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Q: My cat Marley is pooping on my sofa.

December 14, 2010 | By Shell | 3 answers | Expired: 1356 days ago

My cat Marley is pooping on my sofa.

He is one of five cats. Once he pooped on my son's bed. This behavior is gross!! I think it's behavioral. Any suggestions other than taking him to the vet???

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daryl b.
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Dec 18, 2010

i have always seen that there are 2 kinds of cats. clean ones and dirty ones. marley sure is beautiful. good luck

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Michele Z.
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Dec 18, 2010

I think the "answer" lies in the profile description you provided for Marley: "He has submitted to being the least dominant cat in the house..." It appears Marley is trying to "mark" some of his favorite spots, perhaps in an attempt to "advance" in the hierarchy or at least claim his own spaces.

A cat like Marley may do much better as an "only cat". You may have to tolerate this occasionally "marking" and accept it as a consequence of having a multi-cat household. (Which means YOU played a role in "creating" the behavior.)

You could try to "accommodate" Marley by giving him his own room with your son. This would entail keeping the bedroom door closed and adding food/water bowls plus toys and a litter box (perhaps in a closet).

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Michele Z.
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Dec 18, 2010

Another possible "solution" (with no guarantee of working) is to add some more litter boxes in the house. With five cats, you should already have at six to ten litter boxes. If you currently have far fewer than that, you aren't providing your cats with enough options.

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