Kitty leaving me unpleasant surprises

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

All I could think is if it was the change in food. Or maybe try a senior food instead? I’ve also read that you should have one to two litter boxes per cat, maybe just giving her another space to go would help the problem.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

MrsPHopefully:  

 

Quick-read advice … add wet food to the diet.

I had the same problem recently. One of my cats was urinating and defecating in some different spots for a while. It turns out it was an emotional issue. She didn’t like that we recently placed a tall cat scratcher by the litter box. One of our other cats would act like a maniac when she was climbing the post and would disturb or pounce on a cat who happened to be in the litter box.

We moved the post and no more problems. In addition we changed her food now because of the vet’s advice.

Make sure to feed your cat wet food at least once a day. (Either dinner or breakfast if you feed them twice a day) If your cat is older, they can develop health problems from eating too much dry food. Since the food they eat in the wild (dead animals) is 70% water, they need to be eating moist food as domesticated cats too.

Also, think to yourself, has anything changed in your life recently? Are you bringing a new man over or more frequently? Have you changed the arrangement of the furniture or where the litter box is?

Hope this helps?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

MrsPHopefully:  

I would say if you are already doing some wet, then that should be okay.

How does your SO feel about your cat? How does he treat the pet? I am not saying it is the root of the situation, but it wouldn’t be the first time.

Since cats like to be able to look down from high spots, especially when they are unsure of situations, try to create spots that your cat can jump from surface to surface, and perhaps look down on you. If you have tabletops or tops of entertainment centers and shelves the cat can perch from, this will make her feel more in control of her surroundings.

Also, if you don’t have a lot of high surfaces available, you can allow more places for your cat to hide in case she wants to be alone. Praise and pet your cat when you get a chance when your SO is around as well.

Sometimes for weird reasons animal and human vibes don’t always mesh with each other well.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

MrsPHopefully:  I have an older cat as well who sometimes has poop “issues”. Sorry if this gets a little graphic – I have no shame, although kitty is giving me a Look Of Judgement.

 

How *big* are the poops you’re finding outside the box (e.g., a normal size poop or smaller than dime)? Are they usually intact nuggets or “smears”? Do you see her “drag” her butt across carpet or floor (aka the boot scoot 🙂 ) after she finishes using the box? 

You said she eats dry & some wet, do you feed her any other treats/supplements? Hairball treats or treatments are very high in fat and can sometimes contribute to “sticky” poops.

When she goes in the box, what is the consistency of her poops – closer to hard nuggets or more of a peanut butter consistency? Do they hold their shape, or are they watery enough that they become discs/pools?

– We sometimes find small poops that dry out and get kicked out of the box (nuggets) when one of the cats is burying, or that get stuck to kitty paws. She’ll rub these on the floor to get them off her paws (smears). If her poops are “wet”, she’ll sometimes boot scoot to clean her booty/tail.

– To try to keep her from doing this on the floor, we put a foam kitty litter mat in front of her box so she doesn’t have to boot scoot on the cold tile floor (which she wouldn’t do anyways, she’d just do it on the carpet, ick). We keep the mat clean and sanitize it on a regular basis.

– Kitty only gets wet food and water, and the occasional dry treat/hairball treat. We also offer her cat grass/wheatgrass (trimmed, otherwise barfies everywhere!) which is a natural hairball remedy and actually very healthy for cats, esp those that are on wet-only diets. You can find catgrass seeds online, or just buy some whole wheat grains or wheatgrass seed from a health store (looks like marquise shapes/unprocessed wheat).

Do you find small poops around her box? How often do you scoop the box? How deep is the litter in the box?

– as my kitty has aged, she needs more litter in the box to cover her stuff. She also sometimes will “kick” a poop out of the box by accident when she’s covering, especially if there are older/non-fresh poops in the box or pre-existing poops that she didn’t fully cover before. I try to scoop every time she goes (she doesn’t poop super often and usually goes right after we feed her or right before dinner) so that there’s no other poops for her to kick out or get on her paws.

– We use a clumping clay litter. She used to be OK with non-clumping, but nowadays is much pickier. The clumping also helps “hold” poops and pees together, so she doesn’t get wet litter on her paws and need to wipe them on everything.

 

Finally, is your cat overweight or unable to “bend” to lick her butt? This is unfortunately a part of kitty aging and loss of flexibility can be from multiple factors, not just weight. Our cat went on the “Catkins” diet (wet, grain free) and gradually went from 13lbs to just above 9.5lbs over the course of 2 years (at the strong suggestion/guidance of our vet). This helped with the frequency of pooping and while she didn’t gain much flexibility, being at an appropriate weight decreases the strain on older cat’s bodies and greatly reduces the risk for kitty conditions like diabetes, renal failure, etc.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

MrsPHopefully:  oh good that you’re switching the food 🙂 My vet was so happy when we started doing all wet – it is more expensive, but especially for older kitties is really better for them. This is going to sound REALLY silly, but you may want to start brushing her teeth (they make special toothpaste/toothbrushes for cats – I’ve seen it at Petco/petsmart in the medicine/supplement area, on amazon, and my vet sells a dental kit too). The fish wet food gives my cats awful fishbreath and apparently you’re supposed to brush cat’s teeth! My one kitty LOVES the toothpaste and will even brush his own teeth (mouth the toothbrush really) to get the paste. Older kitty hates it, but tolerates it with a lot of vocal protests.

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