why would my cat poop on the floor
Observe the cat and notice if he is straining to go and/or crying out. He may claw out a space in a potted plant, choosing clean dirt over a soiled litter box. Or he may squat on your carpet or floor because he associates the sensation of digging in litter with uncomfortable elimination. If you confine him to a closed room with a clean litter box and he ignores it, he may have no control over his actions. This signals that illness, not behavior, is the culprit. The cat is in pain, and your vet needs to determine why. A thorough checkup will reveal whether Kitty has a urinary tract infection, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, arthritis, kidney, liver or thyroid malfunction or other illnesses that may affect his litter box habits. If illness, minor or serious, is the cause, medication or treatment should relieve his pain and distress. Whatever has pushed your cat out of the box, getting him back on track will take patience. If anxiety created the problem, set up a quiet retreat for the cat to do his business in a room or area with minimal household traffic. Provide a large-enough litter box -- or two -- with the kind of litter your cat prefers, and change it frequently, even several times a day if necessary. You may decide to confine him for a few days to establish a new, calmer routine. Inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea or urinary tract infections will abate with medication or treatment, so if one of these caused your cat's problem, he should return to using his litter box as his discomfort eases. Longer-term conditions, such as arthritis or kidney problems, may mean making adjustments: Be sure the cat's box is low enough for him to get into comfortably, and offer more than one box to accommodate more frequent usage. Always keep the litter boxes clean by washing and disinfecting them weekly and quickly removing soiled litter.
10 Litter Box Tips, Part 1 By September 27, 2014 Jackson took the time to write about the issues that cats and people have with litter boxes. б He has a lot of valuable stuff to share!
Hisб 10 Tips on Litter Boxes will be split into two separate blog posts. б Here s Part 1. In my experience of visiting the homes of frustrated, had-it-up-to-here cat guardians over the past 15 years, I can tell you that there are there are actually two ends to the problem, so to speak; your catБs problem, and your problem. Your cat can be experiencing physical dis-ease which makes the litter box a decidedly unfriendly place. He or she could also be reacting to environmental stress/anxiety, which can include problems with other cats or dogs, children, feral cats outside threatening their territorial security, etc. Of course IБm painting the problem with a large brush, but you get the idea. Then thereБs your problem. You hate pee and poop around the house, naturally; but you also hate litter boxes. You canБt stand the idea of multiple boxes, donБt want to look at them in your main living space, resent the constant scooping and, perhaps, you just donБt want to be reminded that your animal companions are actually praised for relieving themselves in the most sanctified of places, your home. With this in mind, the following tips are just that tips. There is a deeper commitment to actually sharing space, that must happen before problems are solved. Remember, if your catБs litter box habits arenБt exactly stellar, he is raising a red flag, trying to tell you that all is definitely not right in his world. And itБs your job, as the human who loves him, to make things right. Put on your cat detective hat and letБs think outside the box (and wish for inside)! 1. One box per cat +1 Yes, the formula works. At the very least it gets you thinking outside of your comfort zone in regards to your relationship with litter boxes. If you have 3 cats, itБs just not fair to ask them to share one box and yes, I mean even if youБre not experiencing any problems. Think of gang warfare, with members of both sides tagging the same wall with graffiti over and over. Cats often will compete for the important territorial resources in much the same way. 2.
Detective work begins with a vet visit If your cat has suddenly stopped using the litter box ALWAYS rule out physical problems first. Avoidance of the box often begins with the feeling that, Бevery time I go to that place, it hurts me! Б One way to tell if your cat is experiencing this unpleasant feeling is to notice what they do after they eliminate. Do they stay in the box, taking care of business by burying their waste, for instance? Or do they finish and RUN out of the box? In my experience the after-litter dash is a sign that they are running away from what made them painful. 3. Location, location, location The box must be located where it works best for the cat, not you. Compromise is a key ingredient in any human/cat relationship and this is where the rubber hits the road in that regard. The hands-down best place for a litter box is in an area that is socially significant to the cats. Sometimes that coincides with human areas of social significance. Think about the lesser of two evils. ItБs either a litter box where you donБt want it, or pee where you definitely donБt want it. 4. The smell of the litter It s so important to cater to what your cat is attracted to, and, likewise what they are repelled by. A safe bet is avoiding perfume-y, dusty litter. If it offends your nose when pouring it in the box, then think about the fact you have 5 million scent receptors while your cat has 200 million. What is annoying to you can be a source of avoidance for them. б Fortunately, there are natural litters (such as one of my favorites,б World s Best Cat Litter )б where odor control is done naturally! 5. The feel of the litter Likewise to the point about litter scent, different cats prefer different textures of substrate. Some cats (and especially those who have been declawed) can be very sensitive to the pointed nature of some crystal or pellet litters, or even just the jagged feel of many clay litters. When in doubt, go as soft as you can. Click here to readб with Tips 6 10.
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