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Cat suddenly pooing indoors

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Morello, Apr 16, 2017.


  1. Morello

    Morello PetForums Newbie

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    hi all

    I have 2 sister cats of around 3-4 years old. They have both toileted outside quite happily for a number of years, though a tray was always available. Around 6 months ago one of them started pooing indoors. Gradually we realised she was weeing in the tray, but pooing in the house. This change of behaviour coincided with the arrival of 2 black cats next door (male, neutered we think) who aren't aggressive but regularly appear in our garden. Her sister seems fine.

    We think the arrival of the neighbouring cats is the cause, but are at a loss as to the solution! The odd thing is that she uses the tray to pee, but poos elsewhere, in a handful of regular locations in the house which no amount of cleaning/repelling products has changed. She is a healthy, loving cat who seems otherwise happy and content. Any thoughts or advice would be most welcome!

    Thank you!
    Morello
     
  2. moggie14

    moggie14 PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome :)
    I'd suggest adding a couple more trays indoors, some cats prefer one tray to pee in and a different one for poos.
    Do you have a microchip catflap to ensure the new cats cannot get into your home?
     
  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hi @Morello - cats feel vulnerable when they toilet and they feel more vulnerable when they are pooing than when peeing. The arrival of the two new cats next door has made your cat feel wary of pooing outdoors. Particularly as the new cats come into your garden. She prefers to come indoors to poo where she feels safer.

    So as moggie14 says, your cat will need at least 2 trays indoors, in different quiet places in the house, not grouped together. Many cats will not pee and poo in the same tray, though which tray they use for which purpose may vary from day to day. This echoes the behaviour they would show when they toilet outdoors, because the behaviour is instinctive.

    The only way you might get your cat to go back to toiletting outside would be to enclose your garden with special cat-proofing fencing so no neighbourhood cats can get in and your cats can't get out of the garden. This can be very a helpful solution in some cases, but naturally is going to cost a bit more than putting down a few more litter trays indoors.;) :)
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Agree this it is likely the new cats in the neighborhood causing her stress. I also agree with both of the above posts. Add more litter boxes inside, and cat proof the yard to keep the other cats out.
     
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  5. Morello

    Morello PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies xx
     
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