I'm hoping somebody can help me. I recently was given a male cat, 12 lbs, approx 1 year in age. I had him for the first week and everything was fantastic, hes good with the kids and loves to be cuddled alot and used the litter box. After the first week I took him to be fixed. A couple days later he got very constipated and had to have surgery done. After owning this cat for 2 weeks I spent over $200.00 dollars on him. NOW hes going to the bathroom all over my house, pee and poop. He didnt seem to be doing this BEFORE he was fixed. He pees/poops on my couch, on the kids clothes, beds, my husbands VERY expensive love sac (oversized bean bag), the kitchen chairs (wooden not upholstered)and hes even opened my bottom cabinets in the kitchen and peed inside them. He poops on the couch or right in the middle of the living room floor. Ive only had this cat about a month now and hes driving my husband crazy. He says I find a solution or the cat goes, Ive already invested money into him (Jack is his name) and I really like him and would hate to have to get rid of him. If anyone has any helpful tips I would greatly appreciate it! THANKS!
I would take him back to the vet, and have him assessed to see if any damage was done to him during the surgery. The only other things that could be the problem, are that he's very picky about his box, and litter. You may have to crate him, and take him out at intervals, to the box. There are also a lot of repellants out there, which after you clean the area he's sprayed on, you can spray over, and the cat does'nt like the smell of it. Good luck, and let us know how you make out.
Is he declawed? Take him to the vet to make sure there isn't anything else wrong with him. If not, and you haven't changed the type of litter or box you have used, then its probably behavioral. We had a cat who had the same problem after a UTI, it was treated but afterward he would still pee and poop wherever he wanted. Get some good cleaner with enzymes in it to clean up the messes he's already made. Then what we did, we had a unused cage I had when I raised rabbits. We put him in there with a litter box, a hanging wqater bottle, a weighted bowl for food, and a hanging feather toy. The first day he went a little spastic and tore the whole cage apart. Next day too. We would straighten the cage once a day and get him out to play and give attention once in the morning and again at night - in a closed off room and supervised. After the third day he realized he didn't like living in a dirty cage and started keeping it tidier. After a week or so we took him out of the cage and kept him in the bathroom with the litter box - a little more freedom but still a small easy to clean area. After another week we let him out and we were good. Make sure you are keeping the litter box clean and have it a quiet part of the house. Don't yell at or punish him for accidents, if it is stress related it will just make it worse. Make sure if you have multiple cats there is one litter box for every cat and if you have multiple floors in your home have one per floor. Give your cat a few more weeks, it may take a month or two after a stressful event for him to adjust. To be fair, a bean bag chair feels a lot like a litter box to a cat, it isn't a good piece of furniture in a cat's house. A litter tained cat might always have problems with it.
I did speak with my vet (he examined Jack) and he said everything looks good and theres no sign of crystals/or UTI. I decided to try putting him in the bathroom at night and when we leave the house, with litter box, food and water of course. And see how that works. My vet also said it could be that hes stressed and upset about being moved, being fixed, and having surgery on his colon all within 2 weeks. So I am hoping the bathroom idea works. Thank you guys for the tips, Im also going to try the enzyme cleaner too! In regards to the bean bag, I think if he just had a problem going to the bathroom on that I could understand, but hes doing it in the strangest places like cabinets and wooden kitchen chairs too not to mention all the other places...so I really dont think its the chair. But thanks again for your advice and I will let you know how it works in a couple of weeks!!! PS No he is not declawed.
My first suggestion is to ignore anything and everything Catclyde says.
Second-when a cat is both peeing AND pooping outside the box and medical problems have been eliminated-chances are it's a problem with the litter pan. If you are keeping it clean, you can try changing the type of litter pan. Some cats don't like the ones with lids-some cats actually prefer them. It could also be that the litter pan is either too small or too deep.
It could be that he doesn't like the type of litter you are using (the type of litter or the scent). If you're using a scented litter, try unscented. Most cats prefer unscented. If you're using a clay litter, try clumping litter. If you're using litter pan liners, try it without the liners.
And lastly, it's possible that he doesn't like the location of the litter pan. But usually, if he is peeing on varying surfaces, it's probably something about the litter pan that he doesn't like.
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The cat could very possible be associating the litter box with pain, straining? What kind of litter are you useing and have you tried the Cat attract litter additive? There is also a product called DAP Pheramone (Feliway)sprays that your Vet should sell, look into those.
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Hey catlover, Thanks for the ideas and advice on the litter. I do have one with a lid and he is a big cat but I didnt realize that they could be so picky...so I am going to try taking the lid off and then maybe even trying to change the litter. Im beginning to think he got acustomed to how his old owners had things and he does not take to changes very well.
To the person that suggested he go outside I really would rather not let him outside...my previous cat I had for 3 years was hit by a car because he was inside/outside cat and I'd like to avoid that. Besides he wasn't an outside cat when I got him either.
Thanks for the advice and I'll let you know how it goes.
PS I do leave him in the bathroom at night and when we leave but he still goes either in the tub or on the floor even though his box is in there with him. So Im off to fiddle with the litter/box! Thanks!!!!