Ok. My cat Zoey will not stop pooping on the floor! She has a litter box and all she does is poop on the floor right next to it. She's not a baby, shes almost 4 yrs. old and she's always used the litter box fine, just recently she has started doing this, her litter box is clean because i clean it at least once every two days and i dont know what to do with her anymore, she has done this at least 10 times. I know that like putting their nose in it and saying no works on dogs but does it work od cats? Please if anyone knows anything i can do then tell me! Thanks in advance!
zapreth answered Tuesday November 23 2004, 4:25 pm: The suggestions to take her to the vet are good. Also any change of life, and with a cat this can mean as little as rearranging the furniture in your room (I've had cats my whole life, yes some are that sensitive) can cause distress that she is trying to show you how upset she is. Another thing about smell, the plastic in a litter box can become full of old nasty smells that we don't really notice but that a cat would be unable to stand. In that case it won't matter how clean the litter is. If you can't afford to replace the box, try scrubbing it with a mixture of vinager and baking soda. Make sure to rinse and completely dry the box before refilling it. This has helped me in the past. Good Luck! [ zapreth's advice column | Ask zapreth A Question ]
MHScutie87 answered Sunday November 7 2004, 9:55 pm: Your cat may just not be used to a new type of litter you have switched to...try switching back to the original litter and try not to change it because thats whats making your cat not want to go in her litter box [ MHScutie87's advice column | Ask MHScutie87 A Question ]
selectopaque answered Tuesday November 2 2004, 6:07 am: Well Moop covered pretty much everything. But I wanted to mention a few other things. One of the most common reasons for a cat going to the bathroom right outside their litter box is because the box is not clean enough for their standards. You already seem to be aware of this since you say it is clean. But perhaps you should try cleaning it every day instead of every two days.
Another reason that cats suddenly start doing things like this is because of a sudden change in their environment. Did you get any new pets recently? Did you change Zoey's litter? Did you move her box to a different spot? Is there a new smell around her box? You need to think about everything your cat goes through throughout the day and try to think of something that has suddenly changed. Perhaps it could even be something as simple as a new cat that has moved in down the street. I have even heard stories of a cat that stayed inside 24 hours a day who suddenly started to mark up the house when he saw a new cat in the neighborhood outside through the window.
You could try calling an animal trainer or behavior specialist. But, they can be quite expensive. If you can pin-point why your cat is suddenly acting like this, and take that thing away, then the behavior should change for the better.
Cat's are wonderfully stubborn little creatures aren't they?
This is most likely a behavioral problem, and could very likely be caused by a change in Zoey's environment... but with any sudden change in bathroom behavior, you need to check with your Vet. A simple phone call should be enough. It's hard to believe that this strange behavior could be caused by an illness, but it's also quite possible.
Now my last little tid-bit about this question is about the "rubbing their nose in it and saying no" part. I would not suggest trying this at all. It can usually have a negative outcome. While sternly saying no is always good, rubbing your cats nose in their 'mess' can seriously hurt their sense of smell and is only going to frighten the animal. The same thing goes for a dog. It's been a widely used form of training for dogs for a while now, but I would not suggest it at all. It's very highly outdated. [ selectopaque's advice column | Ask selectopaque A Question ]
Dramdol1 answered Tuesday November 2 2004, 2:43 am: Ok i dont really know what to do but heres 3 things you can try
1) did you get a new brand of litter ? if so try going back to the old brand
2) what typ of cleaner did you use is it new?
3) the only thing that makes sumwhat since is that there is a new smell in the box that she dose not like hope it helps ! [ Dramdol1's advice column | Ask Dramdol1 A Question ]
Hannah answered Tuesday November 2 2004, 1:01 am: Hey,
Everyone messes up a couple of times but since she has been constantly doing this, I think putting her nose in it and saying 'no' is the right way to go. I have a cat who is 4 and another who is 2 and being a cat owner, I know what you are going through(mine use the litter box too)because you don't wanna be hard on them because they are like your babies but there needs to be a time when you will have to put your foot down and let them know who is the boss. You can even put down a mat, like a plain door mat right in front of the litter box(that is what we do in case someone misses). If she doesn't improve however, confront your parents and vet. Maybe they could help. Good Luck*
Moop answered Tuesday November 2 2004, 12:44 am: 1) how old was she when weaned from her mother? if she was weaned before 3 months then chances are, she was never taught poddy training. In this case you're going to have to discipline her when she uses it in the wrong place and move her to the box a lot. I don't exactly remember all that litter-box training involves but it sounds as if this is not caused because she was never trained.
2) you have one box. Most vets will recommend having two per cat per floor. We live in a ranch house with three cats, therefore we have six boxes. They're all in their own little room.
3) could your cat be blind? My cat constantly peed outside the box, was unreactive towards the other cats and stumbled around when we moved furniture. Turns out, she's blind (and deaf).
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