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fridaylove
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From:richmond, va USA
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posted 02-09-2004 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fridaylove     Edit/Delete Message
My 6mos old kitty has decided to stop using the litter box for poops. He did it once last week and we chalked it up to the litter box was gross and dirty...ok...he got neutered on Thursday and there have been poops in the same spot every day...3 feet from the litter box. Anyone have any clues as to what's up??

Thanks,

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Amy and Hunter the kitty boy :-)

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Chessmind
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posted 02-09-2004 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Cats really don't like dirty litter boxes. Dirty to a cat can be one poop in there. So, you have to be good about cleaning it at least twice a day and changing the litter once you think it's no longer clean. I have one cat and I change the entire litter out every single week. Normally, I would suggest that you take your kitty to the vet to rule out any health problems, but it seems like he's just grossed out by how dirty his litter box is and prefers to go where it is clean.

Try getting one more litter box (2 total). Get one more kind of litter. Put fresh litter into both boxes (old litter brand in one and new litter brand in the other). Then place these boxes in a quiet stress free area or place one box where he has started to poop and the other in a quiet stress free area. In the meantime keep those boxes clean. I take it your kitty is eating and drinking fine? Is he loved and well cared for? No stress that you can think of that would cause this?

Good luck and keep us posted.

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suki
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posted 02-10-2004 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suki     Edit/Delete Message
My 5 month old kitten does the same thing. She had really bad diarrhea about a month ago, and started toileting beside the litter and in corners, and the vet suggested then that she associated pain and lack of control with using the kitty litter.

The diarrhea cleared up, and we tried using two types of kitty litter, and she seemed to use both without preference. We have since moved house, and now only use the original litter - and she has started pooping about a foot from the litter again. The box is in a quiet corner of the laundry, we scoop the poo out as soon as we notice it (usually a few times a day), and we replace it every few weeks when it gets dirty. We are using a crystal litter which clumps around the poo, and has blue odour absorbing crystals too - the pet shop recommended it.

I have noticed that she seems a bit stressed when she uses the kitty litter, sometimes she meows and cowers in the corner beside the litter box.

Is there anything I can do?

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fridaylove
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posted 02-10-2004 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fridaylove     Edit/Delete Message
My husband cleaned the litter box and moved it to the spot where Hunter was pooping...this morning, as I was getting ready to go to work...I heard him meow...so I went to see what was up, he got out of the litter box and pooped right beside it. The only thing that I can think of is that 1) Having just been neutered the pooping hurts him. 2) He doesn't like the litter that we are using 3)And maybe there is too much litter in the box.
I am going to have to problem solve this, perhaps over the weekend, I'll get a whole new box and try some other litter.
I feel sorry for the little guy...because he never really had a problem with the box before. He has meowed at times while in the box
I'll keep posting...if anyone has any other ideas let me know :-)

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Amy and Hunter the kitty boy :-)

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fridaylove
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posted 02-10-2004 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fridaylove     Edit/Delete Message
Suki,
Maybe your little kitty is still having stress with the box. Perhaps you can move the box a little to where your kitty is going. A new little may work also.

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Amy and Hunter the kitty boy :-)

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fridaylove
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posted 02-10-2004 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fridaylove     Edit/Delete Message
Suki,
Maybe your little kitty is still having stress with the box. Perhaps you can move the box a little to where your kitty is going. A new little may work also.

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Amy and Hunter the kitty boy :-)

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Chessmind
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posted 02-10-2004 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
If he's meowing while he's trying to go poop he may be in pain. A trip to the vet wouldn't hurt.

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