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Sudden change in pooping habits. The poop is right next to her litter box — 3 Comments

  1. It could be that the litter tray isn’t being cleaned often enough for the cat’s liking, or they now want separate trays for peeing and pooing. Increase the frequency of the cleaning and provide a second tray in a different location to see if that helps.

    Does the cat have bad aim – is their bottom hanging over the side when they squat down in the tray? If this is happening, stand the litter tray inside a cut down cardboard box (or the upturned lid of a large box)which is a couple of inches larger than the litter tray. Fill the gap between the tray and the box with litter. This will form a “moat” to catch any “accidents” overboard.

    Thoroughly clean the soiled area with an enzyme cleaning product or biolgical (enzymatic) washing detergent mixed with warm water. Afterwards rinse thoroughly and when dry, scrub the area with surgical spirit. This is an antiseptic cheap from the chemist and safe to use around cats. It’s very important to be thorough with the cleaning because if you don’t remove every trace of their scent, it will continue to smell like an appropriate place for toileting.

    If those suggestions don’t help, then the problem is not connected with the litter tray.

    If the lady can provide us with more info; other pets, cats hanging around outside, does the cat have access to outdoors etc., then we can put our heads together and come up with something which may help.

    • Thanks Michele. Great advice. I think this is a combo of litter tray not cleaned of feces and urine frequently enough + possibly substrate preference.

      It sounds like I am an expert 😉 .

  2. There is a reason for this behavior, and it’s really up to the guardian to detect it through process of elimination.

    I clean up after my cat at least once, and maybe twice a day. Cats are very clean, but an indoor cat needs help with the litter box. That’s part of being a responsible cat guardian. She should try that, to see if it makes a difference.

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