>"ChrisS" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
>>I'm just wondering if you could advise on a specific problem. My
>>law is at the end of her tether because her cat has taken to defecating
>>specifically on her bed (and no other bed in the house) even though he is
>>happy to use the litter tray which is always clean (Catsan). We thought he
>>tended to do it as a protest when my mother-in-law had been out for the
>>but he now does it when she is at home all the time. He even did it
>>whilst she was asleep in the bed! He doesn't have a cat door but normally
>>asks to be let out of the back door (which has toughened glass , the main
>>reason a cat door has not been put in).
>>Many thanks if you can help!
>Something might be upsetting the cat, but the first thing to do is to have
>the cat see
>a vet to make sure there is not a health problem.
>For sure the cat is trying to tell her mama something--either he is not well
>or he is
>Once she has determined that he is not ill, she should think about anything
>changed around the house. A new household member, new sounds, a new animal,
>things moved around, that sort of thing. This might give her some idea about
>bothering him so she can solve the problem. Has she been going somewhere and
>getting the scent of another animal on her hands or clothes? Has she closed
>out of her room at night? Has she changed his food? Is she out more? Is
>a cat coming around outside and challenging him?
>That said, the only way I know of to stop inappropriate elimination once
>as the above have been addressed is to confine the cat to a comfortable room
>a bed and cat box and toys and frequent visits for a number of days until he
>in the habit of going in his box. Any regression means back in the room.
>at times use elimination as a way to send a message, but they are smart and
>like being confined. It worked with my very assertive tuxedo girl. Good
I second all of this.
I had a cat who did the same thing. He'd even defecate on the floor,
right in front of me. I took Ari to the vet to make sure it wasn't some
sort of eliminatory malady that was causing him pain. The vet said there
was no physical cause. He said Ari was demonstrating anger because we'd
recently moved to a new domicile, and the poor cat didn't feel he had a
place there that was "his".
So I took to shutting Ari in an unused bedroom with his toys, dry food,
water bowl and litter box, and a cat pole so he could both strop and
climb up to peer out the window. He was very unhappy for several nights,
and would howl to be let out. But after a fortnight he came to realize
that that room was "his place". Then he'd go in there of his own
volition. Once that happened, the problem ended.