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kitty's two part poops

ladymagdalene
June 21st, 2011, 06:31 PM
hi all,

i am at a loss. my kitty for 12 years has been a very good kitty. and it's not that she is bad, but over the last half year, she has been doing two part poops. i know this sounds strange, but i have been surfing the web for advice as to why my kitty is doing this. first stage, she actually begins and goes a little in her litter box. she sniffs it and walks away...i remove her duty if i am present and know that she has gone. if it happens when i am gone, she has done some in the box and the rest somewhere else, on a scatter rug....i watched one day to see what she does. she poops and then leaves. then she comes back, sniffs her box, it's just been used so she walks away and meows, then i catch her squatting on one of my rugs. i did pick her up (after emptying part 1) and put her in the box. she sniffed, noticed part 1 was gone and finished. it appears that she can't stand the smell of her own poop and runs away...then if i am not right there, she has to finish it somewhere else. i am at my wits end....of course along with pooping comes a small amount of urine and she is stinking up the place. help!!!!

sugarcatmom
June 21st, 2011, 09:51 PM
Easy! Get another litter box or 2.

marko
June 22nd, 2011, 09:57 AM
How often is the litter completely changed? Should be at least once a week.

If you have the bucks, I've seen the litter-genie in action and have a neighbor that swears by it. http://www.catgenie.com/

14+kitties
June 22nd, 2011, 12:50 PM
Easy! Get another litter box or 2.

:thumbs up Great advice! Kitty is most likely pretty fastidious in her habits so if you can't always be there - two or three boxes.
To get rid of the "she's stinking up the place" try Nature's Miracle. It's available at most good pet supply stores. If not available try a mix of either 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or 1/4 cup peroxide mixed with 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water. Spray the area well, scrub, repeat. Let dry. If you can still smell it then repeat. Try getting a black light and checking to see if there are any places you may have missed.

How often is the litter completely changed? Should be at least once a week.

If you have the bucks, I've seen the litter-genie in action and have a neighbor that swears by it. http://www.catgenie.com/

Not necessarily true Marko. It depends on the type of litter used. For instance yes, most clay litters need changed weekly. The box needs to be cleaned and sterilized on a regular basis as well. However, the pine based or wheat based litters do not have to be cleaned out completely for quite some time - depending on the number of cats. Feline Fresh around my place gets completely changed out approx once monthly. Swheat Scoop (wheat based) is the same. Yes, they are a little more costly but are much better for the environment and, seeing as they last so much longer, are more economical.

I caution anyone who has a skittish cat against purchasing the litter genie or any other automatic litter cleaning box. All it would take is one time for the box to turn on while the cat is still in it and you take the chance of having continuing toileting issues.

sugarcatmom
June 22nd, 2011, 02:37 PM
I caution anyone who has a skittish cat against purchasing the litter genie or any other automatic litter cleaning box. All it would take is one time for the box to turn on while the cat is still in it and you take the chance of having continuing toileting issues.

And on top of that, you lose one of the most important ways to monitor a cat's health if the urine and feces are just whisked away, never to be seen again.

chico2
June 22nd, 2011, 04:39 PM
I agree,my cats would freak out with the Genie,Chico is even afraid of my ironing-board.:laughing:

I have 2 large rubber-maid boxes,I still use the claylitter,mine poop in one and pee in the other.
I only change the entire litter every 2 weeks.
To the OP,2 boxes would be great for your kitty.

Hazmat
June 23rd, 2011, 11:25 AM
Everyone is talking about cat litter. Yet my first thought upon reading this is that the cat is constipated and needs to see the Vet.

Rgeurts
June 23rd, 2011, 11:45 AM
Everyone is talking about cat litter. Yet my first thought upon reading this is that the cat is constipated and needs to see the Vet.

From what the OP has said, it doesn't seem like a constipation issue, especially since the same issue has been going on for a year and the kitty finishes, just in a different area. But then again, I have dogs, not kitties, and I know they are very different!! :)

marko
June 23rd, 2011, 11:48 AM
Not necessarily true Marko. It depends on the type of litter used. For instance yes, most clay litters need changed weekly. The box needs to be cleaned and sterilized on a regular basis as well. However, the pine based or wheat based litters do not have to be cleaned out completely for quite some time - depending on the number of cats. Feline Fresh around my place gets completely changed out approx once monthly. Swheat Scoop (wheat based) is the same. Yes, they are a little more costly but are much better for the environment and, seeing as they last so much longer, are more economical.
Thanks for the clarity 14+, I forgot about those brands. It would be good to know what the OP actually uses.

In terms of the litter-genie, all I can say is that it works really well for my neighbor that has 4 cats. It only goes on after the cat does it's business not while. I'm guessing that there are settings so that if you DID need to check on urine or feces you could set a delay on the 'flushing'.

Everyone is talking about cat litter. Yet my first thought upon reading this is that the cat is constipated and needs to see the Vet.

That does seem possible (and should be checked out to be safe, but I think we'd need more info - it would be good to know from the OP if the cat looks like it's straining to poop.)