Litter Box Problems Could Be Due to Physical Ailment

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By Sophia Yin, DVM

In a previous blog article, I talked about cats pooping out of place (What to do when your cat poops outside the box), I listed behavioral reasons and some husbandry changes you could try.

If, however, you have problems imagining that your kitty's suddenly become super-clean or really just likes his new comfy toilet spot on the carpet better, you may be right. There are some medical reasons for a cat's poor potty behavior, too.

Here's one example. “I've found that many cats who start pooping (but not urinating) outside the box have impacted anal sacs,” said veterinarian Dr. Melanie Thompson. “They return happily to their boxes after treatment,” she said.

Unlike dogs with anal glands that fail to empty — they sit straight-legged and scooch their itchy bottoms along the carpet — in cats the signs are often subtle or vague. Occasionally you may see misplaced poops, straining to poop, or even bits of blood in the stool. But nothing in a cat's behavior blares, “Anal glands full! Need emptying out.”

Consequently, it is a good idea to have a veterinarian examine your cat if it has this problem. Theoretically, you could inspect and empty the glands yourself; many dog owners do. Realistically though, with cats, unless you have a full suit of armor and a dull sense of smell, it's worth having your vet do the dirty deed. The secretions stink, and if the glands are painful, your Petunia can suddenly turn as vicious as a wild panther. If Petunia's unwilling to have her impacted or, in some cases, infected glands emptied, the veterinarian will perform the procedure under anesthesia.

Intestinal Disease

In either case, the vet can also check for other intestinal diseases such as parasites that might lead to intestinal discomfort and, consequently, displaced dung.

Unfortunately, sometimes the medical cause is more ominous than parasites or an impacted anal gland.

Says one cat owner, Mary Anne Perkowski: “Our 13-year-old cat also began 'pooping' occasionally outside the box. We did all the things you suggested and had him checked a number of times by the vet. After eight months he also began to lose weight. An ultrasound showed the presence of several tumors, one on his bowel.

“At this point his cancer has spread to other organs and he only has about five weeks to live. We now have watched and have seen him try to go in his box and then minutes later, go on the rug. It appears that when he gets the urge and can go, he now does so, even if he doesn't happen to be near enough to a box to use it. Not bad behavior, just doing the best that he can.”

This experience isn't as uncommon as one might think. Says another owner, Renea Johnson: “We experienced a similar problem, and our vet did a biopsy just in case. He took six samples, but all showed clear. After our beloved Ebony lost half her weight, we knew something was definitely wrong, and indeed she passed during the night.

“Our vet wanted to know what it was and did an autopsy; she had intestinal cancer. Obviously, even taking samples is hit-and-miss, but we tried.”

Evaluating the Problem

Does this mean everyone with a cat who poops outside the box should rush to the vet to rule out cancer? No. Start with either husbandry changes or a visit to your vet. But if you've implemented all of the behavior suggestions diligently and the problem persists, or your cat shows other symptoms such as vomiting, decreased energy or weight loss, investigate further.

This usually includes basic blood work, radiographs and ultrasound. Ultrasound can often show tumors of the intestinal tract, but only if the cancer cells are congregated into visible masses, which may not occur until later in the disease.

Another option is endoscopy, a fiber optic instrument for viewing the lining of the intestinal tract. While looking, the vet can also take biopsy samples of suspicious or even normal-looking areas for microscopic evaluation. Findings may reveal diseases, such as allergies, as well as tumors.

One limitation of endoscopy, though, is that the biopsy samples only the inner intestinal lining, and a tumor could be in a deeper layer. A more thorough sampling method is through exploratory surgery because the vet can physically inspect all of the tissues and collect full-thickness samples of the intestines as well as samples of other related organs.

Making an Informed Decision

Additionally, the vet can remove discrete intestinal masses, which is the treatment of choice with the most common intestinal tumor in cats. Doing so early on increases the animal's life span an average of six to 15 months, and some cats live more than four years.

Unfortunately, even with the most thorough evaluations, nothing's a guarantee. If you're lucky, you find the problem fast and make your choices from there. But perhaps most important, you find that your cat's pooping problem is not her fault.

To find out more about urine spraying in cats, read Urine-Spraying Cats: How To Deal With Kitty 'Graffiti'


Adapted from an article originally appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003.

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82 responses to “Litter Box Problems Could Be Due to Physical Ailment

  1. My cat is using the litter box, but has developed the problem of leaving a tiny “poop” all over the house, once or twice a day and he is dragging his rear end on the carpet. It is smaller than a gum ball. We have taken him to the vet and he cleaned out the anal gland and ran blood test and checked him rectally. The problem is now worse. He would have taken x-rays, but said he didn’t think he would find anything so I declined. Now I wonder if this was something I should have had done. This problems seems to have started in the last year. Max is about 6 1/2 years old and he weighs a little over 20 lbs. He has also licked off most of his stomach fur as has the female cat we inherited. They don’t get along because of her. I wondered if it was grief since his brother had to be put down and then we took in the female cat. Please we need all the help we can get. Thank you. Beth Bahnsen

    1. Hey, did you ever find out the cause of this in your cat?

      My cat is doing the same thing. Tiny “poop” all over the house, once or twice a day. Let me know what you found out, please!

      1. Tiny poop could be telling you that your cat is constipated. Try adding pumpkin or Metamucil. Contact your vet for safe amounts.

  2. Hi Iam having a problem with one of my cats pooping outside her litter box she will pee in her litter box but will poop outside the box why is this

    1. my cat is doing the same thing..out of a sudden..she poops next to the little box..she did it couple of times..but pees in the box…what shall i do????

        1. My new kitten will urinate in the box with no problem but poops right next it. She was found in bush a few weeks back. I’d say she’s about 11- 12 wks right now.

      1. My cat has been pooping in carpets and rugs for 3 years. At the beginning I thought it was a behavior pattern because my niece was borned. We moved recently to Canada and she still has that habit. We have been in many vets and none of them seem to understand what is her problem, because physically everything seems ok. We even changed the litter box and changed her food, but she still poops in rugs.
        What can we do to change this??

        Please! We need urgent help!!!!!!

        1. Honestly, it could be because she likes pooping on carpet better than on litter. try filling her litter box with old bits of carpet. if that doesn’t work, then you may just need to retrain her.

    2. Mine is doing the same thing she is older about 8 and since we moved and a new kitten she will pee in the litter box but not poop we even added another box to see if that was an issue

    3. My cat will do the same thing, the weird thing is he poops everywhere else in the basement, whete the box is, except in the actual box. He has also been pooping on the carpet as well, he used to be sneaky and poop in places like an open closet or behind computer, on cords and everything, but now is just pooping anywhere on carpet, and still in basement too. Anyone know if this could be behavioral or could something be wrong with him?

      1. I have 4 male sibling kittens that are around 4 1/2 months that pee in litter box and occasionally will poop in, but most always poop right outside litter box on the carpet. I have 6 litter boxes and clean them 2-3 times a day. I’m working on appointments to get them neutered, but could that be the problem?

  3. I have two male cats. They are brothers. I’ve had them for 10 years.
    They have always used their litter box without accidents. The box is kept clean and scooped daily. One of the cats has started to poop in different places in the house…like every other day. I don’t know which one is doing it. I haven’t tried isolating one of them to determine this. But just today I noticed that one of my boys has apparently licked off his hair around the anus. There is a bald circle around it! So there must be a problem. Any suggestions what it could be?? There’s not been any weight loss and he still likes to play and be loved. Both of my boys are loving and stay close to me. Help of any kind would be soooo appreciated.

    1. plugged or abscessed anal gland. Requires a trip to the vet. If not treated properly it can rupture. There’s no easy fix – must go to the vet.

    2. You can feed them separately and add crayon shavings to their food. One cat blue one cat green or whatever color as long as they are different colors. The crayon shavings will show in the poop and you’ll know who to take to the vet.

      1. That is,a wonderful idea but my cats eat from same bowls. Also my cats started pooping in spare bedroom on all the luggage . Now that i closed off that room their pooping everywhere but littler box. I’m wondering if it’s because my boyfriend plays with them more than me. I have dogs. But boyfriend go’s out of town a lot maybe that’s the problem???

  4. I have a male cat that is fixed that has been pooping on our couch, rugs and outside his litter box off and on for the past 3 years. He has never done this before. Now it seems like he does it almost every week. I don’t know if he is acting out or if he has a problem. I need some help trying to figure out why he is doing this so that I can get him to stop.
    please help me.

    1. Mine suddenly started doing this too. I had to put her on fortaflora. It’s a probiotic. She immediately stopped going in other places. Then I ran out one day and that same day she used went outside the box again. Check with the vet though.

  5. my cat goes in box several times a day but she does not do anything out side box either she will be 18 yrs old in june.she has lost weight and eats much less .is it just age ? i am very concerned i noticed her urine out put also decreased considerably

    1. Sorry to hear that your cat is having trouble. We do recommend you take your pet to the vet for medical concerns.

    2. My mother had a cat that was 21 when he passed, he started loosing weight when he turned about 12. We took him to the vet for his yearly shots and the vet said that it is common for older cats to lose weight, but the urine output I would take your cat to the vet because it could mean a urinary track infection. I don’t want to scare you but my brother waited with his cat when he started doing that and well.

    3. Sounds like Renal Kidney failure. Get your cat to the vet immediately! I just lost my 17 year old kitty to the same thing. They can give each fluids to prolong the cats life and comfort level.

  6. My 14 year old diabetic cat has started to.pee outside her bix. Went go vet no infection and diabetic numbers are still good. Gave her antibiotics anyways just to be sure. She is still peeing outside box and now started to poop there too. Not sure what to do next. I have scrubbed carpet and put down old piece with pee pads. She is still going now on the pads. I don’t know what else to do.

    1. She may be having diabetic nerve pain in her feet (humans get it too). If she’s happy enough using the restroom on pads, replace litter with pads or news paper in her box and redirect her there.

  7. My best friend has a cat that has fleas that uses to use the box but not cover it up.. Now she goes all over the place and there was blood in it. So it must be vet time?

    1. If you or your kid was pooping blood, it’d be doctor time,so yes – it’s time for the vet for the cat. There are lots of natural and pharmaceutical flea preventatives out there. Fleas can literally drain the health and vitality out of your animal, since they feed on blood. I’ve seen small animals succumb to flea driven anemia.

      Covering is a whole separate issue. Kittens separated from mom too early will never learn how to bury and some dominant cats feel no need to bury. This is mine. I am boss. You can smell it. One of my four is a terrible burier, but the others will bury it for him.

  8. My cat is approximately 8 years old. Recently diagnosed with diabetes and gets Lantus insulin daily plus diabetic diet (Purina). Since I brought him home 3 years ago (from the humane society) – he has been a joy and has always used his litter box. I indeed have had a struggle with the insulin ‘thing’, but have worked diligently to do what is required of me, for the health of my cat. My cat has seen several vets prior to the diagnosis and of course after. Teeth were removed as they were being reabsorbed into the bone. The vet assured me that this would help control his diabetes (infection – I guess) Now my cat has loose poops on the carpet – every day – and sometimes twice a day. The vet has had him on antibiotics, probiotics, prebiotics (not cheap these things!), all to no avail. The litter boxes are in abundance. I did try a different cat litter which he did not like before all this started, but since have made a special litter box up with his favorite litter, however he still will not use it. I do have my daughters two cats living with me now, and did worry that perhaps there was some bullying going on over the cat boxes. My cat likes to sleep downstairs, so I have made a special box with his litter in in. He will still go to an area far away from pee pads, litter box etc. and do it on the carpet. I am so frustrated with this, as I can imagine you other folks are, having to deal with this issue. I have to admit, I did think it was a behavioural thing, as the diabetic diet was totally different from what he used to have. And he did love his food -now not so much. He will eat it. But the other cats finish up what he has left.
    He also gets vit B shots – from me (Vets RX) to help his pancreas -or at least give it some support. Vets have talked about inflammatory bowel stuff – but no one has acted on it. Blood work and urinalysis were all done. No one mentioned about the anal gland possibility – and I have wondered about that. I did take a stool specimen in to the vet when I went, but someone threw it out!
    So, I guess I am commenting – and I know I am not much help to all of your problems, – to let you know that you are not alone. And it is a big problem! So even with pee pads and separate litter boxes, my cat poops outside and offside them all.
    When and if you find the answer – LET ME KNOW!!

    1. I just wanted to say thank you Debbie for sharing. My older female is about 15-16 yo, we think. She came to our doorstep on Easter wknd one year, shivering and hungry, completely declawed, staring at me through the glass. We finally opened our home to her (reluctantly, as my cat did not approve of a new member and already me cleaning up her messes was enough for me daily) after several attempts at finding her owner…signs put up, and I called the shelters. The new addition was guessed by the vet to be about 4 or 5 years old, has brought us much love & snuggles, but she has had her issues. Now it’s just the pooping outside of the litterbox that’s driving me crazy. If I shampoo my carpets much more they may fall apart lol. But with children on the floor I have to. We now have 2 indoor cats and 3 meticulously cleaned litterboxes, one for each floor. She gets in the box and will usually poop 2x a day, decent sized normal consistency poops, and has always done her urinating in the box. But she is down to 3 lbs, drinks water all day, and tries to eat, but most of it falls out of her mouth due to her teeth being bad, which in itself has caused a major snot issue. Like my walls are covered from her sneezes. So a couple of months ago she started pooping explosively in random spots, but I thought it was bc my bf bought the cheap food causing digestive stress. Went back to her normal food and it seemed to help a ton. Well now after a month back on the good stuff she is pooping on the floor again, right next to her box. She still has been trying to use the box for poop at least once a day and every pee, but she’ll climb in and try to go then gets out, takes a few steps and squats and poops right where she is, and it’s only a tsp, and soft like melting ice cream. We don’t have the ability financially to take her in and have numerous tests run, and have her treated. Best of health to you and your fur baby!

      1. It could also be that the’re not getting the proper nutrition. You should switch food brand. Purina is no good!!!

      2. Try Hounds and Gatos canned food for cats ( It completely changed and helped my 14 year old cat. Doctors just kept wanting to run tests. No cash for that. Try probiotic mixed in food and only buy Jarrow Formula Saccharomyces Boulardii meant for people but it will work. Open the capsule mix in food twice a day. This, with prayer, has almost cured my kitty of severe IBD. It worked and he is so much better now. Still pooping outside the box though. Darn. I am using alot of puppy pads! Hope this helps someone!

  9. Hi, my cat is 5 months old and we got her from a shelter. We’ve never had a problem with her going to the bathroom outside of the litter box l,except occasionally when traveling. Two days ago she was running around the house as normal and we noticed something hanging out of her rear. We picked her up and low and behold one small poop fell out. This morning I woke up to find another small one randomly placed on the floor. I initially disregarded it as a weird mishap, but now I am starting to worry. Do you happen to know anything about this?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. this is actually constipation in a cat – they pass small hard stools. could be hairballs or something she ate
      Please discuss with your veterinarian.
      Dr Foote

  10. My cat started urinating outside his box about 6 Mos ago. He just started peeing on different places in the house and then we started using pee pads which has curbed it a little bit. His personality is also suddenly changed and he is very cranky towards our other animals. We took him to the vet and they ran some blood and urine tests. He had a slight bacterial infection and we gave him antibiotics. It made absolutely no difference. He has also started losing hair but is also greasy. He has lost almost two pounds. We brought him back again and was told it must be behvioral and again only offered a repeat urine test. The other day he left some small watery poop spots around the house (one right while I was standing next to him). I’m frustrated. He is only 8 yrs old. Should I go to another vet? It sounds like there are many other tests that could maybe rule out other issues.

  11. My cat is almost three years old. She has been using the same litter for about 4 months now and never had an issue with it before. She’s acting normal and spunky still but keeps pooping outside of her litter. She pee’s in there just fine but only poops outside the litter. Now I put a new plug in scent smell object where her litter is to help with any type of smell but have been told that shouldn’t be an issue due to her only pooping outside her box.

    This has been occurring for about 4 days now. Again, she’s eating, drinking and acting fine.

    1. Dear Allie,
      Depending on how far away the stool is from the box, it may be that your cat is avoiding stepping on the litter, or having some pain positioning so he/she hangs her rear end over the edge.
      Please have an exam, have the anal glands checked. Also a stool check.

      lastly be sure the box is 1 1/2 times the length of your cat’s body

  12. My cat is about 7 years old he is scared and quiet for most of the time but as he takes his poop on the carpet he makes a meow scream noise and he pukes and sometimes there is blood in his poop I want to take him to the vet but the vet in town will say something that’s not right then later find him passed away he has lost weight b4 any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

    1. Thank you for contacting us at CattleDog Publishing. Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose medical or behavior problems online. For medical issues, we do recommend seeing your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  13. Hi, My cat is 14 yrs. old. Recently he’s lost a lot of weight and has started to poop and pee outside the liter box. His poop is very bad smelling.

    Don’t know what to do….

    1. Thank you for contacting us at CattleDog Publishing. Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose medical or behavior problems online. For medical issues, we do recommend seeing your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  14. So i have a problem with my cat. She always used the litterbox, it is covered yes but we have always had the litterbox. For a year now actually. And when I came home there was pee and throwup on our carpet and I don’t know why the sudden cause

  15. my 16 yr. female cat has been pooping on the flr. for more than yr. she eats well, drinks well, urines in her box, has good energy. i take her to the vet every yr. for a geriatric work-up, i.e., blood, urine, etc. Up to now, all test results are fine. if she had some condition that was causing her to poop outside the box wouldn’t it show up in the test results. Appreciate any comments. thks.

    1. Dear Jeb,
      Not all problems will show up in the blood work – the most serious ones do like kidney failure.

      Often lower back pain from arthritis will be going on, or digestive problems such as firm stool.
      A low sided box – you can see a video of how to make one helps a lot of older cats
      discuss with your vet if your cat is having a problem – an xray will help look for arthritis and there are joint supplements, pain relievers and diets to help

  16. My 3 yr female cat has starting peeing outside of the liter box and she used the liter box all the time before. We also have a fixed boy cat . The only thing that has changed is a new male cat but she was fine with him for 6 mths . So why now ?

    1. Dear Debbie,
      Cats really want their own boxes Start with putting a second box far away from the primary one.
      Also be sure that the male cat is not body blocking or watching her in the box. this is subtle cat aggression and competition.
      Dr Foote

  17. Our cat Mowgli is 9 months old. We had 2 cats before he joined our family (2 males. one 10 years old and another a couple of months older than Mowgli) and was given another kitten since (a little female. Currently 3 months old) . We have multiple litter boxes both with a lid and without. We have always used the same food and litter. There has never been an issue with any of them using the litter box. (Our oldest cat spends most of his time outside and doesn’t use the litter box in the house. He scratches at the door like a dog.) For the past couple of weeks though Mowgli has refused to use the litter box. It started when most of us went away for a couple days. He pees wherever he is when he has to go and has started pooping all over as well. The only thing that is different with him is his poops are no longer sold. No vomiting, no change in behaviour other that the litter box thing, no fighting with the other cats. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Taryn,

      A first thought is that you might want to consider having Mowgli checked out by a veterinarian. Non-solid stools and going potty in seemingly random places may or may not be the signs of something medically wrong. Either way, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

  18. We have an 18 year old Siamese. He’s showing some signs of dementia, and occasionally urinates outside the litter box. He regularly uses the box, but sometimes faces the wall, dishwasher, or goes under his cat tree, stands, tail quivers and he urinates.

    Any thoughts?
    Is this normal, or is a vet visit recommended.
    Had a UTI about 6 months ago.
    Some arthritis so doesn’t sit well as easily

  19. My mother has a 1.5 year old female with a mild case of cerebral hypoplasia. She has used the litter box her whole life until a month ago. She first noticed it was only pooping but then starting seeing pee spots. The vet checked her, gave antibiotic, and mentioned it could be physical due to her condition. The antibiotic produced a two week period of diarrhea which can happen. They also took blood which came back normal. She also recommended changing to Scientific Diet food and trying to change the litter box conditions such as litter type, removing cover from box, and also using less litter in case it was related to her diminished motor skills. She also tried pee pads. She actually used the pee pads a few times but more often not. I think it was coincidence that she used the pee pads. She has had to confine the cat to an area of the house that includes the bedroom and hallway to minimize the damage. The cat has now peed in my mother’s bed and on the couch in the past few days. She is taking the cat back to the vet Monday but fears the worst outcome for this beautiful sole. I’m scouring the next trying to find some answers for a possible reason but have not come up with much. Everything I have read on cerebral hypoplasia states it’s non progressive. The reason I think it’s a mild case is because the cat does not wobble a lot and is actually very strong. She has a balance problem and it also seems like she might have some depth perception issues. I’m wondering if it may be a vision problem. Would a cat with vision problems still find the litter box if it was in the same place?

  20. My kitten is pooping thin sitting in her poop she basically rubs her body through her poop I don’t know why she does this or how to handle it she’s a White cat she’s doing this so much she’s loosing hair where the poop ends up I need help

  21. Molly is 17 years old. We just lost her brother Max two weeks ago due to a block in his colon. He lost 7 pounds in 6 months. Max was unable to poop at all. He also did not eat that was why he lost so much weight.Molly like most cats is very smart, while Max was sick we assume Molly was not pooping in the Box to show us that Max wasn’t pooping at all. Now that Max is gone, Molly is still pooping outside the box. She is a very healthy 17 year old. She pees in the Box she exercises regularly she eats normal. Is it possible for her to be grieving to the point where she doesn’t want to change her behavior? Molly and Max were together for 17 years. Up until the point Max got sick this past July they both used our multiple Cat boxes frequently with no accidents . Molly is a wonderful cat she still plays she looks like a kitten it’s only this daily poop that never makes it into the box. How do cats grieve? She has to be grieving, the two of them were inseparable.

  22. My cat is around 13 years old and she had just started around May or so last year pooping outside her litter box but will stay in the room its in and pee in the box. I’ve gone to the vet and they emptied out her glands but she is still doing it. They even gave her antibiotics and flea preventative to see if that would help, so far it hasn’t. Hoping it works if not I don’t know what to do, she’s my Lil baby.

  23. Ours poops outside the litter box only if in need of hairball medicine. (With our veterinarian’s permission we have been giving Vaseline, the main ingredient in a hairball medicine anyway, as a hairball preventive.) Hope this helps. I’ve been surprised how many people have never been told by their veterinarians to be sure they are getting hairball medicine.

  24. My 12 year old male started pooping outside the litter box once in a while about 6-8 months ago. The poop is usually loose and sometimes has bright red blood. He had an exam with stool and blood work and the vet said he was healthy, but to watch for and report any weight loss.
    He recently pooped in a second floor bedroom (his litter box is in the basement). His litter box is kept clean and is large enough. Often he will cry loudly before pooping.
    As background, he had been overweight (21 lbs) and I changed his diet from dry to wet food with measured amounts. After about 1 year, his weight was down to about 13 lbs. He’s a voracious eater and will vomit unless he’s given meals in small servings. I quit my job about a year ago to babysit my granddaughters during the day. He does not seem pleased. Do you think the pooping behavior could be related to the children in the house? Or since the poop remains mostly loose with occasional blood, that it’s health related?
    Sorry this is so involved, but I wanted to include all the factors. Thank you.

  25. I have a 15 year old female cat, and two male cats. The four year old male is a handful and he always picks on my old female cat. Lately, three weeks now, she has been pooping in the entryway. They she urinated twice. I finally put down a low rimmed cat box where she poops on the floor, now she urinates in the box, but will not poop in it. This is really weird, I have never had this issue with her, ever. I have four cat boxes, three cats. I clean them everyday. Why would she all of the sudden not poop in the boxes. Any ideas?

  26. My ten year old female cat….has been pooping outside the box for several weeks now. The stool is as hard as rocks. I feel so sorry for her. But on the other hand it is very frustrating. I scoop several times a day and know the boxes are clean. She shares the box with her sister as she has for these ten years. Any suggestions?

  27. Wondering why my indoor cat, who spends 10 hours in a room but not all at once. Is now peeing on my rug even with a clean litter box. Please help! She’s killing me to clean up after her.

  28. So , problem cat has NEVER had a problem using the litter box. Until we changed the litter box. The litter to the pellets. Even then for the longest time she hasn’t had a problem using it its been here for months now. But today she started pooping in the shower and in living room. We also have another kitten whose a bit younger than her. I figured that maybe this could be the problem but we’ve had the kitten for a while now and this problem never arose. What could be the problem? Is it dominance or the litter box or is she acting out cause shes not getting what she wants?

  29. My cat has had diarrhea for about a week now, we took him to the vet they put him on two type of medication. today we seen he has been pooping outside of his litter box but pees in it except for one time. I’m just trying to find out what’s wrong with my Milo :((

  30. A few months ago my cat started to loose his fur. Took him to the vet and they said he had food allergies. We had blood work done we put them on new cat food his allergies has seem to clear up and now he is pooping outside of the litter box and a lot of the times it’s a very wet stool.

  31. My cat gets laser treatments for his arthritis, and following these treatments, he poops outside the box. What is going on???

  32. my daughter’s cat has just recently decided not to use his litter box.. he may be trying to tell us something?? his poop does not smell like poop. it has this almost medicinal or chemical smell. but he pees outside the box as well. i’ve NEVER had a problem with him not using the box, even when it was overfilled. (doesn’t happen often, i swear!) i’ve cleaned it out and keep it clean. no new litter brand…. i’m most concerned about the smell of his poop!

  33. Our neutered boy cat, Iggy, whom we’ve had from a 2 week old kitten (really, the owner was going to put him outside if we didn’t take him then), now 10, soon to be 11, started pooping and weeing wherever last week. This week, I’ve noticed he’s lost weight, but I’ve put that down to temporary illness, as the boy has had episodes like this before, but they’ve always passed in a few days. This time, it’s different, in that he’s more tired than usual and has been hiding under the bed at times, something he’s only done over the years when he’s not feeling well. There is no blood in his urine or stools that I can see, though he did urinate a lot more than usual, right in front of me last week, while sitting on his bed, which he’s never done! After clean up, he seemed fine, but has been going back and forth over the last week. Though he’s resting comfortably now, he had an episode, for lack of a better word for it, early this morning, in which he sat on the floor and raised one leg, breathing heavily for a moment before lowering it. After that, when he went out to the kitchen, he’d stand still from time to time while what appeared to be spasms were happening on either side of his lower body! I didn’t know what to do, apart from try to help him calm down, so I just sat on the floor with him stroking him until whatever was happening died down and he fell asleep. He seemed hungry when he woke up and I put a tiny bit of food ‘Yarrah’s bio organic chicken and turkey pate with aloe vera, with a little water added to it in front of him, but after lapping at the liquid, (he wouldn’t drink any of the spring water I’d offered him previously), he backed away from the dish and laid down on his bed. It seems difficult for him to stay asleep, but he seems to be resting comfortably. I’ve given him a tiny dab of Beaphar Multi Vitamin paste which is duo-active, in that it is meant to be good for increasing healthy stomach flora and adding (non ash) multi vitamins to his diet, especially designed to boost his immune system. He had some problems with crystals in his urine as a baby, so dry food is something he can’t have. I generally feed him either canned food which I believe to be of good quality, i.e. Encore, or another high protein brand, though I worry that he doesn’t drink as much water as he needs to, to keep him healthy. I’m waiting for some all natural gel to come in the mail that is meant to help him with Urinary Tract problems, should he have any, if not, it would be helpful for boosting UT health. My husband thinks he should just ‘rest it off’, especially since he has a severe aversion to being handled by vets and usually becomes ill from that experience following treatment, which complicates things! If anybody else has experienced similar situations with their cat(s) and has any thoughts or ideas, I’d welcome their feedback. Iggy and I thank you!

  34. Forgot to mention that Iggy’s latest health problems seem to have started right after I’d fed him and his friend, Sheena some freshly baked chicken (with nothing on it) last week! In the past, they’ve both always loved chicken and Iggy has never reacted to it like this before! After eating the chicken (one or two portions on his plate), he began to struggle after eating anything really, in that he began to hide and I saw him strain once in one of the two litter boxes in the flat once, then that progressed into him, peeing and pooing all over the rugs, and that one time I’ve mentioned when he peed profusely right in front of me, on his bed, which he’s never done, ever, before! After that, the funny thing is, for a time he seemed somewhat relieved, then he gradually got more unhappy and withdrawn again. Yesterday was the first time I realized he’s lost some weight. He was and still is, a fairly large cat and could stand to lose a bit of weight, but was never obese. He’s not looking skinny now, by any means, but his fur looks more separated than usual and seems a bit greasy. I’m wondering if that’s his liver. Any comments or advice would be welcome. I brush him to help with his coat, but it’s still separating and looks greasier than before today! Thanks, one and all.

  35. My cat is about 7 or 8 now he is a big black cat named jack. He started to use the bathroom (peeing and pooping) downstairs in the dining/entrance to the house area. My father stayed and is still here for the holidays a little before thanksgiving and that’s when jack started using the bathroom down there. I’ve noticed that jack also has a smelly butt, I’m not sure if it’s a problem with his body or he is doing it territorially because he pees on upstairs mattresses as well. Going to take him to the vet for the smelly butt and get another litter box downstairs, hopefully everything is good.

  36. I have a male cat who is currently 16 1/2 years old. He has only in the last month stopped going through the cat flap to go outside to do his business and also stopped using the litter box which is not very deep. He pees & poops where ever he pleases and we have had to take drastic measures to keep him away from carpet. He used to go outside all the time. Its like he is afraid or something. Without going to the vets and costing me even more money, are there any suggestions. I am starting to tear my hair out.

  37. My cat has been doing it since we got her. It seems to stop and start. She now always does it right outside of the tray in the corner and i dont know why. She hadnt done it in a while but it recently started. What do i do ?

  38. My Orange tabbystreet rescue cat is my best friend and the longest relationship I’ve ever had, main thing is that my first one, a female half blind barn rescue cat, loves him too, unfortunately, he poops on the floor when litters clean just to spite me, because I won’t let him out to get in bloody fights and bring fleas into the house anymore, yeah I really love him, but he’s gotta go to the humane society, breaks my heart, but I can’t live like this anymore.

  39. I have taken in a stray pregnant mama cat. She has been in my laundry room for over a week and finally delivered 5 healthy kittens. I have a cozy towel lined bed with a pet heating pad, but she had her babies on the floor by the litter box. I moved them all into the box where they stayed all day. This morning I awoke to a horrible smell, she had moved the kittens to the same spot by the litter box and pooped where they were lying. I cleaned everything up but of course the kittens smell horrible! Why would she do this, now I am worried about them ingesting bacteria. HELP!!!!

  40. My cat has been having problems with controlling her bowels. Sometimes she poops while jumping onto furniture or passes gas and poops a little with it. We also got her a deep litter box to keep things more contained, but she’ll get right up against the edge (butt pointing out of litter box) and go on the floor. She also tries to cover her stool with the carpet for some reason. We’ve taken her to the vet and he assumes it’s irritable bowel syndrome, but I’m worried these weird habits might be something more. Has anyone had a similar problem?

  41. We tried everything and then
    our vet referred us to Mieshelle Nagelschneider who is a certified cat behaviorist and animal behavior author who studied at Harvard University. She solved our cat’s issue when three vets could not. We highly recommend her as the defecation issues are usually very complex we learned. Yes, our cat needed a Harvard-trained behaviorist! She is online at The Cat Behavior Clinic and spent a lot of time on our cat’s issue (all by phone by the way).

  42. My 2 yr old cat has had 2 accidents on the dining room rug. She goes in a clean litter box or outside the apt. She is due for her shots and a vet visit now. She does not like her bottom touched, as most cats. I have a roommate, who cleaned it up before I could get a sample. I will make an appointment at AWA this week. I am looking to get her a sister after I move.

  43. My cat has been pooping outside the litter box. I have seen him pee in there. I have taken him to the vet . He checked him over and made some suggestions. I tried all of them. Nothing has worked. I think there is something wrong. He does tend to lick his butt quite a bit. I have saw him strain a couple times. Could this mean his is impacted? Please help

  44. My 16 year old tabby has started doing the same thing. Pooping just outside the two litter boxes, onto the carpet. He pees in the litter box. The only thing that has change is that he started having thyroid problems about a year ago and was getting pills which he spit out and never got the right dosage. The vet switched him to a tuna flavored liquid. He hates the applicator but will eat the liquid on top of his food. Starting the liquid has made him angry and he hides from me. The pooping problem started at the same time. The vet says “he is trying to tell me that he is old and tired and probably wants to die.” I just cant let that happen just yet. He is otherwise active, goes out occasionally and can jump up four feet to the back porch. He eats regularly and is still loosing weight.

  45. I have a female cat I think she is about 12. I adopted her 2 years ago. She uses the litter box all day but every couple of days she poops right outside the box. Like right in front of it. Once in a while she will pee right in front of it too. If I put a bathroom rug down she will pee on that. I have to leave the floor bare. Also she boot scoots after every poop. All over the rug. She used to every time she pooped right after she would take off through the house like she was on 🔥 fire!! She hasn’t done that in a while but now this. Does anybody know anything about this or have a similar problem??

  46. 5 y/o Maine Coone mix Female. To give a detailed summary: on Sunday noticed that there was one pellet of poop in the litter box that was not covered up and about a foot away from the litter box the rest, she did not poop for the next two days then on Wednesday I notice the same thing that happened on Sunday. Nothing today, taking her to vet tomorrow but wanted to share. Everything else has been normal, she has been social, eating well, drinking, meowing for attention, etc just this poop situation. For history, the same thing happened about a month ago but I changed the litter and got a larger box and nothing has happened out of the ordinary since Sunday. She has a past history of UTI’s we got her from the shelter about 5 months ago, she eats vet prescribed food for the UTI’s. Thank you.

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