Why does my cat poop everywhere -- driveway, walkway, on my husband's car

by Dee
(New Jersey)

I am at my wit's end. My male cat (neutered) is pooping everywhere, most recently on top of my husband's car in the garage and he pooped all around his car. His litter box was just cleaned. While he will also poop in his litter box, he will poop there and then poop everywhere in our yard. He poops on the driveway, walkways, patio, piles of leaves, or anywhere he feels like. I have watched him and he will be walking along and just stops where he is and poops and keeps on walking. He is also spraying when he urinates.

I had the vet check him out and it was not a health issue. The vet believes it is behavioral but does not know what to do about it. He is up to date on all shots. I had tried medication years ago, prescribed by the vet to calm my cat's anxiety and hoped that would stop the pooping, but it lasted only a few weeks and he was back to pooping all over again.

Is there anything I can do to stop my cat from peeing and pooping everywhere? Will kitty diapers work for this problem? I don't know what else to do. My cat is 13 but has been doing this for years. He would also poop on beds and the couches when he was indoors despite litter boxes spread about the house for him. We can't keep stepping in his poop that he is leaving everywhere. My kids can't even play on the lawn because they might step in his poop. He does not bury his poop and seems to target where we will step in it, sometimes by our car doors so we step in it as we are getting in/out of the cars.


RESPONSE:

Sorry to hear that you having these issues and I really don't have a definitive answer for you. You might get some ideas from this page that deals with cat inappropriate elimination.

Cat Inappropriate Elimination Questions Answered

Cat diapers are also a good idea if you don't succeed. See Cat Diapers.

I wish you luck in resolving the problem.

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