Why is my cat pooping outside his litter box?

We got scuby a few years ago and he and our other cat, foxy, both were fine with the litter boxes. About a month ago,Scuby started pooping in the same spot in our living room everyday. We put another litter box right where he was having accidents, but hes used it about 5 times. HELP!!!!

Asked by Member 845121 on Jun 11th 2009 Tagged accidents in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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Izadore (Izzie)

Cats stop using the litter box for two reasons, one is health concerns and the other is stress. Scuby may have impacted anal glands, which are 2 glad on either side of his anal opening that can become impacted and infected. He needs to go to the vet to make sure his health is OK. If it is, then research what's gone on in your home. Have you changed litter? Gotten him a new box? Gotten a new animal? Cats often use feces as well as urine to "mark" their territory and Scuby may be feeling threatened by something that might seem insignificant to you but is important to him.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/11/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Get Scuby vetted first, to make sure nothing is wrong. Elimination problems can sometimes be the cat's way to tip you off that they are feeling ill. If the vet says he's ok, then you can look at behavioral causes, like Izzie said.

Once illnesses are ruled out, whether because the vet diagnosed something and solved the problem, or it is not a medical problem, you might want to make sure the spot is throughly cleaned. When Boris had gland problems, he pooped on a rubber litter mat. He got vetted and healed, and he was fine... But our kitten Gracie started pooping on the same spot because we didn't clean it throughly enough the first time, and smelling old poo smells (which cats can even when humans cannot) she thought it was an ok place to go.

Realizing this, we really soaked the heck out of that litter mat with Nature's Miracle and dabbed it clean about 3 times over, and that definitely helped. So go to the vet, clean spot throughly, and go from there.

Gracie answered on 6/12/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer