Litter Box issues

Nicole GallegosNicole Gallegos Los LunasMember Posts: 27
edited 26 January, 2017 in Behavior & Training
Ok so here it goes. Poop, poop, poop....all over the floor. I have a cat who is almost 8 years old and I've had her since she was 6 months old. Never had an issue with her and the litter box, EVER. Beginning of the year, she started having issues with throwing up, diarrhea and her asthma seemed to be getting worse. Took her to the vet, found out that she has stomatitis. Vet gave her a round of antibiotics and steriods. Had to go back 2 months later for more issues. Gave her another round of antibiotics and steroids, this time it worked and she has been doing well. I found out that her asthma was flared by the cat litter, so I changed it to a natural cat litter along with changing her food to "No Grain." She didn't have an issue with the new litter and she uses it. For about 2 1/2 months now, she has been pooping on the floor. At first I thought it was medical, it's not. We started watching her more closely and we've noticed that when we're watching her, she will stop midst in her tracks and use the litter box. If we don't, it's on the floor. I don't know what to do anymore.... I don't have the heart to get rid of her (I don't want to either!!). Has anyone else had this issue and what have you done that (possibly) corrected it? Any suggestions would be appreciated! :^:


  • Arna CohenArna Cohen Member Posts: 565
    edited 27 September, 2016
    Throwing up and diarrhea are classic symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. If that's when her behavior started, it could have been that she was associating pain with the litter box and was avoiding the box thinking that would solve the pain. Talk to your vet about IBD. Also check out - excellent website for cats with this disease. The other possibility is that she is suffering from anxiety. Ask the vet about putting her on a short course of anti-anxiety meds while you retrain her to use the box
  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 26 January, 2017
    I have no idea, I hope you managed to get it sorted. Many purrs from our family
  • MousieCorpMousieCorp Member Posts: 15
    Sounds like kitty might have some digestive issues and now relieving herself has become anything but a relief! She could be associating the litter with the pain that can sometimes accompany a "hit or miss" colon.  Or.. she may just be unable to make it to the box.  Sometimes it helps to have an additional box on the other side of the house so that she always has a box close by.  
    The other thing could be that she's not too crazy about how the litter feels on her paws. If she seems to tip toe in the litter, do her business and doesn't bury or dig around, it's likely she's more concerned about getting out of the box ASAP.   
    When I had an asthmatic cat, I used feline pine. It works GREAT, but gets EVERYWHERE!! 
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