How to Stop a Cat from Rolling in Poop

You come home to a terrible discovery. Your cat rolls in poop and eagerly comes to visit his number one favorite human—you. He tracks poop all over the home, leaving you too horrified for words. You want to fix this and fast. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Kittens More Prone to This—Potty Training

A cat that rolls in poop is most commonly a kitten that hasn’t learn what is yuck and what isn’t. Thankfully, they have the same dislikes in that regard as humans. Adult cats are clean creatures that usually don’t do this.

Rolling in kittens is common cat behavior, and it will follow them throughout their lifetime. They roll over for many reasons and on many surfaces, such as rolling in the dirt. Poop is probably one of the least desirable things that they could roll in.

Kittens lack the same elegant grace as the adult cat. They haven’t learned how to keep their pose, and may occasionally walk out of the litterbox with poop on their paws, or God forbid, on the side of their coat from happily rolling in it.

To correct the problem, watch as kitty enters the litterbox. Keep it in an area where you see him go. After he finishes his business, show him how to cover it up. Usually, in a couple of weeks, he will learn how to avoid the mess himself, but until then, just grin and bear it.

You might use Hygienic Wipe​s for Dogs & Cats with Vitamin E in the meantime, which offers deodorizing with fresh scent.

Rolling in Poop Indoors or Outdoors

If you have a cat rolling in poop indoors, you may wish he was an outdoor kitty. Finding the source indoors doesn’t pose as much challenge. A cat that rolls in poop in the outdoors may prove more difficult to pinpoint.

Many frustrated pet owners report keeping a clean yard, but kitty’s gravitational pull takes him straight to wherever that landmine might be located for a refreshing roll. It could be a phase, and your cat may—mercifully— eventually learn to think of this as gross behavior.

When the source comes from inside the home, the most likely culprit is the litterbox. As we said before, put the litterbox in a highly visible location and teach him how to use it appropriately.

The Indoors Giveth, and the Indoors Taketh Away

You can control poop rolling more easily with an indoor cat. With that said, you also have a harder time avoiding him after he has rolled in it. For most kittens that display this behavior, it won’t last long as they learn the rules of being a cat (i.e. stay clean, don’t get your paws dirty).

Danger to Rolling in Feces

Not only is this gross behavior, but your cat can pick up parasites from doing this. For that reason, you want to stop this behavior as quickly as possible. It can also be dangerous to you as the cat tracks poop all over his bedding, the furniture, the clothes and even your bed.

Adult Cats Like to Keep Their Coat Clean

In a kitten, rolling in poop may not be as alarming as he learns the social graces. An adult cat that does this, however, may have something wrong with him. Cats normally keep their fur clean from habit as a survival instinct, and you may want to take him to a vet to learn why he rolls in poop.

It could also be that your adult cat feels insecure in the home. He doesn’t feel like he owns anything, which makes him roll in poop. You might distribute cat scent markers around the home as a way to give him more confidence.

Scent markers are porous materials that hold the cat’s scent and make him feel confident in his ownership. This prevents undesirable behaviors, such as spraying, acting overly aggressive or overly timid.

Some of the possible scent markers include:

  • Cat bedding
  • Scratching posts
  • Mats
  • Cat trees
  • Litterboxes

I posted this short video below to help you understand cats and their sense of territory better:

Cats and Their Sense of Smell

Cats experience the world through their sense of smell. They have over 200 million odor sensors in their nose, while humans only have five million. That gives them 14 times the sense of smell of humans.

All cats see their litterbox as their most distinguished masterpiece in terms of scent marking. They feel like they own that, and it’s their territory. Every cat in the home should have its own litterbox for that reason. Your kitten or even adult cat may roll in the litterbox to mark it as his territory if he feels insecure over his turf.

This is why a kitten might sense this smell and roll in it thinking of it as fun and total ownership of his territory. He will certainly win exclusive rights to his own space for a while after rolling in poop.

Conclusion

The best way to stop a cat from rolling in poop is simply giving it time and hoping your cat will decide that he doesn’t like rolling in it. Luckily, cats are less inclined to this behavior than dogs. Dogs will sometimes roll in poop as a way to mask their scent or just for fun. Normal cats, however, are clean creatures and find poop disgusting.

Leave the litterbox too dirty, and he will start pooping elsewhere.

Eventually, kittens will stop rolling in poop by themselves as they develop grace. Thankfully, you can resolve it easily. The key is to identify what causes him to roll in poop such as feeling insecure or with a kitten, simply not knowing enough about the world.

One thing that they will likely do throughout their lifetime, however, is they will continue to roll around. Luckily, this will be in the dirt, on concrete and on wood flooring. . It will be harmless in comparison to this.

If you’re interested in learning more about why a cat rolls over and shows its belly, click here!

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