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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger pooing in the bathtub?

Oh, no! My male kitty, Tiger, he decided to poo last night in the bathtub, and I can't figure out why. His litter box is cleaned out EVERY night before bed, so that can't be it. It was very runny too, if that might make any difference to anybody replying.

My hubby is not happy. Let me just say that! He thinks that Tiger's nose should be put in it next time and maybe that'll cure him. I've heard of people doing that to dogs, and I don't like it, and I don't imagine it would help anyway. Their little minds can't work like ours and there's no real reason, I don't think, for some of the things they do. It's part of owning cats.

Does anyone have any idea why he would do this? I know the bathroom doors will be shut at night from now on, but he might just go somewhere else then.

Thanks much for any ideas.

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rubbing his nose in it will do absolutely nothing except make him afraid of you (same with dogs).
I'd get a fecal done...seriously. If he's young, pooh is runny (is it exceptionally stinky?)
That's what I thought on the nose in it! I'm not having that!

On the stinky issue, it's ALL exceptionally stinky to me! He's about two years old. We NEVER had this issue before, and all of a sudden there it is. Maybe he got moody about something. I've heard sometimes they'll get an attitude and do things like that. Am I wrong on that?

One thing I thought of is that maybe he's figured out that's the human litter box, in the bathroom, not the tub, though, so maybe he thought that, too, would work as a waste area. Except there's no litter in the tub to cover it with. I'm scratching my head on this one.

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Mary is right. Rubbing an animals nose in its mess will do nothing to prevent an animal from doing it again and just make them distrustful. It's also quite cruel as he's not doing it out of spite. Likely there was or IS something wrong.

Next time your husband suggests that ask him how HE"D feel if the next time he has the runs you rub HIS nose in it?
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Oh, I've suggested that and a lot more. He knows better than that. He just gets a little mad at the moment and suggests rediculous things. I hope he feels as rediculous as it sounds when he thinks about it.

Your kitty in the picture looks a lot like my Emma, so cute!

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My Hersh has pooped in his box faithfully for almost a year now, except about three times, each time when I went away for two days, when he got stress diarrhea and pooped a liquidy poop in the bathtub. I thanked my lucky stars he chose such an easy-to-clean place to poop in! The diarrhea resolved itself immediately each time I came home. BUt maybe your guy has a bit of the runs that made him uncomfortable, and that was his way of letting you know. You might check remedies for diarrhea if his runniness seems to persist--I've seen recommendations of a bit of canned sweet potato, among other things.


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Pooping in the bathtub, or any inappropriate elimination outside of the litter box, is typically due to one of three reasons: (1) medical, (2) problems with the box/litter, or (3) stress. As I'm sure you know, rubbing his nose in it won't solve the first two issues and is likely to lead to even more stress.

For now, I would try to keep him out of the bathroom (close the door), assuming his litter box isn't in there. Also, consider whether there are any issues with the box...perhaps that day they weren't as clean as usual, perhaps you might want to add a box, etc. If it happens again, particularly if the diarrhea continues, I'd suggest a visit to the vet. If there's no medical issue, then you'll have to re-think the litter/box aspect and/or consider what might be causing him stress.
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You might check remedies for diarrhea if his runniness seems to persist--I've seen recommendations of a bit of canned sweet potato, among other things.
Yes, I'm very thankful this episode was in the bathtub. I can't imagine if it had been on a nice rug or the furniture!

The runnies seem to have gone back to solids now, so that's a good thing! I'll just keep watching him, or it, and make sure it doesn't continue, even in the litter box.

You mentioned canned sweet potato. How much table food is okay for cats to eat; any idea?

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