Why is My Cat Pooping on The Floor?

Cat pooping on floor surfaces and other surfaces in the home?

If you have a cat that is pooping in spots where it is not supposed to, it can be a constant source of irritation for you and your children.

When you find that your cat is pooping on the floor, make sure that you clean the areas where it has been with a strong disinfectant, in order to discourage the pet from returning to the area.

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Your cat may have used the litter box on previous occasions and the problem that you are now having might be a fresh development. The cat may have begun pooping on the floor when it decided that the litter box was not the best place for it to do its business. The cat may pee in its litter box but poop on the floor or even on a table.

Try varying the type of litter you use in the cat’s litter box. Cats regard the smell and feel of the litter as a priority, so changing the litter you use may help to encourage it to use its litter box. Also try changing the litter every day.

If a definite incident or series of incidents led to a change in your cat’s behavior, you can solve your problem more easily. Try to determine what incident may have led to the change in your cat’s behavior. A stressful incident or something as simple as using a new disinfectant may have triggered the change in your cat’s behavior.

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Make sure that your cat’s food and water are not placed too near to the litter box.

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If your cat is pooping on the floor right beside the litter box, it may be because the box is not big enough for your cat. Try getting a bigger litter box for your cat and see if that eliminates the problem. 

Mike Whyte is an Independent Cat Behaviour Researcher. He has published a complete guide on interpreting what your cat is trying to tell you through its behavior. You can get his easy to follow guide here and stop your cat peeing outside the litter box.

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Why is my cat pooping on the floor?

Cat pooping on the floor

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  1. mphsglo

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    ‘Pooping on the table???’ His little butt would find out what it’s like to be an outdoors cat real quick, provided he hasn’t been de-clawed. :)

  2. Tiki33

    On October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Maybe he wants a new litter box. Cat’s are like humans, they are very picky.If the new box doesn’t work than I’m afraid that Mr. Cat would become Mr. Outdoor Cat!

  3. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    @Mph
    Lol
    Definitely

  4. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Tiki, it’s not my cat. I don’t like anything too picky around me.
    I am a dog person.

  5. yes me

    On October 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I tell Jen your tips Sharifa… it seems Bob cat is using a big plant to do his do do’s good share this meow!

  6. Adrn0919

    On October 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    One can also use the gadget to teach the cat how to use the toilet. Very good information and suggestions. Thank you.

  7. Ruby Hawk

    On October 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I have no idea, I never had the problem, usually cats are very clean. Maybe he’s sick.

  8. LCM Linda

    On October 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Interesting topic. Helpful tips to cat owners.

  9. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    @Matt
    If it’s an outdoor plant it’s not too bad. lol

  10. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Good suggestion Adrn.

  11. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    It’s not my cat Ruby, but thanks for the suggestion.

  12. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Linda.

  13. athena goodlight

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Great tips for cat owners. We use wood shavings for our cat’s litter box.

  14. tonywriter

    On October 21, 2011 at 2:43 am

    hello Sharifa, How are u ??

    Great article!

  15. dwisuka

    On October 22, 2011 at 5:46 am

    good tips, Sharifa

  16. FX777222999

    On October 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Nice article for pet owners.

  17. Muhammad Fajar Marthias

    On October 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    i have 2 cats, but they always pooping on the floor, i’ll try these great tips,thanks sharifa

  18. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

    You’re welcome Muhammad.

  19. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Hi Fx.

  20. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks Dwisuka.

  21. Michal Dorcak

    On October 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Good article.

  22. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Michal.

  23. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks Tony.

  24. petlover

    On November 15, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I love cats, thanks for sharing your nice post here.

  25. SharifaMcFarlane

    On July 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    You’re welcome.

  26. Brenda Nelson

    On February 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Also and very important, if a cat is pooping on the floor it is often because the cat has anal gland problems. Read Why cats poop in the house not in their litter box

  27. SharifaMcFarlane

    On February 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    You’re right Brenda. Sometimes that’s easy to pick up if the cat keeps licking it’s bottom a lot. However it may not always do that or show any other obvious signs of anal gland problems.

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