@Dr. Jeff, I'm wondering if you can offer any advice about a new cat behavior issue.
My 8 year old rescue cat, Squeaky, a neutered male, has begun defecating on the bathroom floor near his litter box. Some background:
Any advice would be very welcome!
- Squeaky has not used the litter box to defecate for some time but until now had gone to the basement and found a corner to use. (After scooping up his droppings, I thoroughly spray the area with disinfectant.)
- During a construction project, there were days when he was confined to a small area of the house which included the bathroom with his litter box. Sometimes he defecated in the box. This is when he began to also use the bathroom floor. I had hoped he would return to his previous basement habit, and sometimes he does.
- Squeaky weighs 25 pounds. I've tried giving him larger litter boxes, but that does not change his behavior.
- He had at least two homes before I got him. Food insecurity clearly is an issue for him based on behavior toward the other cats, who arrived at the same time from the same house but are unrelated.
Thank you. -- Sally