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Just in the last few weeks our 6 yr old male neutered cat is pooping occasionally outside of the litter box. At this point it is usually on a rug I have next to the box that the extra litter & food are housed in locked containers. Nothing has changed except from time to time we change his Science Diet food from adult to diet or dental varieties. Any ideas of what might be happening. Otherwise he seems very normal. Thanks!

well all i can say is that something has happened or changed. Cats only display this behavior when they are either ill or something has caused them to feel insecure or unsettled in their home.
I am asked this question a lot and it is very difficult to answer as there cna be many possible causes. I have there fore written a web pages/s on my web site covering this issue with suggestions as to possible causes and also how to try to over come it.

Here is the first page

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.

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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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