Himalayan female pooping in house

by Amanda
(Myrtle Beach, SC)

I have a 7 (almost 8 year old) female himalayan she has started pooping in my bedroom. She always goes in the same corner. We just moved into our house about 2 months ago and she started this 2-3 weeks ago. I have always kept her litter box in the office but in this house the office is upstairs (she has never had to go upstairs before). Her litter box is kept clean with the same litter, its one of the automatic one. I can't figure out way she is doing this or how to get her to stop. Please help?

Answer by Kate
This is a common problem when moving home with a cat. Urination and popping are used as not only territorial markers for other cats but are also used by the cat to make their new environement smell like them and so make them feel more comfortable and secure. the reason she is using the same place is that sometimes no matter how well you think you have cleaned that area their will still be a faint smell which your cat will pick up on and so encourage them to use the same place.

try spraying a strong citrus spray in that area. It sounds as if your cat wiould prefer to haev their litter tray downstairs. If it is possible to move it there it may help with the situation. If the problem persists you may have to do some litter training with them for a time, see my tip page here on this site under urine problems.

The problem will go away once the cat feels more secure in the new home and having it's litter tray in an area where it feels happy with will go a long way to helping them do that.

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