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    Default Why is my cat crapping on the carpet?

    I have a cat called Lily.
    She's a desexed ragdoll and is nearly 7 years old.
    I've had her since she was a kitten and she was toilet trained when I got her. For the first 6.5 years of her life she never had any accidents or put a foot wrong in terms of her toilet habits.
    In March this year we moved to DH's parent's farm and lived in their house for 4.5 months. She would quite regularly crap on the carpet in the hallway. She knew where her litter tray was. It was in the same room as her food and she was eating and drinking fine.
    Now we've moved into our new house on the farm. She keeps seeking out carpeted areas of our house to crap and wee on. WTF is going on?
    She knows where her litter tray is. Same as the last house and the house before that, tray and food/water are in the same room.
    The only thing in her life that's changed, other than the moving house is he arrival of our dog. Since he turned up, she hasn't gone outside at all. She had the chance to beat up the dog when he was a pup, she missed her opportunity and now he's a big, boisterous pointer and she's petrified of him.
    Other than closing every door in our house forever, what can we do to stop this happening?
    DH has started mentioning vague threats that she can't stay. he doesn't mean it - yet! Help before he turns her into a rug!

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    Same cat litter? Have you tried food/litter tray in separate rooms?

    Does she still wee in the litter tray?

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    Default Why is my cat crapping on the carpet?

    It sounds like it could be stress. My cat started peeing on everything after we moved states. Clothes and carpet! After months of living with pee smell and attempting all the pheromone things, we took a trip to the vet and they said it was most likely anxiety. They put her on anti anxiety meds. Yes, you read that right. I have a cat with an anxiety disorder who requires medication! Anyway, the meds kicked in and the peeing stopped! She has however also taken up comfort eating and got ridiculously plump but hey, at least the carpets safe! It might be worth thinking about if it doesn't stop.

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    Animals often won't go to the toilet in the same area as their food. She will be returning to the carpet as well because her scent is there now. It can be really hard to remove but biozet laundry liquid does the trick (learnt this at puppy pre school and has made toilet training every dog I've had so easy). You may need to retrain/encourage her to use the litter tray again once you've removed her scent and moved her food to a new spot. All you need to do is put her in the litter tray and move her paws in a digging motion and she should get it pretty quick. Cats are really easy to litter train most of the time. Hope this helps.

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    This post is completely unhelpful but: I had to open the thread just to see if you were the op!

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    Sounds like it could be stress. Cats freak out a bit when they are stressed.

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    Our female cat did the same after we moved. We ended up putting her on anti anxiety medication (clomicalm) for 3 years which she has just come off. Meanwhile she destroyed a $400 rug and we ended up having to get carpets and underlays replaced in all 3 bedrooms. It made her dopey and her personality kind of faded while she was on it but she's back to her usual, snarky, cat self now, minus the toilet issues.

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    Wow thanks everyone! I had no idea that kitty anxiety and stress was such a common thing.
    It might also explain why she wants to be on me constantly. Maybe she's looking for reassurance.
    I think a trip to the vet is a good idea. I'll also try moving the food and little apart a bit more.
    And @Mod-Nomsie I have to come up with new material since you can identify me by a crapping cat!!!

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    Our cat started having toilet issues and it turned out she wasnt so well and had diabetes. Maybe a trip to the vet to rule out anything?

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