Cat Pooping and Moaning on the Floor

by Sara
(Chicago, Il. )

I have a 12 year old cat that has recently stopped pooping in his litter box. Instead, he chooses to poop on one spot in the living room (on the carpet) or near my parents bedroom door (also carpet). He has also recently started doing it in front of us. We noticed that when he does this he also tends to moan a little, as if he's in pain. We can't seem to figure out what the problem is because he pees in his litter box but won't poop there. There is not only one box but he has two and they are cleaned daily. We are not sure if this is something that comes with age, we should take him to the vet or what is going on. Your help would be appreciated!



Answer from Kate
Hi it is difficult to say whether this is caused by illness or behavior. Normally this behavior is known as Middening and is another form of scent marking. Please see this page for more on this

However you are best placed to assess whether or not you think your cat may be ill or not in which case a cautionary trip to the vets would be in order.

best wishes Kate

Click here to post comments

Return to Cat Questions.

I'd love to hear what you think of this page or my site. Let me know if you like what you have read or if it has helped you with a problem.

It's easy to do just leave a comment in the box below and click the like / share or +1 to let others know about my site. Thank You It really is most appreciated.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.