Cat pooping by the door

by Chellie. Jones
(Liverpool, England)

My house trained kitten, Clive, has suddenly started pooping by the door every time I'm not in the same room or go out. How can I stop this?

My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear your cat is having problems and you're dealing with the dreaded clean up. As a general rule, cats often stop using the litter box due to medical problems, or as a response to stress or anxiety.

Assuming your vet says your cat is healthy, then I would assume it's stress or anxiety causing the problem.

Given that your absence is a factor here, this case sounds suspiciously like separation anxiety to me.

There could be other factors at work, however, so I would keep an open mind at this point. For example, if there are cats outside that your cat can smell, hear, or see, this can cause the "pooping at the door" syndrome, as I call it.

Going on my suspicions, though, I recommend reading what Dr. Sophia Yin had to say about separation anxiety syndrome in cats.

I would also consider why this may have started. As I often say, cats hate change. What might have changed from your cat's point of view?

Did something change in your schedule? Has there been a new addition to the house? Are you paying less attention to Clive than you previously did? And so on.

I hope that helps, and please keep us updated on your kitty's progress.

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Aug 12, 2021
My cat randomly poop by the front door!
by: Anonymous

Hi I came across this post and wanted to find out if there is anything I can do to make my cat to stop pooping in front of the door? He will randomly do it and I am completely exhausted by it. He is not sick he eats and poops in his litter box so as my other cat. It's not like he is all alone in the house he has his buddy that keeps him company. Routine is the same as it always has been nothing changed to cause him anxiety or stress! I mean both of my cats get along very well they sleep, eat and play together all the time. For some reason he will poop even if I am home. It pisses me off to be honest because I have done everything I could to make their lives stress free and pretty spoiled sometimes. I need help with making him stop pooping in front of the front door!!

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