Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:51 PM
My cat (who is now nearly 13) was exactly the same. Her sister was happy to use the litter box even if it was busting at the seams with mess but not this lady.
It started with needing a 100% pristine clean litter box, moved on to needing a never used container with litter in it, and eventually became an absolute no poo in a box under any circumstances.
She would and still will wee in litter (of any degree of soiled-ness) but will only poo indoors if it is on a smooth, flat surface = tiles, bathtub, floorboards if she is desperate.
I fortunately have been able to accommodate her being able to go outside (both of our preferences) with cat-runs and now living on a large property, and this allowed us to get over the strained relationship of having to clean her poop from the floor every day.
A couple of times over the years I have had to have her go inside and I have 2 “solutions”. One: purchasing a large tile as the poo spot, and putting towels down to discourage the use of other spots (though she would push them away if she could!) The other was to put a few crumbs of clean litter in a designated poo corner of tiled laundry or in an otherwise unused bath- she seemed to follow the litter cue as the place to go but just liked the smooth shiny surface. She does a very dramatic digging dance beforehand so I don’t know if the space and slipperiness is what she is after. It was feral to clean fresh pop with no litter buffer but I kept a roll of paper towel and designated spray for instant cleaning so it didn’t stink the place out.
I’m sorry he is challenging like this, I feel you, I really do!