(Closed) Let’s talk Kitty Litter

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We have three very poopy and very picky cats! My hubby is also in vet school and has worked for a veterinarian for years. We’ve had lots of issues with cats peeing outside the box and these are what I’ve gained:

1.  You’re never going to want to clean the litterbox, ever, and if your SO isn’t going to help, get an automatic one. Sure, it’s kind of expensive, but you truly need to clean the box every day if you have multiple cats (especially picky ones), and honestly it’s worth it. We have the Cat Genie, check it out on Amazon, it got incredibly good reviews. We’ve had it for 6 months, it cleans itself 3-4 times a day and I don’t have to think about a thing. Also, if you ever want to be pregnant, you can’t touch litter/cat feces. I’m four months along now, and when we were TTC we realized that we HAD to get an auto litter box.

2.  You need to figure out why your cats aren’t going in the litter box. For awhile, we had our normal litter box in the basement…apparently one cat was terrified of going down there at night, so she would pee outside of the box. With three it was extremely hard to figure out which one was doing it (she finally peed right in front of us, so we knew it was her). Once we moved the box upstairs, she stopped having an issue. You could also consider putting in a night light in the basement (this wasn’t enough for our scaredy cat, but it works for some people).

3.  You should also have your cats tested for a UTI. Cats with UTIs attribute pain with the litterbox and will avoid going into the litterbox. They also may have to pee more frequently and can’t “wait” to use it if another cat is going/if it’s full. They can go undiagnosed for a significant amount of time. If your cats are having problems with the move (especially the male that spends all of his time downstairs), you can ask the vet to put him on some antianxiety meds. The last time we moved one of our male cats was peeing outside of the litterbox– we put him on antianxiety meds for a month and he’s been fine since then. It doesn’t have to be a long term thing– ours no longer needed them after the first month.

4.  Some other bees have mentioned sprays and such in the past that discourage cats from peeing in certain areas…I don’t have any experience with these, but they certainly could be worth looking into.

5.  To determine who is doing it, lock one in a room with one litterbox for several days, while letting the other have the run of the house with the other litterbox. If you find no pee spots after 3-4 days, switch their positions and observe if the other one does anything. If neither of them pee in the house when the other is locked up, it could be a sign of a dominance issue– one might be bullying the other. Try separating the litterboxes (one on each floor, away from the food, etc) to decrease the chance that bullying is occuring.

 

Ugh, sorry, I sound like a crazy lady, but I truly have more unfortunate experience than I want to admit. I hate hate hate cat pee in the house and I know just hoping that they’ll stop doesn’t work. You’ll have to try something or it’ll just get worse. This is just my experience/my husband’s education, I’m sure the other bees will have lots of great suggestions too! Good luck!!

Post # 5
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I use Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract litter, things seem to be okay for the most part.  I have a male cat who pees to mark his territority, but the litter stops it unless I get lazy and don’t scoop for awhile.

The automatic litter boxes are great if that’s the big issue!  If it’s anxiety, though, a plug-in scent like feliway may help.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@sleepingbeauty88:  No bin and no bags 🙂 It drains directly into the toilet or the same drain that your laundry machine uses. You literally don’t have to touch it. I think we spend about $20 per month on it. It has a special sanitizing solution that has to be replaced occasionally and rinsable pellets (these we’ve only replenished once because our cats are pretty good about not dragging them out of the litter box– we put a rug down, which really helps). If you do decide to go for it, Amazon has a Subscribe and Save feature for the sanisolution with free shipping and $3 or so off per carton. We get one every month and a half. With two cats, you’d probably use less than us!

Also, install is super easy even if you’re not incredibly handy– it seems intimidating, because it does hook up to your plumbing. It took maybe 10 minutes for my husband to do it, and it came with all the parts you would need.

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