(Closed) Cat litter issues unresolved.

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Does she go in the same corner every time? Try placing a piece of furniture that she can’t get under there.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would either close off the room that she is pooping in or, if that’s not an issue, I think you will have to get rid of her. You have tried your best, but a pet shouldn’t be ruining your life like this. I understand being at your wits end since I was in the same position… Luckily my cat started behaving just in time. When your property is being destroyed and you are going to bringing a baby into your home, you want it to be as sanitary as possible. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hm… when I was having this problem, it turned out to be the actual litter pan, but I found online a test you can do as well.

“To see whether litter type or cleanliness have a hand in your cat’s pooping (or peeing) problems, clean the litter boxes twice a day and set up a litter-box lineup for a week or two. In this choice test for litter lavatories, place three or more temporary boxes side by side with only one thing varying between boxes. For instance you may be comparing scented vs unscented, Brand A vs Brand B, large box vs small box, and so on.

Even try covered versus uncovered boxes, and if he’s going on rugs, try one with bits of carpet to see if it’s the surface type that he likes. Generally if the cat has a preference you’ll know in just several days.”

(I’m not sure how you are supposed to get bits of rug into a litter box though)

http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/what-to-do-when-your-cat-poops-outside-the-box

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Honestly I would just get rid of the cat. Your baby is more important at this point and a cat is just not worth stressing over.I know many will disagree with me, but sometimes you just have to pick your battles and to me it sounds like you have had enough. 

But if you dont want to:

If she just likes the carpet maybe try cutting a square of carpet and putting it in the litter box and then slowly add litter overtop of the carpet. Sounds silly but it might work.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have you had your cats anal glands looked at?  If they have a problem with their anal glands, they will not poop in the litter box because it can be painful and uncomfortable, so they associate the litter box with pain while pooping. 

You can try using tin foil where she tends to poop, or at least in the baby room for now.   Most cats hate the feeling of tin foil on their feet, so she won’t walk on it.  Place a pieces where she tends to poop and she may revert back to the litter box. 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also, did your vet not give you any advice??  did your vet just say “she’s fine” … if so i’d be finding another vet.

All cats can be retrained, it’s just a matter of figuring out what the problem is first.  You cant fix a problem if you don’t know what it is. 

*EDIT*  just saw your recent post.
 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SimplyChic11:  Is she missing the box or going outside of it purposely? 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@SimplyChic11:  Is there ANY improvement at all??  or still the same??

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

Is her food near her litter box?  I know some cats don’t like to go to the bathroom in the same area as they eat.

Sorry I can’t give more advice – I’ve never had a cat who’s done this.  Have you tried the all natural litter that’s like paper-like instead of crystals?  I’m guessing so since you said you’ve tried all sorts of different litter.

I’d hate to hear you got rid of the cat because of this.  I’d say just keep your baby’s door shut (and use a baby monitor when he/she is sleeping in there) and keep trying to get the cat retrained.  It shouldn’t be a huge issue until your baby is motile and could get into a spot where kitty has gone to the bathroom.

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