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Pooping outside of the litterbox, especially if the poop looks normal (ie no diarrhea/blood), always is a behavioral problem....
This does make it more difficult to control..you ARE doing the right thing in keeping him from the bedroom when this becomes an issue...
Do you keep the litterbox VERY clean? Sometimes a littlebox that even has a few things in it will keep a cat from wanting to use it!
Should I just keep him from the bedroom all the time when I am not home?
Yes, I keep it very clean!
IF it IS only the bedroom...Then it may be that he is trying to "mark" his territory..... IS this the only place he goes? outside of the litterbox?
I have had him for 1 year and 2 months (got him from a cat rescue) and in that time he has always done it on my bed, on the side I sleep on (I sleep alone) and he sleeps with me. He did go on another bed in the house in another room. I had a house guest here for about a month (a male relative of a friend) and Indy pooped on the bed the day he left!
I'll bet you are laughing right now.
Well, He sure did tell you what he thought, huh? :)
Yeah, I think so.
I just don't know why he does it so infrequently.
If he is the only cat in the household, then If keeping him from the bedroom works, I would stick with that....if that is hard to do...then sometimes keeping a litterbox IN the bedroom and then slowly moving it towards the room you eventually WANT it in...is probably the only solution
Slowly moving it....means moving it a few feet every day or two until it gets to the location he is used to....
He is the only cat in the house. I forgot to tell you that when I first got him he would poop on the couch. My friend said to get a second litterbox which I did then he stopped doing it. He has done it only once on the couch about a couple months ago. Otherwise it's on my bed.
I have the other box in the bathroom and he doesn't use that one as much as he uses the one downstairs. I could put the one in the bathroom in my room and slowly move it to the bathroom, maybe??
Yep, sounds like a good idea....Especially if your bedroom and where the current litterbox is, is on a different level of the house...Sometimes cats just don't want to go down/up a level to do their business....This doesn't mean it has to be this way at all times, but for a few months until things seem better...i would add the other litterbox
So you are saying that I should move the bathromm box into my bedroom and then slowly move it back to the bathroom?? Just want to know if we are on the same page.
Yep, i would keep it in the bedroom for a few weeks....gross, I know, but then slowly move it to a more "ideal" location....over a few weeks....If you don't mind it in the bathroom, then that is a nice...close...place (compared to the bedroom)...that he should slowly get used to the bathroom as being his "alternative" place to do his business!
That is where his second box is now that he uses occasionally. And it is where I had his first box located. I eventually put a second one downstairs and that is the one he uses 99% of the time.
I think he uses the one downstairs MOST of the time...it seems...but every once in awhile, when upstairs, he has the desire to use the bed...SO I would move the box to the bedroom for a few weeks....see how he does....and if he uses it occasionally, I would move it SLOWLY to the bathroom to get him used to using that one again...does that make sense?
Yes, it does. And I will try that. Just one last question on this topic. Do you think he does it because he's mad that I have left him, or do you think he is marking his territory?
More likely "marking" or just a convenience factor...cats don't tend to take Revenge because they are upset...just not in their nature....
They just don't tend to be "mad" at their owners behavior...more likely a "well, I guess I'll just go here now, since that is more convenient for me" ")
I appreciate you taking the time to answer me and hope you have a great Sunday Julie. It is Julie isn't it?
It just seemed like he was taking revenge because he went on the side I sleep on, EVERY time.
Yep! Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX a great weekend! .....Well...It may just be that he likes that side, cause it is associated with his favorite person...you!
Thanks again Julie. Nice chatting with you. Good night.
Enjoy your evening....mine is about at an end!
Thank you again for your time and input. I relocated the litter box I have upstairs from the bathroom to my bedroom shortly after I messaged back and forth with you. I must say I was pleasantly surprised! Indy took to pooping in the box and NOT on my bed. He hasn't gone once on the bed. And since I clean it out daily, it doesn't smell. I am going to continue to leave it in there and not relocate it back to the bathroom.
Have a great summer!