Cat mess


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Feb 6, 2001
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I experienced a rather messy problem this morning and am wondering about behavioral causes and solutions.
As is normal, I lie in bed for a few minutes after the alarm goes off, and eldest cat (of two) often makes noise, etc., to encourage me to get up. After about 15 minutes, she left and I quickly smelled a disturbing odor. She had messed right on the bed! A rather large pile, so this did not seem like an emergency where she couldn't get to the box fast enough, nor was it diarrhea. The area was also wet, which I assume was urine. Everything affected has been rinsed and in the laundry, so I hope I've removed the offending material before odors had a chance to set.
The larger concern to me is why, and how do I prevent this in the future? I've not had this problem with her or any cat before. I have two litter boxes which I clean every other day or so; I know I should do this daily but I've not had a problem until now. Could it be stress-related? I have traveled quite a bit with my job in the last six months. They stay with a friend while I am gone, and they seem to like this friend and enjoy staying there.
Any suggestions? I don't want this to become a chronic problem. I also cannot monitor her behavior 24 hours a day. Thanks for any help with this.


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Oct 23, 2000
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Hi Nancy and welcome to the forums!

Yeah, you really should take care of this ASAP, before it turns into a habit. First you need to get her to the vet and rule out medical causes. As you say there was also urine, I would have him check for urinart tract infections. Those are very common in cats and the first sign is often urination outside the box. I don't know about the defecating, but possibly she may have strained to urinate and that's cause her to defecate as well.

So far every time we've had someone with a cat urinating on their bed it was always UTI! So I would check that first.

Let us know what the vet says.