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    My cat, Leia, is usually a good cat; despite "popping" the carpet from time to time. But lately she has been having really runny bowels. And is continuously shitting runny piles behind the couch, under the china cabinet, on clothes left on the floor, or under tables/chairs/desks.
    I have to clean up 2-3 piles a day and scrub down the carpet. I'm at my wits end and I'm about to throw her out of the house, but she is 6th generation inbred and has horrible allergies.
    I can't figure out what she's pissed off about.
    I've rubbed her nose in it and popped her really hard several times but she's not getting it.

    Any info, experience, advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!
    thx in advance.

    How could this sweet face be such a pain in the ass!
    http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/19/l_faac2c22b47947909ceb42af27f8f1d4.jpg

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    Hurting a cat won't solve your problems. Have you tried changing her food or actually taking her to a vet? I'm sure a vet would be much more help than people on here.

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    "You do that one more time, just ONE MORE TIME, and it's straight to the violin factory!"

    Go to a vet, definitely go to a vet.
    Or a cat psychologist.
    Or a cat wisperer.
    Or a pet psychic.
    Or a cat diaper specialist.

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    We are kind of low on funds right now. We're moving again soon so I have to be frugal as possible.

    She has had this brand of food before and didn't have these problems she just developed them last week when I won't let her sleep in my room anymore and I prop something against the door so she can't push it open. My friend, Cyn, who lives across the hall locks her bedroom door so Leia can't sleep in her room anymore either. We think she's pissed about that.




    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie F View Post
    "You do that one more time, just ONE MORE TIME, and it's straight to the violin factory!"

    Go to a vet, definitely go to a vet.
    Or a cat psychologist.
    Or a cat wisperer.
    Or a pet psychic.
    Or a cat diaper specialist.
    I do agree on the vet, but again I'm very low on funds. We have $42 to last until May 29th.
    But as for the whisperers, psychics, and psychologists, I believe those are a scam.
    Last edited by Hello_Kitty; 17-May-2009 at 17:38. Reason: added a quote

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    It doesn't hurt to try different food. You could try letting her sleep with you again, and see if that improves. If not, then you know it's probably not that.

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    Try changing her litter and food brands. She may have allergies to something, try researching this online or in a library. Talk to a RL friend who knows about cats or pets in general.

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    In the interim, you could try cleaning out her litter box, putting her bodily in there, and praising her. You could also shut her into the room at night with her litter box, a bowl of water, and a bed (away from the litter box).

    Rubbing her face in it won't help things, and your cat will get the message "avoid that bad person." It may make you feel better for the time being, but you'll be scrubbing shit out of the carpet longer.

    Some simple things you can do now is make a determination if this is behavioral or caused by sickness. Given the consistency, I'd lean towards the cause at least partially being sickness. Shutting the cat in the bathroom at night and monitoring her food and what she gets into could only help.

    You may want to check out a cat behavioral book from the library--"Shelter Cats" is one that comes to mind that has a few easily-read pages regarding cats not using the litter box. This would only cost you some time. If you live in a college town, you may want to see if the university's vet program has free or cheap consults, though they'll likely have to draw blood to make the behavior/illness determination--and you are the person best able to make that distinction, as you are the cat's owner.

    Crate training comes to mind, but I don't think cats respond to that nearly as well as dogs (if at all). I'm training mine to use the toilet right now, and I've been lucky in that she's always been very good about using "her place," save one unfortunate incident where she begged half a banana off me ... and we're not going to go THERE again!

    If my cat were doing what yours is doing, I'd stabilize feeding times, shut her in the (tiled?) bathroom at night with her bed, water, litter box, and a small toy, and get to reading a bit. They say that a good portion of behavior modification (for cats especially) is persistence and patience. That's difficult to do, I can imagine, when you're scrubbing away at cat turds in the carpet.

    G'luck!

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    Cats will commonly not go in the litter box if they're not fond of the litter, or just plain don't like litter in their paws. It's most common with cats who've been declawed.

    As for the runniness, the cats most likely sick. If you can't go to a vet, at the very least you should try a forum more specialized in pet care. They may know a bit more then us.

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    Thank you for all the great comments. I will change her food tomorrow to something a little less "Bottom shelf". I suppose it is allergies because all of my other cats eat the same food and they have no bowel problems.

    To Pojo: She has really smelly farts and we can't stand them so we both kicked her out of our rooms.



    Quote Originally Posted by h3g3l View Post
    Crate training comes to mind, but I don't think cats respond to that nearly as well as dogs (if at all). I'm training mine to use the toilet right now, and I've been lucky in that she's always been very good about using "her place," save one unfortunate incident where she begged half a banana off me ... and we're not going to go THERE again!
    When we move into our new apartment I will be toilet training all of my cats because I will have two full bathrooms and they can have a bathroom of their own. The trick is getting them to flush.



    If you live in a college town, you may want to see if the university's vet program has free or cheap consults, though they'll likely have to draw blood to make the behavior/illness determination--and you are the person best able to make that distinction, as you are the cat's owner.
    I will be moving to a college town, walking distance to Elon University, NC. But I've been to Elon Animal Hospital and I truly hate the doctor. He's an asshole who thinks he the best doctor around and once said "I don't know why everyone doesn't come to me, They must hate their pets".
    And he was wanting to put Leia on Ovaban (pill) for the rest of her life and I said "For the REST OF HER LIFE?" and he replied with "You do love this cat don't you?" Since then I was like "F*ck you buddy!" But there's tons around here so I might find some that will give free info.

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    To the person who gave me negative rep.
    I was always taught to rub a dog/cat's nose in their pee/poop or hold their face close to it and give them a pop. Not beat them, just a good pop in the hind leg quarters. Generally, my dogs wouldn't poop on the carpet anymore when I did this when I was a kid. So I say it works to an extent.

    Furthermore, I am a cat obsessed person. Do you think I wanted to hurt her. No! but maybe if she associates pain and me yelling at her to what she has done she won't do it anymore. I just started the nose rubbing yesterday.

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