Has your cat suddenly started burying their "treasure" outside the litter box? It can be frustrating and downright gross to have to repeatedly pick up your cat's, uh, "treasure" off the carpet. Most cat owners have experienced this issue at least once or twice. For the occasional "outside the box" pooper, it might be a one-off. But if your cat is choosing to go outside his litter box on a daily basis, he's trying to tell you something is up.
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This frustrating problem can often be solved by changing your litterbox setup and ensuring that your cat is physically healthy and happy. Any thoughts on how to break Panda, my year-old cat, of peeing and crapping outside his litter boxes? He used to crap under the oil tank but now he is starting to use other places in the basement. Even though Panda is both peeing and pooping on the floor, we need to rule out a UTI or more serious medical concern as the first step. The vast majority of my recent litterbox cases have turned out to involve a cat with a medical concern, like GI issues, diabetes, a broken elbow that made stepping into the box painful, or a UTI. Closing him into a small area like a bathroom with his box can also help kickstart litterbox habits.
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In a previous blog article, I talked about cats pooping out of place What to do when your cat poops outside the box , I listed behavioral reasons and some husbandry changes you could try. Melanie Thompson. Unlike dogs with anal glands that fail to empty — they sit straight-legged and scooch their itchy bottoms along the carpet — in cats the signs are often subtle or vague. Occasionally you may see misplaced poops, straining to poop, or even bits of blood in the stool.
A: Thanks for your question Natalie. There are many phone calls that I get every month in regards to a cat with "inappropriate elimination". This is an important issue for people to understand thoroughly, as it leads to poor relationships between owner and cat, and sometimes ultimately relinquishment to shelters who already overburdened with cats. The first thing that anyone who is experiencing this problem needs to do is get a thorough checkup from their vet.