My six year-old cat is acting strange about food and defecating. Help me help him.
I have two six year-old cats, one male, one female. Baxter (obligatory photo
) is six years-old, and he has always been a finicky little bugger when it comes to the litter box. He only likes particular kinds of litter - he hates anything scented - and once he deems the box unclean, he goes right outside of it. This was a huge problem at my previous place, because the box was on hardwood floor and after one "accident," he continued to go on the floor, even when the box was freshly cleaned.
I moved to a new place about a month ago, and this problem has gotten a lot worse. At first he was having absolutely no problems going in the litter box. The cats were sharing a huge new box (this one
) and he seemed to like it. Then I added a litter mat because they were tracking litter all over my bathroom floor, and he defecated on that. I guess one day that box wasn't clean enough for him and he defecated on the floor right next to the box. I've been cleaning the box every day and changed it last Thursday. Even when it was completely new and fresh, he defecated outside of it. He appears to still be using the box every so often, but he mostly uses the floor. I went on a four-day trip last week and came back to find five piles of feces on my bathroom floor.
He's also been strange about food. As you can see from the picture, he is not a small cat. He's always been a very healthy eater. The cats share a can of wet food and two cups of dry food at around 10pm at night. He eats all of the food within five minutes and then vomits it up because he ate so fast. Then he starts begging for food first thing in the morning and doesn't stop all day. I've started giving him an extra scoop of dry food so he'll stop bothering me. That's gone in a few minutes and he's begging again.
I'm planning to take him to the vet, but does anyone have any similar experiences with a cat?