My Cat started Pooping and Peeing Everywhere!

by Jan
(North Ogden, Utah)

I just got a new little Shih Tzu puppy and have had her now for 8 months now. She was using her potty pads regularly. I have been sick so I didn't use the crate training method. I also have a cat whom I've had for 5 years now and has ALWAYS used her potty box! My little puppy now is deciding to use her potty pad sometimes and sometimes not! MY FAULT! I should have used the crate training method for my puppy. Now my CAT has decided to poop and pee down in my living room! And I saw my puppy lift her little leg down in the livingroom too! Why? Is it because my puppy has decided to go anywhere and so my cat figured she could go anywhere now too? So now I have my puppy in crate training and have my cat locked up in a bedroom with her potty box in it!

I don't know what in the heck to do? Do I keep my cat in the room until she goes in the potty box again? Or do I move my cat into the bathroom with food and water until she goes again? Help?

Answer by Kate
hi
your cat is more than likely just reacting to having the puppy around. Something may have happened which has unsettled the cat and using their urine and poop to re sent their territory is a natural behavior for a cat.

yes your cat needs some time in a room for a few days with her litter tray, bed and toys etc so that she can settle down again and get used to her tray again too. you may have to repeat this process several times if it does not work first time. the method is described here

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-litter-box.html

best wishes Kate

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