(Closed) Kitty Help!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
123 posts
Blushing bee

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?

Good luck!

Post # 5
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Some cats only like a really clean litterbox.  We use scoopable and clean every day or every other day.

Post # 7
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

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
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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.

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