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.
Litter Box Problems Could Be Due to Physical Ailment
Litter Box Problems Could Be Due to Physical Ailment – Dr. Sophia Yin
Is your cat pooping on the rug or floor instead of in the litter box? When litter-trained cats poop outside the box, it's called inappropriate elimination. Litter box problems are among the most common behavioral issues experienced by cat owners. This yet frustrating behavior can be difficult for cat owners to manage. The key to solving the problem is figuring out why your cat is pooping in inappropriate places.
Why is My Cat Pooping on the Floor?
House soiling is the most common behavior problem reported by cat owners. Why do cats eliminate outside the litter box? Your cat may have litter box trouble for any number of reasons, including medical problems, an aversion to the litter box, or a preference for urinating or defecating in places outside the box. Inflammation of the urinary tract , for instance, can make urinating painful and increase the frequency and urgency of urination.
The cat is usually fastidious about its toilet habits and will consistently use a litter tray indoors if it is provided, or loose earth or sand outside in the garden. Therefore, if urine or faeces are discovered in the corner of the room it can be very worrying. Occasionally a one-off accident can occur if a cat is ill, trapped in a room or suddenly frightened. If inappropriate urination or defecation in the home persists it should be investigated for the health and welfare of the cat. Whatever the cause, punishment is not the answer.