Our expert says:
As with children who have become house-trained and reliable in using a toilet who then begin soiling themselves in the wrong place or time, this can indicate a kid / cat who is distressed about something - or maybe just simply felt the need when for some reason the liter box wasn't accessable - maybe someone had without thinking just temporarily closed the door to the room it's in.
The instinct to use the box seems very powerful and built-in. And I've noticed so is the yrge to cover up the evidence afterwards. My cat will poo, scratch in the box till it has disappeared beneath the litter - and then carry on vigorously across the liter-box, then across the kitchen floor, scratching at non-existent litter, or whatever is in her path, for some minutes afterwards, as if rather obsessuively worried she hasn't done a good enough job on the first burial.
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