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post #1 of 13 Old 12-01-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cat Behavior

Ok, so I'm good with dog and horse behavior, but cats are beyond me.

My boyfriend and I have a six-month-old male kitten named Cosmo. He's not neutered yet, but we're planning on having that done in the next month or so.

Anyway, here's what's stumping me. Cosmo really usually acts like a dog. He's always been that way and we've had him since he was eight-weeks-old and we found him as a stray. He's litter box trained and is very good about using it, or going to the bathroom outside (he's only out when we're home and he stays in the yard with the dog). He's horrible about stealing the dog's bed, but the dog lets him. Anyway, in the past week and a half, Cosmo has popped on Cash's bed twice. He does it when our backs are turned, but both times I've happened to catch him in the act. He acts like he's trying to cover it up, like he would in a litter box. And he's only done it when the dog has been outside. We checked his litter box both times and it was clean.

So, any idea why Cosmo is pooping on Cash's bed?
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-01-2012, 11:43 PM
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Could be territoriality. My female dsh would pee on the dog beds before she was fixed. Hasn't happened since her trip to the vet.

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Definitely could be territorial or a dominance thing. Though sometimes a dominant cat won't cover their poo to show how awesome and deserving they are. I currently have 4 cats and used to breed NFCs. I love dog-like cats.
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Is his stool normal, or very hard or runny at all? Cats can have GI issues that make defecating painful, which they associate with their litterbox, which them makes them not want to poop in the box. I would say that a trip to the vet to have that checked out before deciding he's being a naughty kitty.
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-02-2012, 12:37 AM
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I 100% agree with Sharpie.

Also, at 6 months, it's possible that he's hitting sexual maturity and therefore marking his territory like some of the others said. If hormones are the issue, getting him neutered asap (before it becomes an ingrained habit) should do the trick.
When my cat was the same age (and similarly not fixed) we went through the same thing (only on my bed vs the dog's bed). Neutering took care of it.


Other thought - how clean+welcoming is his litterbox?
My guy is VERY particular about his litter and will go elsewhere if his box does not meet his needs. In his case, he much prefers sand-like clay litter mixed with one of those "crystal" brands for odor control and it must be unscented. It has to be at least 5 inches deep and it needs to be cleaned daily.
Thankfully my boy will "warn" me if things are not to his liking (ie, wander back and forth yowling at the top of his lungs until I pay attention and help him) but that's mostly because he's figured out that I'll pay attention if he causes a fuss! Haha

Also, this article is pretty good: http://www.littlebigcat.com/behavior/litterbox-secrets/
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His stool is completely normal (for him). Not too soft or runny and not hard. Just big and stinky. Lol.

He has had issues with missing the litter.box every once in a while, but nothing major. His litter box is large and always has at least 3" of clumping litter in it. My boyfriend cleans it at least every other day.

When he does it, my boyfriend locks him in the laundry room (where his food, water and litter box are) for an hour or so.

I kind of thought it was a dominance thing. He's an awful bully to the 60lbs dog, especially at night. Well, the sooner he gets snipped, the better!
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If it was urine, id say he could have a UTI. Since its fecal matter, im 99.9% sure its a dominance thing. I know cats thatll poop on their owners significant others pillow because they are showing how superior to them.

The sooner you get him fixed the better. Especially before he starts spraying around your house. You think poop is stinky? Just wait...
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Definitely territorial, I think. Your first step is getting him neutered. Cats only need to be 2.2lbs to be altered, so the sooner, the better. If that doesn't stop the problem, you'll have to look into cleaning the litter box EVERY DAY. Then try a different litter. Cats also typically dislike the smelly perfumed litter that's supposed to cover the smell for us humans, just so you are aware. Good luck! And better poop than pee, that's for sure!
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The delay in getting him neutered has been convincing the boyfriend that neutering is in Cosmo's best interest...and ours.
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Silly boys. Haha. Yes, it is in his best interest. It lessens the risk of cancer and FeLV, he'll be more comfortable, he won't want to mark, and he can't make babies! Haha.
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