Why is my cat pooping outside his litterbox, but is still peeing in it?

Asked by Member 1005042 on Sep 21st 2010 in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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Izadore (Izzie)

Cats will poop outside the box for a number of reasons. She may have a health issue that is making it painful for her to poop in the box and she now associates the box with pain. It could be as simple as gas, or as complicated as irritable bowel syndrome. It could also be worms or impacted anal glands. Anything of these things can cause pain when she poops and make her avoid her box. Only your vet can determine if everything is A-OK with her health. She may also prefer to poop in one box and pee in another. Cats can be strange like that. So, get another box for her. It may also be anxiety related if something has changed in your home or with your lifestyle. Another cat? A child who may be teasing her? Noisy workmen in the home? Your first course of action is to take her to her vet for a thorough exam including testing her poop for internal parasites. At that time you can talk with the vet for more advice and suggestions.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/21/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Have fostered an almost-two Tortie for five months until solving this. . .blogged everywhere, vet trip, all kinds of research. . .SPCA has an online behavioralist. . . instincts tell me she may be constipated, too. Found she did well with a covered box for the pooh; I had purchased a new one for my feral, and it was larger, and that seems to work. I have a smaller [covered] box located where she naps, as well. Vet said to be patient and give lots of love. . .She knows she's doing something wrong when there is an accident, but we are getting there!

Member 1008675 answered on 10/20/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Hello guest, Your boy is trying to tell You something. Make sure your litter box is cleaned. should be done twice a day. Also as Your cat grows the litter box can get smaller for Him so make sure You have a large enough box for Him to go in. Some cats like to pee in one spot in the box and then go poop in another. Usually when an animal goes outside the box it is their way to let You know something is wrong. So watch your cat. Take Him to the vet to make sure everything is ok. Let Your vet know what is going on. If He goes in the box praise Him..

Snickers answered on 2/8/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer