Got new Kitten and now my current cat poops on the floor
Roger and Freddie
Help! I currently adopted a new kitten, and I also have had another cat who is just 2 years old. When I first brought the kitten home I kept him in a separate room with food and litter box while they sniffed each other under the door, after awhile I would let the kitten out during the day and the cat and kitten got along fine. I did put the kitten back in this room at night since I didnt fully trust the two together. However, during the day while the room was open my older cat would use the litter box and neglect to use his old one in the basement. Once I was able to leave the kitten out full time I moved his litter box to the basement where there is another box. The kitten adapted just fine, however now my older cat will not use the litter box and is pooping on the floor, he even acts nervous to even go into the basement anymore. I have carried him down to re introduce him to the litter boxes but he has not used them. The two litter boxes are both in the basement, and I am not using multi cat litter (I still had some old litter left).
Unfortunately this can happen when another cat is introduced to the house. the behavior is called Middening and is caused by your cats anxiety about the new kitten and the new scents in the home.
I would suggest a period of litter training again using the confinement method. You may have to repeat this process a few times until your cat relaxes around the new kitten. Also I assume your cat is neutered and that the new kitten will be soon. If not then this will heighten this sort of behavior.
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