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Why would a cat not use the litter box and make a mess on the floor or carpet?

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Cats don't always aim straight for the litter box. When your cat leaves a "present" on the carpet, he could be spraying to mark his territory or objecting to the litter box’s location or cleanliness.

Whatever your cat's reason, it'll stink if you don't clean it up quickly. Cats can sniff out areas they've marked and target them again.

If your cat soils your carpets and never did this before, or she constantly soils the carpets, call your vet. It could be a sign of a health problem.

From: Cleaning Common Cat Messes WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/6/2018

SOURCES:

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Feline Behavior Problems: House Soiling."

The Ohio State University: "How to Clean-Up Cat Urine." Christensen, Wendy. , Macmillan, 2004. The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care

Hotchner, Tracie. , Penguin, 2007. The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know

Church, Christine. , John Wiley & Sons, 2005. House Cat: How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Feline Behavior Problems: House Soiling."

The Ohio State University: "How to Clean-Up Cat Urine." Christensen, Wendy. , Macmillan, 2004. The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care

Hotchner, Tracie. , Penguin, 2007. The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know

Church, Christine. , John Wiley & Sons, 2005. House Cat: How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

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