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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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1 year old Cat, just started pooping outside the litter box

Hi everyone - I was wondering if anyone could help me with my issue w/ my 1 year old, male cat.

Brady has never had a problem using the litter box. He is also very good about moving to new places, as if I had to go home for a weekend, he would stay with my boyfriend or a friend of mine. He never had problems at either of those places.

I moved to a new apartment in August, and I have a door mat next to the front door where my shoes go. I had this door mat at my old apartment. For some reason, since the day I moved in, he would go over to the door mat and paw at it. It was weird. at least a month went by and then he started pooping on the mat.

At first I thought it was because I was gone for long periods of the day... leave in the morning, get back around 8pm. But then he started doing it while i was sleeping, or while I was at class for 2 hours.

He has only done it a handful of times, maybe 5. Ive tried washing the door mat. I have not changed litter brands, and I clean the litter everyday.

I think its behavioral, not a health problem. He is young and otherwise is totally normal.

Anyone have any thoughts? I would really appreciate it. I feel like I'm failing as a cat mom!!!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 12:16 PM
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throw out the mat? or put it away for a while and see if it changes?

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Well this morning as I was watching tv, I heard Brady scratching over in the litter box.

I took the mat out yesterday. And I heard Brady come out of the box and I watched him (I dont think he knew I was watching).

He went over to where the mat used to be and started pawing at it, like he paws at his litter. Then he started to squat down. And I yelled Brady, No and he ran away.

I checked the litter box, he had just peed in there.

This is my new theory: perhaps there was a cat in this apt before who peed in the spot he is pooping? But it is strange that he is pooping, usually they pee to mark correct?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2008, 12:11 AM
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yep, they pee to mark sometimes but not always and if he already marked it i don't see why he would continue or poo..

I guess you could get pet deoderizer for that spot and clean it very well

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My best advice is to take him to the vet, or talk to the vet, they might have a better idea of what is going on with him.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2008, 10:56 PM
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Is the box covered? Is it large enough?
I have heard about cats more than once that would go outside the box because it was not big enough or was covered.
Can you block off the are where he is going so he can't get there? Maybe move his food and water close the the spot? They don't like to go where they eat.
I would also call the vet. If it is behavioral they could have some suggestions for you.
I have friends that have a wonderful cat that poos in various spots around the house when he is mad at them. I think it's because he is so intelligent.

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we had that problem with a cat we adopted and we ended up putting it outside

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions.
Yes, he has a large covered corner litter box... and its in a part of the room that rarely anyone goes to. It is pretty private.

He did it again this morning (and last week I washed the carpet w/ that pet stuff). So i guess at this point, to the vet I go.
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