Hi all, this is my first post here. I have a cat who over the last few months started going to the bathroom around the liter box instead of inside of it. I thought she was just being more fussy about its cleanliness and started cleaning the liter box more often, it still didn't help. Given that the liter box was over 20 years old, I bought her a brand new and larger one. She started using it right away, but has since stopped. She occasinoally uses it, she occasionally goes on the floor around it or in the next room. I don't think it has anything to do with cleanliness as I cleaned her litter box last night and then she went on the floor right afterwards.
My cat is approximatelly 19 years old (human years). Honestly, you would never be able to tell that from looking at her is she is really small & skinny and very very agile, most people think that she is a kitten. She has always been an indoor/outdoor cat but last summer she was attacked by an animal(s) really badly and we have kept her inside since. She does not really exhibit any signs of old age, other than this problem over the past few months and she also seems to have a loud belowing meow that she randomly does a few times a week (again this just started recently - its almost as if she's acting like a bullfrog and does about 5-6 deep meows occasionally...its weird!).