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We adopted a one year old stray cat, had him neutered and declawed 1.5 weeks ago.  History is unknown, but a very loving, affectionate cat, who appears to be well socialized with other cats.  Problem:  we've kept him confined to a bathroom to litterbox train, but he still poops on the carpet everytime we let him out.  He does use the litterbox when he is confined to the bathroom, but not otherwise.  Any suggesstions?

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Hi
you are doing the right thing regarding the confinement litter box training as this is the general way to get a cat used to using a tray. There is obviously something else that is distressing him for him to Midden (this is the name given to this type of problem).
It may be that he is distressed about the declawing or his new surroundings. See my link regarding Middening it may give you other ideas as to what could be the cause.

Kate
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Kate Tilmouth

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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I am a platinum member of Ezinearticles where i write mainly cat related articles.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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