Hi Nicki, Welcome to JustAnswer. I am a licensed veterinarian and I'm here to help you. I bet you are at your wits end! I'm not completely clear, though, as to whether both your cats are doing this or just one. . .Bailey. And I also am not clear as to whether it is urine or stool or both outside of the litter box. Please let me know as my recommendations depend upon my having a clear picture!
Thanks so much for your response. Since it does seem to be both cats and both urine and defecation, then this is most likely a behavioral problem called litter box aversion. Have you changed the type or brand of litter that you use? Did you buy a new litter box?
Thank you. . .and the litter box is in the same place as always?
The fact that they are eliminating next to the litter tray points toward litter aversion. . .they want to use the litter, but for some reason are disliking the litter.
If they have always used the same brand and type of litter as when they WERE litter trained, I'd say not. But perhaps this would make a difference. . .just have to try. Here are some suggestions in general to help with litter box etiquette: The type of litter and litter box (covered or uncovered) should be pleasing to the cats. It is recommended that you have one more litter box than cats, so a box is always available, in your case 3 boxes. The boxes should be in private and easily accessible places. If there seems to be any nervousness with or between Bailey and Darcey, you could get some Feliway disperser plug-ins. Feliway is a cat pheromone that is calming to many cats. Some people have had good success with a product called "Cat Attract" sprinkled in the litter box. I think you are already doing so, but the areas that they have soiled should be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner that both removes any stain AND also removes any residual odor that they might smell. Do any of these suggestions sound applicable in your situation?
Maybe. . .wish I could say definitely. Do Bailey and Darcey act the same towards each other as they always have? Medically, does either one drink excessive water or produce more urine than they used to? Obviously, SOMETHING is different here!
Cats can stop using a litter box if they no longer fit in it or can't climb over the edge comfortably. Is Bailey rotund enough for this to be a possibility?
I have to be offline for a couple of hours, but I'd like to continue chatting with you later to see if we can't get to the bottom of your problem. I think that it is about 9:30 PM where you live right now. I see that you are typing right now so I'll wait.
Before I go, just to be sure. . .they have always used a covered litter box, correct? One thing I'd like to mention before I go, is that overweight cats can be prone to diabetes. A diabetic cat would initially be eating a lot and drink more water than normal. . .do you think diabetes is a possibility for Bailey? Have to run, but I'll talk with you later or tomorrow. WE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS!!!!!
Yes, could very well be the cause of all of this. It is unusual for cats to defecate that frequently!!!! Perhaps it is the food. Which Iams cat food are you feeding? I was just looking up and there are several.