Hi there. I am new and i have saught out advice from other cat owners because i have never before owned a cat and i am running out of ideas. while i read the link that the Lots had placed, it did not fully answer my question. heres some background info:
i have a cat who was born 05/12/05. he is the only surviving kitten from his orphaned litter of three. Up until about 2 weeks ago, he was with his sister but we had to euthanize her because her head was not all there and his other brother died at about 7 days of unknown or natural causes. I am very atached to this little rascal as being i have raised him almost from birth to what he is at today.
the problem that i have with him is he wont poop in the box. he pees in the box frequently but will not poop in the box. i have moved his litter box out of the kitchen to a secure area with doors that i keep proped open about 6 inches so that my dog cant get in there. I have used three differnt types of litter. both scented and unscented.
I have controled his eating times so that i have a half way decent time to expect the 'gross uglies' that he leaves me. I scoop out his litter box daily, although for two days i did not scoop it out to see if he would use somethign based on smell but it had no effect.
I dont think that privacy is an issue, because he poops on the front door rug, while i am sittin about five feet away with the dog in a brightly lit room. i have caught him several times, while squating and told him 'no' and put him in the box where he finished up. then i gave him a little yummy kitty treat but that has not worked either.
any and all advice would be much appreciated. I really dont want to have to get rid of him, being as i have raised him for as long as i have, but i also cant be cleaning up poop 3 times a day and coming home to an apartment that smells like poo. thanks in advance.