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Cher, Cat Behavior-expert
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Experience:  40+ years Cat Behavior Consultant; Vol. Vet Asst.
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Indy is a spayed female Ragdoll, about 10 yrs old. I close

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Indy is a spayed female Ragdoll, about 10 yrs old. I close her in a bathroom every night, always have. She has her bed,food, water and her litter box in there. She runs in there every night to get her food. This past week she has been pooping on the floor every night. She still will pee in the box, just not poop. The litter has been clean, even new. What could be the problem? Thnks
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Behavior
Expert:  Cher replied 6 months ago.
Hello, and welcome. I'm sorry Indy has been pooping outside the litterbox. This could be caused by an underlying medical problem or stress/anxiety. She may have an intestinal infection, parasites, or another problem that is causing her discomfort when she poops in the litterbox, so she's associating that 'place' with her pain, and goes outside the litterbox. She may feel lonely and miss you at night, now that she's getting older, and stress is causing her to do this, letting you know something is wrong and she's feeling uncomfortable or frightened. The best thing to do at this point, would be to have her checked in person by her vet, and also have a fecal sample tested. You can also use Feliway in the bathroom to help her feel calmer. This comes in a plug in diffuser which emits cat calming pheromones and has no scent to humans. However, you would want to take into consideration the dimensions of the bathroom, to make sure it is not too small to use a plug-in there, which will adversely affect Indy, in a small space. Here is more information about Feliway: Even if her stool is normal looking and not loose, mushy, etc., she still may be experiencing pain when she defecates. She also may be having a problem with her anal glands and the vet can check those out, as well. Here is more information about anal glands: I hope you are able to get her evaluated in person by her vet and all will be well with Indy. Please let me know how she's doing and what the vet tells you. Thanks! Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback; that is the only way I receive credit for my assistance. Thank you very much!Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed, and I will be glad to continue.Warmest regards,Cher