(Closed) cat suddenly refusing to #2 in box

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

you should definitely have 2 litter boxes. Also, DON’T change the litter!!!!! Cats are really finicky, and if they don’t like the new stuff, they won’t use it. Our cat started with peeing outside, and we found out he had bladder crystals, that would have eventually turned into stones which would have required surgery if we didn’t catch it right away. We put him on antibiotics and special food and he is good to go  now

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Maybe a bit icky, but what is the consistency of the poo? Is it solid? Or is it soft/runny?

Also, what food do you feed?

Have you cleaned the spot with an enzyme cleaner so it doesn’t smell like poo and entice her to go there?

 

Also, do you have any other pets? Or could anything have happened to her while she was pooing in her litter box to scare her away from using it? Or did she have a small bout of being sick and either really runny or really hard poo? If she recently had an issue with poo that was painful, she may associate the pain with the litter box and think by pooing elsewhere she can escape the pain.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SimplyChic11:  I’ve heard Nature’s Miracle is a good one.

Cats (and dogs) can smell things we can’t. So it’s possible that she is smelling something in that corner (maybe from the pet of a previous owner) enticing her to go.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SimplyChic11:  I’d think most pet stores would sell it. It’s also on amazon.com.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have this same problem! We’ve had workup for irritable bowel, infections, parasites, just about everything. And haven’t entirely figured it out…. I will say that Nature’s Miracle is pretty awesome. We’ve seen it in any pet store. 

We have 2 cats and have tried the n+1 rule with cats, they kept going in the same box. 

Maybe try putting her food bowl where she’s going number 2 to discourage the “eating where you poo” rule. They really don’t like that. 

If anyone has more input, I’m all ears (eyes?)

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Please give your cat a chance before giving her up. A cat should always have two litter boxes and if you have more than one floor there should be one on each level. Having worked in the vet field I can tell you that cats usually go outside the box because there is a health issue or it is something that the owner has done or changed. There are exceptions of course and super picky cats- I have one myself! I adopted my cat a year ago and he is one of those cats who refuses to use his box after he has peed in it once. I got the Breeze litter system  (2 of them) and it has done wonders. The litter is clay pellets that do not absorb the urine or wetness, it instead trickles down to a pad. You’ll have to get your cat used to the new litter and still pick up the stool daily but I swear by it. It is more $$$ than a regular box, but worth it. The litter and pellets also last longer than the company recommends which will save you money. If you have not had your cat checked out for a health issue that  is where you should start, but if she is healthy try this box!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We had the same problem with our male cat (actually he didn’t go on the floor, he just didn’t go… for almost a week). The problem ended up being the litter box. We had a small, covered litter box and I guess he hated it. On a lark I went and bought a huge, uncovered litter box and brought it home and filled it up with fresh litter for him. He immediately went right in and did his business.

We got the Mega Rectangular litter box from Petco:

http://www.petco.com/product/108493/Petco-Mega-Rectangular-Litter-Box.aspx

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

put a second litter box out– if she doesn’t take to it in a spot you like, then put it right where she’s already going.  try a different type of litter– clumping, nonclumping, newspaper type, etc. some cats are picky about what they use!

use an enzyme cleaner to clean the spot– just because you can’t see or smell it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.  

Post # 13
Hostess
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I had a cat that did this to spit me (according to the vet). It was his way of telling me he was unhappy with our choice to get a dog. He would poo right next to the litterbox but not in it and the litter type, cleanliness etc did not matter.

It might be behavioural issue only and not a physical problem or problems with the litter.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Treejewel19:  My cat once peed in the bed, while I was laying in it. Happened right after Fiance came to visit once (LDR) and I had to clean up a lot of the cat’s stuff– Fiance is a little allergic. 

He hasn’t done it with subsequent visits but oh man did I know he was upset with me!

Post # 15
Hostess
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Treejewel19:  LOL just realized the cat was “spitting” on me rather in “spite” of me. *Sigh*

@bookworm88:  Cats are crazy! The same cat would rub his dirty butt all around the litter box and leave a yucky trail. Again, perfect image of health he was just pissed about the new dogs.

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