Female cat pooping in shower after spay
I spayed my female cat when she was about 10 months old. The first pee she took after her spay was in the litter box, but the first poop was in the shower.
She then sometimes used the litter box to poop in, and occasionally the shower. She always pees in the litter box. She never pooped somewhere else before the surgery.
I always clean the litter box, and I change the whole thing when the ammonia hits me.
I tried everything, leaving water in the shower, she pooped in the water.
I changed the litter type, she still pooped in the shower.
I put the litter box in the shower, she still pooped on and off in the actual shower cabin and not in the litter box.
This pooping situation is becoming more and more frequent.
Also, after her spay, she got really aggressive towards me to the point she attacks me out of nowhere although I play with her a lot with cat toys.
She is not aggressive towards my partner. She also started being very mean. She jumps everywhere, scratches everything, etc., although we give her the play time she needs.
She was very loving and calm and affectionate before the surgery.
The surgery went well. She healed completely. She doesn't have worms or any other medical issues.
It's been almost two months since her spay and it's getting worse and worse.
Please help.My thoughts:
I'm sorry to hear your cat is having problems.
In my experience, cats don't normally undergo major personality changes after spay or neuter procedures, but any trauma, such as a surgery, can cause a shift in behavior.
At first glance, though, it sounds like your cat has developed a preference for defecating on hard or smooth surfaces. This preference can
develop at any time and the reason isn't always known.
This may result in pooping in the shower, the tub, the sink, on tile, wood, cement or other hard or smooth surfaces. This is obviously in contrast to the usual sandy soil that most cats typically prefer.
Also, some cats prefer to pee in one box and poop in another. This preference can develop at any time as well.
If she heads for the shower to poop whenever there are clumps of pee in the box, it's likely that she's become a two-box kitty.
Adding another litter box is the clear fix for a cat that prefers two boxes. While it may have no effect if that is not the case here, adding another litter box is never a bad thing.
It's possible your cat developed constipation after the surgery, and may have continued to experience some intermittent constipation. This led to pain while pooping in the box and a desire to use a different location.
If she's still experiencing constipation
, you'll want to address that with your vet.
If placing the litter box in the shower didn't get her to use it consistently, that would lead me to believe there is something she didn't like about the box or the litter.
In addition to adding a litter box, some people have had success with using Feliway
. This may help to calm her a bit. It can be helpful to increase exercise levels as well, and make sure she's not under any stress from any other source.
I'd also make sure the litter box is squeaky clean all day and night, and I'd be sure to use the same litter she used to use regularly before the surgery.
I hope that helps and please keep us updated on her progress.