Cat's Bad Behavior
I have two cats and my youngest cat (over 1 year old) started pooping on the floor about 6 months ago. I always keep the litter pan clean and even just recently bought a second one due to having two cats and I thought that he may just be picky. It did no good at all. When I clean up after him I use 409 hoping that he won't go back to the same spot but he always does. He also started pulling out tufts of fur about the same time. He does not have fleas (we got rid of them). We recently moved and had a baby but he started all this before any of that happened. Any suggestions? I'm about to give him away because I can't keep cleaning up after him. The other cat does not do any of this.
Answer by Kate
Hi it sounds like anxiety behavior to me not bad behavior. The combination of the pooping and the fur pulling are classic signs of anxiety or discomfort.
You need to make sure that he is free from any parasites just in case this is the cause of his anxiety first.
If he is all clear then it is an emotional problem. There could be many reasons for this, perhaps the other cat and now the new baby is all too much for him. Some cats are just happier in quiet single cat homes. However you could give hima period of litter training again which is designed to not only get him back used to using a tray but also helps the cat calm down and have less to worry about. please see my page here for more on this process. it does take a little time and effort on your part is has proven very helpful to many others.
best wishes Kate
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