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Pooing in the house suddenly.

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NachoAddict · 26/12/2013 13:11

Our Cat doesn't have a litter tray. We inherited him from mil and he has always gone outdoors to do his business. The last couple of days he has started pooing under the cooker (there is a bit of plinth missing).

he is a teenager (we think) mil took him in years ago from a stray.

why would he suddenly start pooing onside, does he need a trip to the vet? Should we buy a litter tray?

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Mogz · 26/12/2013 13:36

Could be the change in the weather, he might not want to go out if it is cold, wet and windy. Or could be a health problem. As a rule any change of toileting behaviour should mean a trip to the vet. In the mean time do get a tray set up and encourage him to use it, for the ske of the entire household!

cozietoesie · 26/12/2013 13:56

Get a tray (or two) and have him to the vet.(If he's getting on a tad, it may be something like arthritis which makes it more difficult to poo.)

NachoAddict · 26/12/2013 15:01

Definitely going to get a tray, cleaning up cat poo is not a fun Christmas.

Vet it is I think. He is doing a few fur balms but his winter coat is very thick and furry so that probably a counts for that and he is sleeping a lot which I had put down to age.

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NachoAddict · 26/12/2013 15:02

Oh and how do we teach him to use the tray?

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cozietoesie · 26/12/2013 15:27

He may well have used a tray in his kittenhood. I'd get one and see if he uses it instinctively. If not, try him on it a few minutes after he's eaten. (Put him on it and position him with some loving words.)

cozietoesie · 26/12/2013 15:35

PS - and if he's an older boy, and especially with a thick coat, I'd be looking to groom him regularly, maybe daily.

NachoAddict · 26/12/2013 16:30

Thanks cozie, I will do that. Sorry to be so clueless he was just foisted upon me and I don't know anything about cats.

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RoastCatIsNotChristmassy · 26/12/2013 16:35

My cat will start pooing in doors as soon as the weather turns wintery, or wet. It's very annoying but it coincides with winter. Last year she kept weeing in the same place on the carpet, So I fed her there and that seemed to stop it.

This year I have had to remove our door mat and now have a plastic runner down which is easy to clean.
I have also given her an extra litter tray which does help but I have to clean it out as soon as there is anything in it.

I would give your cat a litter tray and feed her as near as possible to where she is soiling.

NachoAddict · 26/12/2013 17:45

We already feed him right by it, don't they usual mess where they eat? This is our first winter together so could be the weather.

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Fluffycloudland77 · 26/12/2013 18:56

Usually they prefer not to eat by their trays.

Mine won't use certain litters, he doesn't like the silica crystals or the normal clumping litters it has to be ultra clumping talc scented Angry

So that's my advice, choose the poncey "how much per box? Litter and he will love it.

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