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Yeah, so our newish cat, she's about 6 months old and we've had her for around 3 months, has recently decided that the entire house is her litterbox <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
She will go in her actual box, and has for the past three months with only a few issues when we first got her. But the last week or two has been ridiculous. She has peed on: my bed, the spare bed, the couch, the laundry, the kid's play room, ruined a tablecloth, a couple of toys and my down-filled winter jacket. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"><br>
She has pooped: in the bathtub/shower, bathroom floor (we can't keep a rug in there anymore, she poops on it every time it's down), and at least 3 times on the nice organic rug in the playroom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Seriously, WTH?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer"> *sigh*
 

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I'd get her checked out by a vet to rule out UTI and/or parasites. Those are the most common reasons cats go outside their box. My guess would be a UTI, which is making it painful for her to pee. She associates the pain with the litterbox, so she's searching around and trying other areas to see if they "hurt" as much.<br><br>
If those are ruled out, try to figure out what's changed in her life in the past week. Different food, different litter, different litterbox, did you move the litterbox, guests over, stray cats outside all of a sudden, etc. Once you find out what's different, you can work on fixing it. Very rarely do cats start eliminating outside the box for no reason at all. It's almost always their way of telling you something is wrong in their world, then you have to figure out what that is. (Easier said than done!)<br><br>
In the meantime, confine her to a small room with her litter and water (and food if you free feed). This will control the areas you have to clean up and if you have a behavioral issue, it starts the process of retraining her to use the litterbox.<br><br>
Good luck! I want to tear my hair out whenever we have animal accidents, but in the end there's always a reason for them.<br><br>
~Julia
 

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In addition to the above post, put her in a small room and keep her there until she uses the box again. Better yet, if you have a dog crate, start with that. She WILL use the box instead of pooping where she will ultimately be forced to eat and sleep. Cats are meticulous creatures, and her instinct to burry her eliminations will urge her to use the box (instead of the couch, or a bed, etc). Don't give her any blankets or towels to sleep. When she uses the box for a few days without incident, let her out, but keep her in a small room, like a bathroom or laundry room. Once she uses the box there consistently for a few days, then let her try the house again.<br><br>
Have you recently changed litter types?
 

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I would take her to the vet and get her checked out. Especially since she had been using the litter box with no problems. She may have a UTI. When ever one of my male cats could get a UTI he would pee right in front of me to let me know he was sick. That is the only way they can really tell you that something is wrong. Even if she is healthy the vet may be able to give you some good advice and tips on what to do to get her to start using the litter box again.
 

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agree with taking her to the vet<br><br>
is she spayed? how many other cats do you have? do you have litter boxes = to the number of cats plus one, or at least enough boxes for each cat to have their own?<br><br>
you might have an issue with one of the other cats ambushing her when she's in the box.
 
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