the 2 small boxes with one large box.

The new box in the new location gets a lot of use, but some cat is using the floor, and rugs in the house, to go to the bathroom. We don't know which cat, or cats is doing it. How can we solve the problem?

My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having problems. I'm assuming that all cats are healthy and a medical problem is not causing this. I'm further assuming that this problem started right after you changed litter box arrangements.

If the vet has declared all the cats healthy, I would do two things. First, to state the obvious, I would reverse the litter box changes in case that has upset one of the cats. Cats can be very sensitive to any changes in the home, especially to something as important as the litter box.

Second, I would attempt to determine which cat is having the problem (assuming it's only one cat). If the same locations are being used each time, then a motion activated camera can be placed so that the culprit can be identified.

Another method for identifying the problem child is to divide and conquer. Let's say the accidents are happening every day. Isolate two of the four cats for a day in a separate part of the house.

No matter which part of the house the accidents happen in that day, you know that at least one of the two cats in one of the pairs is at fault.

At worst, you now have only two cats to bring to the vet for a check up and do behavior modification with instead of four. But... you can do one better and do a switcheroo and swap kitty partners. Wherever the accident occurs that day, you now have your winner, so to speak.

As always, I will empasize the need to be aware that if a medical problem is at fault, you'll never solve the problem without addressing that first.

Some of the other top reasons for cats not using the box are stress (what might be stressing your cat?), or a litter box that is not to the cat's liking, including size, location, cleanliness, litter type, and so on. And... that brings us back to reversing the changes that were made to see if perhaps that has triggered the problem.

One last thought... I don't know how long the cats have been together or how they were introduced, but if the cats were not introduced slowly, problems can arise later.

If that's the case, it's possible that the stress from a quick introduction/relocation is rearing its ugly head. It's also possible that some of the cats aren't getting along as well as we'd like. Perhaps there's some box guarding going on?

I hope that helps give you some ideas and please let us know how your kitties progress with this problem.

Kurt

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May 02, 2014
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litter box problems
by: Anonymous

The rule of thumb is one litterbox for EACH cat, PLUS one. So in your case, you need at LEAST four litterboxes. Try putting them in out-of-the-way places. Cats like their privacy, too, ya know ;-)

May 02, 2014
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more boxes
by: yvonne

I had the same problem with my oldest cat after I got a kitten. When the kitten was about 6 months old she started bullying my older cat, so she was afraid to go to the laundry room where I had 3 big cat boxes to do her business and was peeing in the dinning room corner. I solved that by putting a box in the kitchen (I know, gross but I keep it very clean) but it solved the problem. I since have taken in a stray cat who is also bullied by the younger one and she uses it too. Really they all do, but it's the price we pay to have kitties!!

Apr 30, 2014
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Add more boxes
by: Anonymous

Hello,
Once you rule out UTI, stones, etc. I would have 1 litter box for each cat. We had the same problem and took the same actions... had them checked by their vet for health issues, tried using the original litter boxes and finally, we put out 1 box for each cat. PROBLEM SOLVED! And it isn't the first time we had this problem. Cats can be territorial with their litter boxes. It's been 5 years and we have not had a single problem since and we have moved twice.
Hope it works out for you and your furry children!

Apr 30, 2014
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cat boxes
by: Anonymous

One cat box for 4 cats is not enough. I would leave the large box (how large?) where it is and place another box where it used to be. One of your cats may be afraid of the cat door or someone may be guarding the cat door. The more cat boxes the merrier.
Wend's Feline Friends.

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