Cats can be picky when it comes to their bathroom habits. If there is even one thing out of place, your cat could decide it is no longer comfortable pooping inside their litter box. There are so many possibilities, in fact, that it can be difficult to narrow down the exact problem.
Thankfully, most of the common reasons why your cat is pooping outside of their litter box are easy to distinguish, once you know what you are looking for. Here are the most likely reasons why your cat is pooping outside of the litter box…and the solution to each problem.
Litter Box Blues
There are a surprising number of reasons why your cat is pooping outside the litter box that has everything to do with the litter box itself. Any one of these issues could be the reason your cat is not pooping in the litter box.
Your Cat Has a Texture Preference
This is a rarer issue but it is potentially an easy fix. If your cat is pooping outside the litter box it is possible that your cat prefers to do their business on something other than litter. Pay attention to what your cat is pooping on. If they like tile, or wood, (hopefully not cushions, for your sake), take note of it and try to add that material to their litter box. Putting a piece of tile or whatever the preferred texture is inside the litter box can encourage your cat to use it instead of your floor.
Your Cat is Afraid of the Litter Box
If your cat continues to pee in the litter box but will not poop in the litter box, there is a possibility that your cat is afraid to spend too much time in the litter box. Your cat may have had a frightening or painful experience in the litter box, thus making it a place they want to avoid.
This issue is a little more difficult to fix but if you get new litter boxes and put them in different spots throughout the house, you can break your cat’s fear of them. It may take time, but they should learn to trust the new litter box.
Your Cat Needs Medical Attention
If your cat is pooping outside the litter box, there could be a medical issue going on that needs immediate attention. If your cat is getting older or there is something else going on, perhaps your cat can’t make it to the litter box. If there is a medical issue, besides old age and/or incontinence, you should be able to see it in their stool.
Either way, if you suspect a medical issue is the reason why your cat is pooping outside the litter box, contact a veterinarian immediately.
In summation, it is always a nuisance when your cat decides they prefer to poop outside the litter box. Yet, more often than not, there is a reason that your cat is acting this way. Whether it is as common as a cleanliness issue or as odd as an affinity for tile, there are plenty of reasons why your cat is pooping outside the litter box. As a fur mom or dad, you can take solace in the fact that a lot of those reasons have nothing to do with the health and ultimate wellbeing of your cat.