Post # 1
We are having a baby in February, and have been working on the nursery. The nursery was formerly the guest/kitty room, and where we kept the litter box and food for our two cats. This weekend my husband took the litter box out of the nursery, washed it out, and moved it downstairs to a guest bathroom. We showed the cats where it is, and didn’t really expect a problem.
Since then, at least one of our cats (not sure which one) has peed a couple of places and pooped in one of our dog’s crate. I have noticed that there is pee and poop in the litter box, so I think that the other cat is fine with the change.
We are now making sure to keep the nursery door closed, but does anyone have any other recommendations of how to get the cat(s) on board with the change?
Post # 3
Move those on-purpose accidents to the litter box, where they belong (if they are move-able) and then show the cats that it goes there!
And make sure you spray the nursery with something that will ensure the cats don’t decide to just go in the old spot… they sell repellants at pet supply stores.
Also, is the litter box now closer to their food? Some cats really don’t like that at all (kind of like how most kitchens don’t have a bathroom right next to the table)
Post # 4
If you can figure out which cat it is, I would suggest limiting their space to the area near the litter box for a while and possibly adding a second litter box. Some cats just don’t do well with change, so hopefully after a few weeks, they will be okay with it. Also, make sure you use an enzyme cleaner where they have gone to remove the smell as much as you can. Good luck!
Post # 5
@CakeyP: Food is actually further away from the litter now than it was. Moving the accidents sounds like a good idea.
@Sawyer13: Enzyme cleaner is on the top of my grocery list for today! We can’t really limit their space because we live in a three story townhouse, and the new litter location is on the first floor, away from their food and water on the second floor. Otherwise, that would be a great suggestion. And I’m hoping a couple of weeks time will do the trick.
Post # 6
Maybe consider getting a second litter box. My parents were having the same problem with one of their cats so they bought a second litter box and they haven’t had any problems since.
Post # 7
@ToBeMrsV: Good suggestion, but we really don’t have anywhere to put it. As it is we had to remove the door to the shower downstairs so the cats can get in to it! One of the cats is an indoor/outdoor cat though, so he also goes to the bathroom outside, so it’s not so bad for them to share.