(Closed) kitty issues… bathroom (?!?)

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Maybe she doesn’t like the location of her litter box?  You could try buying 2 or 3 inexpensive ones and place them in various locations around the house… then narrow it down to the ones she prefers.  It’s also a good idea to have 1 extra box per cat, so if you have one cat, two boxes, just to give them some options if they’re fussy.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, one other note… if she’s peed on any of your clothes, towels etc… you can wash them with vinegar in the machine, and the pee smell will come right out.  Use about a cup of vinegar per load, and double rinse.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe she doesn’t like the litter? I have a cat that didn’t like using the box after the other one unless we scooped immediately. Since I work and this wasn’t possible, we bought an automatic litter box that uses the crystals… the cat HATED the crystals and refused to use the new box at all. Luckily the other two like the crystals so the original cat now has the the regular litter box to herself. So maybe try switching litters? 

Also, is the cat declawed? Declawed cats can have a tendency to stop using the little box because it hurts their feet to dig and bury in the litter.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

While cute and cuddly, cats can be VERY tempermental.  I have two cats and shortly after my Boyfriend or Best Friend and his dog moved in with us, one of them began peeing on the bed.  Then one morning she actually pooped on the Boyfriend or Best Friend while he was still sleeping.  Needless to say, neither one of us were pleased.

However, having an additional litter box has definitely helped so they have “more options”.   And we’ve also tried to make sure we are giving all the animals equal attention to avoid “sibling rivalry”.  It is weird that theres been no big “change” for the cat but you never know what they are thinking.

I think the worst thing you could do was lock them up.  If this is a behavioral issue and not a medical issue, I think it might make it worse!   Cats are different than dogs… they don’t learn from mistakes… they take revenge!

And I definitely think its worth a trip to the vet.  My previous cat used to pee in the bathtub, which I thought was a rebellion for leaving her alone, in fact was kidney disease and she really just couldn’t make it to the bathroom.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dr elsey’s miracle cat litter additive really helps too.  I sprinkled that in my cats littlerbox because she would do the same thing.  they also make cat litter that’s guarunteed to help the cat use the litterbox.  Make sure you get an enzyme pet cleaner formulated for cats like natures miracle and wash every spot she’s ever gone besides the litterbox because if she smells her scent (urine/poop) anywhere then she will keep going back to that spot.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not sure if this would make a difference, but perhaps she doesn’t want to use the bathroom near her food and water??   Maybe take the bowls to another room….  Just throwing out ideas (which would be very easy to fix!)

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

hmmm, my cat is doing something similair. She goes right beside the litterbox. We scoop it twice a day, we have 2 litter boxes and we’ve switched litter twice. After she goes she stands there and paws at the air like she’s covering it up with invisible litter! I have no idea as to why she does this so I’m riding on your skirt tail here, misspumpkinbarry.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with PP that I would separate the litterbox from the food and water.  just like we wouldn’t want to eat in the bathroom, cats don’t really like to eat near their litterbox. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Have you noticed if she’s doing it when either the washer/drier are running? She may be afraid of the noise. Also, is it only happening at night? If so, try putting a night light in your laundry room. You may also want to ask the vet about a temporary antianxiety med or you could try shutting her in the laundry room for several days (with food and water of course!) to “force” her to get used to it (cats often refuse to pee on hard surface floors like linoleum, because the pee will splatter onto them, which apparently they find gross, lol).

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@cellokitty:  is your cat only peeing? or is she peeing AND pooping next to the litterbox? If it’s only pee, you might want to have her tested for a UTI…sometimes cats associate pain from a UTI with their litterbox and refuse to use it– often peeing next to it 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had this problem as well and were getting so frusterated, we tried everything.  finally, we had an idea to just turn the litterbox sideways and low and behold she hasn’t peed or pooped outside the box since, haha…. she is an overweight cat, and we thought because she always steps into the litterbox from the one side,… that she had no room to move forward enough so her bum was inside… so we turned it and all is well.

if there is a lid on the box, try removing the lid?  

and as above, have her checked for a UTI…. that can sometimes be the number one cause especially if it’s a new behavior.

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