and poops on the floor... it's like he hates his litter box or something... he does it if I go away for a night and I don't know how to make him stop! PLEASE HELP! He's a nine yearold Maine Coon if that makes any difference...
circa 1 Nov 2003 20:39:28 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Wire Skyes (Email Removed) said,
and poops on the floor... it's like he hates his litter box or something... he does it if I go ... don't know how to make him stop! PLEASE HELP! He's a nine yearold Maine Coon if that makes any difference...

How often do you go away for a night? Sounds like your cat doesn't like it.
Laura

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To tread by chance upon a worm.
"Aha, my little dear," I say,
"Your clan will pay me back one day."
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and poops on the floor... it's like he hates his litter box or something... he does it if I go ... don't know how to make him stop! PLEASE HELP! He's a nine yearold Maine Coon if that makes any difference...

I think your cat has a medical issue going on. It's a common reason for a cat to avoid the litterbox. Maybe you could discuss this with your vet, and have him checked for urinary problems. If he gets a clean bill of health, you'll have to start treating it like a behavioral issue.

Sherry
and poops on the floor... it's like he hates his ... a nine yearold Maine Coon if that makes any difference...

I think your cat has a medical issue going on. It's a common reason for a cat to avoid the ... problems. If he gets a clean bill of health, you'll have to start treating it like a behavioral issue. Sherry

Yeah that's what I was thinking too... I've also read that declawed (he's front AND back declawed!) cats can sometimes do this too... (he was declawed when I got him! I would never do that!)
I think your cat has a medical issue going on. ... have to start treating it like a behavioral issue. Sherry

Yeah that's what I was thinking too... I've also read that declawed (he's front AND back declawed!) cats can sometimes do this too... (he was declawed when I got him! I would never do that!)

This is a distinct possibility. First rule out any medical problems, as has been suggested. Also, there is a much higher incidence of behavioral problems in declawed cats than in clawed cats. In addition, they often develop arthritis earlier and in a more severe form. If this is a possibility, try to find the very softest litter you can locate. It may be that your cat feels pain when he tries to dig in the litter. If that does not appear to be the problem, you might want to try Cat Attract litter. I don't have any experience with it, but it has helped with my sister's cat (a cat that is declawed and exhibits many of the behavioral problems common to declawed cats, including spraying and urinating outside the box).

MaryL
and poops on the floor... it's like he hates his ... He's a nine yearold Maine Coon ifthat makes any difference...

I think your cat has a medical issue going on.

Could be either or both and make sure you are keeping it clean. Scoop every single day, change the litter once every two weeks or so, and be sure to
disinfect the box at least once a month. My cat used to leave presents in very
conspicuous places when I forgot to scoop.