Is Your Cat Pooping in the Bathtub or Shower?
My cat just pooped in the shower. How disgusting!
Cats that suddenly begin to ignore their litter boxes are not uncommon. If your cat is pooping in the bathtub, shower, or bathroom sink, there are a few different possible explanations. While it can be frustrating when your cat begins to "act out" in this way, other cat owners have successfully stopped this behavior.
When a cat ignores their litter box and uses the bathtub or shower instead, these may be the reasons:
- Is the litter box full of urine or feces? Does it smell of ammonia? You may be able to solve your problem simply by changing the litter.
- Are there any new situations that may cause your cat stress? Think about whether anyone is hurting your cat. Is there a new pet in the family? A new baby? Have you moved to a new home or been gone recently? It could also be something small, like a new location for their food or litter box.
Cats are clean and neat animals. When they begin relieving themselves in a new, and clearly off-limits place, they are letting their owner know that something is wrong.
Steps to Stop Peeing & Pooping in the Bathtub
How to encourage your cat to use their litter box.
1. Leave some water in your bathtub or shower to make it less attractive to cat.
2. Use a cat-attract litter.
3. Get two litter boxes, one for poop and the other for pee. Some cats prefer not to do both in the same box.
4. Make sure litter boxes are not near the place where your cat eats and drinks.
5. If the problem persists, take your cat to the vet. It may be a medical issue.
Cats need companionship. If your cat is left alone all the time, there's a chance that she will express her loneliness by leaving you an unwanted present. Cats usually choose a bed or couch, but the bathtub is also common.
If you suspect that your cat is lonely, here are some ideas:
- Find a suitable companion for your cat! Any neighbors who can stop in and give her some lap-time while you're gone? There are also professional pet-sitters who have experience with playing and spending time with cats. They may also be able to help train your cat to use their litter boxes.
- If you can, spend more time at home. Or, give your cat tons of love and attention whenever you are home.
What You Should Not Do!
- Never rub your cat's nose in their poop or pee as a way of telling them you're unhappy with them. This technique doesn't work!
- Do not hit or yell at your cat. They will probably only misbehave more.
What if Your Cat Misbehaves for No Reason?
Some cats are temperamentally difficult. You've met the type: hissing, unaffectionate, and non-loving. You may just have a bad kitty.
Pooping in the shower, on the floor, or anywhere else it shouldn't may be your cat's way of being possessive of the space or house. If your cat's personality is like this, then they will also display:
- Aggressive behavior like scratching, biting, and hissing.
- Ruining furniture and rugs.
- Constant annoying meowing.
If this is the case, you really only have two options:
- Consult a vet, pet trainer, or shelter staff for advice about training your pet to behave in a sociable manner.
- Find another home for your cat.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.