Animal Issues

JuLeah - posted on 09/27/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok, this is not a kid question, but it is a problem.

My cat is 6yrs old. I have not ever had an issue with her regarding the little box.

She is an indoor cat. She is in good health.

Several months ago a neighbor cat got in while we were moving furniture. My cat was locked in the bathroom at the time. The neighbor cat was just in for a second, but she did sniff the litter box.

Now, my cat will urinate in the box no problem, but 95% of the time, won’t defecate in the box.

I have changed the location of the box, sanitized the box, tried ‘cat attract litter’ and various other types of litter. I had the carpet steam cleaned too.

I bought a new box, two actually. I keep the box clean. I have confined her to a small area with just the litter box, but she still went on the floor.

I know she can, because about 5% of the time she does, it is the other 95% that is an issue for me.

I am hatin’ this. Yes, I have tried logic and reason, even grounded her and removed TV privileges.

I don’t believe in spanking; do please save that advice for another post.

Is there an animal expert out there, a behaviorist, a psychic who can hear cats? Help

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/27/2011

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Another thing I forgot to mention (sorry, one of those things that you keep thinking about, and remembering new info about) if you have changed brands or scents of litter recently, that can turn them off from using there litter pan.

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I do have to laugh at the TV thing. I had a cat that actually did watch TV... she'd get mad too if you turned it off.

Anyway, with one cat who would do similar things we started to lay out a towel on a plastic pan. His problem though was that he was too big to fit in any type of cat box (not fat, just really big). He could pee in an open box easy enough but didn't like to poop since he couldn't cover it well enough. For some reason the towel worked. It made clean up a lot easier and it was a place for him to go that didn't get him in trouble.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/27/2011

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BTW, the fact that there was another cat in the home, it is important to know that pooping is also a sign of marking territory. Not as common as "spraying" but it happens. There are behavior modification drugs also, like amytriptaline...kitty prosac. Def call your vet and hope they can give you some good advice.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/27/2011

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I only currently have space for 1 box, but this is how she used to do it. If I was ever to start having litter issues, you bet I would find the space for another litter.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/27/2011

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One more thought, I know you said she used to use it just fine. BUT, you may want to get an extra cat box. You should have 1 litter per cat, and 1 extra. I know my cat liked to pee in one, and shit in a different box. That may really help.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/27/2011

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Ok, so there is a litter out there that actually attracts cats...I believe it is called "cat attract". You can pick it up at Petco or Petsmart I believe. There is also some plug in products called Feliway, it helps calm them and ease their anxiety. You can get it through petedge express. It also comes in a spray. Just plug in near the cat box. This should help. I would also recommend taking her to the vet if it continues. Usually it is a urination problem...not a deification problem when not using the litter box. Something medical may be going on with her. In fact, call your vet and ask about it. They should be able to give you simple advice over the phone.

JuLeah - posted on 09/27/2011

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I was being facetious with the TV and spanking comments, serious with the rest.

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