Cat's Won't Poop in Litter Box?

It seems to be a common question but here we go, I have two cats about 8 months old and both of them defecate outside the litter, nowhere near the trays. They use the litter to urinate only. They go outside, but come indoors to pee in the litter and poop on the floor. I have about 6 litter trays and have changed the litter type and am at a loss as to what to do. Please help!


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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

We adopted a senior cat who was having litter issues, for a while he would use the litter to pee, but poo on the floor, anywhere but the litter box. Your kitties are a bit young for this, but our cat got better when we added pumpkin to his diet, got a water fountain, and have cat grass for him to eat. We also limit his wet food.

The person who gave him up was only feeding him dry food, it caused constipation, which was incredibly painful (meowed in pain) so he associated the litter box with pain. We bought pure canned pumpkin (Not pumpkin pie filling) and started mixing it into his wet food. It goes bad quite quickly in the fridge, so we make pumpkin cubes in a spare icecube tray. We mix 2 cubes with water, it lasts about 2 days.


However you will need to start out with a small amount of just pumpkin first. We also took him off the high fiber dry food (and let his vet know), and now limit his dry food intake. His litter use isn`t perfect, but we can quickly correct when he`s had too much dry food or too many treats.

There`s a theory that carbs are not for cats, they only need meat and fat and the little bit of grain that would be in the tummies of the mice or birds that they`d hunt in the wild. Hope this helps. Caveat: litter avoidance can have a medical cause, so they do need to see a vet FIRST! (You can also ask your vet about adding a small amount of Restoralax to his wet food)

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