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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sudden litter box issues

I've been at home ill for the past 6 mos. A couple of weeks ago went back to work full-time. My larger cat has been pooping and pee-ing everyplace BUT the litter box. I know he's probably upset w/the change, but we're going on the 3rd week & I can't stand the mess - it's disgusting! Having no trouble w/his brother, only him. HELP!

(PS. No, he's not sick. He has his brother for company. The litter box is scooped twice a day. I'm on the same work schedule I was on before I got sick.)
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PS. No, he's not sick.
Have you had the vet check him out? Being unhappy about your return to work is stressful and stress can trigger a UTI. You cannot assume that it's purely behavioral unless he's been tested.


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took him to the vet on Sat. no health issues.....didn't have much time w/the Vet cuz they had a doggie emergency in the middle of the visit.

I realize that cats (especially Persians) will 'act out' when they are unhappy, but for over 2 weeks?!?!

his biggest potential health issue right now.....his mommy wanting to strangle him! LOL!
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Was the vet able to get a sample of urine to specifically test for an UTI? If not, there is still that possibility. I don't think UTI can be diagnosed by just looking at the cat, or lightly touching it. I think it has to be a urine test or possibly a blood test?

I wanted to add, if he's been doing this for two weeks, is he 'going' in the same places? It could be that residual smell is still in those areas, telling him they are now bathroom areas and it is okay to go there. I like to use enzymatic cleaners like Simple Solution, Odo Ban and Nature's Miracle. These products break down the enzymes creating stains/odors and remove them.
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Yes, they did urine & blood & ultra-sound. They have the facilities at their office, so can get results in an hour or so (depending on the test, of course). Anyway, he doesn't have the issue. At this point, some spots are definitely becoming a habit for him , but he's also finding new spots. Honestly, he's always been a great boy....but now...

Was wondering about limiting his access to the house (maybe only one room or a large dog cage?). Or, would that just agitate him further?
Need to do something to stop this.

(yes, I am only kidding about strangling him).
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Get a new box and use Kitten Attract Litter in it. Also give it R&R by Azmira and Spray by Azmira. You can squirt it in it mouth or put it in its water bowl. Heard good results with this.
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THANKS SO MUCH MITTS! Will try those things! I'm truly at my wits end w/him!
Can I get that at any pet store (ie PetSmart, etc)?
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When I get new cats to tame (feral or feral-ish) I contain them in my master bathroom until they learn that sinks/tubs are not for pottying, and begin to use the litterbox. Perhaps he needs to be contained in an easily cleaned area and only allowed out into the rest of the house with supervision until he changes his habits?



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THANKS SO MUCH MITTS! Will try those things! I'm truly at my wits end w/him!
Can I get that at any pet store (ie PetSmart, etc)?
We get our litter and drops at the Holistic Pet Store in Tucson for our "problem" kitties. I know you most likely able to find it on line to order too. Keep us posted on your progress.
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I've used the "Cat Attract" litter and it's wonderful. I've purchased it at Pet Supplies Plus and maybe also seen it at Petco. It's called "Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract".

Maybe add an additional box with the Cat Attract litter in it. I think the idea of confining him to one room with his new box until he re-learns good litter habits is a good one too.

Good luck and hope you continue to feel better!
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