Why is My Cat Pooping on the Floor?


Cat pooping on the floor and other surfaces in the home? If you have a cat that is pooping in spots where it is not supposed to, it can be a constant source of irritation for you and your children.

When you find that your cat is pooping on the floor, make sure that you clean the areas where it has been with a strong disinfectant, in order to discourage the pet from returning to the area.

Blue Somali kitten- via Wikimedia

Blue Somali kitten- via Wikimedia

Your cat may have used the litter box on previous occasions and the problem that you are now having might be a fresh development. The cat may have begun pooping on the floor when it decided that the litter box was not the best place for it to do its business. The cat may pee in its litter box but poop on the floor or even on a table.

Try varying the type of litter you use in the cat’s litter box. Cats regard the smell and feel of the litter as a priority, so changing the litter you use may help to encourage it to use its litter box. Also try changing the litter every day.

If a definite incident or series of incidents led to a change in your cat’s behavior, you can solve your problem more easily. Try to determine what incident may have led to the change in your cat’s behavior. A stressful incident or something as simple as using a new disinfectant may have triggered the change in your cat’s behavior.

Make sure that your cat’s food and water are not placed too near to the litter box. If your cat is pooping on the floor right beside the litter box, it may be because the box is not big enough for your cat. Try getting a bigger litter box for your cat and see if that eliminates the problem.

Previously published on TheRealOwner on Oct. 20, 2011 and republished on ExpertsPages on May 20, 2013.

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