View Full Version : Help!! Cat poops on the carpet!

05-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Alright, I have a 4 year oldish, male, neutered cat that has decided to poop on the carpet. He has been to the vet, treated with antibiotics for an intestinal infection and is cleared. The vet says it's probably become a habit to poop in this one area.

I clean out his litter box daily and he does use it as well as pooping in this one area on the carpet. We want to put new carpet in but my hubby tells me the cat has to go if we can't correct the problem! I can't give up the poor guy, he lived all his life in a shelter before we rescued him in February.

I have scrubbed the carpet, put down trash bags and even tried to put things down where he goes. He'll just dig it away.

Does anyone have any good ideas to clean the area to keep him from using the bathroom? It's become a habit!! LOL



Jan in CA
05-21-2009, 02:09 PM
Oh boy. My DSD has this problem with her cat and she's never been able to correct it. He sometimes goes in the box, but not always and especially if she's gone for a day or two. He's 16 now and she knows his behavior so she tries to catch him and put him in the bathroom when he's acting like has to go.

Is it always in the same area? Use something like Nature's Miracle on it to get rid of any odors.

Here's some link that might give you some ideas, too.

I wonder if giving him a treat after he goes in the box would work like it does on a dog.. :think:

05-21-2009, 03:08 PM
One of my cats did this for a while - boy was I mad. I took out the carpet completely and put down a brand new area rug - same problem. I finally had to close her out of that space for a long time (months?) until she forgot that she had pooped there. I have the same area rug down in a new house, and she hasn't pooped on it, so I think we're good now.

05-21-2009, 04:11 PM
He always poops in the same place, the space between the two couches, next the coffee table. There's really no way to keep him from that room/area since it's the main room in the house. I just don't know what to do with him. I don't want to get rid of him, but I can't put down new carpet for him to ruin either. I will look for the Miracle stuff and try that.


05-21-2009, 04:18 PM
There is also the stuff called Capture. It's a powder carpet cleaner and it works really well. And you don't have to mess with having wet carpet. The also carry a pre-mist spray if the stain is really bad.
They sell it at Lowe's around here. Here's the website:


Jan in CA
05-21-2009, 06:58 PM
Nature's Miracle is just a spray so it's only the spot and surrounding area that are wet. I let it sit for a bit then use paper towels to blot it. It dries pretty quick.

We actually buy it by the gallon. Anytime one of the pets has an accident or gets sick I use it.

05-21-2009, 08:21 PM
I don't know how well this works (precious cat litter) (http://www.preciouscat.com/)but I have seen it at my Vet's office...My cats do good as long as I don't change the litter...it has to be the red and yellow tidy cats for them :teehee:

Jan in CA
05-21-2009, 08:27 PM
My cats do good as long as I don't change the litter...it has to be the red and yellow tidy cats for them :teehee:

My cats have always liked Scoop Away or Fresh Step. Creatures of habit aren't they? :teehee:

05-21-2009, 08:28 PM
Ahh...I know the feeling..my cat is about the same age and he started doing this for awhile. I think it was a couple of things, one was that the room that his box was in wasn't ventilated enough ( he just started one day, not a long term habit) so I think that he pooped their, even though I had cleaned it with anti smell stuff, because he could still smell his box. So I opened the window all day for him. Also I think he was upset at me for something... he gets a real attitude sometimes....So I tried to play with him some more and give him some treats.... ( bribe him for love and good behaviour!). I don't know if that helps any, I really know how frustrating it can be, but know it may not be a long term problem. :thumbsup:

ps. Ohhh I forgot i gave him a new smelling litter too. Next up is a brand new box- in case he permi-stank his!! LOL!! Not sure if he will start again! but so far so good!

05-21-2009, 08:33 PM
My cats have always liked Scoop Away or Fresh Step. Creatures of habit aren't they? :teehee:

:rofl: I have one that pulls her hair out if anything changes...then the other one pouts at me if his daily routine is changed, he won't look at me, or lay beside me...which is odd for him

05-21-2009, 09:47 PM
I am not sure if this will work for your problem but...
My cats would always jump on my counters. I was at my wits end trying to break them of it. Then I read to put double sided tape (I used masking tape looped) on the counter, cats don't like the feel of sticky on their paws. After a few days I didn't have to use the tape anymore. Even now a few years later they think about going on the counter shake their paws and go somewhere else:teehee: Maybe you could put double sided tape down around the area he poops. It might look weird but I think it would be better than cleaning cat poo!
I also remember reading Aluminum foil works well too.
I second the Natures Miracle recommendation, it's amazing!

05-21-2009, 09:57 PM
There's a cat litter called Cat Attract that I've heard works really well...I haven't used it as it's quite pricey, but my parents had a few cats with pooping/peeing problems and they used the cat attract and their cat's then went in the litter box only...

I have a problem with one of my butthead cats pooping on my bed!:grrr:

I think her main problem though is being territorial and b**chy to the other cats. She's an indoor cat (all of our cats are) and we cannot afford to get her fixed right now so our solution has been to buy those cheap 'ol shower liners from Wal-Mart that are like $1.50 and put that down on our bed...She still goes there but it's much easier cleaning off the shower liner with bleach water than it is washing sheets almost every night...And, when the shower liner just gets too gross, it's easy enough to throw away and cheap enough to replace.

Jan in CA
05-21-2009, 10:19 PM
Sticky tape! Good idea! My DD bought some of this stuff called Sticky Paws to keep the kitty from scatching the side of her bed. It works like a charm!

05-21-2009, 11:04 PM
I second the Nature's Miracle. Just make sure you buy the cat one- it works better than the general pet one.
Also, try Aluminum foil on the spot. Cats don't usually like the crispy crunchy-ness of it.
You could also try a spray called Feliway. It is a pheremone that makes a cat happy and it will help relax them around the spot where the incidents happen.
Good luck!