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I recently bought a house and moved, after 4 years in

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I recently bought a house and moved, after 4 years in previous apartment. I have 2 cats, both fixed, an 8 year old male, and a 4 y/o female. They had both been using the same littler box in the apartment, and I was not always 'on top' of cleaning it. Now, I bought 2 separate littler boxes, but my male cat has been pooping outside the box on the floor next to it sporadically. He still pees in the box, and I have been keeping the boxes cleaner than ever before. We have been in the house for about a month now. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.


My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that your male kitty is pooping outside of the box. There are several reasons why this could be happening:

-arthritis- sometimes cats have difficult time positioning in the box to defecate and they will position so their rear end is hanging out. To help with this, I recommend a very large box, like an under the bed sweater box with no lid. This allows for more ease when positioning for defecation and can help cats with rear end arthritis.

-inflammatory bowel disease- this is trickier to diagnose, but I have seen inappropriate defecation as the first symptom.

-bladder infection- this is also less common for inappropriate defecation, but possible.

-other metabolic problem such as hyperthyroidism.

I would try offering a third much larger litter box as the first step. If that doesn't work, you may need to have him examined by your regular vet and consider blood work, urinalysis and x-rays.

Best regards, ***** ***** this answer helps you.

Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.

Dr. Amanda

Kansas State University,

College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2001

Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.


How are your kitties this evening? Did you try adding another litter box? Do you have any more questions for me?

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Best regards,

Dr. Amanda

Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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