Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

We have seven, yes seven cats inside, 6 males and one female, all fixed. Originally we just had one, who is now about 4. We feed ferrules and one was really small, and we were afraid he wouldn't survive the winter so we brought him in and the female wanted to come in, so we brought her in as well, and added a second litter box. Everything was still good.


Then we had a mama cat get trapped and killed, intentionally, by a neighbor (he got into legal trouble and won't do that again). She had five, 5 week old kittens. One died, but we had to bring them in to care for them. They're about a year old now. After we brought them in our older cat started going to the bathroom in the hall or on floor in our bathroom. He is a moody cat anyway and this seems to just be him rebelling. Any ideas?

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June 22, 20160 found this helpful

This is territorial behavior. You have too many cats and not enough territory (space) and your cat is trying to tell you that.
Just as grown children move away from mom and dad, these "kids" need their own territory. Another home with good owners who care for them.

By the way, two litterboxes isn't enough for 7 cats, since their territorial behavior extends to the boxes. Cats can "claim" certain boxes and other cats won't want to go there.

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

You have too many cats and not enough litter boxes or space. Think of 7 people crammed into a tiny apartment.


After awhile they get on each others nerves and cause arguments and issues. It is the same way with animals. Cats like to have some alone time and they aren't getting it.

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