Why is my 8-month-old female kitten pooping in the bathroom sink?

Janine KahnJanine Kahn Manila/San FranciscoMember Posts: 50
I took in an 8-month-old female stray about four months ago. The vet checked her out and she's fine, but I cannot get her to poop in the litterbox. She'll pee in it no problem, but she poops in the bathroom sink! I started covering the sink with a board, and now she's pooping in the floor in random areas. I have three other cats, all male. I have seven litter boxes in three locations. I've tried different brands of cat litter, shredded newspaper, and old towels (per the vet's recommendation) but nothing seems to work. Today I left the sink uncovered and she'd pooped in it. Any ideas?

Best Answers

  • sherry LaRosa-Silvestrisherry LaRosa-Silvestri willow groveMember Posts: 888
    Accepted Answer
    I once had a kitten I fostered who would urinate in the bathroom sink. It turned out that he had a urinary tract infection and later was diagnosed with overactive bladder. His new owner told me she gives him a pill once a day for the overactive bladder condition. Thankfully he went to a nurse and she can handle it. Did your vet check your cat for a UTI? Maybe she doesn't like to go in a litter box that has been used before. My old cat did this. I had to have two separate litter boxes for one cat - one to urinate in and the other to poop in! I don't know what other suggestions to make. Maybe someone else can give better advice. Good luck!
  • Colleen MoceriColleen Moceri Sterling HeightsMember Posts: 30
    Accepted Answer
    Have your vet check her anal glands! A lot of vets miss this and impacted or infected anal glands will make them avoid defecating in the litter box.
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