Question about Pooping outside the box
Im not sure who the "culprit" is, but we have had one of our babies pooping on one of the small area rugs. The door to this room has been mostly shut (meaning, its a snug doorway, and its not latched but they do have to shove their way in). its in the laundry room, covering the sewer/drain in the floor.
the poop it self is perfectly fine, looks no different than what ive been seeing in the boxes all this time.
i have a couple theories as to why, but im not sure. One idea is that some scent is coming from that drain, drawing them to it bad enough to want to mask it?
another theory i have is that some days, we have been trying to leave the food bowl empty. just for a few hours. trying to keep them (mostly simba) from eating out of boredom. Could it be that he is expressing his anger for not having enough kibble at all times? the only thing that doesnt make sense is that it *seems* to happen overnight. i check it every night when i clean the boxes. (they havent been going there every night). The problem with this theory is that when i do try to get them more mealtime-ish based, their definite meal is in the evening just before i go to bed. so, overnight there is all the kibble they could want. and normally some canned to go along with it, plenty to nibble on.
a third theory that i thought of is that im currently testing unscented vs scented litters (one type in each box) to try to determine which they prefer - up until i started that a few months ago i had been buying whatever was on sale. sometimes scented. which i think led to issues with the bigger, more important/expensive rug in the main room. i have since *touching wood, literally* solved that problem since going back to the unscented. check that every night too, still. i read that scented litters can confuse them and draw them away from their own scents. that its better maybe for us humans but worse for them.
but the fact that its not just there and effort is required to get in leads me to think its got something to do with that drain being there.
has anyone else had a similar problem??
i just now sprayed some leftover indoor cat repellant that we had from the big carpet onto this smaller carpet, and closed the door all the way latched for the night.
since its a smaller carpet, i can wash the snot out of it in the washer... but if the drain smell is the cause, what on earth can i do about that??
this particular issue did just start more routinely, about a week ago. i looked in when i noticed the door was only open about wide enough for a cat to fit inside. sure enough there it was. before this we had problems in that area but very much spread out and just random, possibly on a night i skipped cleaning the box (but im talking months ago.) .... now it seems to be getting more routine. the boxes still get cleaned nightly. every night. since i skipped a night and woke up to a problem, i never skip now. not brave enough.
can anyone shed any light on the situation?? luckily its not a super expensive large rug *touching wood again*. but id rather get the issue totally fixed, regardless of size or quality of the carpet.