Post # 1
I’ve been staying at home with my parents for the past few months in between the spring and fall semesters. My parents also have a cat, but she gets along with mine. They tolerate each others presence, eat from the same bowls, use the same litter box, etc. I don’t know what the issue is, but recently my cat has started pooping on a rug in the kitchen! She’s only done it twice, but I want to know why she’s doing and and how this can be fixed. It was just really random and out of the blue, especially since she’s been using a litter box for years now!
Anyone have a clue what’s going on?
Post # 3
She could be sick. My kitty had a UTI and started peeing/pooping everywhere EXCEPT the litter box, my vet told me it was because she associated the pain she was feeling when she went to the litter box, thinking thats why it hurt. I would at the very least call your vet and get his/her input.
Post # 4
How often does the box get cleaned? Some cats can be really picky about it being clean!
Post # 5
Honestly, the reason my mom’s cat started doing this is because she developed magnesium crystals and somehow it makes them not want to be in their box. My friend’s cat has this problem, too.The vet put them on a special diet
I’d replace the rug, too. Once they poop on it, any lingering smell can trigger them to do it there.
Does your cat have its own litter box?
Post # 6
I know sometimes when you put 2 cats together that weren’t litter mates you need to have 1 litterbox per cat. Maybe get another one so it has options. Good luck.
Post # 7
My cat has done/does the same thing. If we don’t clean her litter box often enough, she likes to school us by pooping/peeing outside of her litter box.
Once she was doing it because of a terrible kidney infection. I would call your vet to see if she needs to be taken in.
Post # 8
Thanks for the help guys! Her yearly checkup is coming up, so I’ll ask the vet then. She doesn’t do it all the time. She tried to poop on the rug once today, and once last week. But every other time she’s been using the litterbox just fine.
The only time she’s done this before was when I went out of town for the weekend and she thought I was abandoning her, so she was really mad at me. Maybe she’s just mad about something again, LOL. I hope it’s just that, and not an infection or anything!
Post # 9
I’d look into getting a second litter box. You should really have as many boxes as you have cats (+1 extra), but most people just have 1 per cat. They aren’t that expensive if you pick up a basic one.
Post # 10
I agree, get a second litter box. My cat is religious about using her box (and is even in the habit of coming to us and meowing until we scoop it after she’s done using it… she likes a fresh box every time lol). Last week I found a kitty poop on the floor about 5 feet away from the litter box. I think it got stuck to her fur or her backside and fell off when she jumped out and walked away because she’s never had an accident before.
Post # 11
When my sister’s cat comes to visit we make sure that we have a litter box for each cat and that they are placed slightly apart from each other. They usually use both interchangably, but it seems that they are happier with two boxes available. We also make sure to scoop every single day at least once.
Post # 12
Second litter box, and did you change the litter she’s getting? That can be an issue as well. My cat hates clay litters.
Post # 13
Thanks for the help everyone! She wasn’t bothered by the litterbox or anything, turns out she has a bladder infection and that’s why she was being so weird. She’s on 2 weeks of antibiotics, so she should be all better soon. 🙂