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My cat keeps pooping outside her litter

Question Posted Wednesday February 3 2010, 6:43 pm

My cat keeps pooping outside her litter, she's 9 years old, I clean the litter at least twice a day, the litter brand has not been changed. The only thing I believe it is caused by is that we introduced two cats in the house about four months ago, although she only started doing this this last week. I believe that could be the problem but I need her to stop! I cannot remove the other cats because they belong to my roommate and my lease isn't up until July. Is there any advice anyone can give me?

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illusionsaregrander answered Wednesday March 10 2010, 10:43 pm:
I personally do not think you will need six litter boxes, I think you can probably get by with one extra box, kept only in your (her) bedroom. And for good measure, use a squirt bottle to keep the new comers out of your room just to give her her own "space." Cats are territorial, and she may just want her own box, in her own room.

Also, you didnt say, but is she pooping on anything in particular? Or just any where? WHERE a cat is using the bathroom outside of the box can sometimes give you clues who she is mad at, if it is an anger issue, and not a health issue. (I had a cat who would pee on my mother in laws pillow when she spent the night, because she didnt like her, for instance.)

If there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the poop locations, and the extra box in the interloper free room doesnt help, then I would consider taking her to the vet. If it were pee, I would suggest that first, in case it was a urinary tract infection. But poop makes it more liking someone thinks their living conditions are "crappy" at the moment, and they are trying to motivate you to fix it.

One last thing, getting mad at the cat that is mad at you, (and the rest of the household) will probably not help. I would quietly clean it up, and not make a big fuss about it. If you punish for it, it may make the anger issue worse. Wait until she is doing something good, and then give lots of extra love and kisses, so she knows she is still the best cat in the house.

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Peeps answered Friday February 5 2010, 12:59 am:
Some cats are VERY particular about where they poop and if another cat has used that area before them. This being said, it's usually suggested to have AT LEAST FOUR litter boxes for two cats. This means you need AT LEAST SIX litter boxes for those three cats :)

You use the same litter in each of the SIX litter boxes, but you always "scoop" the urine and poop out as frequently as you can, especially after the new cats since the older one is having problems with it.

If six doesn't do the trick then you may have to resort to drastic measures--at least one litter box per room in the house (except your kitchen, of course). Some cats will find that more appropriate, but it takes a lot more maintenance since you have to scoop frequently, again especially after the new cats.

Change each litter box every three days. That way the scents won't build up so much but there will be enough scent for them to become accustomed to each other.

Next, if the cat STILL isn't taking a liking to the litter box situation, you may need to have two per each room the cats frequent. This means that if they are rarely in the bathroom then just keep one in there--but if they're usually hanging out in the living room then place TWO in there. If you choose to have two cat litter boxes per room then put them on opposite sides of the room. Still scoop frequently and change the litter every three days or so.

If the cat poops outside of the litter box then remove the poop and place it in a litter box. This puts his scent there so she knows it's a "safe" area that is "hers". THEN, go back to the spot she had pooped on and clean it very, very well (method below).

Make sure the clean the areas she's pooped/peed on the floor very well with cleaner specially designed for animal urine and scents. We have a really great brand here at home that we've purchased at Wal-mart, it's Out! Stain and odor remover (first one):

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After you treat the area with that product (let it dry, give it time) you may have to put a solution of vinegar and water (put 3 cups of water to 1 cup of vinegar) and rinse the area well and blot up as much as possible after you've cleaned the areas. If you, by chance, have a carpet shampooer then put the 3 cups water to 1 cup vinegar in it and "shampoo" that area of the rug with it.

Using sprays that would cause her to be unhappy about a certain area is something you definately should not be doing right now. Do as I've listed and give her time. If she comes around and starts using the litter area then GOOD! Leave the large amount of litter boxes around the house and after a few months and you can start to remove one at a time (1 each month).

Give your cat plenty of time before getting rid of any of them or doing anything drastic like that. She's still scared that another cat is taking over her territory. Sometimes all it takes is plenty of opportunities to potty in the RIGHT areas :)

I hope all goes well with your kitties and they get along well enough that this issue stops. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask me! :)

P.S. ALL of the litter boxes that you end up placing out should be well away from all food and water sources that the cats use or may use. We don't like to poop were we eat and neither do our pets!

P.P.S. If the problem persists take your older cat to a clinic to be checked out, as it may be a sign of something related to older age.

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