What is it?
Some cats respond to
medical, emotional or physical stress by changing
their elimination habits. Cats may choose a new
toilet area in the home outside of the litterbox.
Why does this
Perhaps, choosing a new toilet is a coping
mechanism when a is under cat stress. Perhaps the cat is communicating social
rank, sexual availability, territory or is simply making a personal statement on
the condition of their toilet. Cats like cleanliness.
One theory suggests that cats use urine and
feces to mark or signal cat traffic. Another theory is that a cat's urine mark
enhances his confidence like an American raising the American flag.
Outside the box
cats stop using their litter box, there may be a medical cause. Rule medical
causes out with a complete medical workup. Blood work can rule out diabetes,
kidney or adrenal disease, uterine infection and thyroid dysfunction. A urine
analysis and x-rays can rule out diseases of the bladder such as infection,
stones, crystals, tumors or abdominal masses pressing on the bladder resulting
in decreased control.
A fecal analysis helps rule out colitis, maldigestion, malabsorption, diarrhea
or constipation. The complete physical exam helps rule out physical problems
like neurological tumor, trauma, infection, inflammation and age-related