Falling Off the Poop Wagon


Since the day we got Chris we had to deal with him pooping on the floor. Usually he would poop in the box but sometimes he would poop on the floor or the bathtub. It was a difficult struggle with him and we finally got some relief with a special litter called Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract.Β This helped a lot but I still had to deal with an occasional poop on the floor.

When we moved into our current home last June, Chris pooped on the floor a few times the first month and then suddenly just stopped. For six months we enjoyed a Chris that was actually good, at least as far as litter box usage was concerned. Then Rose’s son came to visit…

Nick came just before Christmas and spent a week with us. He couldn’t handle Chris annoying him while he was trying to sleep so instead of closing his door, he put Chris on the patio and locked him out of the house… without a litter box. He may have tried to close his door only to have Chris flick the handle up and down, I don’t know.

What I do know is Chris had no choice but to poop on the patio, and he did. Like an alcoholic taking that first drink after months of abstinence, Chris found it hard to stop. Several times since then I have found poop on the patio. Yesterday morning I was late leaving for work because I had to clean three piles of poop on the patio. It has been several days since we spent time on our patio so I guess it was accumulating.

Fortunately it is not everyday that he does it and he hasn’t brought the problem into the house yet. Rose wants to put a litter box outside but I want to first work on trying to stop the problem. I have cleaned the area very well and somewhere lost in the house is a bottle of no-go spray. It hasn’t been very effective in the past but it may help a little. Does anybody else have a suggestion that might end this?

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16 thoughts on “Falling Off the Poop Wagon

  1. The gang at Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    Poor Chris, locked out on the patio! We would put a litterbox there to get him going in one location, then slowly move the litterbox back to where you want him going. Better to have him going in a litterbox than decide that going outside the box is OK permanently.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      If I can’t get him to stop I will have to put a box out there. The same thing happened in our last house. He started pooping under the stairs. I put a box there and it worked until he started pooping in front of the box. 😦

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  2. fozziemum

    I suggest cleaning the whole area with a laundry detergent that contains active enzymes…these counteract any scent left behind that encourages them returning…at the same time pop a tray outside but near the door entrance..gradually bring it in closer to where you want it…never use bleach to clean as ammonia only encourages them..even if it is poo there is still that ammonia trace…good luck..:)

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      1. fozziemum

        I bet it will Charles …my old vet put me onto this when I had a trapped Feral in a carrier in my car..he sprayed for Australia..you can imagine..tried everything to nullify the smell..then he told me this and it worked..got rid of the smell but he also told me about the bleach..give it a try and see how it goes πŸ™‚

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  3. hungryhungryhippo404

    Cats are supposed to hate citrus scents so perhaps you could try using a citrus scented cleaner outside so as to try to make the patio as unattractive a spot to poo as possible? Or try spending more time on the patio so that Chris will see it as a less attractive spot to go if he sees you as claiming it? Good luck with it!

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