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Pooping on futon!!! Help me.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am so sad. I love Reggae but I'm hating the fact that she has this strange attraction to my futon and loves to poop on it! Now, while I am away at work, I close the bedroom door, the computer room door and the bathroom door. She has free range of the living dining and kitchen area. The litterbox is in the livingroom area (we're talking apartment here... nothing too large) and she uses it with no problem at all during the day . When I get home she's fine unless we come into the computer room. It's there she finds the need to poop on my futon. I'm trying to figure out what is so appealing about this futon & more importantly how to stop her. This is the 2nd time in a week that she's done it. I cried when she did it today Is there any hope for us or do I have to get rid of the futon?
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
Oh, BTW... I meant to add that on the upside, she took a nap right in my lap today for the first time. It was so precious
post #3 of 13
Please get your cat to the vet as soon as possible to rule out health issues. Then check out this thread here

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info, but what type of "stress" could it be? And how come she only experiences this "stress" in my computer room, on my futon! The liner could be the culprit. I will remove it and we'll go from there. I'm using that crystal litter, but she doesn't seem to mind it, but then again I don't know.
post #5 of 13
Anything and everything can stress out a cat, moving furniture, changing your bedspread a new cat in the home, a new cat outside, a new roommate- seriously anything. Cats love routine and if their routine changes in anyway they will start acting out. You need to take a good enzyme cleaner and clean your futon really well to get rid of the smell or the cat will return every three days to refresh his scent on top of yours. A vet visit is always the first thing I do when my cats miss the litter box 9 times out of 10 it turns out to be a health issue.
post #6 of 13
In addition to Hissy's excellent advice, another point to consider is that I'm sure the apartment isn't too big for you, but I recall that this is a 10 week old kitten? The baby may not be able to get to the litterbox in time to do his No. 2. Or like some other cats, he likes to do No.1 in one box, and No.2 in another box. Or it's not clean enough for him. If any applies, maybe you could add another litterbox in the computer room?

I mention this because I had a similar situation with Ginza when I first got him (he was 2 mths old). The box was right on the other side of the door, but he didn't remember, and frantically started sniffing all the corners. Of course, being a new cat parent, I didn't recognize the signs, until he jumped onto our bed, and did a nice No. 1 right on my pants.

I also had another incident with Kayla, but I'll save that one.

Please let us know what the vet says.
post #7 of 13
Have you taken your cat to the vet? The problem won't stop if it is due to illness! Poop problems are not necessarily due to stress -- they can also be due to illness.

Please take your cat to the vet right away!
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well, can you recommend a good "enzyme" cleaner? A co worker suggested amonia. Will that work?
post #9 of 13
Some litters have very strong deodorant smells, and if put in an enclosed litter box, the fumes can overcome the cat. Imagine sitting in a tiny room with overpowering air fresheners around you!

A combination of the 2 can overwhelm a cat - either change to a lesser strength litter or take the top off the box. This corrected a problem with one of HELP's foster cats.
post #10 of 13
I merged the posts about Reggae's pooping problems into this one thread so it won't be so confusing.

I hope that's okay!
post #11 of 13
You asked what could be stressful...I noticed that you posted yesterday that you just adopted this cat. Imagine how incredably stressful it would be for you if you were picked up by a strange lady and carried in a dark box in a noisy car to a strange place and then fed strange new foods. On top of that you are now having to learn all about his lady and her habits, about the furniture and floors and all of the new sights and smells. Chances are that you would be pretty freaked out! Your little kitty has had a lot of HUGE changes in her life. She has plenty to be stressed about.

How old is Reggae?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Oh, ok. That puts it all in perspective. She's only 10 weeks old.
post #13 of 13
Aaaw, she is just a baby! Superkitty has an excellent point. As little as Reggae is, she simply may not be able to make it to the box in time when the urge hits her.

Kittens are like young human toddlers. They get really involved in their play and sometimes don't realize until it is too late that they really have to go. The kitten may want to get to the litter box, but her little legs are just too small to get her there in time, so she selects a comfy and safe place that is close by instead (the futon).

You might try putting a small litter box in each room -- just for now. Once she is a little bigger and older, she will be better able to judge how soon she needs to head for the box when she starts feeling the need to go. You will be able to remove the extra boxes at that point.

I feel a lot better knowing that she is a little baby kitten. This kind of potty problem isn't at all unusual with these babies.

Give her a big hug for me.
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