Cat poops next to litter box

by Anonymous

Cat has been pooping and peeing next to the litter box after scratching some litter on the floor.

My Thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having problems. That's not a lot to go on, but it sounds like you've observed this behavior.

I assume that this is not just a case of an "over the side of the box" issue. I'd like to ask some questions that hopefully will create an "aha" moment.

1) Has your cat been checked for medical problems?

2) "Scratching some litter on the floor" seems to indicate that s/he wants to use the box. Has there been a change in the cleaning schedule or level of cleanliness of the box?

When was the last time the box was thoroughly washed and dried and the litter completely refreshed?

3) Have you changed the litter type/scent/brand just prior to this problem starting?

4) Has the location or type of litter box been changed recently?

5) Is your cat older or relatively young?

6) What changes, if any, have occurred in your cat's life (or yours) or in the household in the last 6 months?

7) Have you tried placing a litter box right on top of the area (after thoroughly cleaning it with an enzyme based cleaner)?

8) Have you tried confinement retraining?

9) Is your cat exhibiting signs of constipation, a urinary tract infection, or any other health or behavioral issues?

I hope that helps. Please let us know if any of these questions bring anything to the surface that might be useful.

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Feb 19, 2012
Pooping on my bed
by: Anonymous

Please help!
My beautiful male cat, 5 years old has started pooping on my bed. Everyday! I am at my wit's end and cannot fathom the idea of giving him up. He's my family. Please help!!!!!

Editor's note: As a member of your family, I'm certain that you can't give him up.

I'm repeating myself a bit, but... what medical problem does he have (please consult your vet)?

If it's not a medical condition, what stresses is he under, and/or what changes have taken place in your life, his life, or the household?

Is it time for a new/additional litter box?

Have you tried isolation retraining/restricting access?

I try not to humanize these issues too much because it often leads you down the wrong path, but think hard about what he might be trying to tell you. What could he be upset about?

Have you tried Feliway?

Please make sure you read the litter box problems section as it covers this topic in detail.

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