New Poster, Problem with Cat pooping
My name is Beau and I have a 4.5 year old cat. Not pure breed or anything, just your typically black and white cat. His name is McLovin and he's always been a very loving and happy cat. He is not one to hide under beds, he's jovial and likes to cuddle and sit on you when watching TV.
BUT, in the last 3 weeks all of a sudden I am having a problem with him not using the litter box. I've never had problems before. He has pooped on the floor probably about twice in the last 4 years I have owned him. My litter box is in the laundry room and it is always accessible for him. He's not acting strange or sick, he's his usual jovial self. I can't understand why he's doing this.
At first I thought it was because I changed brands of cat litter, I went back to the old cat litter I use and he's doing it more than ever. I thought it might be the treats I was giving him so I stopped giving him treats but that isn't it. I clean the litter box much more timely now and he's still doing it. Whenever he poops on the floor I pick him up and run him over to the poop, put his nose in and near it and tell him no. He puts his ears down and knows he was bad, but then two days later he does it again. I'll go run his head through water for a few moments and then lock him in the laundry room for a couple hours after as punishment. The times he has used the litter box in the last 3 weeks, I few times I've heard him in there and ran in there to give him a treat to reinforce he is doing the right thing.
I don't know what do to anymore, this is so frustrating. I love him like a child, but I can't keep a cat that destroys my home and poops on my carpet every day to no end.