I have 2 indoor cats. They are sisters. They are both 12 years old. We adopted them together when they were 8 weeks old. They are great. Except for one thing. They sometimes like to poop out of the litter box. Like, right outside of it. I see them both using the litter box. I know they like it clean. I clean it every other day. I scoop out the poop and flush it daily, and change the litter every other day.
My husband is threatning to get rid of them. I don't want to. But it is gross and we have little kids. What can I do?
If I were you, I would get them a box each. Get the kind with the lid; so they can't kick the litter out, and poop in it. Keep the boxes scrupulously clean with a dash of bleach in the cleaning solution, and rinse well. Try that, and see if it works.
If the cats poop outside the pan but use it to pee, it could be a sign of constipation, colitis or arthritis. If could also be that the cats prefer a different location for their litter pan.
As Pope mentioned, it could be because they are getting older. If they are starting to get arthritis, they could have problems getting in or out of the litter pan. (And just because you see them get in and out sometimes, doesn't mean they can do it all the time. Just like a person getting older-sometimes it hurts going up the steps, and other days, it doesn't.)
You might want to consider buying a different type of litter pan. One that is not quite so deep, so they don't have problems getting in and out, and one that is larger, so aim won't matter as much. When my senior cat started having problems getting around, I would literally watch her actually get in the pan, squat down, but be too close to the edge-some would go in, and some wouldn't. Changing to a larger, less deep pan made all the difference.
By the way, if I had a cat since 8 weeks of age and my husband wanted to get rid of her because of a litter pan issue...I'd be telling HIM where to go!
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