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Why do cats poop when you get home (Is it Normal)?

Are you wondering why your cat is waiting for you to poop after you get in after a long day’s work and saving the stench for you as you walk in the house? (Click here for my best air purifier to eradicate these smells, on Amazon) Then you will be happy because today will explain why this is happening.

Why do cats poop when you get home? It is their weird way of feeling secure. It’s similar to dog psychology. Basically they rely on you to feel that they are safe because they trust you. When they poop they are vulnerable, hence their caution during this time.

Now that you understand why this is happening, it may make you tolerate the smell and irritation this causes a bit more (If not click for my guide on the best Air purifiers (Winix Air Purifier vs Honeywell vs Envion (for Cat/Odor/Dander).

Let me now go on to explain how “SAS” is linked to this (and what it is), how cat anxiety can cause-related issues, how you can deal with this and more. Keep reading…

How is SAS linked to Common poop-related issues?

As well as finding your cat waiting for you to get home and pooping (Click here to see my 3 Best Cat Toilet Training Kits) , you may have already noticed (or may soon see) occasions when your cat eliminates (poops) in random places. Basically not in its litter tray, are you with me?

For this reason, I am going to explain why this happens, to help you understand this.

What is “SAS”

SAS is an acronym for Separation Anxiety Syndrome. Its a posh word for your cat feeling homesick. In particular missing mummy. This is caused by unnecessarily early separation from your cat’s original mother.

This separation anxiety causes this mischievous behavior. I use the term “mischievious” loosely because in your cat’s head it’s not really naughty. It is just an inconvenience to you.

What other things do anxious cats do?

If you have seen some of this misbehavior, you may be wondering what else may happen, just so you can prepare yourself, or find a way to stop it. Let me explain.

Excessive Grooming

cat excessive grooming

Another related behavior associated with anxiety is excessive grooming. And let me clarify, this is not like us humans looking in the mirror obsessing on our hair and clothes. This is more intensive, and painful for cats.

What do I mean?

Well, Obsessive grooming for them means pulling out clumps of fur due to frustration. In extreme cases, it can get really bad. When I say bad, it can result in entire areas of their body, e.g. their entire belly, are you with me?

How can you help a “needy” cat?

Now that you have heard some of these horror stories, you may be anxious yourself, wondering what you can do to help your cat, before it spirals out of control, right?

The reality is, anxiety can be quite broad, it could be related to friction with another local cat, or your cat feeling neglected. So, there is no one size fits all remedy, unfortunately.

However, there are some basic things that you can do to help that are just good practice anyway. So, even if it’s not the full solution, it won’t waste your time.

Quality Time

The best thing you can do is to make your cat feel wanted and NOT neglected. So, the objective is to spend more quality time. Such as scheduling in some playtime sessions and making her feel wanted.


Another technique could be surprising your kitty with some lovely treats. This can be given directly or cunningly hidden around the house so she gets random treats throughout the day or working week.

Why might stop your cat stop using their litter tray?

Earlier we talked about anxiety being a major factor why you may see unexpected poop in places. But, this is not always the issue. For that reason, I am going to explain other things that can make this happen.

Physical issues

Sometimes your cat may have genuine physical problems that prevented her from getting to the litter tray. This could be things like joint-related pain. These problems could slow them down making it difficult to get to the tray in time.

Even issues such as diarrhea could be a factor. Why? Simple, because they may find it hard to get to the tray in time if the diarrhea is really aggressive, are you with me?

The best way to get to the bottom of this is to consult your vet to clarify your theories. Once you know for sure you can make a move to improve the situation.

Related Questions:

In this section, I will answer some questions related to cats and eliminating poop. If you feel there are questions unanswered in your head, please feel free to drop a comment below.

Q: Why does my cat not cover his poop?

Could be two issues: displaying dominance or she is unhappy with the actual litter (Click here to see why I like these clumping litters the best). Let me explain…


Instinctively cats will cover up their poop. So, it is weird to see the feces left uncovered. However, in some cases, this can be a deliberate and strategic move by your cat. This is based on dominance. Basically, they will leave it like this to send a message to the rival cat that they are in charge.

Not happy with the litter

This obviously speaks for itself. You may find that the fact that your cat has not covered its poop, is actually nothing to do with dominance. It could be as simple as she does not like the litter anymore.

Maybe you have changed the litter recently? Simple things like the texture of the litter could actually turn her off from using it.

Q: Why do cats eliminate then run from the feces?

This typically points to a health issue. They could literally be running away with pain or discomfort. If you have seen this, it’s probably quite confusing. It may even look like your cat is scared of the poop, right?

Well, as I briefly mentioned. There is a good chance it’s linked to some kind of pain or discomfort experienced while she is pooping (What if its in your carrier? Click here). Unfortunately, there are a few potential issues that you will need to look into or get advice from your vet.

These issues can include infections of the urinary tract, colon or rectum issues. It may even be as simple as a bad case of constipation. Either way, best to get it checked out with your vet.

Q: What makes a cat use a litter tray?

This is instinctive (Click here for my article of how cats know how to use a litter tray) cats do this by nature. Its almost like me asking you, how do you know how to use the toilet? It just happened, right? Same for cats.

This stemmed from the wild when they were keen to cover their tracks from predators. So, a clever way to do this was to literally cover their poop (Click here to see why their are poop nuggets in your home), so their predators wouldn’t smell or see evidence of them being there.

Q: What causes a cat to make a noise near the litter tray?

This is usually a health issue (Click here for my article on why cats meow before pooping). Typically your cat is feeling some form of pain during elimination and this causes the noise. It’s best to get advice from your vet to confirm because there are many potential issues for this.

Q: How can you get rid of unwanted cat smells?

Using an air purifier (Click here to see my top selections) or even adding more litter boxes can help (Click here for my article on ways to stop the smell is apartments). Obviously there are many ways to do this, but these things will help a great deal depending on your particular issue.

Lindsey Browlingdon

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