Save my cat from "the elements"

  1. Sorry, I'm too lazy to look for the old thread on cats..

    Help! She insist on defecating on the outside rim of the litter box. Yes, she uses the box, but just isn't happy unless there's a pile on the outside, running down the edge of the box. I changed the type litter, thinking this was the problem. Nope, just last night, new litter, clean box..and today, a pile outside again. She just can't seem to get her rectal sphincter INSIDE the box.

    I am about one turd away from throwing her AND her litter (kittens & sheit) outside.

    Any suggestions????
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   bossynurse
    my cat occasionally does that too. If I haven't sifted in a timely manner, he finds a clean corner for his paws and hangs off the sides. I don't think he does it on purpose, he just doesn't want to get dirty. As long as I sift through it once a day he poops in the box. And I changed litter brand once and he wouldn't go near it. Cats are so picky.
  4. by   canoehead
    My cats do this when I need to clean the box, but I bet that is not your problem. They also tend to do it in the smaller box, and more in covered boxes. Perhaps they feel claustrophobic and back up to get some air, and back themselves right out of the box. My vote would be to change the box in some way, get a larger one or take the top off it. Good luck.
  5. by   RN-PA
    PLEASE don't put your kitties out!!! Have you switched to a new litter lately? I had a cat that didn't like anything but plain clay litter and had trouble keeping her business in the box when I tried a scented litter. Also, is the litter box large enough?

    When you say her stool is "running down the edge of the box", is she having diarrhea? My cat's turds are formed and wouldn't be a real mess to clean if she went outside the box. (We have newspaper under the litterbox to catch any accidents.)

    Did the litter box go for a longer while than usual without being cleaned? Is she under more stress than usual? (Children or her kittens harrassing her?) How long has she been a Mom? Are there enough litter boxes in your house to accomodate all the kitty butts?

    And count your blessings. Be glad she's not peeing in places around your house-- The cat-owners' nightmare.
  6. by   Angelica
    What "elements" will your cats be saved from? Arsenic or mercury, perhaps?
  7. by   KC CHICK
    My kitty ( may she rest in peace ) used to pee in the litter box but always pooh just outside of the litter box. It became part of the litter changing routine....during her 17 years....to place newspaper around the box. She would always use the paper to pooh on.....she just couldn't have both in the box together. Never understood why.
    Maybe your kitty is a paper pooper too.

    Anne
  8. by   prmenrs
    -Get a bigger litter box.

    -Place litter box inside a THICK (Contractor clean up bags are 3mils) plastic bag. Squash it down so that the litter box is "lined w/ the bag, and tuck the loose edges under the box. If it's too thin, the cat will shred it, and when you take it off, it will tear.

    -Place litter in the plastic bag covered litter box.

    -When it's time to empty, get the open end of the bag and remove the [clean] litter box, so that the soiled litter is inside the bag and you can take it to the trash can.

    I agree about the newspaper surrounding the box. I hope I explained that in a way that you can visualize it.
  9. by   Reabock
    I'm thinking that if the pan had a hood, that she can't back up to the edge, other than the doorway, to pooh. I have one that does it sometimes too, or will go on the paper surrounding it, I figure she's just making a statement. In fact, I need to clean one pan now (have 3) as the boys who use it are at the vets getting "tutored" (neutored). Its so quiet without the evil duo bouncing off the walls and playing with my bottlcaps (Pepsi)
  10. by   nurs4kids
    thanks guys! I feel like such an idiot..
    I never thought about placing paper under/around it..duhhh. No, she doesn't have diarrhea and yes, the kids AND kittens torture her. I just changed and cleaned the box last night and she did it today, so THAT isn't the problem. It COULD be the placement of the box as I have it snuggly between the dryer and a wall, so she can only enter and exit from one side of it. I'll move it and place paper under it.

    thanks again!
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by nurs4kids
    I am about one turd away from throwing her AND her litter (kittens & sheit) outside.
  12. by   Mimi Wheeze
    I'm not a huge cat hater, but if I had a cat that crapped on my floor and not in it's box because he's picky, I would have a brand-new outdoor cat.

    Oh, who am I trying to fool? I wouldn't have a cat in the house in the first place.
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    Why you would have them in the house when they are crapping all over the place is beyond me.
    Throw them outside...they will be fine out there.
    ewww..
    -Russell
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Throw them outside...they will be fine out there.
    Or not.

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