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My cat won't use the litter box anymore to poop

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I have a seven to eight year old cat named Ruby. I've had her for five to six years now. She has recently starting not using the litter box to poop in anymore. She will still urinate in the litter box like normal, she just won't poop in it anymore. I've been reading up on this, and no one seems to have the issue of one or the other. It's always both. I don't know if anyone else seems to have this issue or not. I'm going to take her to the vet, but I wonder if anyone has heard of anything like this, and a possible solution. She has not had her litter box moved for a year, has not had the litter changed, and it's the same box that's she's never had a problem with before. I'm going to purchase a new box because she was recently sick and had diarrhea. Some other forums suggest that even though the box has been cleaned out that the cat associates it with the sickness. I am pregnant right now, seven months along, and she seems to have a bit of jealousy. But it's not as if I've had the baby and am ignoring her. I am still showing her the same attention she always had. If anyone has some ideas for me I'd love to hear them! Please help me with this! 

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It could be her recent illness and diarrhea.  Did it start right after that?  Did you finish the medicine she was given or take her to the vet for medicine?  If not, she could still be sick and feels somehow that it is the boxes or the litters fault.  Cats are picky.  It could also be her age.  She is getting older and have you noticed her maybe struggling to get in the box itself?  Maybe a new lower box would help.  No cover.  Some cats don't like covered litter boxes. 

 

First thing is to get her to the vet to rule out any illness and if ill, finish the medicine and a follow up to make sure she is indeed clear.  Then, maybe 2 boxes.  Some cats like to do one deed in one box and the other in another.  It can suddenly start after years of doing it all in one box.  It could be the illness and she associates it with the litter box, too.  Get her checked, medicated and cleared.  And try 2 boxes and see if that helps.

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She started while she was sick. Never had any problems with her before that. I didn't take her to the vet yet for medicine for it. I just stopped feeding her wet food for awhile. That does make sense though for the possibility that she could still be sick. She doesn't struggle getting into the box. She is still very spry for her age. She loves to run around and is very playful. I am going to buy a new lower litter box with no cover as soon as I get to the store next. And I am going to take her to the vet to rule out any illnesses before I do anything. Thanks for the input about the double boxes. Hadn't heard that before. Will update when I have more info though!  

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Hi, put plastic shopping bags ,cover the entire couch (seats) cut open bags to get more use out of it. If your cat poops at night, which mine did then every night, religiously put bags on it. It worked for me 3 weeks still not pooping on my couch anymore ! :) Let me know how it worked out. It will help Im almost positive! Good luck!
 

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