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Dear Kate,perhaps you can help me. I have a 12 year old male cat whom Ive never had any problems with him going outside of his litter box.All of the sudden for the past few weeks he has pooped and peed in various places in the house. Do you have any idea why he would suddenly do this and what i could do? Thanks for any advise you may have!

usually when this happens something has changed or happened in or around the cat to make them feel that they have to mark their home again to make it smell of them and therefore make them feel secure again.
What that something is can be anything from a stranger coming into the house who perhaps smelt of another animal or even new furniture being bought or even moved. cats can be affected by so many small things.
My best advice is to ask you to read my web page about this behavior and see if you can think what may have caused it. It may be that you will have to try and retrain him to use the litter tray if all else fails. i will also add a link to a page about litter training.

Hope these pages can help with your problem.

best wishes Kate




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Kate Tilmouth


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.


I run my own cat website at 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.

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

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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