Why is My Cat Pooping on the Floor?

It’s no fun to have a cat pooping on the floor, especially if your cat is suddenly pooping on the floor. This frustrating problem can often be solved by changing your litterbox setup and ensuring that your cat is physically healthy and happy. 

Here are the main things you need to know:

  1. Your cat should see the vet for a full checkup (not just routine vaccinations or a wellness check). This problem is usually linked with a medical concern.
  2. Adding a second litterbox in the problem area is usually a good idea. Cat attract or softer, more sand-like litter often helps.
  3. Giving your cat more playtime, using Feliway, and adding more vertical space almost always helps reduce stress, which almost always helps!

In our most recent “Ask A Behavior Consultant” question, a reader asked:

Any thoughts on how to break Panda, my 17-year-old cat, of peeing and crapping outside his litter boxes? He used to crap under the oil tank but now he is starting to use other places in the basement. I’ve been cleaning his litter box more often, but now he won’t use his covered box at all!

Signed,
Perplexed in Pilsen


Other things to keep in mind:
  • How long has your cat been pooping on the floor in the basement? If this is a sudden change, it’s extra-important to get him to the vet for a checkup.
  • How often does he not use the boxes? Does he skip the box once a week when it’s super dirty? Or does he avoid the boxes all the time?
  • Does anything happen right before he stops using the boxes? For example, does he stop using his litterbox after guests visit?
  • Is his poo extra stinky? If so, you might want to change his food and get a vet checkup to ensure that there isn’t a medical problem.

In order to know which of these problems is plaguing Panda, the first stop should be the vet’s office.

Even though Panda is both peeing and pooping on the floor, we need to rule out a UTI or more serious medical concern as the first step.

Tell your vet what’s been going on with the box and they’ll run the right tests.

Basic Steps to Stop Your Cat From Pooping on the Floor

Let’s go through the options. It won’t hurt to try each of these options to help your cat use the litterbox again.

Keep in mind that fixing a medical problem and reducing your cat’s stress need to be your #1 priority.

The vast majority of my recent litterbox cases have turned out to involve a cat with a medical concern, like GI issues, diabetes, a broken elbow that made stepping into the box painful, or a UTI.

The cleanest boxes in the world won’t help if your cat has a UTI!

Even if your 16 year old won’t play like a kitten, he’ll enjoy watching the toys!

1. Restrict his space.

Depending on where he’s peeing and pooping, a good short-term solution is to block off the areas he’s using as an alternate box. Closing him into a small area (like a bathroom) with his box can also help kickstart litterbox habits.

2. Add another box.

If your cat already has a bad association with the old box, you might be best off trying a new box. If your current boxes are deep and covered, try a shallow box in another area of the basement.

3. Super-clean the offending spaces.

Get something like Eco 88 or Nature’s Miracle and a blacklight. Go through the house and find all of your cat’s old accidents and clean the crap out of them. If your cat smells old urine or feces in a corner of the basement, he might think it’s a good idea to pee there again. So clean it really well using a cleaner that’s made for pet urine!

5. Increase your cat’s daily mental enrichment.

This could mean playing music when you’re at work, giving him some daily play sessions with a good wand toy (even if he just watches it), giving him daily treats through a puzzle toy or just spending more time with him. All of this will help reduce his stress level. Remember, stress is often the root of litterbox issues!

6. Clean the boxes more.

Many cats simply won’t use a dirty box. Even if your cat has always been a trooper about getting his paws dirty, he might be getting picky in old age. Try to scoop the box daily or even twice daily.

7. Try a Feliway diffuser.

Again, this stuff seems like voodoo stuff – but Feliway can really help in some cases. It’s a calming pheromone that you can put into a wall diffuser or use as a spray. I know plenty of people who swear by it. As far as I can tell, it can’t hurt.

Unfortunately, there’s not much of a training quick fix when it comes to your cat pooping on the floor. Make sure that the litterbox issues aren’t medical. Then your best bet is to improve litterbox setup and decrease stress levels. There are some diffusers and other products that can help, but alone they’re unlikely to solve the problem.

8. Add Cat Attract to the litterboxes.

This little product is made to help remind cats to use their box. There’s frustratingly little information about what’s in Cat Attract or why it works. The website just says that it’s natural, they tested it, it works, buy it. I’d be skeptical, but… we use it at the shelter and I know several people who swear it makes a difference. Can’t hurt to try.

Why Your Cat is Pooping on the Floor

There are many things leading to a cat pooping on the floor. Let’s run through some common scenarios. Remember, it’s possible that Panda is suffering from several of these. Luckily the solutions are similar for all of them!

1. Your cat is sick.

If he’s got a UTI, urinating might be painful. He might learn that peeing inside the box hurts, so he tries peeing elsewhere to see if that helps. Given his age, it’s a good idea to check with the vet to rule out other serious medical concerns. No matter what you do for his behavioral health, we can’t fix anything if he’s physically unhealthy.

2. Your cat is in pain.

When older cats won’t use the litterbox, it could be because they’re in pain. Squatting might hurt, or stepping into the litterbox might be more difficult than it used to be.

  • Sometimes, cats develop a suspicion that the litterbox is causing pain, rather than the fact that it’s their own body that hurts.

3. Your cat is stressed.

Many cats don’t deal well with stress. This could relate back to being sick – he might be stressed because his joints ache. Or he could be stressed by something that’s never bothered him before (like the oncoming brutally cold Wisconsin winter). There might be something you’d never notice that’s bugging him – like a raccoon behind the house that’s driving him nuts. Failing litterbox habits are a common symptom of stress.

If your cat is pooping on the floor, take a look at what’s new in their life. Cats don’t deal well with change and they’re easily stressed. Many cats start peeing or pooping on the floor due to stress.

4. Your litterboxes aren’t clean enough.

As cats age, they might get more particular about their litterbox setup. He might not like that the litterboxes are all the way in the basement. Did you recently change the litter? Just changing the litter type is enough to set some cats off! Some cats like large, shallow boxes; others like deep, small ones. Many cats don’t like covered boxes at all. He might prefer more litter, less litter, a cleaner box, a bigger box, or just unscented powdery litter.

  • Tip: most cats prefer just a half inch of soft, sandy, unscented litter in an uncovered box. Scoop the box daily and dump it weekly! They don’t want yesterday’s poop or last week’s pee on their paws.

5. Your cat’s bladder control just isn’t very good anymore.

Given that Panda’s accidents are limited to the basement, I’m skeptical of this one. If he truly had little bladder control, I’d expect him to have accidents throughout the house. But this is a common reason for older cats to stop using the litterbox.

Got a cat pooping on the floor? I offer 15-minute consultations to find a solution. I cannot solve your problem in the comments section of this post.

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  1. All of our cats use the litter box except2. One Male and one female. We clean out the litter box regularly. In the house we have at least 10 cats. Help us please!!

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      1. I took in my cat after our neighbour left and left it.since I started staying with it,it always poops outside .we leave the window open always.so just yesterday I watched it poop on my mum’s bed.i couldn’t do anything and today it popped in the bathroom…my mum is really angry and she threatens to through the cat and her little kitten outside or give them away to a neighbour 😔😔😖😖I love my cats I don’t want to loose them please help me😞

      2. My female cat poops like 10 times a day. She uses her litter box some but mostly poops In the floor around the litter box. We have 2 litter boxes and just have one cat. I clean it like 3 times a day.

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  2. My Male cat has been pooping in our toddlers bedroom for a few months on and off. His poop smells terrible. Hes a sweet cat who loves snuggles and allows the kids to grab at him all day. Our toddler boy specifically may be upsetting lex (our cat) . He tries to pick him up and tips his fur out ..lex continues to lay around the kids though like he doesnt care at all. Hes not fixed and only about q yearold. He shares 2 liter boxes with 3 other female cats. .

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      1. My cat is 15 and we recently had our dog pass that he grew up with. We also have had my daughter’s 2 year old cat stay with us until she goes back to college. Shortly after the dog’s passing, he stating peeing in the kitchen floor and still does. He also uses his box and the same with pooping. Is this stress?

  3. I had to rehome my cat of 14 years to my daughrter because of health reasons.
    She is a high anxiety kitty and only wishes to be around me.
    She is pooping all over my daughters house and I dont know what to do about the situation and my daughter now doesn’t want her anymore because of this reason.

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      I’m so sorry to hear that, Sherry! It’s always hard to give up our pets, and I’m sure that your daughter is frustrated. Has she seen a vet or gotten any calming treats? That’s always a first step for sudden changes. What else have you tried so far? I’d recommend reducing her space in the house to just a room (bathrooms are easiest to clean) while she adjusts. If you’d like more help, I offer email support and 15-minute or 1-hour phone calls to troubleshoot. We have excellent success with litterbox issues using a combination of the email support and 15-minute calls.

  4. I have a 4-5 year old female cat , she’s used the litter box her whole life ! The last 2 days she has been pooping in random places . Everywhere OTHER THAN THE LITTER BOX she’s eating drinking and peeing and pooping . I’m at a loss ?

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      I’m so sorry to hear that, Lauren! It’s so frustrating to have our cats suddenly change their litterbox habits. Has she seen a vet? That’s always a first step for sudden changes. What else have you tried so far? If you’d like more help, I offer email support and 15-minute or 1-hour phone calls to troubleshoot. We have excellent success with litterbox issues using a combination of the email support and 15-minute calls.

  5. I have 4 cats and 1 of the females will not use the litter box. She was found after Hurricane Irma last year and we got her from the shelter a few weeks after. I’m assuming by her interactions with the other cats, she was an only cat in a household somewhere.

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      Michele, I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling with this! Cats that don’t use the litterbox can be really challenging to live with. What have you tried so far to introduce her to the other cats and reduce her stress? If you’d like more help, I offer email support and 15-minute or 1-hour phone calls to troubleshoot. We have excellent success with litterbox issues using a combination of the email support and 15-minute calls.

  6. I have this cat and she wont quit poping in my kids rokm bayhroom or dingin room she is the only one doing it the litterbox is clean what can i do ahe will even use the bathroom outside I am getting irrated cause she poops on the plywood but vould ahe being doing it since we have a kitten and before thr kitten please help me

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      Hi, Cherie. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having problems with your cat’s litterbox habits. So frustrating! I’d start by confining your kitty to a smaller space (like a bathroom). Use some Feliway to help calm her down and clean everywhere that she’s had an accident with Nature’s Miracle. Then slowly start to increase her space. If you need more help, I offer a variety of different services over email or phone to help you get your cat back on track. Since your cat has been doing this for a while, I’d also get a vet checkup. Finally, you might want to try offering a variety of litter boxes and litter types. That often helps!

  7. My cat is about 7 years old. She has always used the litter box before and hasn’t had problems. Recently she has been pooping everywhere around the house and we made sure her litter box was clean. What’s wrong with her?

  8. Hey there!!
    My cat Luna is a rescue. And when I got her 5mo ago she was pregnant. Used the litter box fine always has. Kittens are 11 almost 12 weeks old. They all use the boxes as well. She had 5 and now only has 3 left. She has NEVER went poop outside her box and I keep all three very clean. I got rid of another kitten last night and she has not shown any signs that she noticed him gone. Went to vet all is good. And recently had 1st treatment of Revolution. What the heck should I do? I’m getting mad. And she pooped twice on my pile of dirty laundry

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      Hi, Bri! So sorry about the litterbox issues, I know they’re a huge pain. I’d start by confining your kitty to a smaller space (like a bathroom). Use some Feliway to help calm her down and clean everywhere that she’s had an accident with Nature’s Miracle. Then slowly start to increase her space. If you need more help, I offer a variety of different services over email or phone to help you get your cat back on track. Since your cat has been doing this for a while, I’d also get a vet checkup. Finally, you might want to try offering a variety of litter boxes and litter types. That often helps!

  9. Thanks for sharing this article! You go very in depth into this
    I’m very fortunate my Cat does not poop outside the litter box
    As you mentioned, it’s so important to take them to the vets asap because it could be a medical condition

  10. My cat Gus has been pooping about 2 ft in front of his litter box. At first I thought I wasn’t cleaning it enough but even after cleaning it really good and adding arm and hammer to make his litter smell fresh that night he did it again! I don’t know what to do. One site I saw said that the litter box needs to be 1 1/2 times bigger than the cat’s length, and I’ve got a pretty big boy (he’s not fat just big and long, about 15lb) so I’m not sure where to get a larger one than the one we have. He’s 6 years old so he’s not old be any means…and he’s never had a problem like this aside from a time when he was pooping in a certain plant about 3 years ago.

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  11. (Gonna post this here, reply from another post, in case it can help..)

    I hope this will help some of you. My cat pooping out of the box issues – Understood and Resolved!!

    My cat Cosmo who is 13 years old, suddenly starting pooping outside his litter box, but he would oddly enough, still go Pee in the box. But he wasn’t just pooping outside his litter box, he was way, far away from it, shitting on the carpet in our living room =/ I didn’t know what was going on. He was having bouts of diarrhea that ended up on the hallway or living room carpet, and it wasn’t because he couldn’t make it to the litter box in time, or anything like that. I caught him about to drop one right in front of me on the carpet, so I moved him quickly to his litter box, but he jumped out, waited for me to leave, and then went and pooped on the same spot I had just moved him from! You can imagine my stress. I changed boxes, locations, litter, anything I could try, I did, and nothing worked.

    Meanwhile, I went to the vet to get Cosmo looked at because his diarrhea and occasional vomiting was getting quite bad. It kept coming back. I took him in and we had blood work done and I found out that my little Cosmo had somehow been infected with Feline Leukemia :’-( Particularly in his pancreas (btw positive FL cats CAN live with negative FL cats without infecting them. A great study was done in 2016 at a cat shelter proving this, and I have another cat that is, and continues to be, FL negative).

    This illness is causing Cosmo a lot of indigestion, so the vet put him on a special diet and thankfully, that’s been helping a lot, and he’s even put weight back on. However, he still kept pooping outside the litter box. And depending on where I moved the litter box too, it would affect where in the box he decided to do his business, (which corner he would go pee in). Nothing seemed to make any sense.

    I started to read about some cat psychology and observations that doctors have made regarding cats, how they feel about territory, how they react when they’re scared, ill, etc… and I started to think about the things I was observing in Cosmo. , because I realized his aversion to the litterbox was ALL MENTAL. How do I know this? I did an experiment. I placed the litterbox EXACTLY where he was ‘using the carpet’. Yup, right in the middle of my hallway, one of the most heavily trafficked area’s. And guess what? He used the litter box to take his poop! That sealed it for me, my cat was having some kind of ‘mental/psychological’ issue around going to the bathroom.

    There are two spots in the house that Cosmo had started poopin in. The living room hallway and at the bottom of the stairs going into the basement (both high traffic areas). When litter box’s were placed in these locations, he used them. I thought about why. and honestly, I think it’s because my Cat knows he’s ill, and it’s affected his behavior. Being in the high traffic areas, I think makes him feel safer, and where his box’s were located before, were area’s that were sort of out of the way. I don’t think he felt safe or secure. with that in mind, I’ve selected a new place for his litter box at the end of our hallway, around a corner, still a high traffic area, but not underfoot. I’ve been moving the litter box every day or two, about half a foot or so. I wait until I know Cosmo’s pooped in it at least once before I move the box again. It’s been slowly creeping along our hallway, lol, but it’s almost where I need it to be now, and you know what? he’s been great! the slow, gradual movement is helping, and now that I understand what he needs (he wants to be close to people, because he’s terminally ill and it’s affecting his behavior) I’m now able to provide a much more comfortable place for him to go to the bathroom, and my carpets stayclean! 🙂

    Please, please, please, do NOT LOCK YOUR PETS IN A CAGE OR CRATE to “Re-Train” them. Imagine how you’d feel if that was you. These are sentient creatures. I know it’s inconvenient to have shit in your house, I’ve stepped in more puddles of liquidy poop than I ever care to remember, but my kitty trusts me to do right by him. He trusts me to take care of him, physically, emotionally, and mentally. If your pet is having an issue going to the bathroom, and it’s not any of the regular stuff, then consider the pyschological ramifications that might be going on in your pets life. They FEEL things. When my dad died a few years ago, my other cat Blu, sat on my kitchen sink and cried real human-like tears for twenty minutes! All we could do was hug him, pet him, and console him. It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen. So please, treat your pet with as much kindness, love, and respect as you would want anyone to show you.

    I hope Cosmo’s story will be of help to someone. Best of luck to you all!

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      Thanks for sharing Cosmo’s story! The only thing that I would add is that in mane cases, it is important to close the cat into a smaller room. A crate isn’t necessary, but a smaller space often is. And be sure to clean those spots!

  12. About a week ago I was taking care of my mother’s cat for a week and I had a put him down due an illness. Then suddenly my own house cat starts pooping on the floor twice in a week. One near his litterbox and in kitchen. Help.

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  13. Hi I hope you can help. My British blue Lucy who is 12 years old. She has become our only cat a year ago which she loves.
    Unfortunately this has ment that neighborhood cats about 4 have invaded her territory. She was attacked about two weeks ago ( not hurt) which has shaken her badly. Since then she has taken to pooping under our dinner table her litter box is about 8 feet away. She will only go outside when we are with her. She has always tended to more indoors cat. I really hope you can help.

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      Hi, Glenda. So sorry that your kitty is struggling. It sounds like the outdoor cats are posing a problem for her. She might prefer to just stay indoors for a while, especially as she gets older. I wonder if pooping under the table feels more secure for her right now. Is your litter box covered or uncovered?

  14. Hey I have been having a problem with my cat she has been pooping and peeing in the floor. We have 3cats,please help us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. My female cat, about 9 years old, started defecating just outside of the litterbox when we adopted a kitten in late August. She wanders calmly next to the litterbox… and “goes.” I have 4 litterboxes, 3 cats (including her -14, 9 and 6 months) and we clean the boxes every day. I vacuum the floor and clean the area every day. Luckily, it’s linoleum. But I don’t know how to stop this behavior. I even caught her in the act and she did not stop! Kept going! She only urinates in the litter box, thankfully. I’m at a total loss!

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      Hi Rachel! That sounds really frustrating. Let’s hop on the phone (15 minute call here) to get things solved for you! I unfortunately don’t have any suggestions beyond the ones listed in the article without asking a lot more questions! If we can talk one-on-one, I can give much better support.

  16. My kitten was shiting in its box and my other cats box them I moved the kitty litter box into the same room as the other she’s now shiting on the floor , iv moved it back but the problems not resolved she’s shiting in the middle of the laundry /same room as the trays I’m so confused iv put her poo into the tray told her off , put her in her tray I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong she’s a beautiful kitten

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      Chan, can you try confining the offending cat into a smaller space and/or adding extra litter boxes? It’s possible that your new kitten isn’t litter-trained yet. Reducing her space is more helpful than putting her in the tray!

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      Hi Agatha! World’s Best Litter is a go-to for me, but it kind of depends on the cat. Most cats prefer sandy-like litter, but that’s not a winner with ALL cats.

  17. Hello,

    Great article! My cat has been pooping just outside of her box. I’ve used Cat Attract, super cleaned her box, added another box, etc. and still nothing. Once in a while she’ll go in the box but not all the time. She’s a little over a year old and she had littler box problems when we first got her, but we used Cat Attract litter and she has been fine for 9 or 10 months. She is peeing in her box every time (which I prefer if I had to choose!), just not pooping in the box. We play with her a lot and I work from home so she’s not left at home alone and we moved to a new home 2 months ago and she only has problems now so I don’t think that’s it. Overall shes been acting normal so I am baffled. When I called the vet, she said she thinks it behavioral because she’s had a checkup recently with a clean bill of health. Im concerned that if it becomes too much of a habit we’ll never get her to stop. I am not sure what else to try, any thoughts? I appreciate any insight, thanks so much!

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      Hi Kami! It looks like you’ve done a great job with the first steps to fix things. With these more complex cases, it’s helpful to talk to an expert (like me). I offer 15-minute calls for $15, where we could really troubleshoot things. Otherwise, I’d also suggest reducing your cat’s space to see if that helps. How clean is the box? Where is the box? Where is she pooping?

  18. My cat has started pooping everywhere since I started back to work. I’m assuming its separation anxiety…its been going on for a year now. Tried the feliway plug ins…they don’t seem to work. We’ve tried not feeding her till we get home but she does it right in front of us now…like a big dcrew you lady attitude. What else should I try. Her box is cleaned twice a day…

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      I’m sorry to hear that, Stacey! What a pain. Have you been able to follow the steps outlined in the article above, like increasing her daily playtime, restricting her space, going to the vet for a checkup, and thoroughly cleaning the accident areas?

  19. We have two young cats at home, recently-along with a bad stomach (diarrhoea)- been pooing in our hallway, in the same place. We think it’s both but there is a possibility it could just be the one. When they had pooed the first time, the next day we cleaned the litter box thoroughly so we knew it was clean enough for them, after 10 minutes and using it once, we left the kitchen to find they had done it again! It is even more frustrating as we are in a new house, with new carpets (the only house these sisters have know). Please Kayla can you help, why are they doing this and how can we stop them ! Many thanks, hope to hear from you soon

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      Hi Kelsey. I’m so sorry to hear that, I know how frustrating that is! What have you tried so far aside from cleaning the boxes? Did you follow the steps in the article above, like taking the cats to the vet or increasing enrichment?

  20. My 2 and a half year old, Seb, has been pooping on the floor next to the litter tray for months now. He used the tray again for a few weeks but now back to square one???? please please help.

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      Hi Jemma. I’m so sorry to hear that, I know how frustrating that is! What have you tried so far? Did you follow the steps in the article above?

  21. Hi. I recently got an adopted cat in november and she is 2 years old. She has been to 5 other homes so is understandably stressed. She sometimes poos in her litter tray but more often than not, on the floor. My parents are getting sick of it and are saying she has to go but I really want to keep her so I need to stop this from happening. So do you have any advice

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      Hi Ella. I’m so sorry to hear that, I know how frustrating that is! What have you tried so far to fix the problem? Did you follow the steps in the article above, like taking the cats to the vet or increasing enrichment?

  22. We got my daughters cat when he was 10 weeks old fully litter trained. He’s now 4 months old and today and yesterday he pooped on the floor. She cleans the box daily and plays with each day. Why would he start pooping on the floor?

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  23. My female cat has been pooping next to the litter boxes and in the hallway. We tried switching our litter we have one with scent and three without scent. I am at the end of my rope with her.

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  24. Hello. My cat has suddenly started popping on my bedroom floor at bed time. He’s never pooped on the floor but the last week he’s been doing it. He also has been peeing on the floor, only in my bedroom and at night. I thought maybe it was because my dog would kind of block him in my room, but tonight my dog was in bed with me and my cat still popped on the floor, and then scratched at the carpet like he does the litter box. He’s really making my room smell. I’ve used urine off and a pet floor shampoo and it still smells. He has had two urinary blocks in the past and is on a prescription diet now. I don’t know what to do and have been thinking of getting rid of him, but don’t want to pass the Burdon onto someone else especially because he loves me and doesn’t go to anyone else, but I’m at my wits end! Also if I leave clothes out him and my other cat will pee on them, they have been doing that for years if I leave clothes on the floor.

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      Hi Alisha! Sounds like your cat’s litterbox problems are pretty serious. You’re off to the right start with the prescription diet and the deep-cleaning. Have you been able to try increasing his play time and reducing his stress other ways, like outlined above?

  25. Hi, my cat is almost 4 years old. Recently he started pooping right across the litter box that’s in our bathroom. He still pees inside, so I’m not sure what the issue is? It’s a covered litter box that he’s used well for a few months now if it helps.

  26. Hi, my boyfriend and I have a 6 month old kitten and she recently started pooping outside of the litter box. She was doing fine, then I gave her a Inaba Ciao grilled chicken treat and she got diarrhea from that. I understood why she pooped on the floor when that happened. However, she won’t stop pooping on the floor now. We put her in a room at night because she sleeps half of the night and then has major bursts of energy, naturally because she’s a kitten. We did this before and she was fine. Used the litter and all. Now we wake up and open the door to a few piles here and there. I watched her use her litter the other night and she started to poop but as soon as it started coming out, she jumped out and started scooting. Any ideas? I plan on bringing her to the vet, but just wanted to know if anyone knew why she might be doing this.

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  27. Hi, my 9 year old female cat started pooping outside her box about a month ago. She shares a box with another male cat. The interesting thing is that she poops near the litter box and always in the same spot, but she always goes to pee in the box. I tried covering up the spot but she still left a present near that spot. Then I tried putting another litter box, but still nothing changed. The litter is unscented and I haven’t changed the brand in years and I clean the box twice a day. Do you have any ideas? Thank you in advance for any help.

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  28. I have three cats (2 female and one male) and each cat has three litter boxes. I clean regularly. One of the female cats has been peeing and pooping outside the box. I don’t understand why she won’t use the box.

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  29. My mum and I took in our cat who now has one kitten and her other baby died.when we took her in she used to poop outside so we always left the window open she doesn’t use a litter box or anything of the sort .so yesterday I witnessed her poop on my mum’s bed😟I was so shocked and my mum was so mad she threw them outside and said she doesn’t want cats in her house.later she calmed down and I got my cats back but I guess she felt potty for the little kitten coz she really loves the baby …then today,when I got back home from my classes she told me that my cat cat popped again but this time in the bathroom 😥😥I’m really scared..I don’t want to loose my babies …I love my cats so much but I really don’t know why my cat is pooping everywhere😞.but lately she has been having problems ..some cats from around have been bullying her😒but I always try my best to chase them away … and she has been so low sometimes she wants to stay alone😭😭she doesn’t even want me to cuddle her😭😭😧it really hurts because I love her so much … please I’m begging you to help me😞😖 please if you can…I’m sure if this goes on my mum won’t hesitate to give them away 😥 please 💔

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  30. My cat Titan is 10 months old. She keeps pooping on the wood floors in my moms office. It started when we got 3 new cats which she is now accustomed to but is still continuing to poop. How do we make her stop?

  31. My 5 year old cat Brando was checked out around 5 months ago for UTI etc. when he was excessively going to the litter box. All tests came back negative; however, with the vet indicating that his kidneys are a little older than he is. He is now on wet food and dry kibble that is meant to treat the urinary, recommended by the vet. As it so happens, over the last 2 days, Brando pooped outside his litter box, but still pees in the litter box. Brando is also acting distant. He often displays affection and being greedy for treats and food, even my food which I never give to him. Now he ignores when I am eating and never comes to me for affection. I know something is bothering him. However, I did transition him from clay litter to wood pellets a few months ago and he did well until 2 days ago. Given the pandemic that is happening, I thought I would try this first before lugging Brando to the vet and forking over $500.00 on a vet bill. I need your help or any suggestions concerning my handsome fur baby.

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  32. My girlfriend and I recently got a one year old cat about two months ago. He is a male Russian blue cat. During the day he will use his litter box but when it comes to night time/ morning he will leave a small pile of poop on the floor right in front of the litter box .When we first got him he never pooped on the floor and all the sudden hes doing it. We also changed his food and when he feed him. Anytime that he poops on the floor, he knows that he shouldn’t which makes him hide from us. We have cleaned his litter box more than we used too, we added cat attract, and changed his litter box location. We are running out of ideas on how to prevent him from pooping on the floor. Do you have any advice that can help us?

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  33. My cat is litter box trained and I’ve never had a problem he is eight months old however tonight he kinda slipped a droplet than when I was holding him a drop of poop slipped out onto the floor I don’t think he even knows he is doing it what does that mean? It is not big piles and he isn’t dibelatry scrounging on the floor where he looks like he is pooping it just looks like when he moved a drop slipped out and when he was held.

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  34. I have a 6 yr old tabby who just out of the blue started to poop on the floor once a week. Any suggestions would be appreciated

  35. I have a cat that always poops on the floor, like once a day. Pees in the box, poops outside of it. i really need the help

  36. I have a cat that has started pooping outside the litter box on my living room floor. I started cleaning the litter box more thoroughly and more often. I took him to the vet because I thought he may be constipated. He will poop a little in the box but just a little. Well the vet tested him for leukemia and he doesn’t have that but his white blood cell count was off so he got a shot of antibiotics. He was also given an enema. Well that caused all kinds of problems, he stopped eating and stayed in my closet, I also had him groomed which traumatized him even more. I took him back to vet and he got a steroid shot, so he is back to eating and coming out of the closet. But he’s back to pooping on the floor…please help!

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  37. My female cat has never had a problem with using the litter. I’ve had her since she was 3 weeks. I trained her to use the litter and she has never had a problem. I recently moved and she used pooped/peed outside of the litter a few times but ultimately used the litter and stopped using it outside of it. Last week (a month later) she has stopped using the cat litter completely. I assumed it was because it was a new litter with a strong lavender scent so today we bought the usual unscented litter that we regularly use. We used the lavender scent one before once I believe at our old home but mostly used lightly scented or unscented ones. I’m scared she has made using other places around the home a habit. Shes going on 3 years ago next month. I don’t know how to re train her. I try to put her in the box and she hops right out. I’m afraid I’ll have to give her away if this problem isn’t fixed it’s frustrating and stressful for us and I’m sure her too. I really don’t want to give her away but I just don’t understand what’s wrong. I wanna know what’s wrong. It’s to the point where I can’t sleep because I’m worried about her peeing and pooping in my room or around the house.

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      Hi Lexsi! That’s so frustrating and I’m sorry you’re dealing with it. Have you been able to try any of the suggestions in the article?

  38. My cat has been recently pooping all over the house, usually in the evening. Most of the time it is on a carpeted area or a blanket on the floor. The last few days my cat has begun peeing on my bed where I sleep. I don’t understand why she is doing this. She still uses her litter box, and has pooped outside of the box on multiple occasions, but that was usually just beside the box. We clean the box every few days so it is not dirty. This recent pooping has been almost daily though.

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      I would try cleaning the box several times a day, as well as the other solutions in this article. Every few days is actually pretty infrequent when we’re talking about a toilet! Have there been any other increased stressors?

  39. Hi I am 13 years old and one of my cats are pooping on the floor every day sometimes multiple times a day and we have tried getting more litter boxes and changed the litter and getting a relaxant defuser and playing with her more and nothing helps my parents said that if it continues then we have to get rid of her This has been happening for months now please help

  40. I have adopted a kitten almost a year ago and he just turned one. At first when I got him he was using the litter box normally but a month later my mom decided to change the litter and the other two cats we own use it fine and at first mine was as well but now he always poops outside the litter box and this has been going on for months. I’m confused because he always pees in the litter, but won’t poop in it and he always poops at most ten feet away from it( so it’s close enough that he could’ve used it but he won’t). I honestly don’t know what to do anymore and I’ve been told to just accept it ,but it’s getting tiring to clean up poop once or twice everyday. Is there a reason for his behavior and is there any way to fix this? Because we even tried to change the litter back and he still pooped outside of it. Please help me.

  41. My cat have a problem to poop always in the bathroom but from last 4-5 days she is pooping on the floor i need help

  42. I have had a my cat Mowgli for 4 years now and litter boxes have always seemed to be an issue for him. I got him from a friend when he was a young kitty of a few months. He was one of 5 kittens I think. I visited him several times before taking him home and noticed they all shared the same litter box and their food wasn’t more then 1 foot or two away. Not sure if this has anything to do with why he offends. When I first got him home ( we had a male and a female cat already of middle age and very sweet) everything litter box related was fine. I kept Mowgli in my bedroom secluded with his own food and litter box but let him wander and mingle with the other cats. Since he was new I wanted him to have a place that was mostly his in case the other cats were too much. He cuddled with the other cats and got along nicely with them. Shortly after he started to try to take the Alpha position in the household with the other cats didn’t seem to mind. The female used to be the Alpha before Mowgli arrived but she gave up the position fairly quickly. Within a week my roommate and I noticed Mowgli pissing and pooping occasionally in our claw foot bathtub. I solved this by leaving a little water in the tub to deter him. This worked until we noticed he was pissing and shitting on our couches or in front of the other cats litter boxes. He wasn’t neutered yet so I quickly made an appointment and got him snipped two weeks later. We had to close off our living room from him when we weren’t around or else we got little presents. I poured gallons of Nature’s Miracle to stop the smell and it didn’t seem to do much. Years later I still have an occasionally issue with him. 99% of the time he pisses in his litter box but pooping is sparatic. I get lucky some times and we go weeks with no issues and then BAM he decides to poop on the floor again. Then it can be a one day thing or a many weeks thing until he stops again. I have put rugs/newspaper and even trash bags over the high traffic spots he likes to poop in but he still has a few spots; the pathway to the kitchen and the floor in front of his litter boxes. I’ve tried relocating the litter boxes but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Once I block off spots he seems to find new ones nearby. If there is debris or anything he can use to cover his offense he does so I guess he thinks its ok? I tried a few Nature’s Miracle products and none seemed to stop the offenses. I love this cat to death and he is sweet otherwise from the occasionally tussle with my male cat that is around 12yrs old and super chill. They play fight and sometimes Mowgli takes it too far but other than that he is a love bug and just wants to run and play. Any ideas on how to stop this inappropriate elimination?

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  43. I forgot to add I have tried all things in this article except the vet and clean the box whenever it is dirty, which is usually once a day. He has two large litter boxes all to himself

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  44. We have 2 cats. One is 14 yrs and the other is 9 years old.
    The 9 yr old seems to picked me as his favorite. Always sitting in my lap at night time while we watch tv.
    In this past week I’ve notice poop in my chair. No where else .. the litter box is clean. What to do?

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  45. My not fixed female cat started peeing and pooping outside of the liter box once she started going into heat and i cannot for the life of me get her to use it again and I don’t want to have to get rid of her someone please help

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  46. Hello, I have 9 cats, all spayed and one of them (female) poops outside one of the litterboxes (specifically the same litter box) in the same spot at the same time everyday. Usually it is before their dinner and if she didn’t have the time to she would go after she has her dinner. This isn’t a sudden issue. At first she used to poop on my bed, then she moved to poop close to the front door and when we placed a partition and she couldn’t go there anymore, she stopped then started pooping outside the litter box as I have mentioned. She does poop inside the litter box at different timings and even pee, so the litter box does not seem to be an issue to her? I’m not sure, she just keeps trying to find places to poop in and I tried the feliway diffuser, unfortunately it didn’t work. The vet didn’t have much to say really, I think it could be linked to something but I just can’t know what it is.

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      1. yes it is! i’ve tried so many things to keep her from doing so but she does it anyway. back then she used to be so guilty when she does it you can see it on her face and body language. but now she would do it in front of me as if its normal, when i try to stop her she sneaks back to the same exact spot and does it… its really bothersome :/

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  47. I have 2 cats (Lucy age 1 and Odessa age 4) and we have 2 litter boxes both in the bathroom and suddenly for the last month one of them has been pooping on the floor in front of the toilet. It’s not everytime they poop. It’s like they use the boxes a few times and then poop on the floor once or twice and then back to the boxes. One time one of them pooped on the floor right after I cleaned the boxes. My roommate is on the verge of getting rid of both of them if it keeps happening and I don’t want that please help

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  48. I have about a 1 year old male cat and he’s always pooped in the litter box. But for the past like 2-3 weeks he almost never poops in the box. He goes and poops in the same corner of my room. I’m not sure what happened. Please help.

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  49. I would love help with my cat. She’s been pooping by my front door for a while now. I’ve tried many things and nothing is working. How can I contact you?

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  50. I got a cat from a friend and he’s really sweet but hardly uses his box. He poops on carpet and in corners and under my younger child’s bed so I don’t let him upstairs but I’m not sure what to do. He’s on urinary special food that they previous owners were using but nothing has helped. I really don’t want to get rid of him but I need to find a something to get him to use his box.
    Any help would benefit

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      Would you like to schedule a consult to see if I can help you problem-solve? Just hover over the 1-on-1 training tab on the menu of the site to see your options. I’ve got so many questions and suggestions for you! And be sure you’re using the tips already laid out in this article.

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