Sometimes being a cat parent means we have to clean up after our fur babies. This was the case with Jewel. As Jewel aged, she began to defecate outside of the litter box occasionally.
As her arthritis and kidney disease progressed, the frequency of these occurrences increased. Of course I never yelled at her, punished her, or got angry with her. It wasn't her fault that her body was failing. Instead, I dutifully cleaned up the messes whenever she made one.
Sometimes I could tell she had made a mess because she would hit the door stop on the back of the bathroom door as she was coming out of the room. The boing noise would alert me to go check the floor for a mess.
Unfortunately, she didn't always hit the door stop and I would squeal when I accidentally stepped in a mess (the joys of living a life with low vision, haha!). I learned pretty quickly to check the bathroom floor before stepping into the room!
Jewel was such a trooper. She almost always made it into the bathroom to do her business. I was thankful for that as the linoleum floor is so much easier to clean than the carpeted floors in my living room and bedroom. Jewel was so intelligent; I think she knew the best places in the house to make a mess if she couldn't make it to her box.
What do you do for your kitty as a loving cat parent?