Post # 1
About a year and a half ago my parents adopted one of our barn cats because he has 3 legs and probably wouldn’t have survived through the winter. He has been a great house cat up until this past Feb or March when he decided to stop using the litterbox. It is baffling my parents as to why this cat used the litter box perfectly for over year and now isn’t using it! My mom thought that it was because of some new litter she was trying so she went back to the old one. Nothing. She cleans the carpet ASAP after any accidents so the smell doesn’t stay. Nothing. The only thing my parents can do is lock him in the basement with food/water and the litterbox. Our other cat which my parents have had since I was 16 has had no problems.
Anyone have any ideas? It breaks my heart to keep this social butterfly of a cat locked in the basement!
Post # 3
I think she needs to take the cat to the vet. Not using the litter box is usually a sign of health problems in pets. Especially since she didn’t change anything else at the same time. Does she use Nature’s Miracle? That’s the best cleaning product to get all of the smell out (even the stuff we can’t smell as people).
Post # 4
I am so sorry to hear of this. Being a multi-cat household, I know this can be taxing and draining. Especially Kitty is now locked in basement.
Yes, the change in the litter box would be a good reason. May I ask if your parents introduced the Kitty to the litter box again (after switching back to the original brand)?
Also, cats like their litter box clean… so, possibly, cleaning the box frequently… and last but not least, did the location of the litter box change?
Post # 5
A few things –
rule out any health problems first (so, vet visit) to rule out diabetes, UTI, liver issues, etc.
add an additional litterbox and make sure they’re kept clean
physically put the cat in the litter box with the old litter so it knows that the new litter is gone.
anytime the cat goes in the box, lots of praise!
Our cat Zoey had some issues with peeing outside the litterbox while she still lived with R’s parents. It was a few months after they had brought a new cat home, and we were away at college. She wasn’t getting enough attention, and they didn’t have the same # of litter boxes and cats. We moved her here with us and give her lots of attention and keep the litter box clean. We haven’t had an accident since then.
Post # 6
Some cats only like a really clean litterbox. We use scoopable and clean every day or every other day.
Post # 7
I had this problem with a cat and the vet told me that this is usually a sign of health issues. The kitty isn’t feeling well and is trying to get your attention. Turns out ours had pretty bad sinus blockage and as soon as we had that treated he was back to the litter box.
Take kitty to a vet and explain what has been happening and have him check out Kitty for any obvious health issues.
Post # 8
my kitty did this- she had FLUTD- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, which is similar to a UTI- her bladder tissue was inflamed, and so she tried going everywhere in the house, which the vet said was because she was trying to flush out her system to make herself feel better- she’s okay now after some meds and a brief stay at the vet. so maybe it’s FLUTD or a kitty uti?
Post # 9
My cat was peeing on stuff as a way to tell us she was unhappy with her hooded litterbox and didn’t like the dog roaming free while we weren’t home. We took her to the vet, but there was nothing wrong with her, she was actually doing it on PURPOSE the little snot! So we removed the hood on the litterbox, placed a NEW litterbox right next to her old one, and started crating the dog. Low and behold, she started using the box like she was supposed to! Oh, and we also locked her on the laundry room with nothing but a bowl of water and her litterbox for a day. She HATED that. Don’t know if it helped or not, but it was recommended by the vet.
Post # 10
We had this problem- cats are very territorial about litterboxes. We had to get each cat her own box. Also, if the one cat even THINKS she sees a turd in there, she will use the rug instead. So just make sure each cat has its own and keep them very clean. I hope this helps, good luck!
Oh and also, I have heard that they don’t like to poop/pee near where their food is. So make sure they are in separate areas. Some cats really like privacy, too, so put one of the boxes under a table or something.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the tips ladies. I’m going home this weekend and will share ideas with my parents. I think he will have to be taken to the vet because the litterbox is cleaned everyday and is no where near food and water (before he had to be locked in the basement). My mom teaches school and will be around alot more in June – August so maybe it is attention because he is such a little loverboy!