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Cat Poop

CarolynT64
May 18th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Hello New Friends,
I am an owner of 2 Labs, 1 choc and 1 very large yellow. We have 3 cats, 2 five years old sisters and a 4 years old which was just given to us because of the death of someone we knew. My 1 cat Nala has decided that she is not using a litter box anymore and is pooping on the kid beds. This has been happening on and off since we got the dogs 3 years ago but now its out of control. Please help. I have 3 litter boxes but it's not helping.

sugarcatmom
May 18th, 2008, 12:59 PM
Where are the litter boxes located? How often do you scoop? Are the boxes covered or uncovered? You might want to add yet another box (there's a general rule of one per cat, plus one extra), and put it in a different area of the house. There are lots of different reasons for inappropriate elimination in cats, medical being one (constipation, arthritis - not likely in your young cats mind you) and then you need to look at issues like the cleanliness of the boxes, their location (which can be a territorial thing amongst the cats, or maybe a privacy thing, or perhaps a fear thing like if there was a startling noise one time or the dogs disturbed her), and also the type of cat litter. It can also be a way to deal with stress for some cats. These links that might have a few tips for you:
http://www.catinfo.org/litterbox.htm
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/inappro-elim.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/inappro-elim2.html

There is also a type of litter or litter additive called Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract (http://www.preciouscat.com/) that can be useful if other changes don't resolve the problem, although it isn't a good substitute for something like a location or cleanliness issue.

Oh, and welcome to pets.ca! Hope you find a solution soon.