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Hi My grandparents took in a 6 month old female cat that someone did not want anymore. (because she kept pooping where she should not be) She is a happy and loving cat. but about once a week she will poop next to her litter box or in the bath tub. My gandparents tried cleaning out the litter box every day to just a couple times a week, changing litter brands etc. and she still does it. She was taken to the vet and she has no illnesses. What do you think? I would like to solve the problem because when my grandparents pass away (hopefully not for a long time!)this little kitty will come and live with me! I have had many cats and never have had this problem.  Thanks.

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It sounds as if you have a very insecure kitty there. Cats use faeces as an extreme marker, it sends a bigger more visual message than just urine. Please read my page regarding this problem. Its called middening and is all about territory and feeling insecure.
Here is the page, i hope it will be able to provide some answers for you.
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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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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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