October 27th, 2003, 11:40 PM
I have a male kitten roughly 6 months old who in the past week has statred pooping everywhere. I have changed litter brands, tried moving litter box, havent changed his diet, nothing. Just started pooping. Vet said he was in great health 3 weeks ago for a check up. does anyone have any insight?
October 28th, 2003, 12:52 PM
I had a very simular situation with my cat Tommy. Are you away from him often and do you give him tonnes of affection. I ask because the man who had Tommy before me, wasn't home a lot and even when he was home he did not pay too much attention to Tommy. Tom was already litter trained when he got him, but Tom pooped everywhere BUT the litter box. When Tommy came to me I showed him the litter box and didn't have the slightest problem. He is the neediest cat I have ever owned, he has never been content unless he is cuddled by my side. During the summer I stayed at a friends house while they were away and even though I stopped in at home every day for about half an hour or so I noticed that Tommy was pooping anywhere But in the litterbox. When I returned home to stay he was fine again and I have not had a problem since.Do you think your problem may be simular?
November 3rd, 2003, 01:28 AM
A number of possibilities exist, but funadmentally two
categories: behavioural vs. medical. If behavioural, then
frequent changes of litter (weekly for one cat) and daily
removal of feces, locating box in a quiet/calm place, use of
appropriate pan for this cat--some cats will only use a
covered pan, others only an uncovered pan. Other
considerations to address are scented vs. unscented litter;
location of food/water dishes--some cats will not use the
pan near food/water; convenient access to pan--if you have a
multi- story home, then a pan on each floor may be necessary.
If medical, then fecal incontinence, mega-colon,
intestinal parasitism or inflammatory bowel disease can be
implicated. You will need to consult with a veterinarian
during an office exam to begin to unravel what is the root
cause of this problem.
On occasion feeding a high quality diet makes a huge
difference in defecation patterns: there is very little
filler in better diets and therefore lower bulk, which then
results in reduced fecal output.
Dr. Van Lienden
Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
November 11th, 2003, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by ralphspunksjack
my lynx point siamese cat is almost the same way, but he urinates in the litter box. When he defecates, he goes right in front of the litterbox. Why does he do that?
July 8th, 2005, 09:48 PM
I wanted to add, after watching two kittens grow up into kitties. One would not take to the liter box. I had put up with this for about a month or so when I finally remembered that cats are terratorial. (if that spelling is correct) so the answer was for a 2nd liter box and my problems, I mean the kitty's problem was solved.
October 17th, 2008, 09:28 PM
Dear doctor i have the same problem exept my cat does that on porpus please tell me what to do on this e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org please if you wount help me my perents will take my cat to the shelter and i will never see him again!!!!=[ =[ =[
October 17th, 2008, 10:06 PM
No cat goes outside the litterbox except for a good reason. They do not do it 'on purpose'.
First if all, you need to take him to the vet to see if he has a urinary infection, which often causes such behaviour.
If he doesn't have an infection and is just peeing here and there, he is marking his territory, which very often means he is bothered by something, perhaps other cats - inside or outside - or a dog that won't leave him alone, or even human mistreatment. If he is not neutered, and you have it done (a very simple operation), he may well stop. But if your parents and you are not willing to figure it out and make his life less stressful, then it's probably better to re-home him.
PS Your email address will probably be removed for security reasons.