Just adopted Bubba and he's using the bathtub
(Moreno Valley, CA)
I do not know what could be wrong. Could it be stressed related?
I just adopted him and he's not using his litter box. Instead he just poops and pees in the bathtub.
They told me he was trained so I was happy about that. I do not know what could be wrong and I am worried.
I mean I will not give up on him but I'm not sure my boyfriend is too happy that he is defecating in the bathtub.My thoughts:
Since you just adopted him, I'm guessing from a shelter or rescue, I'm going to assume he's been health checked and all is well in that department.
Yes, it could be stress related. More specifically, he's out of his element. I'm glad you're willing to work with him on this.
When a shelter or rescue says that a cat is litter box trained, that doesn't always mean that when the cat goes to a new environment that he will immediately adapt and begin using the box.
If you read the literature from organizations like the Petfinder on adoption best practices, confining a cat to single room during at least the first few days in a new home
One of the reasons for this is to get litter box habits in order in a confined space where things are more under your control.
Plenty of people ignore this recommendation and are fine with it. I've just recently broken this "rule" myself here at my house with a foster.
So far, I haven't had any problems in the litter box department, but if I had, I would have immediately gone to the "safe room" method. I would also do whatever I could to lower stress levels, including trying Feliway
if needed, as well as working to burn off nervous energy.
I hope that helps. Please read the Petfinder article
and let us know how Bubba comes along.