Manx Male Cat Poops on The Floor?

I have a 3 year old Manx male cat. He is an inside house cat. He has never been outside very much. (He will not go out unless I pick him up and put him out.) The problem is he poops on the floor all the time sometimes as much as 3-4 times daily.


I have done everything. He has had different litter boxes, I even bought an electric Littermaid, changed litter, changed litter box locations. Nothing helps. I have tried punishing him, by speaking to him in a deeper tone of voice (he is a very smart cat and understands when you talk to him.)

I have tried rewards when he has not pooped on the floor. Like treats, brushing etc. He is worse when company comes over, especially my grandchildren (he is very jealous.) I am at my wits end with him. I love my cat, but not his pooping.

Can anyone help with an idea or solution.

Alecia from GA

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By JEANNIE (Guest Post)
April 13, 20050 found this helpful
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If your cat always eliminates in the same place, consider purchasing an enzyme-type cleaner to completely get rid of an odor only your cat notices. Try the "Callingallpets" website starting with Phone or e-mail the radio show to talk to an animal behaviorist. Good Luck!

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

I have a litter and momma of Manx cats. An seems one, or some of them pee in the box, but poo outside the box. So, it may sound gross, but I put the boxes in my small bathroom, with one in the shower.


When the cat(s) go outside the box it cleans up easily.

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April 13, 20050 found this helpful
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Hi Alecia,
Some Manx cats do have bowel troubles. They just are not well enough developed at the end of their spine. It could be a problem like that. If he has no tail at all, called a "rumpy" (a tiny short tailed Manx is called a "stumpy".)

Here's something from

"Q: Hi! I've looked through your website to try and find an answer to my problem, but haven't seen it addressed. Here goes: I have a 5 year old Manx (true Manx with no tail, just fuzz) who has developed a pooping problem over the past several months. He poops around the house, mostly solid, not in any particular place, just random. He does this for a few days and then won't for a few months. During this time, he also uses his litterbox. He never urinates in the house, though, always in the box. I have two other cats, and they all have their current shots, FIP, etc. They are all indoor cats, never go outside, and eat Science Diet Light Maintenance.


I have taken Simon to the vet many times about this and she does a fecal float test and never finds any parasites or anything. I would appreciate any advice you could give me, because he's my "first born" kid :) Thank you very much, T.

A: Manx cats are prone to fecal (stool) incontinence because they are often missing part of the nerve plexus that controls the rectal area as well as missing a tail. I do not know of a treatment for this. Many people use metamucil or Vetasyl type products to keep the stools firm and make them easier to manage but that is about all I know that can be done.

Mike Richards, DVM "

I had 2 manx cats and one of them had this problem. He was also a male. He really couldn't help it. We just kept him outside a lot and kept him contained at night.


Susan from ThriftyFun

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By manicmanxmomma (Guest Post)
April 26, 20050 found this helpful
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My manx kitty does the same thing but I think she does it because she is nervous or hates the dog. I tired several different types of litter and boxes. I understand your frustration. She is 13 years old and has only in recent years started this behavior. I got a litterbox attractant from petco and it seemed to help. My cat only likes to do it when people are int the room, very embarasssing.

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By Teena (Guest Post)
September 27, 20070 found this helpful
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It is a breed problem. I recommend isolating cat in bathroom when gone but otherwise monitoring them. Manx are such a delight to own but this can be a problem. I lived with hardwood floors so it wasn't so bad but with carpet it is a drag.


Also IAM's products are best for the stools. Never give them people food or milk. Don't have Vet talk you into expensive Xrays either. They are smart cats and are not doing this on purpose.

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By LML (Guest Post)
February 21, 20090 found this helpful
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HI, there is a powder used to treat swine for diarrhea and it is and old fashioned remedy, but it works. You can get it from a regular vet or if there is a pet pharmacy like we have here in Florida, they will be able to fix the proper dosage for you. It is used for Manx diarrhea and has been used for many years. We had to buy the smallest clear capsule to put it in, but it cleared up the diarrhea in no time.

Manx have bowel problems and have to be properly taken care of. The cat will not like the taste, I assure you, so wrap it in a piece of cheese or meat. Some kitties have to have this daily for awhile, so be very patient. And find a new vet who has actually dealt with the Manx breed. My last one was 19 years old. They are very special cats and deserve good care. They will return your love and affection.

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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

Omg I am so amazed that I am just now reading about poop problems with Manx cats. I have two a brother and sister. Our male has never pooped in litter box he has two spots he uses. He has always peed in box fine but never pooped. Our female always uses the box for both so I just thought all these years he was just stubborn cause we have tried everything. They also have diarrhea problems and I have taken them to vets and done fecal test and say just change their food.


That frustrates me that a vet should know and I have seen more that one. They will be 15 this July.
What is the name of the powder you mentioned? Any suggestions to get him to use the box for pooping? He has a portion of a tail and she has a cotton ball for a tail. Thank you for this information they are very special cats.

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April 12, 20050 found this helpful

have you tried different types of litter? your local pet store will carry many different versions. ex: cedar shavings, unscented clay, and many others. Sometimes a cat will not like the smell or texture
of the litter and it may take many tries to get something he likes.
Also search google for "cat litter problems" Good luck.

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By Peach (Guest Post)
April 13, 20050 found this helpful

Find a very large dog kennel box or cage (can sometimes get used or borrow from vet) and keep the cat confined to the kennel with his food in the front and litter box in the rear of the cage. This will get him used to using the box. He is probably going to be screaming and crying for a few days but it will work and once he gets used to the box he should continue to use it outside of the kennel. You may even find that he prefers the privacy of a kennel box to do his pooping and can keep the litter box in the open kennel for him after he is trained.

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April 14, 20050 found this helpful

Try this web site for answers. It refers to many cat problems

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By broozersnooze (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

I've only had my kitten a few days and already had to take her to the vet for the SAME thing. My vet told me it was common in Manx cats & there's no cure or surgery for it. The breeders have them euthanized because they have to clean the cats bottom every single day of it's life. I told him I was willing to clean it everyday.

The breeder advertised the kitten as being 8 weeks old and, my vet agrees with me, it is NO WHERE near 8 weeks. I knew something was fishy because she made me meet her son in front of a retail store. How wicked she was to me & cruel to the kitten she was to do that. She may think she pulled a fast one over on somebody but I feel God was looking out for that little kitten by putting me across her path.

Good luck with your cat.

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October 8, 20160 found this helpful

Hi lock in one room with tray at night. I took in a 4yr old I let him upstairs he poop in Bath on bath matt his tray clean? Tray has a lid he wouldn't use at first due to lid have to take lid off

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January 17, 20200 found this helpful

Manx cats has a genetic disorder in their spine and can't control muscles when it comes to urinating or defecating

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January 18, 20200 found this helpful

I believe this because we had Manx cats growing up and the males always had poop stuck to their bottom. The mama and any female offspring, with or without tails, didn't seem to have the same issue.

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