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I just recently graduated and started work. As a grad student, I worked maybe equally at home and in the office. Now, I'm away every day, and after a few weeks of this she started pooping on the floor.

Is this possibly a sign of protest, or am I reading too much into it?
 

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cats usually do not skip using a pan just to protest. It is not how they think. Any other things off? How often do you clean the pan? I would rule out medical issues before jumping right to. "mad at me"
 

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Cleaned every morning and evening, haven't really changed the schedule on that. She doesn't get fed lunch when I'm away, would that affect anything? Though she's used to that from before (if not as often).
 

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I am not sure, I adopted her about 2 years ago and the previous owner said she was about 11 at the time.

She used to have many health issues (diarrhea, frequent vomiting, rashes all over) due to having food allergies that none of her previous owners were aware of. In our first year we used a prescription diet to identify all of her allergies, which is almost everything, and she's been pretty healthy since then.

Is any of that related? Her current pooping problem isn't the diarrhea she used to have.
 

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That would put her around 13. I would schedule a vet visit, if you haven't already. Have them run a senior blood panel. Paying attention to the thyroid. when my seniors started missing the pan. once on thyroid meds. the missing became less frequent. But they also had some vomiting (especially if they missed a meal)

Also look for signs of arthritis. Cats are good at hiding it. She is at a good age to have some arthritis showing up.
 

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good luck. This is a good start. Hope you can find the issue early and get her on the right path!

other might chime in here with other ideas So keep us updated.
 

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She's using her box to pee, just not to poop? Is it every time or sometimes? My cat occasionally poops out of her box, and I could swear sometimes that it's because she's mad at me. But it's not. It's that whatever situation is making me feel that she's mad at me is not making her mad, but it's making her upset and stressing her. And that can lead to medical issues.

In addition to what BotanyBlack has mentioned, she may be constipated or have colitis, which would make her associate pain while pooping with the litterbox. My cat has suffered from both. Have you noticed that she's straining, or taking a long time in the box, maybe doing more scratching in the box than usual?
 

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Yup, still pees in the box. NO weird scratching or anything, she doesn't seem to be behaving any differently when I'm around. She just poops on the floor sometimes when I'm gone.

I'll ask the vet about all of these possibilities, thanks!
 

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Muken,
Does she poo next to the litter box, or is it in other places?
Do you have just one litter box?
Some cats like to pee in one, and poo in the other one!
Just a thought!
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Yah, actually, she does have a second box for peeing. I use paper towels in that one, for some reason she prefers peeing on these half the time, the rest she'll use her main box. This was something leftover from before I got her.

Her pooping problem is nowhere near the box, she leaves them like right in the middle of the floor where I can't miss them.
 

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I wonder if she's trying to comfort herself by leaving her scent, or maybe trying to remind you that she's there?? I would definitely have her checked at the vet, but in case she's stressed, you could try getting her a calming collar, using a pheromone spray or diffuser, and/or leaving a piece of your unwashed clothing in her favorite spots.

Does she poop on carpeted surfaces? Many cats do, like mine - unless they poop on the bed (also like mine). That way, they can get their claws into something to try to cover the poo. I always know when Celia's pooped on a rug, because there are little tufts all pulled up in the area.
 
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