why does my cat poop outside a clean litter box
I m realllllllly hoping SOMEONE with experience will read through my post and offer up some advice, tips, anything! I am almost to the end!!!!! My sweet calico cat Joy, is fixed and front declawed. She was born Nov. 20, 2007 and I have had her since January 2008 (she is almost 5 years old). She is up to date on all her shots, and overall very healthy (we took her to the vet 5 months ago. ) She has seemed to be a high anxiety kitty when I reflect back to her is only progressively getting worse. She started peeing outside of her litter box about 3 years ago after I had a room mate who had MANY wild cats. She has not been exposed to that environment in 2 and a half years now since I got married. For almost a year after this, she was the only kitty. About a year and a half ago, my husbands friend had to get rid of their male cat who is fixed, otherwise they were going to put him down (Oliver). We took him in. We noticed some alpha/beta issues almost immediately, but with her. The new kitty Oliver was very meek and quiet. They have a love hate relationship. Oliver is a bit territorial when it comes to HIS toys, HIS food, HIS litter box, but they DO play together and do the usual kitty stuff.
About 2 months ago, Joy started pooping outside the litter box, peeing on all of my area rugs, and has always marked certain spots within the apartment. Just a few days ago, I came home from a long 12 hour shift and smelled her urine in our bathroom. She is now peeing on a very expensive rug that was a wedding gift. We have lived here almost 3 years and just now is going into the bathroom, after the fact she has already claimed most of the dinning room (where she is always pooping underneath the kitchen table nook), rugs, etc. Our apartment is pretty much all carpet except for the kitchen and bathroom. being a kitten. However, she has always been exposed to other cats. THINGS I HAVE TRIED (things the Vet suggested and I have read): 1. We have 2 cat litter boxes. (we had 3 and the 3rd one went untouched for 4 months so we got rid of it. ) 2. We have tried odorless clumping litter, Arm and Hammer brand corn type of litter (to which she seemed to like for awhile), then switched brands because I read about not choosing a cat litter smell for my preference, but for her s, so I got a pine smelling kind, still no effect. 3.
Using two different types of litters in each litter box. 4. changing granuel sized litters (still no effect). 5. moving the cat litter box to where she is peeing and pooping (she used it for a few days then would start doing it right outside the litter box. ) 6. Scrubbed, and scrubbed and scrubbed and. SCRUBBED! 7. Threw pepper down in all the area, after a few days she was back at it again. 8. Placed sticky paper over the area she was doing her business. She just ended up pushing the paper in the corner to continue her thing. Joy has always been the kind of kitty that will run and hide from anyone that comes over. Eventually she will warm up, but it takes a very long time! She can be purring so contently on me where she likes to be with the fleece blanket, and one little noise and she jumps and runs and hides. Sometimes I think she acts like a kitty who has been abused but that seems impossible because I ve NEVER hit her (altho I ve reallllllllly wanted to sometimes!!!! ).
QUESTIONS: 1. Is there a litter that I am missing?!?!?! 2. Would medication help her because of her anxiety?!?!?! 3. IS there safe medication out there for anxiety?!?!?!?! ANY suggestions would be so grateful Anyone who may read this, I m already grateful for you taking the time to read this long saga!!! hahaha. I love my Joy She IS my daughter, I have no kids. I love Oliver too! Our cats are our children. I can t imagine having to get rid of either, but I just do NOT know what to do!!!!!!!!!
Finding our cat's stool outside their usual place, the litter box, is one of the situations that disturb us the most as cat owners, given the fame of extreme neatness that these felines boast. And it is true that, from a very young age, as soon as they begin to take their first steps away from their mother, about three weeks after birth, they are already able to use the litter box with total correctness. And to do this, in stark contrast to what happens with puppies, you don't have to do anything but show them, put them in it and move the sand slightly, imitating the scratching they do naturally.
The fact that the cat poops outside the litter box indicates a problem. In no case is it produced because the animal wants to bother us, we must get rid of these myths once and for all. Our cat is going through a bad time and our obligation as owners is to help them, investigating the causes of their behavior and solving the problem so that your cat's habits go back to normal. If improper defecation occurs only once, we may consider it a one-off occurrence and should not give it any further importance. The problem is when this behavior is repeated until it becomes habit. First of all we should take our cat to the vet to rule out a physical cause that responds to why your cat poops outside the litter box, such as constipation, the or even some musculoskeletal disorder, neurological alteration or senility, in the case of an elderly cat. If the vet concludes that your cat is healthy, we can focus on finding an environmental cause: let's look at the litter box.
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