WHY is this happening now after 16 years??
We rescued "Mr. Bear" 16 years ago when he was an abandoned 5 week old kitten---a Manx, with no tail by the way. In the 16 years he has lived with us, he has been an "indoor only" cat and just a really sweet and wonderful cat in every way. For the past 16 years he has NEVER had any problems at all using his litter box, which has always been downstairs in the basement. In the last year or two he has lost some weight, but he never was a big eater and after his last visit to the vet 5 months ago, all lab work was normal and the vet said it was just due to his older age that he does not put on weight like he used to. To encourage him to maintain his weight, after the last vet visit I started to feed him canned cat food at least 4 to 5 times a day at which he just eats a small amount each time, and he always has dry food and fresh water available.
Now the problem: in the last 4 or so weeks, he periodically will "miss" his litter box, sometimes a foot or two away, with his bowel movements! Does not happen all the time, but enough to get my attention. To make matters worse, last night there was a bowel movement on the floor right in front of the door leading down to the basement and his litter box! Nothing in the house has changed-----no new pets, no change of food or anything else----nothing different! The only thing I thought of was this----is it possible that at 16 years old his vision is not as good and he can not see as well in the darkened basement where there is no light at all?? Does that make any sense?? This is really upsetting to me as he has never had problems before in this respect. Other than this, he seems same as usual in every way. If anyone can shed any light on the why of this new behavior, and what to do about it, I sure would appreciate it!!
Thanks in advance!