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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Help, my antisocial cat is developing some disturbing behavior

He uses the litterbox sometimes,but sometimes he doesnt but what he has been doing recently is deficating and then laying down in it. I have had to clean him (which isnt easy because he hates contact with anything or anyone. He pooped all over my couch the same couch where he would just lay all day. So now I have him quarantined in the laundry room where if he poops I can easily clean it off the tile floor...but tile floor is cold so I bought a nice fluffy bed for him to lay down in and what did he do today? He pooped in his bed and then laid down in it. So at thi point I had to give him another bath. What is wrong with him???? I think he is probably mad because the new kitten beats up on him and he used to fight back but now he just lays there while the little one plays rough with him.

I thought cats were clean animals, why is he doing this??? I am really getting tired of this. My wife and I do not want to give up on him. If he went back to a shelter it would be the end of him. I think I am realizing why he was in a shelter to begin wth.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 09:36 PM
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I'd say it's either a medical issue or stress relating to the addition of a new kitten...but, you're right, cats are clean animals, so your cat's behavior is not normal. In your shoes, I'd schedule a vet visit to rule out anything medical first. How old is the cat? How was he introduced to your new kitten?
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I'd say it's either a medical issue or stress relating to the addition of a new kitten...but, you're right, cats are clean animals, so your cat's behavior is not normal. In your shoes, I'd schedule a vet visit to rule out anything medical first. How old is the cat? How was he introduced to your new kitten?
He is 5 (we think)

he was introduced to the kitten probably the wrong way. We kept the kitten at a distance at first because we thought that he would kill the kitten but instead the kitten is the one who is the bully and he is half the size. After a week we let the kitten roam freely
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Ahh...I asked his age since what you're describing could be indicative of senility, but if he's only 5 then clearly senility is not the cause.

I would keep him separated from the kitten when you're not home or able to supervise, although if he's quarantined in the laundry room, then he presumably is separated. I would also schedule a vet visit, since his behavior (especially lying in his feces) is not normal. In the meantime, you could also try a product called Feliway, which helps to alleviate stress and reduce litter box problems. It only has a positive affect on some cats, not all, so it may or may not work for you, but it's worth a shot.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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My wife thinks (as well as someone on this forum) that he might have brain damage. The more I see how our kitten interacts with us and his world and how opposite he is from that really makes me think something is wrong with his brain. I feel bad for him

We got him from a shelter, so I have no idea what happened to him previously but he definately doesnt seem like a normal cat
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I have had cats for a long time both as a pet owner and breeder, and I have never had a cat lie in its own feces. Cats are clean by nature and some do not even like covering their poo, especially if it is soft because they do not want to get it on their paws, so imo your cat is showing very abnormal behavior. At 5 y.o. I wouldn't think senility, but he may well have some brain damage or something like that and I agree with your wife's opinion. Have you had him evaluated by a vet to rule out any illness?
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I have had cats for a long time both as a pet owner and breeder, and I have never had a cat lie in its own feces. Cats are clean by nature and some do not even like covering their poo, especially if it is soft because they do not want to get it on their paws, so imo your cat is showing very abnormal behavior. At 5 y.o. I wouldn't think senility, but he may well have some brain damage or something like that and I agree with your wife's opinion. Have you had him evaluated by a vet to rule out any illness?
I am going to bring him to a different vet this weekend and see. He was my first cat so I always chalked his anti social/inactive behavior to just being a cat. But since getting the kitten it was a real eye opener...and he continues to get worse I think. He went to just plain inactivity to pooping where he lies.

The kitten sometimes sits and looks at him with this concerned kitty look on his face. I think he doesnt understand what the other cats deal is.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 12:32 PM
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The poor thing. You're an awesome person for staying persistent with your first cat. He may have some mental hangups, you may be right. Patience Let us know how the vet trip this weekend goes. Rooting for you!

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