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Question for Cat owners...help!!!

 
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Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Ok, got a problem with one of my cats. I have had her for 8 years. Totally litter box trained. All of a sudden she has decided to poo on the carpet and not use the box. Same brand of litter, box is cleaned twice a day. Got a clue what is going on? I have tried everything.
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I will try it, have to put it in the living room. sigh...if this doesn't work my husband is threatening to take her to the pound. yikes.
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Ok, got a problem with one of my cats. I have had her for 8 years. Totally litter box trained. All of a sudden she has decided to poo on the carpet and not use the box. Same brand of litter, box is cleaned twice a day. Got a clue what is going on? I have tried everything.
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Crap. When our cat turned 9 she started doing the same thing. Pooping and peeing on our bed. We changed her litter box, put plastic on the bed, NOTHING. We finally had to kick her completely out of the bedroom and she started deficating and peeing on the sofa. We took her to the vet multiple times. There was no infections or physical reason. We finally started letting her do her business outside and she became a much happier cat. I NEVER believed in outdoor cats, but she simply wasn't happy in the house anymore.

Good luck. I've heard there are cat calming herbs and pheromones to help them urinate and deficate in the right places. You might try that.
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10/23/2010 10:23 PM
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I had a cat that did this... just completely outta nowhere.. we had to surrender him to the vet because we couldn't deal with the shit anymore kitty
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10/23/2010 10:25 PM
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demon possession.
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10/23/2010 10:26 PM
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I know this is so weird. I had her since she was a tiny baby and no problems. Now...geez, poop on the carpet, every single day. We have had the carpet cleaned, again. I frebreezed it, and still doing it. I can't let her outside...she has never been out and there are tons of big dogs and heavy traffic on the street where we live.
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10/23/2010 10:29 PM

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Sometimes they do this because they are sick. They want to show you something.

HOWEVER, that said, I have a cat that gets really mad if it doesn't get enough attention and will take a dump just to tick me off. There have been times that I had to do the litter box moving trick at when this happened.

Also, our magnetosphere/ionosphere has been taking some pretty good hits lately. This affects people and most likely affect animals too.
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My cat suddenly decided to start urinating on the bed. We tried moving the box and trying different litter..It turns out, he decided he didnt like his litter anymore, and when we got to a natural one that was really lightweight and such, he liked it. We havent had any problems since.

So, Id suggest trying different litters..

Also, in the process of finding a solution I found out sometimes cats change their toiletry habits when theyre stressed too.. and stress can be caused by something as little as getting new curtains in a room.. moving a piece of furniture in your house etc. For this, Im not sure how you would fix the problem.. extra loving attention.. treats throughout the day to make them happy?
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Try "Cat Attract" cat litter. You have to go to a pet store to find it, and it's spendy ($15 - $16) but it lasts a long time, clumps up nicely and doesn't smell. It is GUARANTEED to train/re-train your cat to the box.
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10/23/2010 10:33 PM
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Try "Cat Attract" cat litter. You have to go to a pet store to find it, and it's spendy ($15 - $16) but it lasts a long time, clumps up nicely and doesn't smell. It is GUARANTEED to train/re-train your cat to the box.
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I tried that...works for new cats, but didn't for my older cat who had stopped using the box....
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your cats not real old but i've heard of cats with arthritis and they can't lift their legs to climb into the litter box. is she showing any signs of pain. you might wanna ask the vet.

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I will try it, have to put it in the living room. sigh...if this doesn't work my husband is threatening to take her to the pound. yikes.
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Just search for his porn folder to gain some leverage...
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10/23/2010 10:41 PM
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Two or three days spent cooped up in a very small bathroom may do the trick.
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Two or three days spent cooped up in a very small bathroom may do the trick.
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...with a litterbox, of course
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10/24/2010 01:00 AM
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That's their way of saying they're mad at you for something.
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10/24/2010 01:17 AM
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That cat needs a spank.
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I had a cat that would do this when she got pissed off. Has anything around the house changed lately?
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Actually its a cry for attention.. Do you play with him much? At 8 years old they tend to get out of the playful moods and lie around a lot but maybe just some loving attention will help a long with the Doctors advice.
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Cats stop peeing in the litter box when they get a urinary infection. This is very common and quickly fixed with antibiotics. See your vet.
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Barring illness, the cat is showing it's disapproval about something. You will have to completely remove any odor and or stains the cat leaves or it will continue using the same spots. We use a product called "out". We but it at the dollar store.
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Check her paws for irritation or injury.

The litter may hurt right now.
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Ok, got a problem with one of my cats. I have had her for 8 years. Totally litter box trained. All of a sudden she has decided to poo on the carpet and not use the box. Same brand of litter, box is cleaned twice a day. Got a clue what is going on? I have tried everything.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1086168


You got to change the sand regularly too!!
That scoop shit is only good in apartments if you change the sand reular.
Also, a cat generally likes to do its business outdoors in the morning.
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Ok, got a problem with one of my cats. I have had her for 8 years. Totally litter box trained. All of a sudden she has decided to poo on the carpet and not use the box. Same brand of litter, box is cleaned twice a day. Got a clue what is going on? I have tried everything.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1086168

Because of the crap and garbage they put in pet food these days, unless you buy a super premium pet food that is organic and natural with no by-products, they are prone to what veterinarians now call STERILE-CYSTITIS......take her to the vet and see if he doesn't tell you she has a few struvite crystals and sterile cystitis....but, of course that's a half-truth, because NOW HE HAS A CHANCE TO SELL YOU SOME "SPECIALTY FOOD" that he makes nothing but money off of that is complete garbage.........but hey it makes him money......

research it on the internet and there are things you can give them to help with the struvite crystals that you can buy over the internet.........

or she could have a FULL BLOWN UTI (urinary tract infection)......

they have specialty litter that turns color if there is blood in the urine.....

also she could be constipated bad.......

all of these reasons could be the problem

she needs a URINE TEST.........they need to express urine from her bladder and test it.......

it's not expensive about 25.00

unless they have to draw it with a needle.....

my cat once pissed straight dark blood all over the table when the vet pushed on his bladder.......


it's a trend with the cat foods these days.....especially the dry stuff.........WET CANNED IF POSSIBLE, THE SLOPPIER THE BETTER.....with the most water in it.......

a tablespoon of pumpkin for constipation or gut grease every other day

I go through this all the time.........
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10/24/2010 02:36 AM
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I have been having the exact same problem with my 17 year old cat for about a year now. Multiple vet visits have not uncovered any health problems.

Lots of good advice on here.

I do know if I pay more attention to her by talking to her and giving her lots of pets, she seems to do it less.

One vet said when they get older, they can get kind of lazy and don't feel like making the effort to get in the box.
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Try cleaning the box out with Clorox, litter boxes are made of plastic and absorb odors over time and smells tend to offend cats. A good cleaning with Clorox will remove odors, anything else unwanted, and festering in the litter box.
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I have been having the exact same problem with my 17 year old cat for about a year now. Multiple vet visits have not uncovered any health problems.

Lots of good advice on here.

I do know if I pay more attention to her by talking to her and giving her lots of pets, she seems to do it less.

One vet said when they get older, they can get kind of lazy and don't feel like making the effort to get in the box.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1125425

when they get older it's constipation plain and simple for the poop part anyway, anywhere they get the "urge"....because it is so uncomfortable......feel their stomaches, they are usually hard as a rock and sometimes very distended and bloated, you can see and feel it........you have to give them natural non-petroleum gut grease constantly and HALO SPOTS STEW has the most water content of any cat food.....it's pricey though......

My poor cat before he died got so impacted from old age and lethargy that he laid down and howled. I had to pull it out of his butt with rubber gloves.........that was the only thing I don't miss about him......
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Try cleaning the box out with Clorox, litter boxes are made of plastic and absorb odors over time and smells tend to offend cats. A good cleaning with Clorox will remove odors, anything else unwanted, and festering in the litter box.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot

I'm sorry, but that is just what you don't want to do...bleach is toxic.....horribly.....and not neccessary......it should be cleaned with some natural cleaner.........CATS LIKE THEIR EXCREMENT and if they smell traces of it, will be more likely to visit the box....

that's why vets tell you to train them by putting the turds in the box when they are kittens......
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It's probably trying to tell you that something is wrong with its health...take it to the vet
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Re: Question for Cat owners...help!!!
Ok, got a problem with one of my cats. I have had her for 8 years. Totally litter box trained. All of a sudden she has decided to poo on the carpet and not use the box. Same brand of litter, box is cleaned twice a day. Got a clue what is going on? I have tried everything.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1086168

there's something natural on the web.......for preventing struvite crystals........I can't remember the name of it.......it either makes the urine more acidic (PH BALANCE) or more alkaline, I can't remember......but that is the key...to the problem.
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I have been having the exact same problem with my 17 year old cat for about a year now. Multiple vet visits have not uncovered any health problems.

Lots of good advice on here.

I do know if I pay more attention to her by talking to her and giving her lots of pets, she seems to do it less.

One vet said when they get older, they can get kind of lazy and don't feel like making the effort to get in the box.

when they get older it's constipation plain and simple for the poop part anyway, anywhere they get the "urge"....because it is so uncomfortable......feel their stomaches, they are usually hard as a rock and sometimes very distended and bloated, you can see and feel it........you have to give them natural non-petroleum gut grease constantly and HALO SPOTS STEW has the most water content of any cat food.....it's pricey though......

My poor cat before he died got so impacted from old age and lethargy that he laid down and howled. I had to pull it out of his butt with rubber gloves.........that was the only thing I don't miss about him......

 Quoting: fillantpre 1140088


My cat isn't constipated. She has a diarrhea problem because she has to eat wet cat food because she no longer has teeth. However, if you do think your cat is constipated, give them a little coconut oil. They love it and it goes right through them. If they have a diarrhea problem, like my cat does, mix some kefir with the food.
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WELLNESS Catfood.. it also has Cranberry in the food that will help with UTI

change the litter box and litter .... Put it in the kitty's special area... get some Catnip plants to put close to (not next)kitty box area ... kitty may need to get a little high after the throne time

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