New house: Cat using carpet as personal toilet! HELP!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A lot of cats really want their own personal litterbox. I couldn’t tell from your post whether you have one or two boxes, but try adding a second box in a different location and see if that makes a difference.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Sorry to say, but the issue might actually be the carpet itself. When cats poo outside the box, it’s either because they don’t like the box (not enough boxes, sharing a box, wrong type of litter, wrong location) or because they like the texture of the carpet etc better.

Have you considered not putting down a new carpet for a few weeks and bleaching the floor to discourage her from going outside the box?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Call your vet and mention what is going on and ask if they have any tips. They may ask you to bring the cat in if there isn’t any change in behaviour. I say this because it might be stress of moving and a new place or that they don’t like the carpet or the carpet may have other pet smells in it from previous owners. 

But it also could be that kitty has something wrong and may be associating the litterbox with pain if it has crystals in it’s urine or a uti or something. 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Def try 2 boxes!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Stiz:  I have moved to 4 apartments in less than 4 years with my 4 year old cat.  She has been uses the floor sometimes at the past 2.  She only does it now when we are out of town.  I’ve kind of decided she is doing it because she’s sad/lonely or mad at me – maybe both!!!  She needs a lot of attention and is all over both of us when we first get home or when we’re about to leave.  But she’s done better recently.  I know it’s frustrating!  And DH has been threatening to get rid of her if she gets any worse about it.  I don’t really have much advice because we are struggling with this also!  But just wanted you to know you are not alone!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

When we are attempting to introduce a cat to a new situation we always enclose them in the room with their litter pan for as long as it takes them to prove that they will use the pan reliably in the new situation.

SO- we feed them in the room where the litter pan is, we go in and play with them there, they sleep there, and so on.

It usually doesn’t take more than a day or two for them to get the idea.

Also, whether your kitties shared before or not, I think you should try a two pan set up and see how that works.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Stiz:  I think the next step is more boxes. You should have 1 per cat plus one extra anyway, because some cats don’t like to poo and pee in the same place.

You could also try “Cat Attract” litter…

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