Skip to comments.Need advice regarding my cat that won't use litterbox
Posted on 06/16/2009 11:47:05 AM PDT by Huntress
Dear Freeper cat owners,
I'm having a problem with Norman the cat (see my homepage for a photo). He will not use the litterbox, and instead pees on my bedroom carpet. I have two cats and three litterboxes, which I scoop daily. I've been using the same type of litter for a long time. He has adequate facilities, he just won't use them.
Does anyone have any advice for me in this situation? I'm thinking of ripping up the carpet and putting down a hard surface floor. Please don't tell me to kill or get rid or Norman, as that is not an option. I've had him for nine years, and I'm very fond of him despite his faults.
We have one cat with a similar problem. We started filling the litterbox up to the brim and cleaning it every day and he’s begun using it far more than he had before.
Call the police.
The best advice I can give is: Cat-ke-bobs
Lady! Your cat is possessed!
Then again he/she could just be being spiteful :)
Something has changed in the household and this is the way the cat handles it sorry.
have you tried putting the litter box on the spot where kitty likes to go?
Ah, owning a cat is it’s own reward.
Seriously, though, is this a new problem?
You say you have had him 9 years. has he been this way the whole time?
If not, I’d have him checked by a vet for some kind of kidney/bladder/gastro-intestinal problem.
There are special cat litters that have attractant in them. If you can’t find those, sprinkle cat nip in the cat litter.
get a dog! :)
The cat could be upset at you for whatever reason. It could be his way of showing his displeasure with you .....OTOH you’re lucky he’s not leaving landmines in your bed ....
The book I read called “How to talk to your Cat” said that you should put their food in the spot where they go (if it is the same spot).
Otherwise, the cat is trying to give you a message. Have you had it checked for a bladder infection?
From my experiences:
1) Once the carpet smells like pee, he'll keep going there. Either deodorize the bejabbers out of that spot or remove the carpet.
2) Is he neutered? Male cats that are fixed can get urinary crystals that start out impacting how they pee and that eventually can be fatal - might want to get that checked out just to be safe - he's at the age where that condition can start kicking in.
sorry . . . couldn't help it.
fill the litter deeper. Sometimes they want to really bury their defacation.
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Yes. that’s what 911 and the police are THERE for, right? To solve all of life’s little problems... screwed up oreder at McDonalds, cold coffee from Starbucks, paper boy won’t put paper on porch, cat won’t use litter box... the list goes on and on.
if the litter box has a cover, take it off... some wont go in. Also, the cat may have a bladder infection or had one and has associated pain with the litter box.
The only good cat is a....
Electrify the carpet.
Your cat likes to think outside the box.
I was going to say the same thing. Take him to the vet and check out the urinary tract infection. THEN rip out the carpet, hard floors as so much better.
Just an idea - I tried every litter sold in all the major pet stores, and could not get my cat to use the litter box. Then a new vet told me to get Pestell, which is unscented http://www.pestell.com/pet/cat_litter/clumping/ .
It may be hard to get; contact the company and see who sells it in your area.
But after I tried the Pestell, no more problems! I’ve been buying that litter for years now, and all three of my cats have been using the litter box faithfully ever since!
I suggest a different brand of litter. I’ve found that changing to a plain, non scented type improved the situation greatly.
Also as someone else mentioned, a urinary tract problem might be a factor.
as others have said, he may have an infection or is upset by some change. does he poop in the box, or on the floor? Another thing to do is to buy a deoderizer at a pet store and use it on his chosen pee spot. If he now associates that smell with where to pee, a one time expression of being kitty-pissed may have turned into a habit. if there is some way to make sure he gets his own box that can help too. some cats don’t like to share.
Have you made any changes to his environment recently, such as an addition to your family or a new pet? Have you moved recently?
Our female dog recently became incontinent. I took her in for an exam, bloodwork and a urinalysis, which were all clear. She's now on Proin and is much better. We are still experimenting with the dose, but, so far, so good.
Best of luck to you.
Electrify the carpet and the cat will pee on the sofa.
Try green tea litter.
Is one of the cats new? I just brought in a fourth and two of my original three are revolting.
Put mines in the sofa.
That sounds positively delicious.
Unfortunately I already ate all my cats (and that last batch of feline-parmesan was quite good, I might add). Do you think your recipe will work equally as well with possum, squirrel or raccoon work, too?
That’s not a very nice thing to say about your own cats...
Heard you live longer owning a cat.
I just think your cat is an outside cat.
He’s probably trying to tell you something. When I got our persian as a kitten 9 years ago. He would go to the bathroom on the bed of the person that gave him a bath. Because he would be so upset. I’ve been taking him to the groomers ever since. I have 3 cats and they do not like the smell of a dirty box. I have to get 2 brand new boxes with new litter once of month and I through out the old ones. Unless I take the time to take them outside and clean them with soap and bleach.(too much of a hassle) so I buy new ones.
How about put the cat outside.
I’m an experienced cat owner (some call me a “cat lady”). As others have said, you need to first take him to a vet for an evaluation. Typically, when they start doing this at his age there is a pathological reason. If they give him a clean bill of health, they still might be able to help. I currently have a cat who takes an antidepressant for this very problem, for instance. It is, unfortunately, true that once he has urinated in a spot he is likely to continue even if the underlying problem has been successfully treated. You might have replace the carpet.
Burlap sack, big rock, pond or river.
You’re right. I hope they don’t sign in to FR and read what I said.
Then he’d pee on the coyotes and owls.
1. Rule out any medical issues and take kitty to the vet. Explain the behavior to the vet. Likely tests will be a urine and blood check to see if there’s an infection.
2. Dirty litter box. Are you cleaning it every day? Cats have very sensitive noses.
3. Did you change to a different litter? Cats (again) are sensitive to change.
4. Any new stresses in the house? Again, change, etc.
5. Are there cats roaming around outside your house? If so, your cat may be ‘marking’ territory.
6. Do your cats get along? Sometimes in a multicat home, cats become very territorial and will prevent another cat from using the litter box. I’ve witnessed this a few times with my cats.
7. Is the box in a private location?
8. Did you get a new box, ie, go from covered to uncovered, or vice versa? I went to a covered box for my senior kitty who has a hard time squatting to pee. She HATED it and pooped outside the box until I took the cover off.
Yep,my cat had a blocked urinary tract and he did the same thing.Male cats have this problem a lot.Had to put kitty in the hospital for 3 days and it was expensive.The vet had to unblock him twice.Take him to the vet for a kitty checkup.
He’d only pee on a coyote once, then he would be coyote dinner.
get a dog! :)
You beat me to it.
Might I suggest a Cork and some Superglue (1002 uses)
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