How do I stop my cat from pooping in the bathtub?!
February 12, 2014 12:55 PM Subscribe
My 17-year old orange longhair has become quite outside-the-box in his pooping habits. Every change we make in an attempt to corral the problem results in it getting worse. I'm at my wits' end. More details inside.
posted by KathrynT to Pets & Animals (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I love this cat with all my heart and soul but I am losing my mind. Thor has always been a problem urinator, but it's only in about the past four months that he's started pooping all over the place. A vet check says there's nothing wrong with him except an advanced case of old; he is skinny, possibly hyperthyroid, and arthritic, but he has no kidney disease or other acute conditions. On the vet's advice, we're not pursuing the hyperthyroid thing because of his age and the stress that can come with treatment.
There are three specific places he poops: in the bathtub, under the piano, and in my 3 year old son's closet. Every time he poops, we clean it up as soon as we find it with enzymatic cleaner; fortunately, we have hardwood floors. Over the past four months, this has gone from being an every-other-week thing to nearly daily. Every change in frequency has been accompanied by an attempt to fix the problem, including:
* Being super-good about cleaning the litter box every day
* Cleaning the litter box twice a day
* Switching to unscented cat litter
* Adding Cat Attract to the litter
* Putting up Feliway diffusers
* Treating him aggressively for fleas
Again, not only has none of these things helped, they've each made the problem substantially worse. We keep interior doors closed a lot of the time, but my 3 year old is potty training and keeping the bathroom door closed is a pretty big hardship, as is keeping him locked out of his room all the time. He does use the litterbox sometimes, so I don't think it's straight aversion; regardless, I'm reluctant to take a shotgun attempt because everything we've tried so far makes it worse, including reverting previous changes. He already eats pretty high quality food (Wellness grain-free) and in fact won't eat anything else. Our vet doesn't have a lot of answers for us either. So as a Hail Mary, I turn to AskMe for help because I am sick of cleaning up cat poop. Anyone have any ideas?