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Q: My cat poops in the bathtub!

October 29, 2008 | By christina W. | 9 answers | Expired: 2173 days ago

My cat poops in the bathtub!

My 3 year old boy cat pees in the liter box, but insists on pooping in the bathtub! We wash with cleaner after every time but he continues to prefer that spot over the litter box. On the occasion that he does use the litter box 50% of the time he poops over it's edge onto the floor (and we use a covered box). We'd appreciate any tips on teaching him some manners.

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Michele Z.
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Oct 30, 2008

If you don't have infants/toddlers in the house, you could try leaving about 1" or less of water in the bathtub--that should keep the cat out. However, you need to address the issue of why your cat isn't using the litter box. I agree that you should try using a regular (uncovered) litter box, as well as adding a second or even third box--and keep them clean.

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Ourstaff
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Oct 30, 2008

Some cats like to leave different things in different boxes.  A second or third box would be a good idea. The suggestion that you start by putting it in the tub is a good one. A larger box can also help. I have had cat who put their business end out of the box every time they had to go and it was because the box was too small.

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Kevin F.
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Oct 30, 2008

I would try placing a second litter box next to the one your cat is using to pee in. Also keep the box as cleen as possible, cats do not like using a dirty box.

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Meg S.
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Oct 30, 2008

I am not sure keeping the cat out of the bathroom will work as it might force the cat to go elsewhere that might create a whole new set of issues. Cats are funny about their littler boxes. One thing I would suggest is make sure you keep the litter box VERY clean. Maybe your cats goes to the tub when his litterbox is dirty??
I would get an extra large covered box to try and reduce the over the side accidents although the intent is there so be happy.
You could try closing the bathroom door and see what happens.....but you may be sorry. AT least the tub is an easy place to clean as opposed to the living room carpet!

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Stacey H.
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Oct 30, 2008

I would definitely try a uncovered box and maybe a larger box. some cats are picky on where they go to the bathroom.

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Theberrys
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Oct 29, 2008

I would try putting another litter box in the bathtub so that he/she associates the spot with using the litter box. Then moving the litter box slowly so that you get it where it needs to go. Best of luck!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 29, 2008

My cat has a big butt and a normal litter box didn't work for him. I went and bought a large plastic tote ($5.00 at walmart) and used that. I don't have any problems with him now. He didn't like having the poop touch his feet when he went to bury it and the normal litter box was not large enough for him to move around. He would sometimes poop out of the box so he wouldnt get poop on his feet. Give this a try!. On the account of the bathtub You could keep the door closed, but that doens't stop the problem. You could go buy a Scat Mat at petco or online. This is a mat that will give your cat a small static correction when he steps on it in the tub. Just make sure you remove it before you get in the tub! You can also buy a mat that dosent shock the cat, but will emit a loud and scary noise when touched. You can buy this on line, they are called I believe, the tattle tale. I would enlarge the litterbox and do the mat together. Best of luck!

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Bonnie L.
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Oct 29, 2008

I Agree on keeping bathroom door closed. Have you tried using different cat liter products? I once trained my cat to use the toilet by scattering some of her liter on the seat and letting her watch me use the toilet I don't know how but it worked-I guess an overly smart cat...Good luck with retraining your cat

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Heather
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Oct 29, 2008

I would keep the bathroom door closed and get a larger box for him to use. That way you break the habit and hopefully he stops missing!

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