Sun, Dec 3, 2023

Just once in a while poop in the bathtub

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Firstly, ensure that the litter box is clean, easily accessible, and in a quiet location. Cats can be very particular about their bathroom environment. If the litter box is not up to their standards, they may choose another spot, like the bathtub. Try to clean the litter box at least once daily and consider whether you've changed the type of litter recently, which might have triggered the behavior.

Stress can also cause cats to eliminate inappropriately. Even if there haven't been any recent lifestyle changes, cats can be sensitive to subtle changes in their environment or routine. Try to identify any potential stressors that might coincide with the episodes of inappropriate elimination. These could include changes in your schedule, unfamiliar visitors, or even outdoor cats near your home.

Medical issues can also lead to litter box avoidance. While you've indicated there are no known medical conditions, it's worth monitoring for signs of urinary tract infections, digestive issues, or other health problems that could make using the litter box uncomfortable. Signs to watch for include straining to defecate, blood in the stool, diarrhea, or changes in appetite.

To address the behavior at home, you can make the bathtub less appealing. This can be done by keeping a small amount of water in the bathtub or placing an upside-down carpet runner in the tub when it's not in use. These deterrents can discourage your cat from using the bathtub as a litter box.

Additionally, provide positive reinforcement when your cat uses the litter box correctly. Treats, praise, or playtime can reinforce good behavior. Never punish your cat for inappropriate elimination, as this can increase stress and exacerbate the problem.

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