- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hubby and I are following a vet-ordered regime for re-training our older cat to use the litter box for poo. Overall we’re two weeks in and I wanted to post an update for anyone with the same problem or having this problem in the future. A cat who simply refuses to poo in the litter box, no medical problems, just disobedience.
Phase one- keeping her and everything she needed in a large dog crate for an entire week. Went okay…. she trashed it daily until she realized she’d have to stay in it til hubby got back from work to help. It broke my heart to keep her locked away like that, I can tell she had a major attitude adjustment though and really listens to Darling Husband and me now, especially when we tell her ‘no’ to other bad behaviors.
Phase two- still on this since last week. We are keeping her in the crate with litter box only at night, every night for the next month. So far so good! She’s actually returning to the crate during the day to chill or use the box when the door is open. I spray pheremone spray around it so both my cats love it.
Phase three- still to come! We’ll leave her out at night and leave the crate door open so it’s really going to test her on if she’s learned to use the box for poo entirely.
Overall, it’s been a long process but I’m glad we stuck to it. The vet says he’s seen about 80% of picky cats learn to re-use the litter box through this method. I hope she’s one of them! If not I guess we’ll keep her in there at night til she goes from now on. :/ Retraining a 5 yr old cat is hard but I’m glad we’re doing it. So many people simply give the cat away or even have it put down for this problem. I have a feeling that’s where she gets her abandonment issues from. Her previous owners I feel must have gotten mad at her a lot and I think her issues started from there. That and declawing her. Maybe that’s where the aversion to pooin in the box started, some related pain that continued into a bad habit.
Long week 🙂 but things are looking good! Just wanted to post an update to encourage anyone who’s had to retrain a cat. It can be done!