Cat Owners…Help…Cat Pooing on Carpet

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Irishb:  Maybe he is just old. If anything people get confused when they grow old, cats must do too.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I wouldn’t freak out about a little bit of white foam vomit once. If he does it repeatedly in the next couple of days, definitely call the vet, but that could be anything. We used to have a cat who would try to eat little dry things (bits of leaf, tiny pieces of paper or plastic) and then throw up like that.

If he’s getting unsteady on his feet with age, the litter shifting underfoot might make him nervous. You could try having a more shallow layer of litter in the box. Could he be having a hard time climbing over into the box? Maybe you could try one with shorter sides. You could also ask the vet if there’s something you could give the kitty to eat that would help in case he’s a bit constipated, maybe that’s the issue? Canned pumpkin can help with that, and most cats will eat it willingly if it’s mixed in with a little wet food.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Irishb:  I would be concerned it could be the beginnings of kidney disease or it could be a uti. 

If he has a uti it can hurt really bad when he goes. Sometimes they learn to associate it with the litter box rather than its just a symptom of the uti. I also know our cat started to do that, plus started throwing up when she turned 16 or so. They diagnosed her with kidney disease. 🙁 Has he started drinking excessively, loosing/gaining weight?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I don’t know re: arthritis being localized. I guess it’s possible. I have a bad hip and I can do some active things without any problems but other things are super problematic! Maybe squatting down hurts his back or something. It’s definitely odd. If he keeps aiming for the same spot at least you can try to keep an eye on him when he’s there and try to redirect him into the box?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Has megacolon and IBD been ruled out?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I know he’s an old cat but if you can’t find a medical reason for it are there any changes that could cause a behavioural issue?  Has he been getting attention, is there a new person around the house?  Maybe you should just move the litter box to that spot to see if he’ll use it or still avoid it.  Obvious things – the litter is the same he’s always used and its clean?

Maybe you need a shallower dish for a litter pan or change the type of litter if he’s having issues using it.

I had a cat that would do this anytime there was ANY change in the house or if I spent a night not sleeping at home… the littlest things… it was a pissed off cat issue rather than age, which is probably not the case for you, just throwing it out there.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Irishb:  It is so stressful when our pets are sick. 🙁 Keep us updated. I wish him the best!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

He’s getting old and lazy and doesn’t feel like climbing into the box. Put down lots of newspaper.

LoL you should be grateful!! I’m happy if my cat gets even near the box- that betch wants to go on my bed for shits and giggles every chance she gets Tongue Out WORST CAT EVER!!

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