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