(Closed) Litterbox issues

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you taken her to the vet?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When my female cat does this it’s because she has a urinary tract infection.  It’s quickly fixed with a visit to the vet and antibiotics.

Ours is 12 years old and we’ve noticed that since we bought a pet water fountain (keeps water fresh and cold), she has had less UTIs.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Missido:  YEP!

Cats will often associate the pain of the UTI with the litter box so that’s why they won’t use it. If she’s going pee and not poo it may be something else but I’d still recommend the vet!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was watching “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet – and there was a cat that did this.  It was because there was something that hurt him (internally) when he pooped.  Therefore – he associated using the litterbox with pain… and being the bright cat that he is, he avoided the litterbox and pooped outside of it.

I would definitely go to the vet and check this out.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is interesting to me because she is pooing, not peeing outside the box. I have 4 cats now, and one of them will pee on the bed/couch when shes upset with me. But she has NEVER pooped outside her box. I would take her the vet and rule out any medical issues. She might just be stressed because of the move, or maybe she feels your not paying enough attention to her because of the little one on the way.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SimplyChic11:  Yes, please take her to the vet ASAP. Have your Darling Husband scoop some poo into a ziploc bag and take it with you. They can run some tests on it for parasites or anything else. Alternately, you can leave her there overnight, but that’s really up to you. I can’t leave my cats anywhere overnight (one of them has awful anxiety and would get too stressed, and I’m such a sap that I’d never be able to leave the other one), so I’ve always taken some in. They also might order bloodwork and/or x-rays to see if she’s got something not detectable in a stool sample, or if she’s swallowed something that’s causing her distress. (Can you tell that I’ve been through this before?)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@SimplyChic11:  I would strongly suggest taking her to a vet.  My cat started to do this and I thought it was a behavioral problem as well.  Turns out he had a UTI that quickly progressed to a kidney infection.  He died.  I was devastated.  I am not trying to scare you, but cats are usually such neat, tidy animals and when they deviate from that behavior it’s usually because something is wrong.

I am so glad you decided to take your baby to the vet.  Keep us updated!  Praying for her!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had this problem when I rescued an outdoor stray.  He wasn’t the brightest cat, and he didn’t really understand the litterbox.  I poured dirt, litter, and sand into separate litter boxes.  He choose the dirt (which was a real mess to clean up after, but it was better than poop on the floor), so for two months he had a litter box full of dirt.  After that he was fine with using kitty litter.

Taking your kitty to the vet is a smart choice!  Hopefully it’s nothing serious.  I also hope your cat’s smarter than mine.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My male does the same after my fiance and his girl cat moved in. I always assumed it was territory issues :/

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