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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2005, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Winnie still poops on floor

Winnie is in danger of losing her home. She'll pee in the litter box but will get out to poop on the floor. She's lost some teeth so she won't chew her food. If she gets canned food that's in sliced or shredded chunks, she'll swallow them hole and then vomit on the carpet later.

The topic has come up whether she needs to be put to sleep from age. If she's in pain or becomes incontinent then I'll have her put to sleep. But my folks now want her put to sleep because she's a hassle.

Winnie used to relieve herself outside, but early this year there was a lot of rain and she started getting desperate. So I gave her a litter box for emergencies and she hasn't been outside yet.

I tried moving the litter box outside but she just squats on the floor where the litter box used to be and makes a puddle. Fortunately its in the tile sunroom and

What she needs is some more training, but her hearing is completely gone. I've tried multiple litter boxes and Natures' Miracle. It would be nice if I could get her to use the back yard again.
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Multiple litter boxes didn't work, either? How about different kinds of litter in multiple boxes?

A tough one....
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What about Cat Attract cat litter? I had some success with that when training kittens to use the litter box.
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If she's used to going outside she probably likes to bury her doings in dirt or sand. She may have an aversion to litter with any scent whatsoever so try to find her a litter that completely scent free. You could try a box with plain old sand but the odor may be a problem if she urinates in that.
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Just wondering if she poops in the same places every time.
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Wherever the spot is that she chooses to defecate, you'll have to use a cleaner with enzymes, because she'll continue to go to that spot. Be generous with the cleaner. A cat's sense of smell is so much better than ours.

If she can't handle chunks of food, there are lots of pureed cat foods available. Good luck.




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I've tried using Nature's Miracle on the entire floor after scrubbing it with pine-sol but that didn't work.

She poops in three or four places in about a 5' by 5' area near the litterbox. I've seen her urinate in the box, then walk two feet away and squat on the floor.

She doesn't attempt to bury anything.


I've heard of using aluminum foil, but that's an awfully large area to cover.
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I think I'd try to cover that area with something. To cover the spots she's pooped in. To change the surface texture of that area. And to deter her from wanting to be in that area. Foil, upside-down carpet runner come to mind. Maybe even just cardboard. Be creative!! Leave a path to the litter box.
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Cardboard, hmmm. I bet I can put a wall of cardboard to block off that area. She's too old to jump and has to climb anything over a foot high, so a low wall should be all that's required.

The affected area is surrounded by two walls and a line of cardboard boxes so it can be isolated by a 5' barrier.
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