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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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indoors defecation - never happened before

Hi, we have a persian cat, 2 years old. He was a stray that kept coming to us so we adopted him. We let him go outside freely, and he always defecates outside, never been a problem before.

However, recently he has been starting to defecate indoors. It has happened 3 times already. Help appreciated, cheers
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:11 PM
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Is he spending more time indoors? Do you have a litter box for him in the house?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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To my knowledge he has been spending the same amount of time indoors, but i'll ask my family.
And no, we dont have a litterbox as there has never been a need for it before.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:26 PM
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Sometimes you never really can tell why a cat suddenly decides to do something. I think an easy remedy here would to simply provide your kitty a littlerbox. Even indoor/outdoor cats need litterboxes when indoors. I'm surprised your kitty made it so long without having an accident before. That's a good kitty!!
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Hmm ok thanks, will do.

Is there any particular reason though? No problem for a year then suddenly 3 times in 2 days. Seems like somethings going on to me
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:33 PM
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Is it getting colder where you live? Maybe it's colder out and he doesn't feel comfortable going out there when he could go inside.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Actually lol its almost summer here in New Zealand
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 11:26 PM
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There really isn't anyway to know. If you want peace of mind, you can take him to the vet to be sure there isnt' anything medically wrong. Otherwise, cats just do things in mysterious ways. Though, once they eliminate in an inappropriate place they are apt to do it again because they can smell it. If he keeps going in the same spot, you are lucky because you can put the litterbox right there!
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ok thanks
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2007, 12:16 AM
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I'd say there is a good chance he was disturbed while "taking care of business" outside and now does not want to have that happen again. When a cat goes potty, they are very vulnerable. Tinkling is fairly easy to stop and run if a threat presents itself but it is difficult to stop pooping in mid-poop.
Another thing could be that perhaps he felt the need to go right away, and he was stuck indoors? If you have a cat door where he can let himself in/out, I guess that is out of the question as a reason.

I have an outdoor/indoor cat who will not use the litterboxes so I MUST be sure he is let out regularly so he can go to the bathroom. I do not have a catflap because I have other housecats I do not want outside.



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