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Hello, our Persian cat of 8 years old (+-1/2) is acting strange. He is not using his litter box, but pooping everywhere around the house. Also he is acting scared at going near his litter box, as well as scared at any noise or thing he encounters in the home. For example, he walks down the hallway and then sees a shoe, upon approaching the shoe he becomes timid. When getting close to it he will start, or wince, as if it is about to attack him. In the past this would happen from time to time and we thought it cute, but he seems to be scared now all the time.

I am gone often working away in another country for a couple weeks at time, and my wife is gone during the day. However she is almost always home in the evening, and he is super affectionate with her, playing and snuggling like all is normal.

In the last 2 years he started having problems with matting in his hair which demands constant attention. We recently had a lot of guests and he moved around a bit. He is on a special cat food for crystals in his urine, but the vet said, other than the beginnings of a little cataract formation he is in good health. We will take him to the vet again soon given these problems. But thought I would try to post here to see if anybody had any guesses! Worried about the little guy.

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Welcome to CF. Some of our members have encountered behavior like this in their cats and it is usually due to some factor that frightened the cat and has left it fearful in those situations and/or constantly searching and being on alert for those fearful situations. Sometimes it is a loud noise that has frightened the cat, sometimes it is an attack by a person, another animal and/or an outside pest that got inside or mistreatment by a person - this can happen accidentally and sometimes on purpose out of anger, frustration or a guest taking aggressions out on their host's pet.

Regardless, *something* has happened that has caused your cat to have a bad experience that he associates with his litterbox and he is now avoiding it and fearful in the home. Constant reassurance will help him feel more secure and confident and you could try purchasing a new litterbox with brand new smells, fresh litter and then locate this new litterbox somewhere else in the home, a place where he doesn't associate his fearful experience with the original litterbox location. Maybe you could try a different type of litterbox (tray only, tray with hood) You could also possibly try closing the kitty during the day in a single room with food, water, bedding and the new litterbox, in hopes the kitty will understand it is safe in that smaller space and he has everything he needs to be comfortable and he *can* use the litterbox with no worries.

This will be a long road to help him get over whatever caused him to be fearful, but I think if you are patient with him, this problem could be resolved.
Good luck!
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Thanks, that makes sense, we were gone alot this summer and there were different care givers, maybe something happened we dont know about, or it was just the frequent changes that pushed him over the edge. 8O

Thanks for the good ideas, we will see it this helps!

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