Cat Behavior Problem

by Amy
(White Deer, Tx)

I have a female persion cat, we got her and our male orange tabby from some friends who could not keep them any longer. They have grown up together so we took both so we didnt split them up. My female has started pooping on the carpet or our beds. She doesnt do it all the time, its just when she thinks she doesnt have enough water or food, or the cat box is not how she likes it. It seems this is a behavior problem and I am considering getting rid of her because of this. I wont tolerate this and I am not sure how to fix this problem. Please help.

Answer by Kate
yes it probably behavioral but has more to do with territory marking and also perhaps being a little anxious.

You did not say if you got the cats recently or not. If it is recent then the change in home environment etc can make some cats anxious and they will often use their poop to scent mark the house which helps to calm them down, i.e if the house smells of them then everything must be Ok.

I have a page about this issue it is called Middening and describes the problem in more detail and also gives advice on how to try and correct it.

If your cat time and some patience to settle down again. this is a problem that can be solved.

Also make sure the litter trays are in places where she can feel safe, a litter tray near a door or washing machine can sometimes be a little daunting to some cats.

here is the page about Middening

best wishes Kate

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